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Obituary: William Luciano, 79, Beloved Father, Brother, Veteran

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Feb 232020
 

William “Bill” Luciano, 79, of Orange and formerly of Milford, passed away peacefully at Bridgeport Hospital (Milford Campus) on Sunday, February 16, 2020, surrounded by his family.

Born on December 25, 1940 in Bridgeport, he was the son of the late William and Dorothy (Capozzi) Luciano. In addition to his parents, he was also predeceased by his beloved wife and best friend of over 21 years, Alberta Dzubin Luciano; and a stepdaughter, Dawn Marie Scharf.

A 1958 graduate of Stratford High School, Bill served in the U.S. Army in the 101st Airborne. After his discharge from the Army, he was employed by Coulter-McKenzie Mfg. for many years. Prior to his retirement, he worked as a security guard for Conyers Farm/Securitas of Greenwich for more than 17 years. Bill loved food, watching movies, listening to 70’s music, and spending time with his family, especially with his three step-great-grandchildren who were the shining lights of his life.

Bill is survived by his son, William Luciano. In addition to his son, he is also survived by his two sisters, Barbara (Donald) Butterworth of Stratford and Elaine (Ralph) Esposito of Southbury; two stepdaughters, Doreen (Tom) Van Horn and Faye (Dave) Marklinsky; step-granddaughter, Sarah (Richard) Catenza and their three children, all of Hamden. He also leaves behind brother-in-law, Leroy Dzubin of Wallingford; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews whom he adored.

Family and friends are invited to gather on Friday, February 28, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a Memorial Service at 12:30 p.m. at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT. Burial with military honors will immediately follow at St. Michael’s Cemetery, 2205 Stratford Ave., Stratford, CT.

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

Obituary: Severio “Bob” Fodero, 87, Beloved Husband, Army Veteran

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Feb 162020
 

Severio Dominick Fodero, known by all as “Bob”, died peacefully on February 6 at Hospice holding the hand of his beloved wife of 46 years, Janice Benoit Fodero.

Born 87 years ago in the Fair Haven section of New Haven, Bob was the son of Italian immigrants, the late Dominick and Josephine (Lupino) Fodero.

From an early age, he was taught to be honest, humble, courteous and disciplined. Bob graduated from Hillhouse High School and the University of Connecticut. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army ROTC, Bob served as Commanding Officer of the 555th Medical Service Corps in Orleans, France. He returned statewide with the rank of Captain and joined the 340th General Hospital Army Reserve Unit in New Haven. After 30 years of service, he retired as Commander of the Unit with the rank of Colonel.

Bob launched his professional career with the New Haven Board of Health. Subsequently, he joined the Yale University Student Health Service, now known as Yale Health where he retired as Associate Director after a 42-year career.

With his affable manner, Bob made many friends on the Yale campus. He was honored to be a Fellow of Timothy Dwight College and a recipient of the Elm-Ivy Award for his service to New Haven and Yale. Bob also served as President of the Yale Club of New Haven, where he unabashedly admitted he had no Yale “class”.

Bob was blessed with a positive attitude and easy-going spirit. He viewed everyone as a friend and brought out the best in people. In one of his evaluations at Yale, Bob’s supervisor described him as a “prince among men”. He had the knack of seeing the folly and humor in life. With spontaneous, clever quips, he could quickly stir sedate gatherings to uproarious fits of laughter. This talent made him a popular emcee and speaker at organizational functions and retirement parties.

Bob and his wife enjoyed travelling. While he drove, Janice was navigator and tour guide. They explored National Parks and historic sites in 37 states, including Hawaii. A favorite trip with Road Scholar was the 300th anniversary tour of the Louis and Clark Trail, starting in St. Louis, Missouri and ending in Ashland, Oregon. International travel included vacations in Canada, Caribbean Islands, Mexico, England, France, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, and trips to Italy, including Sicily.

Bob credited the U.S. Army as the training ground for his leadership and administrative skills. He served as president of both the Lung Association of South Central Connecticut, and the New England Public Health Association. He was a member of the Advisory Committee of People’s Bank and on the Board of Opportunity House in Hamden, a residential facility for autistic adults. Bob maintained a lifelong interest in the U.S. Military and Veterans’ Affairs.

During his tenure as chair of The New Haven Veterans’ Affairs Committee, he initiated the now traditional Memorial Day concerts. He also co-chaired the Connecticut Army Retiree Council and served on the New England Army Retiree Council. As head of the War Remembrance Committee in Orange, he helped create a memorial garden with a brick walkway to honor residents who had served in the military.

For Bob, giving back to this country was an honor and a privilege. As chair of the Orange Board of Health, he initiated 24/7 emergency transportation to area hospitals. For his contributions to the community, Bob was named a Living Treasure of Orange in 2011.

In retirement, Bob joined his childhood buddies from the “old” Fair Haven neighborhood for breakfast reunions. When he wasn’t exercising at Griffin Hospital with another group of friends, he was meeting with a coffee klatch at the local McDonald’s. But that’s not all: he was organizer for The Mory’s Military Association, an informal group of fellow retirees, whose membership requirement is military service and a sense of humor.

Bob leaves his sister-in-law, Eileen Benoit of Branford, brother-in-law, Marino D’Agostino of Wallingford, nieces, Raeleen D’Agostino Mautner of Wallingford, and Angela D’Agostino Mauriello of East Haven, three grandnephews and two grandnieces, as well as his “adopted” Laotian-American family: Mone, Vankhkam and Christina Lavarn of Meriden; Larry, Kate, Andrew and Justin Nitirouth of Meriden; and Joy and Bob Pocobello of Wallingford. He was predeceased by his sister, Rachel D’Agostino, brother, Richard Fodero, sister-in-law, Liz Fodero and brother-in-law, Frederick Ensling.

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden was in charge of arrangements for Bob’s private funeral with full military honors. Family and friends will be welcomed to celebrate Bob’s life at a date to be announced in the near future. Contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to Opportunity House, 320 Old Hill Road, Hamden, CT, 06514 or Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405 or a charity of one’s choice. To send a condolence to Bob’s family, please see his obituary at: beecherandbennett.com

Obituary: Leo Vincent Chaisson, 87, Beloved Husband, Father, Woodworker, Veteran

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Dec 132016
 

Leo Vincent Chaisson,screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-9-38-14-am 87, a lifelong Natick resident and well-known cabinetmaker, died on Tuesday morning, November 29, 2016 at Beaumont Rehab & Skilled Nursing Center.
He and his wife, Joan (Holt) Chaisson, celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary in September.
Born in Milford, he was a son of the late Joseph A. and Elizabeth (Cordeau) Chaisson. Leo was a graduate of Saint Patrick School in Natick and Newton Technical High School.
He enlisted in the Army, serving as a Corporal with the Army of Occupation in Germany during the Korean War. Leo returned to Natick where he worked with his father at Chaissons Woodworking on East Central Street. Following his fathers retirement, Leo successfully ran the business for several decades. He then continues his passion as a woodworker for the Natick School system until his retirement.
Leo and Joan raised six children and together spent many vacations at a family home he helped build on Plum Island. They also enjoyed camping trips, cruises and travel to Alaska. Alaska was a favorite place for Leo where he enjoyed his passion for fishing.
He also enjoyed with his wife watching many of their grandchildrens sporting and school events. He is survived by his beloved Joan; their children, Gail and her husband Bruce Speca of West Dennis, Lynda and her husband Thomas Simeone of Ashland, Leo Jr. and his wife Cindy of Holliston, Susan and her husband Gary McCarthy of Upton, Keith Chaisson and partner Paul Jacques of Orange, CT, and Michael Chaisson of Anchorage, AK; nine grandchildren, Kristen Simeone of Maui, HI, Tricia Simeone of Colorado Springs, CO, Nicole Simeone of Worcester, Timothy Speca of Crested Butte, CO, Kevin McCarthy of Holliston, Matthew McCarthy of Upton, Angela Chaisson of Malden, Leo Chaisson III of Allston, and Alison Chaisson of Holliston.
Brother of Marie Czarnetzki of Bourne, and the late Joseph, Homer, and George Chaisson, he also is survived by his sisters-in-law, Sandi Giordano of Natick and Beverly Major of Colorado Springs, CO; and many nieces, nephews, and their families.
His funeral was held in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, on Monday, December 5 at 11:00AM.  Committal Services were at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at 2PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Leos memory may be made to the USO, PO Box 96860, Washington, DC 20077-7677 (uso.org) or the Massachusetts Wildlife Sanctuaries (massaudubon.org.)

Obituary: Gerd Weindling, 88, Beloved Husband, Father of Keith Weindling, Army Veteran

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Jan 202016
 

yarzheitGerd Weindling, 88, of Trumbull, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, January 17, 2016.

Mr. Weindling was born in Wurzburg, Germany, the son of the late Paul and Marion Weindling. Gerd served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from City College of New York, and worked for over 35 years as a Manager with GE Supply in Bridgeport.

After retiring, Gerd volunteered at St. Vincent Medical Center as a Medicare Counselor, served several terms as the State Director and President of AARP, and served on the Board of Directors for the CT Commission on Aging.

Mr. Weindling is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Myrna Weindling, his devoted sons, Keith Weindling of Orange, CT, Craig Weindling of Seattle, WA, his adored grandsons, Brian Weindling and his wife Rachel of Milford, MA, Mark Weindling and his wife Lauren of Quincy, MA, and by his cherished great-grandchildren, Ava Weindling, Zinnia Weindling, and Camden Weindling.

Services will take place on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 1:00 PM from Congregation B’nai Israel, 2710 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, with interment following at the B’nai Israel Cemetery, Kings Highway, Fairfield. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, www.cff.org, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org.

Obituary: James P. Rodrigues, 69, Brother of Barbara Tonucci

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Sep 082015
 

Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 1.18.11 AMJames P. Rodrigues, 69, of Deep River, passed away on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at his residence.

He was the beloved husband of Maurine (Sturken) Rodrigues. He was born in New Haven on March 27th, 1946, the son of Manuel and Frankie (Howell) Rodrigues.

Jim grew up in New Haven and was a graduate of the Eli Whitney High School, class of 1965. Following graduation, he entered the United States Army and had a twenty-nine year career in service to his country. Along with his service during the Vietnam War, he proudly served actively during Desert Storm.

Jim worked in sales for many years, specializing in the sales of military connectors; he retired in 2006. He was a Corvette enthusiast, and a member of the Connecticut Military Corvette Club and the Corvette Club of Connecticut.

He also was an avid deer hunter and member of the NRA. Jim also was a certified handgun instructor and member of the North Madison Rod and Gun Club for many years.

Besides his wife Maurine, he is survived by his daughters, Tina Sutton of Deep River and Michele Marquis and her husband Eugene of Old Saybrook, stepsons, John Gieras and his wife Angela of Kansas City, Kansas, Gregg Gieras and his wife Jessica of Berlin, his three grandchildren, Natasha Best, Tanner Sutton and Felicia Sutton, and five step-granddaughters. He also leaves his sister Barbara Tonucci of Orange.

Visitation will be held at the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home, 34 Main Street in Centerbrook, on Friday, September 18th, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

A graveside service with the rendering of Full Military Honors will be conducted on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 11:00 AM in the State Veteran’s Cemetery, 317 Bow Lane in Middletown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jim’s name may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or to Dogs Days Adoption Events, Inc., 48 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT 06475.

To share a memory of Jim or send a condolence to his family, please visit www.rwwfh.com.

Obituary: Sam J. Crescione, 86, Beloved Father of Cheryl Watts, Devoted Grandfather, US Army Veteran

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Dec 122014
 

Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 12.12.10 PMSam J. Crescione, 86, formerly of Bridgeport entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 in Orange and is at last with his beloved and treasured wife, the late May Hope Crescione.

Born on September 12, 1928 in Bridgeport, CT, he was the son of the late George and Maria Fico Crescione.

Sam served with great pride and honor in the US Army with the Post War Occupation Forces in Japan, tragically witnessing the devastation of Hiroshima.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed with the US Postal Service.

A devoted husband, Sam was also a kind and caring father, grandfather and great grandfather, and he will be greatly remembered for his love of family and his generosity on the holidays.

He is survived by his daughters; Hope Annunziato and her husband Frank of New Haven, Cheryl Watts and her husband William of Orange and Jill Mack and her husband Michael of Bridgeport; six cherished grandchildren and two great grandchildren and many more loving nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife May, he was predeceased by his sister, Josephine Garber and brothers, Santo, Joseph, John and James Crescione.

Friends and family may call on Saturday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 12:00 p.m. at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT 06460.

Interment to follow at Gates of Heaven in Trumbull.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Pl., Memphis, TN 38105 or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

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

Obituary: Pauline Blaney, 85, Last Survivor of her Family, US Army Veteran

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Jul 142014
 

army funeral flagPauline Blaney, 85 of Orange passed away June 26, 2014 at CT Hospice in Branford.

She is the last survivor of her family, a US Army veteran and proud member of the First Congregational Church in Orange.

Funeral services were in the care of Clancy Funeral Home, East Haven.

Graveside service with military honors was held at Beaverdale Memorial Park Cemetery in New Haven on Friday July 11, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.

“Till the end of time.” 

Obituary: Joseph Charles Canna, 82, Beloved Husband, Father of Stephen Canna, Army Veteran

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Mar 092014
 

joseph cannaJoseph Charles Canna, 82, of Northford, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, (March 4, 2014) at the Smilow Cancer Hospital with his loving family by his side.

He was the beloved husband of 52 years to Lillian D’Elia Canna. Joseph was born in New Haven on October 5, 1931; son of the late Gennaro and Elizabeth Carbone Cannavaciolo; served his country faithfully in the US Army during the Korean war and was decorated for fighting in three major battles.

He obtained an Associate’s degree in 1956 from Quinnipiac College and a Bachelor of Science degree in 1958 from UCONN. Joseph had worked at B.F. Goodrich Aerospace as the Purchasing Manager for 30 years retiring in 1997.

He was a member of the VFW and a parishioner and usher at St. Monica Roman Catholic Church. He was an avid golfer and a dedicated UCONN basketball fan.

Loving father of Joseph E. Canna of Middletown, Stephen Canna (Tea) of Orange, Elizabeth Fabrizi (Mark) of Westbrook and Gregory Canna (April) of Tolland. Loving grandfather of Matthew, Thomas and Lauren Canna, Olivia and Juliana Fabrizi, Justine and Ethan Canna. Brother of Alphonse Cannavaciolo (Albina) of North Haven, Anna Buono (Alfred) of Northford, Elizabeth East of North Haven, Geraldine Mioline (William) of Branford and the late Gerald Canna (Cannavaciolo). Brother-in-law of Alice Canna and the late Robert East.

The visiting hours will be Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue. His funeral procession will leave the funeral home Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Monica Church at 11:00 a.m. with military honors being rendered immediately following the Mass.

Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family in All Saints Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Smilow Cancer Hospital, P.O. Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508.

Obituary: Ernest H. Barnes, Jr., 76, Army Veteran, Beloved Husband and Father

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Dec 042013
 

Screen shot 2013-12-04 at 3.15.34 PMErnest H. Barnes, Jr. entered into eternal rest on November 27, 2013 at Yale New Haven Hospital with his adoring family by his side.

Ernie was born on July 19th, 1937 in New Haven, CT. He graduated from West Haven High School and then Boardsman Trade School.

He proudly served in the US Army as a Military Policeman 1960-1963, which included a tour in Korea.

After his discharge from the Army he worked for the State of CT Department of Transportation as a Senior Highway Engineer. He retired from that position after 38 years of service. He continued his work career at the National Amusements Movie Theatres in their maintenance department and retired from there after 15 years of service.

Ernie was a Cub Scout/Boy Scout Leader on and off for 40 years. He volunteered as a coach for Little League baseball and Youth soccer for the city of West Haven.

Ernie enjoyed fishing, reading but his most favorite thing was camping in his RV and playing cards with his sister Bev and her husband Henry.

Ernie is survived by his loving wife of nearly 30 years, Margaret (Meg) Travers Barnes whom he met through scouting.

He is also the devoted father of Pamela Biewald of North Haven, Kimberly (Stephen) Clark of West Haven, John Barnes of Meriden, Matthew Barnes of East Hartford, Dennis (Misty) Barnes of Orange and Brian Barnes of West Haven. He is the proud grandfather of 9 grandchildren and ecstatic great grandfather of 9 great grandchildren. Ernie also is the loving brother of Beverly (Henry) Barsczewski and Virginia (the late Albert) Flynn. He is predeceased by his parents Ernest H and Alice Barnes, Sr.

The family would like to thank Dr. Harold Tara, Dr. Martin Plevec and all of their staff for their constant care and support of Ernie and his family through all these years. Thanks also are extended to the doctors and staff at Yale New Haven Hospital where he was treated with compassion and respect on every floor.

The hours for visitation will take place on THURSDAY from 4 to 8 pm at the West Haven Funeral Home, 662 Savin Ave., West Haven, CT.

On SATURDAY morning a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Victory Church at 9:00 o’clock.

Burial with military honors will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to our local Boy Scouts of America at CT Yankee Council, PO Box 32, 60 Wellington Rd., Milford, CT 06460 or ctyankee.org (click on support BSA-memorial tribute fund).

To leave an online remembrance, please visit: www.westhavenfuneral.com

Obituary: Richard (Dick) E. Bogen, 86, Army Veteran, 32nd Degree Mason, Former Orange Resident

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Nov 172013
 

article-new-ehow-images-a06-dd-gb-rv-parks-dewey_-az-1.1-800x800Richard (Dick) E. Bogen, 86, of Dewey, AZ and formerly Orange CT passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2013.

Richard was born on March 12, 1927 in Miami, FL to David F. and Rose (Lipshitz) Bogen. The family moved to Bridgeport, CT when Dick was very young.

After growing up and attending school in CT, Dick served his country in the Army, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant in the European Theater.

Dick was a toolmaker and an master engraver. He loved woodcarving, the outdoors and camping, and after retirement, he and his wife traveled for many years in their multiple RV’s.

Dick was a proud member of the Ansantawae Lodge #89 Milford CT a Masonic Lodge, and a 32nd Degree Scottish Right Mason.

He was sent on his journey to greater light on Friday, November 8, 2013.

His parents and his brother, Harvey Bogen, preceded Dick in death. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, in May, Peggy Bogen of Dewey, AZ; his daughters, Linda Vlack Trob of Albuquerque, NM and Wendy Bogen Peschman(Bob) of McHenry, IL; his son, Timothy Bogen(Lynn) of Hamden, CT; his grandsons, Dr.Jake Peschman and Zach Peschman of McHenry, IL; his nieces, Barbara Bogen Miller and Marcia Bogen Hanscome and his nephew Harvey Weissman.

A private service was held in Arizona Friday, November 8, 2013.

There is an online guestbook available to sign at www.westcottfuneralhome.com.