Obituary: Harriett Velms Lattanzi, 85, Artist, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Feb 192014

Screen shot 2014-02-19 at 7.17.36 AMHarriett Velms Lattanzi, age 85, of Orange, beloved wife of 42 years to the late Dr. William E. Lattanzi, died peacefully surrounded by her children at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford on Sunday, February 16.

Harriett was born on August 3, 1928 to the late Joseph and Helen Hamulak Velms of Ansonia.

She was a graduate of the University of Connecticut where she  majored in Home Economics and English.

Harriett was a resident of Orange for more than 50 years.

An artist well known for her watercolors of landscapes, nature scenes and flowers, she taught in local after school programs for many years.

A gourmet cook, elegant dresser, and self-professed tomboy, she enjoyed horseback riding, tennis, golf, and bridge, walking with her friends (the “Walkie-Talkies”), reading, writing poetry, and traveling the world.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who will be truly missed. Harriett is survived by her sister, Jeanne Steiner of Bristol, CT; daughter Laura Sterling and her partner Joseph Deuel of Saratoga Springs, NY; son William Lattanzi and daughter-in-law Martha Vibbert of Belmont, MA; daughter Susan Roser and son-in-law Mark Roser of Hebron CT; her seven grandchildren; and the vibrant community of friends that brought her so much joy throughout her life.

Friends and family may call on Wednesday, February 19th from 4-8 PM at Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford CT 06460. At 7 PM, any and all are invited to share their memories of Harriett.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, February 20th at 11 AM at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange CT, 06477.

Interment will immediately follow at Orange Center Cemetery.

A reception at the family home will follow from 1 to 4 PM.

Donations may be made to the St. Raphael’s Campus of the Yale New Haven Hospital, the Orange Arts and Culture Council, or a charity of choice .

To leave online condolences, visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com

Obituary: Patricia Spragg Belbusti, 77, Teacher, Beloved Mother of Frank and George Belbusti

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Oct 082013

Screen shot 2013-10-08 at 6.43.23 PMPatricia Spragg Belbusti, 77, of Woodbridge passed away October 6, 2013 in the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven.

Wife of the late Frank A. Belbusti. Beloved mother of Frank (Jill) Belbusti and George (Gina) Belbusti all of Orange and the late Lynne Belbusti. Loving grandmother of Heather Aportria, Anthony, Lucia and Frank Belbusti, III.

Daughter of the late Howard and Lena Lavorgna Spragg. Sister of Judy Spragg of Orange and the late Barbara Belbusti and Jacqueline Spragg. Also survived by 4 great grandchildren.

Patty was widely recognized for her comforting style and her ability to calm those in need. She was a paraprofessional teacher of primary special needs children in the West Haven Schools for 40 years. She was an active fund raiser for the West Haven Seth Haley Scholarship Fund. She also served as a PTA President in the West Haven School System.

As a regular traveler, she enjoyed New England, Canada, and Italy. Her most memorable trip was a 6 week RV Tour of the U.S.A.

She attended and enjoyed frequent Italian American Club dances. She had close association with her nieces Gina Belbusti Bohan, Kim Belbusti Zabilowski, and Gail Belmont Harwood and her nephews Jim Belmont, Kyle and Randy Coppola.

Friends may call at Porto Funeral Home, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven, Wednesday from 4:00-8:00 PM.


Her funeral procession will leave the funeral home Thursday morning at 10:15 a.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of the Assumption Church (Center Rd.) at 11:00. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Easter Seals, Attention: Autism & Developmental Disabilities Center., 733 Summer St., Suite 104, Stamford, CT 06901.

Sign Patty’s guestbook online at www.portofuneralhomes.net 

Obituary: Beverly Barton Hall, 95, Founding Member of the Orange Public Library, Author

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Sep 212013

61875ac90d3ca3993e6e5905dd3ab544Beverly Barton Hall, 95, died peacefully September 18, 2013 in the Orange, CT home where she raised her family and lived for more than sixty years.

She was born July 15, 1918 in Cincinnati, OH, daughter of the late Clarence Earl Barton and Maude (Wedmore) Chambers.

A 1940 graduate of Middlebury College, Beverly also earned a Certificate of Library Science from Columbia University and an MS in Education from Southern Connecticut State College. She worked in the libraries at Wellesley College, the Great Neck (NY) public library, and the Yale Law School through the 1940s. She was a founder and member of the Orange public library from 1956-1963 while raising her family. After volunteering in the Amity Junior High School library in Orange, she served as head librarian at Amity Regional Senior High School (Woodbridge) from 1967-1980.

Following her retirement, she and her husband established a second home in Naples, FL where she continued following her passion for books by founding and serving as librarian at St. John’s Episcopal Church from 1993-2011. Bev’s passion extended to writing as well. In addition to writing several short stories, she authored The Secret of the Lion’s Head, (1995), an historical novel for adolescents from the perspective of her husband’s grandmother, a child living at the nexus of General Grant’s Richmond spy ring during the Civil War.

Second only to her passion for books was Bev’s love of counted cross-stitch. She surrounded herself with her craft, and delighted in creating special works of art for her family and friends. When she could no longer sew, she kept at least one book by her side at all times and was an avid reader to the very end.

Raised in the Westville section of New Haven, Bev reconnected with a returning World War II veteran and childhood neighbor, Randolph VanLew Hall, whom at age 11 she had decided would be the man she would someday marry. In 1947, she did indeed marry him, and they had more than 55 years together.

The last surviving initial member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Orange, Beverly is survived by her sister, Barbara Barton Lindsey of Southington; her three children: Barton M. Hall (Margit), of De Soto, KS; Martha H. Kern, of Orange; and Patricia H. Pellerin (Robert), of Salem, along with six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was pre-deceased by her husband, three step-brothers (Arthur, Gordon, and Marshall Chambers), one granddaughter, and a great-grandson.

Memorial services will be at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Orange at the convenience of the family, and burial will be in the family plot in Orange Center Cemetery.

Obituary: Allene Robinson Small, 84, Teacher, Mother Of Richard Small

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Sep 042013

ObituaryAllene Robinson Small, 84, of Orange, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on August 22, 2013.

She was the wife of the late Odie Small and beloved mother of Charles Small of Bethany, Richard Small and his wife, Pat of Orange; and Scott Small and his wife, Diane of North Branford; and sister of Jack Robinson of Pennsylvania.

Allene was blessed with eight grandchildren, Erik (Sarah) Small, Jason (Anna-Maria) Small, Scott Small, Jennifer (Sean) McCulloch, Tiffany (Adam) Arsenault, Stephanie (Dean) Alderman, Christopher (Maria) Small and Sharon Small; and 13 great-grandchildren, Luna, Carter, Noelle, Eliza, Liam, Harlen, Silas, Scarlet, Oakleigh, Cooper, Mason, Quentin and Topher.

Allene also leaves her longtime friend, companion and love, Ed Connolly, who is greatly appreciated by her family for always taking such good care of her.

Allene was born on Oct. 1, 1928, attending Garfield High School (Ohio), Akron University and Southern Connecticut State University, earning two master’s degrees in education. She enjoyed her job at Martin Luther King Jr. School in New Haven where she taught for more than 40 years. She loved her family and traveling, especially to her favorite places – the Cape and Vermont.

In addition to her late husband, Allene was predeceased by her mother, Mabel D. Robinson; her father, Clarence W. Robinson and her sister, Suella R. Prentice.

A Celebration of Allene’s life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 10:30 a.m. at 9 Hoadley Rd., Branford. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the 2013 Closer to Free Ride for Smilow Cancer Hospital (http://rideclosertofree.org). Maureen Raucci will honor Allene by displaying her name on her team’s banner.

Arrangements are being handled by the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT 06460.To leave on line condolences please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Obituary: Mildred Buckland, 98, Mother of Gary W. Sell, Welder During WWII

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Sep 012013

She was born on May 23rd 1915 in Browington, VT, daughter of the late Delmar H. and Edith A. Kellogg Bennett.
Mildred graduated from Westfield High School in 1933 and was employed as a housemother at Westfield State College. She also worked as a nurses aide at Noble Hospital, a waitress at Tekoa Country Club and as a welder at Columbia Mfg. during WWII.
Mildred enjoyed gardening square dancing, cooking, baking and taking care of people. She leaves her husband Harvey S. Buckland, two sons, Gary W. Sell of Orange, CT and Glen E. Sell of Westfield and a daughter Mary Moore of Springfield, VT., a sister Vivien G. Butler of Westfield, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by a son Guy H. Sell and by her first husband Elliot Janellier and her second husband Walter Sell and two brothers Earl and Art Bennett.
The funeral will be Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 11:30 AM from Firtion-Adams Funeral Service, 76 Broad St. Westfield followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial in St. Mary’s Church at 12:30 PM with burial to follow in the Mass Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam at 2 PM.
Calling hours will be Monday from 4-7 PM at the funeral home.
Donations may be made to the Bronson Unit at Noble Hospital, 115 West Silver St. Westfield, MA 01085.

Obituary: Bertha Segala Parsley, 93, Swim Teacher, Appreciated the Arts

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Aug 132013

Screen shot 2013-08-13 at 9.50.37 PMBertha L. Segala Parsley, 93, of Fairfield, devoted wife of the late, Charles Parsley, passed away on August 10, 2013 in St. Vincent’s Medical Center.
Bertha will be remembered by her son, Dr. Gregory Parsley, of Fairfield; three grandchildren, Justin Parsley, of Las Vegas, Nevada, Kenneth Parsley, of Tampa, Florida, Jordan Parsley, and their mother, Marilyn, of Orange; many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her beloved husband, Charles, she was predeceased by one son, Kenneth Parsley; and siblings, Paul Segala, Dominick Segala, Catherine Bonvincini, Dino Segala, and John Segala.
Born in Devon, Bertha was raised in Bridgeport, where she graduated from Bassick High School, and had been a resident of Fairfield since 1949.
She worked as a supervisor in Bryant Electric to help the war effort during World War II.
Bertha was an excellent swimmer, and taught swim classes for children at Seaside Park as a lifeguard. She also enjoyed classical music, travel and art. Bertha visited all the great museums of Europe. She loved to prepare different foods and bake. Most of all, she enjoyed feeding people when they came to her home. She was a kind, gentle, and loving person. She will be missed very much.
Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday at 11 AM directly in Holy Cross Church. Her interment will follow in Lawncroft Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.
Memorial flowers may be sent or Contributions may be made to: Holy Cross Roof Fund, 750 Tahmore Drive, Fairfield, CT 06825. To order flowers online, travel directions, or to sign her guest register, visit www.LeskoPolkeFuneralHome.com

Donna Boucher, 72, Beloved Wife of David Boucher, Mother, Grandmother

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Jul 142013

Donna BuchterDonna Boucher, age 72, wife of David Boucher and resident of Orange, entered into eternal rest July 11.

She was born in Derby on Feb. 1, 1941 to the late Joseph & Maisie Galston Guluzy.

She was a graduate of Stone Business Academy. She worked at and retired from Griffin Hospital after thirty years in the Business Dept.

In addition to her husband David, she leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Kimberly Stronk of Bethany & Lisa Boucher- Warner & her husband Robert of Woodbridge, her grandson Jason Warner, who called her “Mimi,” her Aunt Helen Galston of Ansonia and cousin James Galston III of Simsbury and several cousins, nieces & nephews.

There are no calling hours. All services, per Donna’s wishes, will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Donna’s memory may be made to The Griffin Hospital’s I.C.U. Unit through the funeral home.

The Jenkins King & Malerba Funeral Home, 12 Franklin St., Ansonia, is entrusted with arrangements. (www.jenkinskingfh.com)