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

Obituary: Donna Marie Sacco, 84, Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother

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Jul 112018

Donna Marie LoRusso Sacco, 84, of Norwalk, died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on July 9, 2018.

Born Donata Maria LoRusso on January 2, 1934 in Waterbury, Donna graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing on August 29, 1954 and worked as an RN at St. Francis Hospital. She married John J. Sacco, MD on February 11, 1956 and over the next six years, they had four children.

Donna volunteered with the Red Cross Bloodmobile and the Norwalk Hospital Medical Library for many years. She was a long time member and avid tennis player at Shore & Country Club, where she ran the Junior Sailing Program and served on the Board of Governors. She played golf as a member of the Silvermine Golf Club where she served as Chairperson of the Women’s Handicap Committee for the Nine-Holers.

Donna enjoyed playing bridge, drawing, painting, and printmaking, and her award-winning artwork was shown at the Silvermine Art Guild. She will be remembered as a wonderful wife and mother, and for her intelligence, sharp wit and wry sense of humor.

Donna is survived by her husband John, daughter Cindy Leighton and husband Chris of Fairfield, CT; son Jay Sacco and partner Bridget Lane of Austin TX; Mark Sacco and wife Lisa of Cary, NC; son Greg Sacco of West Haven, CT; Kathryn Jayne of Orange; six grandchildren: Alaria and husband Drew, Meaghan, Julia, Ian, Carly, and Jae; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is predeceased by her parents Frank and Mary LoRusso of Waterbury, CT and her brother James LoRusso and his wife Mary.

To honor her life, family and friends may call at Magner Funeral Home, 12 Mott Ave., Norwalk, CT, on Friday, July 13, from 5-8 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Ave., Norwalk, CT, on Saturday, July 14, at 9:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Ave., Norwalk, CT 06855.

For directions or online guestbook, visit www.Magnerfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Patricia W. Longo, 70, Beloved Wife, Mother, Daughter, Grandmother

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Jul 082018

Patricia W. Longo, 70, of Orange, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 5, 2018.

Born March 17, 1948, she is predeceased by her father, Arthur Warner, and survived by her mother, Eileen Warner; husband, James; children, Keri, Christopher and Heather; and grandchildren, Conner, Pepper, Tulley, Gertie, and Capri.

Pat’s loyalty lied with her family, friends, and pets, and she was her happiest when everyone was together. She loved decorating for the holidays and was known as the great QVC super sleuth, always finding the perfect present.

When Pat wasn’t cruising the world with her husband, you could find her gardening and caring for her butterflies, chickens, cats, and dogs.

Friends and family may call on Monday, July 9, 2018, from 4-8 p.m., at Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday, July 10, at 10 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange, CT. Interment to follow at Orange Center Cemetery.

To leave online condolences and to view a full obituary, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Obituary: Dr. Jean F. Jones, 92, Memorial Service on July 14

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Jul 082018

Dr. Jean F. Jones, 92, of Orange, beloved wife of the late Harry W. Jones, passed away on June 16, 2018.

Born on January 19, 1926 in Lapeer, NY, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Louise Francisco.

Jean received her bachelor’s degree from Hunter College in Manhattan and her medical doctorate from New York Medical College, specializing in pediatrics.

She was an active member of the Orange Congregational Church where for many years she taught Sunday school, was church librarian, helped organize the Summer Encounter program and was a member of the women’s fellowship. Jean obtained an Advanced UConn Master Gardener Certification and took much pride in the beautiful gardens that surrounded her home. She loved learning and was an O.C. Marsh Fellow at the Peabody Museum as well as a longtime member of the New Haven Mineral Club and Orange Historical Society.

Jean is survived by her son, Hal (Lisa) Jones; her daughter-in-law, Carol Jones; and her grandchildren, Liza, Samuel, Peter, and Harry IV Jones. In addition to her husband, Jean was predeceased by her son, David E. Jones, and her siblings, Wanda and Kenneth.

A Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, July 14, 2018, at 10 a.m. at Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Ln., Orange, CT 06477. Memorial contributions may be made to the Orange Congregational Church.

Obituary: William “Bill” Wragg, 89, Beloved Father Of Deborah Musco

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Jul 012018

William “Bill” Wragg of Branford died on Wednesday, June 20 at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

He was the husband of the late Loretta Wragg. He was the father of Deborah A. Musco (Michael) of Orange, William J. Wragg of Westminster, MD, Ray (Press) Prescott of Prescott, AZ, Bobby D. Wragg (Brenda) of Laurel, MD, and Beverly L. Lamarre (Ray) of Litchfield, New Hampshire.

He also is survived by 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Bill was born in Staten Island, N.Y. on April 16, 1929, a son of Raymond and Louise Burt Wragg. He grew up in Norwood, MA, and later moved to Connecticut where he worked as an artist for the Strouse Adler Company in New Haven.

He was also an insurance inspector for Peabody Mutual. He was a long time member of the Elks Club in Norwood, MA, and Branford, CT. He was an Auxiliary Policeman and later a Supernumerary Policeman in Branford for many years.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10:00 at St. Mary Church in Branford.

Burial will follow at St. Agnes Cemetery in Branford.

Friends may call Sunday from 4-6 PM at the W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main St. Branford.

Please see online memorial @ www.wsclancy.com.

Obituary: Patricia Jean Tupko, 71, Beloved Mother of Joseph Tupko Jr.

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May 272018

Patricia Jean Tupko, 71, of Port Charlotte, Florida, passed away on May 23, 2018, after a long Illness with her lovely family by her side.

She was born October 18, 1946, in New Haven, CT. Patricia was formerly employed by the Knights of Columbus for 17 years. She will be missed by all who knew her.

She leaves behind her son, Joseph (Laura) Tupko Jr. of Orange, CT; daughter, Dawn (Kevin) Martindale of Port Charlotte, FL; four beautiful granddaughters, Alicia, Amanda, Megan and Brittany and one grandson, Joshua; also surviving, her two brothers, Richard and John Bookman and her sister, Cheryl Mekdeci.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph A. Tupko who passed away April 19, 2014 and her mother and father.

Visit the online tribute for Patricia Jean Tupko to sign the guest book and offer condolences to the family at www.kays-ponger.com

Obituary: Jeffrey Layne Johnson, 56, Beloved Father, Former Amity Swim Team Captain

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May 202018

Jeffrey Layne Johnson, 56, beloved father of Blake Lee Johnson, 21, and daughter Devin Christina Johnson, 19, passed away on May 8 at his home in Delray Beach, Florida, where he recently moved to be close to his children. Jeff is the son of Robert and Jean Simmons Johnson of Branford, Connecticut, formerly of Woodbridge and Guilford. Jeff was born on January 18, 1962 in Loveland, Colorado, and in 1969 moved with his family to Woodbridge, Connecticut, where he attended schools in the Woodbridge/Amity school system.

Jeff was senior year swim team captain, swimmer/diver for the Amity High School swim team and swam as well for the Woodbridge Club swim team. He attended Colorado State University, then worked at London Labs Ltd. in Woodbridge.

While married to Moya Waters, together they owned and operated Pickles Deli in Milford, and he later managed the Hilario Deli in Newtown, both reflecting his love of cooking and creating his own signature dishes. Jeff also worked in the banking field with Peoples Bank and Wells Fargo mortgages.

He loved music, cooking, fishing, golf and singing; clamming and handyman projects with his son; and doing impressions and going on ice cream escapades with his daughter. Jeff could build and repair anything, was always so helpful, often cooking a Thanksgiving turkey for his fellow employees.

In his youth, he was known to rescue and care for injured birds and other animals. Jeff is remembered by his family and friends for his incredibly outgoing, charismatic and jokester personality, his gourmet cooking prowess, and his wonderful singing voice, entertaining listeners around a piano or singing karaoke.

In addition to his children and parents, Jeff is survived by his paternal grandmother Mayetta Johnson, his sister Debrajean Overholt and husband Kent and their three children, Lexie, Beau and Jack; his brother Deric Johnson and wife Christina and their three children, Michael, Tyler, and Nicole; his Uncle Don Simmons (Gladys), Aunt Joan Loomis (Kirk), Uncle Don Johnson (Kathy); cousins Sean and Tracy; Jim, Doug and Lisa; Christine; Tina and Darcy; Teresa, Rodney and Kurtis, Chad and Elizabeth; Roland and Renee; and half-sister Tina.

A memorial service of Thanksgiving will be held on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at 10 a.m. at The First Church of Christ, 5 Meeting House Lane, Woodbridge.

For the benefit of youth opportunities to learn safe swimming, healthy lifestyle activities, and in remembrance of Jeff’s love for the sport, the family requests that contributions be made in his name to the Woodruff Family YMCA (youth swim program), 631 Orange Avenue, Milford, CT 06461.

For directions and online memorial see www.wsclancy.com.

Obituary: Susan May Neufeld, 66, Beloved Wife, Daughter, Mother, Orange Yoga Instructor

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May 182018

Susan May Neufeld, an Orange yoga teacher who helped others to discover their lives’ purpose, died May 12 of uterine cancer at a Mexican clinic where she had sought treatment. She was 66.

Family and friends were stunned by the rapid physical decline of a kale-eating Reiki master who rose before dawn to meditate and had seemingly boundless energy to care for her elderly mother, two young grandsons and anyone else in need. She said perhaps the sages needed her help.

During nearly 45 years of marriage to attorney Michael Neufeld, Mrs. Neufeld morphed from an elementary school teacher to a party decorator to a yogini. She attended her first yoga teacher training for her 50th birthday because she wanted to share the practice with her mother, Selma Fishkind. Mrs. Fishkind, 91, has lived with her daughter and son-in-law since 2014.

Mrs. Neufeld studied with Rod Stryker, founder of Para Yoga, and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA. For the past decade, she taught The Four Desires, a course Mr. Stryker developed from an ancient yogic text to help people identify their dharma, or purpose, and any self-sabotaging patterns preventing them from living it. She was a devoted student of Sanskrit who often sent distance Reiki, or energy healing, to others.

Mr. Stryker gave Mrs. Neufeld the Sanskrit name Ambika, evoking the complete and perfect embodiment of the Divine Mother. She was extremely close with her own mother and with her two daughters, Sara Neufeld of Astoria, Queens, and Heather Neufeld of Brooklyn. She and Mrs. Fishkind drove to Astoria every Thursday in recent years for a sleepover with grandsons Maceo and Paxton Clemens, now ages 4 and 2. Artistic and creative, Mrs. Neufeld made an elaborate bulldozer Halloween costume for Maceo while undergoing chemotherapy last fall.

She was born in Waterbury as Susan May Potoff on Aug. 11, 1951. She called Stephen Potoff her baby brother even though he was two years her senior, supporting and advising him from a young age in exchange for many laughs. Her father, the late Rubin Potoff, owned Metal Fabrications, a company that made cosmetics containers. Her parents divorced when she was 18, a painful experience that eventually led her and her brother to seek spiritual guidance beyond their native Judaism. (He is a devout Buddhist.) She forgave her father as he grew older and fostered loving connections with her three half-siblings.

Mrs. Neufeld graduated from Wilby High School in Waterbury, where she was voted prom queen, most studious and most likely to succeed, and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Simmons College in Boston. She was introduced to Mr. Neufeld after their mothers met playing golf in Westport, and they married on her birthday in 1973. She has supported her husband through his own struggle with prostate cancer since 2010, as he has supported her spiritual journey.

A petite woman often mistaken as her daughters’ sister, Mrs. Neufeld seemed to be a model of health and vitality until last June, when stomach cramping led to the discovery of a large tumor in her uterus. She underwent surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she put handmade OM stickers on all the bags of chemo drugs streaming into her and distributed yoga nidra (guided relaxation) CDs to the nurses.

A scan on Dec. 27 showed her to be cancer free, but by early February, the disease was found to have metastasized. A second round of chemotherapy was ineffective, and she sought alternative treatments this spring at the Sanoviv Medical Institute in Mexico.

She retained her characteristic optimism until her final days, with hopes to attend her daughter Heather’s upcoming wedding and spend a summer on the Milford beach with her grandsons. And yet she was at peace with the prospect of death and asked friends and relatives to send her love and light, not fear. After a week surrounded by family in Mexico, she was scheduled to fly home by air ambulance on May 12 but passed a few hours beforehand, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and with Heather by her side.

One Four Desires exercise requires participants to write their own eulogy, and she did so for herself last month. “I came, I lived, I appreciated, I shined, I loved,” she wrote. “And my blessed ones, I left. Find me in the stars, in the sacred fire, in a giggle or a smile. Find me in your joy and your love.”

In addition to her husband, mother, daughters, grandsons and brother, Mrs. Neufeld is survived by son-in-law Christopher Clemens of Astoria; future son-in-law Adam Muller of Brooklyn; sister-in-law Deborah Potoff of Wellesley, Mass.; half-sister Lynn Potoff of Wells, Maine; half-sister Jayne and brother-in-law Michael Civitello of North Franklin; half-brother Joseph Potoff of Middletown; and brother-in-law Alan and sister-in-law Sylvie Neufeld of North Miami Beach, FL. In addition to her father, she was predeceased by stepfather Seymour Fishkind, mother-in-law Lorna and father-in-law Herbert Neufeld, and brother-in-law Brian and sister-in-law Barbara Neufeld.

A memorial service took place on Wednesday, May 16 at Temple Emanuel, 150 Derby Ave. in Orange. Details for a subsequent memorial at the Himalayan Institute are forthcoming.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Himalayan Institute’s new shrine for peace or to Temple Emanuel’s community action fund and JCARR fund for refugee resettlement.

Obituary: Arline Geane, 92, Beloved Mother Of George Geane, Grandmother, “Amah”

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May 162018

Arline Geane, 92, of East Otis, Massachusetts, formerly of Orange, CT, passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

She was born on August 21, 1925, to the late Paul Schutt and Freda Brandt.

Arline was predeceased by her husband George A. Geane, her daughter, Jennifer D. Geane and her sisters, Dorothy Macmillan and Phyllis Peatross.

Arline, better known as “Amah,” was the world to her children and grandchildren; she attended every event and loved sharing holidays and special times with her family. Amah was everything they all needed in life and more. Anybody that she would meet immediately called her Amah and would fall in love. She had a heart of gold and touched every single person she came in contact with.

Arline enjoyed spending her time at the senior center, gardening, learning how to create new recipes in the kitchen, doing jigsaw puzzles, and playing Words With Friends on her iPad and spending time with her best cat, Sasha.

Arline leaves behind her children, Geoffrey (Lynne) Geane of East Otis, MA and George (Linda) Geane II of Orange, CT. She also is survived by her six grandchildren, Jason (Jennifer) Geane, Allison (James) Paturas, Katryn (Tony) Crawford, Elizabeth (James) Lafo, Kimmery (Malcolm) Migel, and Parker (Courtney) Geane and her two great-grandchildren, J. Christopher Geane and Landon Lafo, along with many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be celebrated on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 10 a.m. at Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Lane, Orange, CT. Entombment will follow at Orange Center Cemetery on Orange Center Road, in Orange.

Because Multiple Sclerosis has impacted the Geane family tremendously, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Arline’s daughter Jennifer’s memory to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, online at nationalmssociety.org, or mail to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101A First Ave., Waltham, MA 02451

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.

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