Mar 312015

Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 1.24.46 PMAntonio Fusarelli, 72, a longtime resident of Orange and beloved husband of Maria (Massarella) Fusarelli, entered into eternal rest on March 29, 2015 at his home and surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Luco dei Marsi, Province of L’Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy on June 1, 1942, he was the son of the late Biagio and Erminia (Martini) Fusarelli. After growing up herding sheep in the Italian mountainsides and in search of a better life, at the age of 20 Antonio immigrated to Thorold, Ontario, Canada joining siblings who came before him. There he worked for the Exolon Company, at a factory that made sandpaper for metal while also working various construction jobs.

In the late 1960’s, he met his future wife, Maria, and the married in 1970. At that time, he moved to the USA so they could establish roots and build a family in Connecticut. He worked for nearly 25 years as a construction worker and foreman, primarily for Miscione Construction. In that role, he participated in the construction of many new buildings that transformed downtown Stamford, as well as in Bridgeport, and New Haven, CT and in White Plains, NY.

Prior to his retirement, Antonio was a groundskeeper for the Darien Board of Education for 20 years.

In his free time, Antonio enjoyed making wine and curating fine Italian meats, tending to his bountiful garden, growing a variety of fig trees, playing bocce, and he was a competitive bowler is his younger days. He also took great pleasure in his stone masonry projects, of which his many works have come to dot the surrounding landscape.

Later in life, he especially enjoyed lovingly spending time with all nine of his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Maria of 44 years, he is survived by his children Emilia Fusarelli of Milford, CT, Angela Fusarelli Partalas (Tom) of Hamden, CT, Melissa Fusarelli (York Mario) of Orange, CT, Anthony Fusarelli (Sarah) of Arlington, VA, and Christopher Biagio Fusarelli (Jennifer) of Orange, CT, 9 grandchildren, his 5 brothers, Concetto Fusarelli and Guido of Luco dei Marsi, Italy, Francesco Fusarelli of Lewiston, NY, Domenico Fusarelli of Thorold, Canada, Bernardino Fusarelli of St. Catherines, CA and 2 sisters Annunziata Fusarelli Giradini of Thorold, Canada and Pierina Fusarelli D’Alo of Luco dei Marsi, Italy.

Besides his parents, Antonio is predeceased by his brothers, Vincenzo Fusarelli and Guido Fusarelli, and sisters, Maria Fusarelli Crescenzi, Domenica Fusarelli, and Natalina Fusarelli.

Friends and family may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1 at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT.


A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, April 2 at 10 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Race Brook Rd.

Entombment to follow at Mt. St. Peter Cemetery, Derby.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405 or to the Smilow Cancer Center, Closer To Free, 333 Cedar St., PO Box 208028, New Haven, CT 06520.

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

Mar 062015

doris curtissDoris Martin Curtiss, 86, of Orange, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2015, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Doris was the beloved widow of the late Howard Curtiss. She was born in New Haven on June 17, 1928, one of nine children of the late Leo and Elmire Martin. Raised in New Haven, she moved to Orange after her marriage and lived there for 60 years.
Doris was the devoted mother of Sally and Jeff (Boyd) Davis of Milford, Patty and the late Richard Vining of Milford, and Christine Curtiss and Dave Pelland of Orange.
She also leaves her cherished grandchildren, Matthew Vining of Beacon Falls and Karina Davis of Milford, sisters Edith Quigley of West Haven and Edna (Marion) Crisafi and husband Buddy Crisafi of Branford, and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by siblings Norman Martin, Rita Codeanne, Edgar Martin, Howard Martin, Evelyn Armstrong, and Robert Martin.
Prior to her illness, Doris enjoyed playing cards, going to the movies with her sisters, and spending time with her family. She was compassionate, caring and nurturing, and she always made everyone laugh.
Her family wishes to thank all of her caregivers, especially Natalia, whose care enabled Doris to live at home.
Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, March 8, from 5 – 7 p.m. at Keenan Funeral Home, 238 Elm Street, West Haven.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, on Monday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m.
Burial will be in Orange Center Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc., P.O. Box 350, Willimantic, CT 06226. Those wishing to send condolences online may do so at www.keenanfuneralhome.com.

Feb 182015

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 11.15.16 PMAs she always believed, Marguerite D. Charbonneau’s soul and spirit soared up to Heaven, a half hour before she passed away, on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, while surrounded by her children at CT Hospice in Branford.

Born Marguerite D. Berthiaume on Feb. 7, 1931, in Mapleville, RI, to Francis and Medora Berthiaume, she was one of 13 children.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her children: Mary Charbonneau; Christine Kwiat (Jonathan); Michele Clifford (Brendan); William V. Charbonneau; she is predeceased by her eldest son, John D. Charbonneau, her husband, John A. Charbonneau, and many of her siblings.

She leaves her grandchildren: John M. Charbonneau, Jennifer C. Charbonneau; Victoria C. Clifford, B. Matthew Clifford; Abigail M. Kwiat, David M. Kwiat, and her great-grandchild, Isabelle Charbonneau. In addition, she leaves her brothers Norman Berthiaume, Francis Berthiaume, and her sister, Madeline Berthiaume. Marguerite was devoted to her family and to her many, many friends.

She had an eternal and faithful passion to Christ, her savior. Those who knew Marguerite will remember her gentle, loving, Holy Spirit and her devotion to Christ and to our Blessed Mother, Mary. Others may remember Marguerite as a Eucharistic minister; Legion of Mary member; RCIA member; devoted Rosary leader; teacher at St. John the Baptist; catechism teacher at Holy Infant; Godmother; rectory cook; food service worker at SCSU.

She was a resident at Mansfield Grove in East Haven, CT, where she enjoyed many summers with family and friends. She also loved to spend time at “My Father’s House,” a renewal and retreat center led by her dear friend, Fr. Bill McCarthy. Marguerite exhibited a selfless, caring and giving heart. She was always willing to help anyone in need and was happiest when sharing God’s deep love and spirit.

Friends and family may visit on Friday, Feb. 20, from 5-8:00 P.M. at W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main St., Branford, CT.

Marguerite’s Christian Mass will follow on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mary Church in Branford, CT.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405, or to any of the institutions listed below.

The Charbonneau Family would like to send a heartfelt thanks for the extra-special medical care and treatment demonstrated by: Robert Vaillancourt, LPN, Sister Cecelia Scaduto and staff of Clelian Adult Day Center, Hamden; the entire staff of CT Hospice in Branford; Dr. Prathibha N. Kumar (and her husband, Dr. Babu S. Kumar) Marguerite’s Primary Care Physicians; Dr. Richard Marottoli, Medical Director of the Dorothy Adler Center at YNHH; Dr. Robert J. Nardino, Residency Program Director YNHH Medical Center (St. Raphael’s campus). These Medical professionals were extraordinary with their care and concern for Marguerite and they were an “answer to our prayers.”

The family would also like to send a special thanks to Sue Mauro, her friends at Silverbrook Estates in Orange, who brought her peace and comfort on a daily basis. As Marguerite would say, “Thank you” and “May God bless each and every one of you.”

For directions and online memorial see www.wsclancy.com

Feb 082015

Screen Shot 2015-02-08 at 8.04.21 PMMargaret “Marge” DiNello Brunetti, 91, of Orange beloved wife of 50 years to the late Alfred J. “Fritz” Brunetti, passed away on February 4, 2015 at her home.

Loving mother of Alfred “Fred” (Ann) Brunetti of Guilford and Stephen (Deborah) Brunetti of East Lyme. Grandmother of Michael, Emma, James and John Brunetti.

Sister of Julia Mastrangelo and Rosemarie Celentano, both of Orange, Mary Baiocchi of North Haven, Gina Oliano of Washington Crossing, PA, Blanche Porto of Wellington, FL, Angelo DiNello of West Haven and the late Emma Lembo and Nicholas, Pasquale, Carl and Joseph DiNello. Also survived by several loving nieces and nephews.

Marge was born in New Haven on May 8, 1923 daughter of the late Pasquale and Margaret Palmieri DiNello.

Prior to her retirement Marge worked in the billing department of the former S.N.E.T. and was also a union steward.

Friends may call at the Porto Funeral Home, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven, Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m.


Her funeral procession will leave Porto’s Wednesday morning at 9:15 a.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange at 10 a.m.

Interment will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Infant Church 450 Racebrook Road. Orange,CT. 06477

Sign Marge’s guest book online at www.portofuneralhomes.net

Feb 022015

Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 3.11.46 PMMary I. Guidone Guerri, 89, of Orange passed away January 27, 2015 in the Arden House.

Wife of the late Arthur J. Guerri, Sr. Mother of Lisa Guerri of Orange. Stepmother of Deborah Mullins of Hamden and the late Arthur J. Guerri, Jr. Step grandmother of Christopher Leighton of North Haven. Step great grandmother of Lilliana Leighton. Daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Caso Guidone.

Prior to her retirement Mary was the owner and operator of the former Margo’s Bridal Salon in New Haven and the Firelite Bridal Shop in Orange for many years.

She was a communicant of Holy Infant Church and a former member of the church choir.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday morning at 10:00 in Holy Infant Church.

Interment will follow in East Lawn Cemetery. There will be NO CALLING HOURS.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assn., 2075 Silas Deane Hwy Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

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

Sign Mary’s guestbook online at: www.portofuneralhomes.net

Dec 282014

Screen Shot 2014-12-28 at 8.30.49 PMClaire L. Del Mauro Cappiello, 93, of Orange, beloved wife of 58 years to the late Louis J. Cappiello died peacefully on December 24, 2014.

Born in New Haven, CT., she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Loretta Maturo Del Mauro.

A resident of Orange for more than 60 years, she was a retired secretary at U.N.H., a member of the Lions Club and was well known for her exceptional hospitality and love towards her family.

Survivors include her three sons Richard and wife Carol Cappiello of Ossining, NY, Robert and his wife the late Sarah Cappiello of St. Louis, MO, William and wife Teresa of Saratoga, CA, five grandchildren; Christopher, Roderick, Kendall, Gus, Emma, three great-grandchildren; Louis, Anna and Allison, a brother Gene Del Mauro and wife Josephine of Hamden, a sister Gloria and her husband the late Joseph Ciancola of Orange, several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to go Directly to Holy Infant Church, 450 Race Brook Rd, Orange on Tuesday December 30, 2014 at 11 a.m. for a Mass of Christian Burial followed by interment in Orange Center Cemetery, Orange.

The Commerce Hill Funeral Home, 4798 Main St. Bridgeport have been entrusted with the arrangements.

For online condolences and to light a virtual candle visit commercehillfh.com

Oct 042014

Screen Shot 2014-10-04 at 7.31.59 PMThomas F. Moran, 72, a former resident of Ansonia and Woodbury, currently of Orange, entered into eternal rest at home on Sept. 29.

He was born Sept. 17, 1942 in Ansonia, son of the late Joseph J. Moran Sr. and Rose Marie Ford Moran.

A Veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves, Thomas worked for Oxford Paint & Hardware Store.

He was also a Past Captain and retired active member of The Storm Engine Co #2 and Storm Ambulance Corp., both of Derby and past member of The Charter Hose Fire Co. in Ansonia.

He is survived by his brother Leo Moran & his wife Sandra of Orange, his sister Eunice Buchholz of Newington, cousin Jack Granatie of Ansonia and best friend and neighbor Leela Wojczak of Orange and numerous nieces, nephews & grand nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by 3 brothers, Edward, Henry & Joseph Moran Jr., sister Lillian Kruger, and nephew Leo Moran Jr.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange. Burial will be private.

There are no calling hours.

The Jenkins King & Malerba Funeral Home, 12 Franklin St. Ansonia, is entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to CT. Hospice of Branford, 100 Double Beach Rd. 

Aug 102014

Screen shot 2014-08-10 at 2.22.11 PMPasquale (Pat) Franco, 80, of Orange entered into rest on August 5, 2014 at his home.
He was the husband of Judith Franco and the father of James Franco. In addition to his wife and son, Pat leaves his sister Phyllis Papagoda.
He was predeceased by his twin sister Regina Franco.
He was born in New Haven October 6, 1933, son of the late James and Mary Adinolfi Franco.
Mr. Franco worked for Edgecomb Metals, Milford for many years as an inventory coordinator and in later years for Saab-Scania.
He served in the US Navy and in the Marine Corp. during the Korean War and was a member of American Legion Post 127.
Visitation will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 12 from 9 until 10:30 a.m.at the West Haven Funeral Home at the green.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Holy Infant Church at 11 o’clock.
Interment, with military honors, will follow in All Saints Cemetery. Donations may be made to Holy Infant Church 450 Racebrook Rd. Orange.
To leave an online remembrance, please visit www.westhavenfuneral.com.

May 172014

Screen shot 2014-05-17 at 3.58.13 PMGloria Dudley Hackett, 90, of Orange, passed away May 9, 2014, in St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport.

She was the wife of the late John Joseph Hackett; mother of Barbara Hackett Potkay of New Haven, John Dudley Hackett and his wife Karin of Bethany and Robert Dudley Hackett of Yokohama, Japan.

She is also survived by grandchildren Timothy, Jeffrey, Nicholas and Mikayla Potkay, all of Stokesdale, NC; Cameron and Chance Stine of Bethany; and Toshiro and Aki Hackett, both of Orange; and nephew Frank Hackett and his wife Sandy of Annville, PA and their children and grandchildren; and Jerry and Lisa Potkay and other extended family.

Gloria was born in Brooklyn, NY, July 5, 1923, daughter of the late Cecil and Margaret O’Connor Dudley.

She retired in 1960 as secretary to the President of Union Trust Co. in New Haven and was a longtime parishioner of Holy Infant Church in Orange.

Funeral from Beecher & Bennett-Taylor Funeral Home, 410 Campbell Ave., West Haven took place on Friday, May 16 at 9:30 a.m.

Interment in St. Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven.

Contributions in Gloria’s name may be made to St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06606; or North Shore Animal League, 25 Davis Ave., Port Washington, NY 11050. 

Mar 262014

Screen shot 2014-03-26 at 4.03.48 PMViolet M. Lloyd, 94, of Orange, peacefully entered into eternal rest on March 23, 2014, at the St. Raphael Campus of Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was the beloved wife for 71 years to the late Norvel W. “Brownie” Lloyd.

Mrs. Lloyd was born in Ansonia on April 19, 1919, daughter of the late Sebastian and Susan Lanteri Cannata. A resident of Orange since 1956, she was employed as a seamstress at the former Valley Dress Co. in Ansonia until her retirement in 1982.

She was a communicant of Holy Infant Church in Orange and a member of its Ladies Guild. She is survived by two loving daughters, Donna Cuthbert and her husband Stuart of Ocala, FL and Gail Cuomo and her husband Robert of Orange, a brother, Seb Cannata of Ansonia, 3 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by sisters, Minnie Dube, Ann Vacca and Jane Conroy.

Visiting will take place from 9:00 am until the procession leaves for church at the SPINELLI-RICCIUTI/BEDNAR-OSIECKI FUNERAL HOME, 62 Beaver St. in Ansonia.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend her funeral on Friday March 28, 2014, at 10:30 am at Holy Infant Church in Orange for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in Mt. St. Peter Cemetery in Derby.


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 2911 Dixwell Ave., Suite 205, Hamden, CT 06518. To send an act of sympathy, please visit www.spinelliricciutifh.com