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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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Obituary: Dr. William Russell Hunt, 77, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather

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Oct 282018
 

Dr. William Russell Hunt, 77, went home to his Heavenly Father on October 17, 2018, in the comfort of his home, with his family by his side, after a long illness. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth A. Hunt for 27 years. Dr. Hunt was born in Evansville, Indiana on July 29, 1941, son of the late Harold and Margaret Hunt. Shortly after birth, Dr. Hunt moved to Montana, growing up in Poplar and Wolf Point.

Dr. Hunt received a Bachelor Degree with honors from Harvard University in 1963 and after graduation, he attended Cornell Medical School and received his medical degree with honors in 1967. He then did a residency in Internal Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. Midway through his residency, he was drafted into the Air Force in 1969 where he spent two years fulfilling his military requirements as Medical Director on an Air Force Base. After the military, William returned to Cleveland, Ohio for two years in a Fellowship Program. Once the Fellowship Program ended, he started working at Greenwich Hospital in the Department of Emergency Medicine. William worked at Greenwich Hospital for 32 years, six of them as the Medical Director, before retiring in 2010 due to illness.

William was a voluntary Medical Director of the Greenwich Emergency Medical System for 20 years where he received numerous awards. William was also a volunteer with AmeriCares and spent several weeks on a mission in Kenya, Africa. He cared deeply for the underprivileged and saw everyone as worthy of respect. Upon retirement, his desire was to help the less fortunate by working in the AmeriCares clinics. Unfortunately, his illness kept him from fulfilling that dream.

Dr. Hunt had a heart of gold and always strived to do his best for patients by putting their needs first. Dr. Hunt earned the respect of his Colleagues and Staff at The Greenwich Hospital Emergency Department, but most importantly by the many patients and families he touched and wholeheartedly cared for. Dr. Hunt will forever be remembered for his kind and compassionate spirit. He was a man of great integrity and honor and had a strong work ethic. Dr. Hunt truly lived life to the fullest. He and his wife traveled the world, including a visit to the Holyland twice. He was a prolific reader and loved performing arts. Dr. Hunt was a communicant of Holy Infant Church in Orange for 27 years.

In addition to his wife, Dr. Hunt is survived by his sons, Eric (Heather) and William (Liz) Hunt; stepsons, Daniel (Denise) and Eric (Brandy) D’Ambrosio; two grandchildren, Molly and Tessa, and two step-grandchildren, Brayden and Hadley.  He is also survived by a brother, John Hunt of Plentywood, MT and a sister, Barbara Morris of Yakima, WA.  He was predeceased by a son Mark Hunt and a step-grandchild, Nolan John D’Ambrosio.

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Dr. Hunt’s private caregivers, Tiffany and Debbie, his Hospice Aide, Nancy and his Hospice nurse Michelle for the loving and compassionate care given to Dr. Hunt.

His family received friends on Thursday, October 25, at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, October 26, at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange, CT. Interment followed at the Orange Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter, 2911 Dixwell Ave., Suite 205, Hamden, CT 06518.

Obituary: Sandra M. Moran, 76, Beloved Wife of Leo Moran

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Oct 272018
 

Sandra M. Moran, 76, of Orange, entered into eternal rest peacefully on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

The daughter of the late Alfred and Ann Gondola Bouteiller, Sandra was born on December 31, 1941, in Derby.

Sandra is survived by her beloved husband Leo T. Moran, her sons Paul (Sue) Moran, Thomas Moran and grandchildren Bailey and Ryan. She also is survived by her twin sister Leela A. Wojczak, nephew Anthony (Mary) Wojczak and niece Wendy Wojczak. Sandra is predeceased by her infant son Leo, Jr. and her brother Alfred Bouteiller.

Upon high school graduation, Sandra became a certified Operation Room Technician and worked at Griffin Hospital for 15 years. Then she worked at the Veteran Hospital in West Palm Beach as a Medical Transcriptionist, which she retired from. She was a huge Red Sox and UCONN Women’s fan. Sandra also loved to travel whenever she could.

Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, October 28, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m. at CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, October 29, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd, Orange, CT. Burial will follow at Orange Center Cemetery, Orange, CT.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Orange Volunteer Fire Dept. PO Box 878 Orange, CT 06477, Charter Hose Co. #4 4 Murry St. Ansonia, CT 06401, or Hospice.

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

Obituary: Michael Monroe, 31, Beloved Husband of Caroline Monroe

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Oct 142018
 

Michael William Monroe, 31, was killed in a car accident on September 25, 2018 while on his honeymoon in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Michael made the world a better place with his kindness and sense of humor and will be missed dearly by those who knew him.

Michael leaves behind his beloved wife, Caroline of Orange, parents Charles and Laura Monroe of Akron, OH, sister Caroline Monroe (Nhut Diep) of San Francisco, and his extended Braaksma-McKenna family around the country.

Michael was born and raised in Akron. After graduating from Copley High School in 2005, he earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He trained as a teacher outside Madison and later worked with at-risk students in East Haddam and Hartford, and with autistic adults and youth at Vista Life Innovations in southern Connecticut.

Michael was a kind and loving man, with a witty sense of humor who always had a friendly smile or joke for everyone. In high school, he was very active at Bath United Church of Christ in the youth group and in their Brass Choir. At Copley High School, Michael was on the swim team and played doubles tennis with his lifetime best friend, Nick Hatch. Michael joyfully played trumpet in his high school band and with the University of Wisconsin Marching Band.

Michael was deeply compassionate and with a passion to help those who struggled, which led to his career choices. While in Madison, he volunteered for a community center in Madison and worked at the YMCA as a summer camp counselor and coach. His passions later took him to Connecticut to teach young adults with autism, which is where he met Caroline, the love of his life.

He enjoyed all sports (especially Wisconsin Badger football) and could be found at blockbuster on opening day for every superhero movie. Michael doted on his adopted terrier Monty and lovingly welcomed an Australian Shepherd named Milo when he met Caroline.

After marrying during the summer of 2017 along the shore of Lake Michigan, Michael and Caroline saved for a year for their dream trip to Ireland and loved their time there among its beautiful people and landscapes. The accident occurred in Northern Ireland, and the people there, especially the bereavement group Life After, did everything they could to help Caroline, her mother Aileen McKenna, and brother, Will Braaksma, cope with the tragedy.

For all the support provided by the people of Northern Ireland, our families are very grateful. Michael’s life was enriched and touched by so many amazing people in Ohio, Wisconsin, and Connecticut. We can’t thank them all, but they are in our hearts.

A celebration of life service will be planned for a later date. Those wishing to contribute in his memory are encouraged to make a donation to the Life After Organization of Northern Ireland or choose a favorite charity serving an important need in your local community.

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