Obituary: Barry Goldblatt, 82, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather

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Nov 102015

Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 1.43.59 PMBarry Goldblatt, 82, of Hamden, CT and Delray Beach, FL, formerly of Orange, CT and Danvers, MA, passed away on November 9, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Deeva (Laubstein) Goldblatt and the late Marcia (Weich) Goldblatt of 53 years.

He was born in Patterson, NJ, the son of the late Nathaniel and Lillian Goldblatt. He is survived by sons Mitchell (Abby) Goldblatt of Orange, CT, Alan (Tina Ellerbee) Goldblatt of Annandale, VA, and Loel (Ruth) Goldblatt of Simsbury, CT. Grandfather of Carl and Shayna, Zachary, Allison, and Leo, and Ari and Noah.

He also is survived by his sister, Susan Baumstein of Fair Lawn, NJ, and several nieces and nephews.

He received a BS Degree in Chemical Engineering with honors from Lehigh University in 1954 and an MS Degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1955.

As a Second Lieutenant in the Army Ordnance Corps, he spent two years at Aberdeen Proving Ground (MD) as the Commanding Officer of the 580th Ordnance Repair Detachment and later as an instructor.

He spent more than 40 years in the manufacture of aircraft engines. He joined the Avco Lycoming Division in Stratford, CT in 1957 as a process engineer rising through the organization to become the Chief Metallurgist. He was later appointed as the Director of the LT-101 Engine Program and as the Engineering Director of the Maintenance Operation Center.

In 1984 he joined the Aircraft Engine Business Group of General Electric in Lynn, MA. At GE he held various positions in the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Departments, and retired in 1998 as the Manager of the Special Process Technology Center.

While living in Orange, CT, he was a coach and secretary of Orange Little League and was elected as a Constable. He served as a board member, officer, and president of Beth Israel Synagogue in Derby, CT, and the Orange Jewish Community Center Association as well as the West Orange Association.

In Danvers, MA he was elected Town Meeting Member, and served on the boards of Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody, MA and the Jewish Federation of the North Shore in Marblehead, MA. While in Danvers, he helped develop the Yellow Candle Program, which became a nationwide movement among Synagogue Men’s Clubs to annually remember the Holocaust.

While spending winters in Delray Beach he served on of the Temple Torat Emet Men’s Club Board of Directors.

The funeral will be held at Congregation Or Shalom this Thursday, at 12:30 p.m.
The Shivah will take place on Thursday, Saturday and  Sunday nights, with a Kaddish service at 7pm, at the home of  Mitchell and Abby Goldblatt.
The family is planning on attending the Synagogue’s Shabbat service on Friday.


Obituary: Lina (Lee) Brookhart, Beloved Grandmother of Allison Johnstone

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Oct 312015

Screen Shot 2015-10-31 at 10.58.41 AMLina (Lee) Brookhart passed away after a long illness.

She was married to her husband Robert for 62 years. Lee was employed as a corporate secretary in New Jersey until she and her husband moved to Cape Cod in 1980.

She was the secretary for eleven years at Eastham United Methodist Church. Lee found great enjoyment spending time with her family traveling across the country to visit her children, siblings, nephews and nieces.

Her hobbies included creating works of art with paints and fabrics, making costumes and pursuing creative writing projects. She was fascinated with word play, loved to read her favorite satirists, and breezed through the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzles.

Besides her husband she is survived by three children, Larry Brookhart and his wife Ellen of Harwich, MA, Liane Brookhart of Moss Beach, CA, and Janet Gibbens and her husband Russel of Orleans, MA two brothers Gerald and Emil Calderone in Arizona, a sister Florence Blake of Oregon.

Her grandchildren Derrick Stewart of Orleans, Nashira Glidden and her husband Thomas of Harwich, MA, Elise Tiso and her husband Allessoandro of Trento, Italy, Katherine Eaton of Brewster, MA, Allison Johnstone and her husband Stephen of Orange, CT, Carina, Raina, and Cherissa Woudenberg all of California. Her great grandchildren Elijah Eaton and Paxton Glidden.

Funeral arrangements will be held privately.

For online condolences, visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.

Obituary: John J. Hackett, III, 33, Beloved Husband, Father To Be, Son, Brother, Friend

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Jul 162015

Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 10.39.09 PMJohn J. Hackett, III, 33, of Orange, formerly of West Haven, beloved husband of Sarah Chirico Hackett, and father to be of the beautiful Hannah Hackett, passed away on July 13, 2015 in his home.

Loving son of Donna Stacy Hackett of Orange and the late Edward L. Hackett. Brother of Stacey McCoart of West Haven and Christina and Maria Hackett, both of Orange. Uncle of Liam and Kylee McCoart. Maternal grandson of Jacqueline D’Amato Stacy of West Haven and the late Lawrence J. Stacy. Paternal grandson of John J. Hackett of Meriden. Son-in-law of David Chirico and Leisa Gazdik of Stratford.

At the time of his death John was a Tile Setter for Local 1 and also worked in the accounting field.

John graduated from Albertus Magnus College with a degree in accounting, he is also a lifetime member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity of UCONN.

John was an avid golfer loved the N.Y. Giants and Yankees and was a goalie for West Haven High School.

John will be sorely missed by his loving and extended family.

Friends may call on THURSDAY (TODAY) from 5pm to 8pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hannah Hackett Education Fund c/o Webster Bank, 247 Boston Post Rd., Orange, CT 06477.

His funeral procession will leave the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven FRIDAY morning at 8:30 A.M.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Victory Church at 9:00 A.M.

Entombment will follow in the Garden Mausoleum of St. Lawrence Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Mary I. Guidone Guerri, 89, Beloved Mother of Lisa Guerri

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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

Obituary: Edwin A Wayne, Sr. 94, Father of Nancy Hughes

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Jun 042014

military-funeral-flagEdwin A. Wayne, Sr., formerly of North Haven, peacefully passed away May 9, 2014, in Tavares, FL, at age 94.

Ed is survived by his wife of 67 years, Theresa K. Wayne of Eustis, FL; son Edwin Wayne, Jr., (Suzan) of Warren, ME; daughters, Nancy W. Hughes (Stephen) of Orange, CT; Susan Wayne, DVM, of Eustis, FL; and grandchildren, Erin Hughes, of Milford, CT; Christine Hughes, of Watertown, MA; Alison Wayne, of Camden, ME; and Eric Wayne of Warren ME.

Ed also leaves friend Bill Wade of East Haven, CT.

Ed was born in Rhode Island, March 12, 1920, relocating to North Haven in 1950; he and Terry moved to FL in 2002.

Ed was a former employee of Sargent Manufacturing Company and served as Grand Knight of the Father James Donaher Knights of Columbus Council 3733 in North Haven.

Internment was at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL , with military honors. 

Obituary: Lola V. Virzi, 87, Sister of Marie Sampieri

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Apr 122014

Screen shot 2014-04-12 at 7.28.33 PMLola V. Virzi, 87, formerly of Orange, entered into eternal rest on April 10, 2014.

She was the beloved wife of the late Frank P. Virzi. She is survived by four sons, Joseph J. Virzi (Cynthia) of Oxford, Julius F. Virzi of Hamden, Frank D. Virzi and Charles P. Virzi of West Haven, a sister, Marie Sampieri (Robert) of Orange, five grandchildren, Kelly Virzi (fiancé Ross Rubino) of New Haven, Simone Virzi of Ansonia, Jocelyn Virzi of Waterbury, Frank Virzi and Thomas Virzi of West Haven and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a brother, John Volto. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, April 13, from 2-5 pm in the chapel of the SPINELLI-RICCIUTI/BEDNAR-OSIECKI FUNERAL HOME, 62 Beaver Street in Ansonia.

On Monday, friends and relatives are invited to attend her funeral at 9:15 am from the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am at Holy Infant Church in Orange.

Entombment will take place in Mt. St. Peter’s Garden Mausoleum in Derby. Contributions in Lola’s memory may be made to the Orange Visiting Nurses Association, 605 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477 or through the funeral home. To send an act of sympathy, please visit www.spinelliricciutifh.com. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?n=lola-virzi&pid=170591694&fhid=15135&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.MMY1JRJg.dpuf

Obituary: Robert A. Mukoda, 79, Father of Stephanie Dragan, Korean War Veteran, Sports Enthusiast

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Apr 072014

military-funeral-flagRobert A. Mukoda, 79, of Upper Deerfield Township passed away following a brief illness on Monday morning March 31, 2014 at Inspira Medical Center in Elmer.

Born in Los Angeles, CA on September 25, 1934, he had been married for nearly 52 years to Darlene S. (nee Mitsui) Mukoda.

He was predeceased by his parents, Yukiji and Shizuko Ikada Mukoda.

A longtime resident of Seabrook and Upper Deefield Township, he had lived at his current residence since 1973. He was a 1954 graduate of Bridgeton High School and served in the US Army during the Korean War.

As a lithographer, he worked at the former Price Brothers Lithograph in Bridgeton and later at Duro-Lith in Millville and finally at Litho Print in Wilmington, DE before retiring.

A member and former officer of the Seabrook Chapter of the JACL, Mr. Mukoda served on the board of directors. He was also a member of the Deerfield Presbyterian Church and the church’s Worship Committee.

As a real sports enthusiast, he enjoyed watching any and all sporting events and especially loved the time he spent with his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, David M. Mukoda (Tammy) of Wilmington, DE, Tim J. Mukoda (Bobbi) of Colorado Springs, CO, Patricia L. Reyes (John) of Waldwich and Stephanie M. Dragan (Bill) of Orange, CT, ten grandchildren, three sisters, Alice Kazaoka (Mas) of Bridgeton, Kiyomi Miller of Marlton and June Wallace of Albany, NY and one brother, Ray Mukoda (Sue) of Bolivia, SC and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held in New Jersey on Saturday April 5.

Obituary: Lenore Serritella Daninhirsch, 67, Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother

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Jan 052014

Portland_Rose_Garden_04Lenore Serritella Daninhirsch (Frazier) of Milford, Connecticut, entered into eternal rest on January 2, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on August 11, 1946 in Bridgeport to the late Eleanor Varnelli Serritella and Leonard Serritella.

She graduated from Lauralton Hall in 1964 and received her bachelor’s degree from Caldwell College and her master’s degree from Sacred Heart University.

Lenore was a generous and loving classroom teacher for thirty years in the Diocese of Bridgeport, teaching at St. Theresa in Trumbull and at St. Lawrence in Shelton for many years. Her students brought her great joy and they were continually in her thoughts.

1388859613Lenore loved to read and her beautiful rose garden was much-loved by all who passed by. She enjoyed spending time with her adored Samoyed dogs. Her favorite pastime was enjoying the sun at Bayview Beach, down the road from her home in Milford.

In addition to her caring husband Stuart, Lenore is survived by her loving son and daughter-in-law, Justin and Melissa Frazier, and her two beloved grandchildren, Nathaniel and Jude, all of Ventura, California. She is also survived by her devoted sister, Mary Lou Serritella Sewell of Milford; her nephew, David Sewell and his wife Alexa of Larchmont, NY; and her niece, Kerry Sewell Wetmore and her husband Chris of Orange. She leaves behind her cherished grandnieces and nephews, Anna, John, Grace, John, and Molly, and many treasured friends and family near and far.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. The family is very thankful to all who were a special part of Lenore’s life.

Relatives and friends may greet the family on Monday from 4-8 p.m.  in the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull.


Funeral services will take place at the funeral home on Tuesday, January 7, 2013 at 9:00 a.m., and at 10:00 a.m. in St. Lawrence Church, Shelton for a Mass of Christian Burial.

Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Lenore’s honor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105. To light a virtual candle, visit us at www.abriola.com.

Obituary: Rose V. Pisano D’Onofrio, 91, Sister-In-Law of Louise Pisano

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Nov 092013

Screen shot 2013-11-09 at 4.45.01 PMRose V. Pisano D’Onofrio, 91, of 770 Ridge Rd., Hamden, died suddenly at Yale-New Haven Hospital Nov. 7, 2013.

She was the wife of the late Edward M. D’Onofrio, Sr. Rose was born in New Haven, Aug. 17, 1922, the daughter of the late Carmen and Maria Saffiotti Pisano and had resided in Hamden most of her life.

A very active and longtime communicant of St. Rita’s Church, she was past president of the Ladies Guild. Her family was the most important thing to her and she was devoted to them.

She is survived by her loving children, Linda (Kenneth) Roos of Hamden, Edward M. (Noreen) D’Onofrio, Jr. of North Haven, Louis A. (Janet) D’Onofrio of Cromwell and Dr. Dennis (fiancée Bridgette) D’Onofrio of Goshen, sister of Sara Cameron of Bristol, Phyllis Lyons of West Haven and Jerry Pisano of FL., sister in law of Louise Pisano of Orange. Grandmother of Edward L. (Jen) D’Onofrio, Ryan (Anita) D’Onofrio, Beth (Arnaldo) Torres, Melissa Schwartz, Bridget D’Onofrio, Brandy D’Onofrio, Nicole (John) Wiggins, Keri (Cory) Wydronkowski, John Buchine, Jason (Brianne) Roos, Jessica (Jeff) Anastasio, Caitlin and Justin D’Onofrio and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was pre-deceased by brothers Michael Iovene and Jimmie Pisano.

Funeral Monday at 9:15 from the Peter H. Torello & Son F.H., 1022 Dixwell Ave., Hamden and at St. Rita’s Church at 10 o’clock. Interment in St. Lawrence Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 5 P.M.

Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Special Olympics of CT, 2666 State St., Hamden, Ct. 06517

Obituary: Michael D’Agostino, 90, WWII Veteran, American Legion Member, Visitation This Morning Oct. 2, 9 a.m.

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Oct 022013

Screen shot 2013-10-02 at 1.29.26 AMMichael A. D’Agostino, age 90, of Branford, formerly of Orange, passed away on September 29, 2013.

He was predeceased by his wife Madeline Gallo D’Agostino. Father of Anthony (Lillian) D’Agostino of Milford and Michael (Diane) D’Agostino of Branford, grandfather of Mark (Jessica) D’Agostino, Michael D’Agostino, and James (Annie) D’Agostino, and great grandfather of Joseph and Marisa D’Agostino.

He is also survived by his sister Theresa Polverari. He was predeceased by 7 brothers and sisters.

Michael was a WWII Army Veteran, a member of the American Legion and the Exchange Club, both of Orange.

He worked for 34 years at CT White Truck Company.

Visitation will be Wednesday morning from 9-10:30 at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green.

His funeral procession will leave the funeral home at 10:30 for a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Infant Church at 11am.

Interment will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.

For online condolences please visit the website .