Obituary: Catherine Cleary Gilson, 97, Beloved Aunt, Friend

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Aug 012018

Catherine Cleary Gilson, 97, passed away July 29, 2018 at the Arden House in Hamden.

She was the beloved wife of the late Frank Gilson. Catherine was born on August 7, 1920 to the late Thomas and Anne Malone Cleary in Orange, CT.

Kay worked for Yale Medical School. She was a devoted Catholic and an Ecumenical Master for St. Lawrence Church for 25 years.

She is predeceased by her sisters Margaret Gilson, Elizabeth Platt, Eleanor Gilson and brothers John Cleary, Francis Cleary and Thomas Cleary. She is survived by her dear Sister-In-Law Mary Cleary, three generations of Nieces and Nephews and special friend Mary McGovern.

Special thanks to Vitas Caregivers, her roommate Emily and her aide Rosley at Arden House.

Family and Friends may visit the Keenan Funeral Home, 238 Elm St. West Haven Thursday, August 2, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 3 at St. Lawrence Church, 207 Main Street, West Haven. Interment immediately following at St. Lawrence Cemetery, 280 Derby Avenue, West Haven.

To leave an online condolence or tribute, visit www.keenanfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Eunice E. Peck, 92, Navy WAVE, WWII Aviation Machinist

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Sep 042013

peck obitEunice E. Peck, 92, of 317 Drummond Rd., Orange passed away on September 2, 2013 following a brief illness.

Eunice was born on August 2, 1921 in West Haven, CT. She is predeceased by her parents Grace and Harry Burrell, her brother Bill Burrell and her sister Lavonne Tokarczyk.

She owned Eunice’s Beauty Salon in West Haven and later worked at State Farm Insurance.

Eunice proudly served as a WAVE in the US Navy during WWII as an aviation machinist 3rd class.

Eunice will be especially remembered for her love of her family, especially her grandchildren and her beloved NY Mets.

Eunice will be truly missed by her loving daughters, Gail (Jim) Yacavone of Prospect, CT and Marlene (Steve) Hunt of Orange.

She was the devoted grandmother of Steven and Lauren Hunt and James, Jr. and Adrianne Yacavone. She is also survived by her nephews Alden, Jr. of Florida, Kevin Peck of California, Glenn Burrell of West Haven, Tom Egan of Berlin and two nieces.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, Sept. 6, from 9  to 11 a.m. at the Keenan Funeral Home, 238 Elm St., West Haven, where Eunice’s funeral service will follow at 11 a.m.

Burial will be in Beaverdale Memorial Park.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the nurses and doctors at the Yale New Haven Hospital – St Raphael campus.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in memory of Eunice may be sent to The Connecticut Food Bank, 150 Bradley St., East Haven, CT 06512.

You may leave an online condolence at www.keenanfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Sabra Thomas, 81, Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Artist, Traveler

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Apr 222013

Sabra ThomasSabra Joyce Thomas, 81, passed into eternal rest on April 19, 2013 in the arms of her children and husband after a long, valiant battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Sabra was born on October 2, 1931 in West Haven , Connecticut the daughter of the late George Hoggan, Sr. and Helen Hayes Hoggan.

She is survived by her adoring husband, Robert J. Thomas and her children, Roberta Thomas Mancuso (Greg), Randy (Kimberly Phelan) and Jodie-lee Thomas (Bryan Golembowski) as well as her five loving grandchildren, Jessica Hallock and Kaitlin, Jenna, Kelly and Robbie Thomas. She was predeceased by her brother, George Hoggan, Jr.

Sabra graduated from West Haven High School in 1949 and Stone Business College in 1951. In her early career, she was employed as the executive assistant to one of the Vice Presidents at the Armstrong Rubber Company in West Haven, Connecticut.

She married the love of her life in 1956 and raised three adoring children. A homemaker and mom for many years, she returned to work in 1972 at Southern Connecticut State University as the administrative assistant to the professors in the College of Counseling and School Psychology where she enjoyed her career until her retirement in 1992.

Sabra was a talented artist, enjoying oil painting, poetry and her camaraderie with her Bridge Group, the Dogwood Dollies with whom she played Bridge for nearly 40 years. She loved hiking and being outdoors and especially the shoreline. She also loved animals.

She was an ardent women’s basketball fan and traveled to see both the UCONN women and The Connecticut Sun on several occasions. She loved travel with her husband, family and close friends, having been to almost every US State and abroad as well. The most important part of Sabra’s life was her family and doing things for them.

The smallest gesture from Sabra spoke volumes to all who knew her. She heaped love and attention on all 5 of her grandchildren any chance she got. She will be missed by many for her beautiful smile and her kindness.

Sabra’s family would like to acknowledge and thank those who helped make her last year as enjoyable as possible, Maria Biondi from the Orange Visiting Nurse Association, Teresa Warren, who was her 24 hour personal care assistant, the Hospice workers from VITAS: Abigal, Laura, Becky and Liz and especially Angela who faithfully stayed by her side and did everything to make her comfortable in her final hours. There are no words to describe this support system.

The family also requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to VITAS Hospice, 1579 Straits Turnpike, Middlebury, CT 06762.

Friends are invited to call Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. at the Keenan Funeral Home, 238 Elm Street, West Haven. The funeral procession will leave from the funeral home Thursday morning at 9:15.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Infant Church, Racebrook Road, Orange at 10:00.

Entombment will be in St. Lawrence Garden Mausoleum. Condolences may be expressed online at www.keenanfuneralhome.com