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

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. 

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

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.

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.

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

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 .

Sep 192013

flo delise obitFlora Natalino DeLise, age 85, of Orange passed away on September 17, 2013.

For 56 years, she was the loving wife of the late Robert F. DeLise. Beloved mother of Renee DeLise Tammaro, loving grandmother of Robert Tammaro, both of New Haven, and sister of Lena Ellis of FL.

Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her infant daughter, Cheryl Anne DeLise and her siblings, Olga Zandri, George and Italo Natalino.

Flora was a past vice president of the Madonna DiLoreto Society and was instrumental in raising funds to purchase a hand carved statue of the Madonna DiLoreto, which is now at St. Anthony’s Church, New Haven.

There are no hours for visitation.

Family and friends are asked to go directly to St. Anthony’s Church for a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.

For online condolences please visit our website at www.westhavenfuneral.com. Donations may be made in Flora’s name to St. Anthony’s Church, 25 Gold St., New Haven, CT 06519.


Aug 262013

Screen shot 2013-08-26 at 11.09.20 AMCaptain William J. Donnelly Jr., USNR (Ret.) 77, of Viera, Florida, formerly of Trumbull, CT, passed away peacefully on August 23, 2013 surrounded by his family.
William was predeceased by his beloved wife Alcenior M. (Dehoney) Donnelly and is survived by his four sons: Duane and wife Deline of Orange, CT; David and wife Paty of Miami, FL; Daryl of West Haven, CT; and Danial and wife Carol of Trumbull, CT; his sisters Joan and Jane, seven grandchildren: James and fiance Jordan, Jessica, Dustyn, Ashley, Kathleen, Meghan and Danial, two great-grandsons Cole and Julien, his brother-in-law Ward Dehoney and wife Kathryn of Kansas City, MO and sister-in-law Mayme Hurley of Wheeling, IL as well as a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his wife, William was also predeceased by his father, William Sr. and his mother, Jane Jubela as well as his loving paternal grandmother, Catherine Donnelly and his beloved aunt Mary Golden Donnelly who were instrumental in his upbringing in Kansas City, MO.
Also predeceasing William were his brothers David and Patrick and his sisters-in-law Jo-Ann Sheehan and Mary Dehoney and daughter-in-law Julie.
Bill was raised in Kansas City, MO and was a proud graduate of both Rockhurst High School and Rockhurst University.
His distinguished career as both a U.S. Naval Aviator and a commercial pilot for Pan American World Airways and Delta Air Lines afforded Bill, Alcenior and their sons the opportunity to live in various places and experience an exciting life of travel worldwide.
As a young man, Bill was active in many sports and was particularly successful as a fast-pitch softball player.
Bill took great delight in customizing his many homes for 54 years, always to the specifications of his loving wife Alcenior .
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 27th at 10 a.m. in St. Catherine of Siena Church 220 Shelton Road Trumbull, CT.
Inurnment with full military honors will be at a later date, in the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL.
Friends may greet his family on Monday August 26, 2013 from 4-7 p.m. in the Adzima Funeral Home 50 Paradsie Green Place Stratford, CT.
In lieu of flowers, donations in William’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.
For more information or to make an online condolence visit www.adzimafuneralhome.com

Aug 182013

proto poRandy S. Proto, 55, of Weston, died on August 12 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
He leaves behind his beloved wife, Maria Calamito-Proto of 22 years and his 8 year old son, Christopher, whom he adored and considered his greatest achievement. Randy devoted most of his free time to teaching Christopher the value of learning, the benefit of expressing himself and the importance of always asking questions so he would build a wealth of knowledge.
Randy was born in Orange, and attended The Fairfield College Preparatory School in Fairfield, where he graduated in 1975. In a career that spanned over 30 years, Randy was a nationally recognized educator, entrepreneur and vocational student advocate. Randy advocated for student access and choice, and fought to improve the career education system by bringing compassion and understanding to the complicated issues surrounding Higher Education in the United States.
Randy served as a member of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU). Steadfast in his commitment to both vocational students and education, Randy worked diligently as an advocate for the students in private education.
His career began in 1978 when he enrolled at Computer Processing Institute (CPI) in Connecticut. After graduation, he found he had a passion for teaching and accepted an instructor position at CPI. From there he served in numerous faculty and staff positions and eventually became the Campus President of the school’s New Jersey location. So powerful was his own testimony to the value of vocational education that Randy truly became the embodiment of his beliefs.
His skill for bringing his personal educational story to Washington built steadfast relationships with members of both political parties, garnering respect from organizations and legislators in all corners of the nation. He became a trusted and valued voice regarding education in the United States.
In 1986, Randy developed his own vision for career education and founded the Rhodes Group and served as its president and CEO. He later joined Whitman Education Group and acted as its President and CEO until its sale in 1994–a personal accomplishment for the educator and businessman. In 2007, Randy gathered close friends and associates to form American Institute, a group of schools which delivered degree and non-degree allied health programs both residentially and via distance education.
Most recently, he was named as the Chief Strategy Officer at Premier Education Group. He was responsible for creating, communicating, and implementing strategic initiatives across the organization. Randy was also dedicated to many other organizations, offering his time and guidance to their success.
He was on the board of ATI Enterprises; served as a strategic partner in American Dog Rescue; and was a senior partner at EdExperts, a direct-response advertising agency. Philanthropy was essential to Randy and he supported, both through advocacy and contributions, many causes. He was most often drawn to veteran organizations in memory of his father’s service to our country. He supported the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He also supported organizations that help children battle brain and spinal cord tumors and the Imagine America Foundation, a national scholarship program for vocational education students.
Outside the workplace, Randy took up Israeli-based martial arts. He earned a black belt in the Haganah system and co-founded the International Haganah Federation, which trained civilian, law enforcement, and military personnel on self-defense and fitness. He had a passion for cars, the latest technological devices and was an avid reader.
In addition, he believed friendship and family were of paramount importance. Besides his wife and son, Randy is also survived by his brother, Keith Proto (Robert Nathman) of Orange; brother Dennis Proto (Marsha), of Cheshire. He is predeceased by his parents, Henry A. and Edith M. Proto of Orange.
Randy also leaves behind a large circle of extended family, friends and colleagues.
A Memorial Service will be held on August 19 at 11:00 AM at Norfield Congregational Church, 64 Norfield Road, Weston, CT 06883. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Lustgarten Foundation, an organization committed to the scientific and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment and cure of pancreatic cancer.
All those that knew him would be quick to agree Randy was the type of friend that you’d always hoped to somehow know but never thought you’d be lucky enough to have. Randy has left a rich legacy that will live on in all of us– in his stories, and his examples, and in the smiles that we share every time we think of him.
Arrangements are in care of the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven, CT. Sign Randy’s guestbook online at www.portofuneralhomes.net