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Obituary: Anita J. Fusco Valente, 93, Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Good Friend

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Mar 122018
 

Anita J. Fusco Valente, 93, of Orange, CT; beloved wife of the late Louis V. Valente passed away peacefully March 10, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born May 8, 1924, daughter of the late Sebastian and Anna Sperandeo Fusco and resided in West Haven until her marriage in 1959. She graduated from Putnam Catholic Academy in Putnam, CT in 1941 and Weylister Jr. College in 1943.

Anita was the private secretary to the President of Enthone, Inc. from 1943 to 1949 and then left to join her mother and sisters in their retail lingerie business, Saxon-Kent in Derby. They later opened a second location in Orange. They enjoyed success and loyal patronage for 52 years until the business was sold in 2000. In addition to the lingerie shop, she worked with her husband to establish the Hamden Travel Agency.

She was a former member and officer of the West Haven Jr. Women’s Club and Holy Infant Ladies Guild. Anita was a member of the St. Anne’s Pilgrim Society and with her sisters, led an annual pilgrimage to the shrines of Canada for 72 years.

She leaves behind a legacy of love, strength, and generosity to her family. Anita is survived by her five devoted children, Anita Cassella of Waterbury, Brian Valente of Hamden, Gregory Valente and wife Diana of Greenville, SC, Geralyn Beers and husband Robert of Guilford and Victor Valente and wife Leah of Milford, MA. She is also survived by six loving grandchildren, Christopher Cassella and wife Cheryl of West Hartford, Jason Cassella and wife Dominique of Fairfield, Trevor Beers of NYC, Dylan Beers of Guilford, Eliza and Amelia Valente of Milford, MA, four great-grandchildren Grace, Peyton, George and Luca, her two sisters and best lifelong friends Edna Casolino of Orange and Marion Denegre of Westbrook, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call at MARESCA & SONS FUNERAL HOME 592 Chapel St. New Haven, Wednesday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Infant Church 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange at 11:30 a.m.

Burial will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Anita, to Our Lady of Grace Monastery, 11 Race Hill Rd. Guilford, CT 06437 or Vantage Group, Inc., serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 29 North Plains Highway, Wallingford, CT 06492.

Obituary: John Winchell, 88, Beloved Father, Brother, US Marine, Third Degree Knight

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Jan 222018
 

John Charles Winchell, 88, of Orange, beloved husband of the late Margaret Kiely Winchell, passed away peacefully on January 19, 2018 at Silver Springs Care Center, Meriden, CT.

The son of Charles and Mary (Healy) Winchell, he was born in New York City on December 9, 1929.

A graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served during the Korean Conflict. A lifelong railroad engineer and proud union member, he began his career with the New York Central Railroad and retired from Metro-North. He was a longtime resident of Bridgeport, CT, where he moved his young family in 1959.

An active member of the community, John was a Boy Scout leader, a Park City Little League coach and president of the St. Ambrose School PTA. He was a founding member of the Holy Infant Church Council of the Knights of Columbus and was a longtime Third Degree Knight. He enjoyed fishing, golf, and travel.

He is survived by his brother, Charles Winchell (Irene); his sons, John S. Winchell (Heidi) and Charles Winchell (Annmarie); his daughter, Margaret Pansa (Vincent); his grandchildren, Lyle Huneke, Stephen and David Winchell, Michael, Lauren and Samantha Pansa and Jonathan and Kyleigh Winchell; his great-grandchildren, Lyle, Gia, Lily and Braylon; and several nieces and nephews. In addition of his wife, he was predeceased by his daughter, Jeanne Huneke, his son-in-law, Mark Huneke, and his granddaughter, Kara Huneke.

Friends and family may call from 4 – 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23 at CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Fisher House, 653 Terryville Avenue, Bristol, CT 06010.

A mass of Christian burial will take place on Wednesday, January 24 at 11 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, Orange. Interment will follow at Orange Center Cemetery.

To leave online condolences, visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com

Obituary: Ronald P. Argus, 78, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather

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Jan 092017
 

Ronald P. Argus, 78, of Orange, died Jan. 4, 2017 after a long courageous battle with COPD.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Norma Puglia Argus, 3 daughters, Denise(Dean)Fantarella, Lisa & Sheri Argus, 4 grandchildren, Courtney, Tyler and Colby Fantarella and Arianna Astrom, four sisters, Faith (Harold) Knight, Darcel (Larry) Wright, Sheryl (Mark) Hildreth & Susan (Chet) Sandifur and numerous nieces & nephews.

Ron was born in Lackawanna, NY, Dec. 30, 1938, grew up in Ovid, NY and graduated from Ovid H.S. in 1956 where he played varsity baseball & basketball. He attended Auburn Community College and moved to West Haven in 1960 to join Sheetmetal Union Local 40 as an apprentice and then attended Sheetmetal Trade School from 1961-1964.

Afterwards, he worked for Local 40 Heating & Air Conditioning for 48 years, retiring in 2000, having worked at many industrial job sites all over CT.

Ron enjoyed home improvements, cooking, gardening, pro-football & UCONN Women’s basketball. He will be especially remembered for his devotion to his 3 daughters & extended family.

Friends may call at MARESCA & SONS FUNERAL HOME 592 Chapel St. Sunday from 3 to 6 pm and are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Infant Church, Orange, Monday at 10 am.

Burial in Orange Center Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Orange Visiting Nurse Association, 605A Orange Center Rd., Orange,CT 06477.

Offer condolences at marescafuneralhome.com

Pasta Dinner On Oct. 19

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Oct 192016
 

screen-shot-2016-10-15-at-12-54-05-pmThe Holy Infant Women’s Guild will host its Annual Pasta Dinner in the school gym, 450 Racebrook Road on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 5-7 p.m. 

Admission is $30 Family (2 adults and up to 3 children), $12 adults, $5 children under 10, under 5 free

The meal is served family style with pasta and meatballs, salad, bread, dessert, coffee and soft drinks

Tickets available after all masses or by calling the Rectory Office at 203-799-2379.

Join your friends and neighbors for a nice relaxing, affordable night out.

Communities Honor Those Who Protect and Serve

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Sep 292016
 

(Photo courtesy of the Orange Police Department)

(Photo courtesy of the Orange Police Department)

On Thursday, Sept. 29, Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road celebrated a “Blue Mass” honoring those who currently serve, or have served, in the Police and Fire departments of Orange, Milford, Woodbridge, and West Haven.

Officers and Firefighters from all four towns attended and youth from the Church presented each department with a donation.

Thank You Gentlemen and Ladies for everything you do for your respective communities. And thank you Holy Infant Church and Clergy from around town for giving them this well deserved honor.

(photo courtesy of the Orange Police Department)

(photo courtesy of the Orange Police Department)

Obituary: Ceasar Theodore Anquillare, 88, Beloved Father, Grandfather

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May 252016
 

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 12.27.20 PMCeasar Theodore Anquillare, 88, husband of the late Louise Cortese Anquillare, passed away at Avery Heights on May 23, 2016 after a long illness.

Born a fourth generation descendant in New Haven on December 29, 1927 to the late Theodore & Antoinette Buonocore Anquillare.

Ceasar will be remembered by his sons, Dr. Joseph Anquillare & his wife Teresa of Newington, Ceasar Nicholas Anquillare JP of Woodbridge; grandchildren, Emma, Luisa, & Joseph Anquillare; dear companion, Ursula Michaelis of Monroe; brother, Louis Anquillare & his wife Rosemary of West Haven; sister-in-law, Isabelle Cortese of Milford. Predeceased by his sister, Marie Apuzzo and sister-in-law, Rina Cortese.

Ceasar grew up in West Haven before moving to Orange where he has resided for the last 61 years. He was a graduate of Bentley University and New York University. He was the founder of his accounting firm located in West Haven. Ceasar was commended by the Connecticut Society of CPA’s as one of the longest practitioners after being licensed for 60 years. In 1965,

Ceasar traveled throughout the United States to assist with the enactment of Medicare then signed by President Lyndon Johnson. He served on various industry boards and committees to promote healthcare for the elderly, regardless of income. In his later years, Ceasar donated much of his professional time to small businesses, churches, and charity organizations in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands and the New Haven area.

His family would like to thank the employees of Avery Heights in Hartford for their amazing care during Ceasars time with them.

Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the BEECHER & BENNETT-TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 410 Campbell Ave, West Haven.

Funeral from the funeral home on Thursday, May 26th at 9:15 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in Holy Infant Church at 10:00 a.m. followed by entombment in St. Lawrence Mausoleum.

Contributions in Ceasar’s memory be sent to the American Cancer Society, 38 Richards Ave, Norwalk, CT 06854. To send a condolence to the family see obit at www.beecherandbennett.com 

You’ve Seen The Signs, Now Get Your Valuables Appraised

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Apr 242016
 

AR-150619994The lawn signs are all over town, so if you didn’t already know, the Holy Infant Church Women’s Guild is having an Antiques Appraisal Day on Sunday, April 24.

It begins at 2 p.m. in the school gym at 450 Racebrook Road. Experts will be available to appraise your collectibles and antiques.

Find out if your item is trash or treasure!

Cost is $10 for one item, $25 for three items.

Call (203)799-2379 for more information.

Obituary: Anthony “Tony” Moccia, 92, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother

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Aug 192015
 

Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 1.36.01 PMAnthony “Tony” Moccia, 92, husband of 66 years to Pearl Elia Moccia and resident of Orange, entered into eternal rest Aug. 18, 2015.

He was born April 1, 1923 in Derby, son of the late Carmine and Anne Storiale Moccia.

He worked as a tool & die maker for Avco Co. in Stratford and was a parishioner of Holy Infant Church in Orange. Tony also was a member of the Knights of Columbus, as well as the Orange, Milford, Ansonia & Derby Senior Centers.

In addition to his wife, he leaves to cherish his memory, children, Paul Moccia (Gerrie) of Lansdale, PA., Carmine Moccia of Maui, Hawaii, Robert Moccia of Key West, FL., Richard Moccia (Teri) of Bridgeport, Christine Moccia of Orange and John & Paula Moccia, his brother Mario Moccia (Pat) of Orange, sister Delores Moore of Shelton, 7 grandchildren & 1 great-grandchild.

He was predeceased by his son, David Moccia & sister, Jennie D’Amico. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

The Jenkins King & Malerba Funeral Home, 12 Franklin St., Ansonia, has been privileged with the arrangements. (www.jenkinskingfh.com)

In lieu of flowers, donations in Tony’s memory may be made to The Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, 20 York Street, New Haven, CT 06510.

Obituary: Antonio Fusarelli, 72, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather

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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

Obituary: Doris Martin Curtiss, 86, Beloved Mother, Grandmother, A Compassionate, Caring Woman

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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.