Apr 062014

carerJanice Carter, 65, of Orange, beloved wife to David Carter, passed away peacefully at home on April 3, 2014. She was surrounded by loving family and friends.

Jan was born in Des Moines, IA on July 2, 1948, to the late Howard and Jeanette Redfern, and grew up in Wilton, CT.

Jan will be forever remembered for her kind, loving and generous spirit. She had a unique blend of beauty, intelligence, sensitivity and warmth.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Jan was a loyal, hard worker and loved her job as a bookkeeper. She was an exceptional person and everybody loved her.

In addition to her husband David of 24 years, she is survived by her cherished children, Scott Muldoon (Amy), Marc DiBerardino (Heather), Lisa Robinson (Adam) and Eric DiBerardino; grandsons, Benjamin, Matthew, Cooper, Brandon and Miles; stepchildren, David Carter Jr., Debra Magrone, and Carl Gard; and step-grandchildren Jayden, Dakota, Julia and Kaitleigh. She was the loving sister of Karen, Doug, Jeff and Julie, and aunt of Todd, Gregg, Kate, Jeremy, Tim, Keri, Ian and Delia.

Friends and family may call from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday evening, April 7, at Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT 06460.

Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, April 8 at 10:00 a.m. at the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Ln., Orange, CT 06477. Burial to follow at Orange Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in memory of Janice Carter to Connecticut Hospice, Home Care Program of Shelton, 100 Double Beach Rd. Branford, CT 06405.

To leave online condolences, please visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Feb 222014

Edith StahlEdith Pitt Stahl passed away peacefully February 21, 2014, surrounded by family and friends. Born in Ansonia Connecticut, January 5, 1917, daughter of Thomas and Viola Pitt, predeceased by her husband Arthur L Stahl, son Alan T Stahl, and Grandson Nathaniel Stahl brother Thomas Pitt and sisters Marjorie Steeves and Hilda Iles.

She leaves her son Craig A Stahl, his wife Elizabeth, Grandsons Joshua I Stahl, Christian A Stahl and, granddaughter Carrie Foster, her husband John and great grandsons, Cage and Ashur Foster. Step Grandchildren, Jennifer Snow and Brendan Snow. Former daughter-in-laws Gretchen C Stahl and Cheri L Stahl.

Edith graduated from Ansonia High School, Class of 1934, Arcadia University formally Beaver College, Class of 1938. She was the dietitian at Griffin Hospital during and after WWII and office manager for Stahls’ Automobile dealership in Derby for many years, until retirement.

Devoted member of the Orange Congregational Church since 1955 when she moved to Orange from Ansonia with her family. Edith was a proud lifelong member of the Order of Odd Fellows and Rebecca Lodges.

A memorial service will be held at the Orange Congregational Church on Saturday March 1, 2014 at 11:00AM. There will be no calling hours; burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, her family requests that charitable donations be made through the Funeral Director, in Edith’s name to the Orange Congregational Church Endowment Fund, Griffin Hospital Development Fund or the Veterans Organization of your choice.

Arrangements by Jenkins, King & Malerba Funeral Home, 12 Franklin Street, Ansonia, CT 06401.

Nov 302013

Screen shot 2013-11-30 at 8.25.11 AMSusan Lewin, a beloved and respected member of the Board of Police Commissioners in Orange will be laid to rest today.

Susan, 52, died on Sunday, Nov. 24 after a brief illness.

Aside from her work as police commissioner, Susan was a passionate advocate of women and children, always looking for creative ways to encourage youth to fulfill their potential.

She leaves behind her husband Clement Lewin and daughter Sylvana here in Orange.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department will honor her by hanging an American Flag over Orange Center Road by a ladder truck in front of Station One. 

Her funeral will be held at 11 am at the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Lane.

Burial will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.




Oct 122013

Family fun dayThe Orange Congregational Church is sponsoring a Family Fun Day at Treat Farm, 361 Old Tavern Road, Sunday, Oct. 13 from 1-5 p.m.

Take a hayride around the farm and then embark on the adventure of trying to get through the Corn Maze and find all 6 hidden colored cards.

The cost is $8 per person, proceeds go to the church youth programs.

Soda, water and popcorn will be available for sale.

A bake sale will benefit the church school program.

As always Treat Farm has local fresh vegetables and cider for sale.

For information, call Beth at 203-430-2145 or e-mail [email protected]

Visit the Treat Farm website at http://www.treatfarm.com

Sep 262013

Screen shot 2013-09-26 at 2.04.48 PMYou never know when you may need a life-saving blood transfusion. Accidents and illnesses happen all the time when we least expect them and it would be tragic if the hospital you were in was experiencing a blood shortage when you need it most.

The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive this Monday, Sept. 30 at the Orange Congregational Church 205 Meetinghouse Lane, from 1 – 6 p.m.

Won’t you consider donating a pint? You could help save up to 3 lives.

In Order to donate you must be healthy — feel well and be able to perform normal activities.

If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, healthy also means that you are being treated and the condition is under control.

You must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds.

Call today to make an appointment at 1-800-RED-CROSS.

If you would like more information on blood donations and the different donor opportunities out there check out the Red Cross Blood Donor Website.


Sep 032013

funeral flower churchFriends are invited to attend a memorial service for Donna G. Monro on Saturday, Sept. 7,  at the Orange Congregational Church at 1:30 p.m.

Donna passed away peacefully on August 28, 2013 at Connecticut Hospice, Branford after a long and courageous struggle with cancer.

She was a retired teacher and librarian in the Orange Elementary School System where she enjoyed working for over 30 years.
She will be dearly missed by her mother Carol Scranton, longtime Orange resident, recently of Shelton; her daughter Sara Restrepo and husband Jose of Orange; and her two cherished granddaughters Liliana and Gabriela. She is also survived by her brother Peter Scranton of Madison.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Mar 302013

OCC steepleThe Orange Volunteer Fire Department was called to the Orange Congregational Church on Meetinghouse Lane at 10:22 p.m. on a report of a strong odor of natural gas coming from an elevator shaft and boiler room.

First responders did not smell anything, but continued to check inside and outside of the church.

Within minutes many of the department’s apparatus were in the center of town ready to take any necessary action.

The response was knocked down to non-emergency.

At 10:33 p.m. another fire officer detected the odor of gas near the boiler room and a meter was being sent to the basement.

Moments later, at 10:35 p.m. the chief requested a Gas Company representative respond to the church.

Aerial view of the Orange Congregational Church

Aerial view of the Orange Congregational Church

Gas Company Rep. arrived shortly before 10:55 p.m. His meter showed ZERO reading.

Chief Gagel began releasing Fire personnel from scene around 11 p.m. He signed out at 11:20 p.m.

Apparently, there was a gas pipe that had been repaired may have had a small leak.

NOTE: The OCC did not have a Holy Saturday service scheduled tonight, so no plans were interrupted. The first Easter Sunday Service here is the traditional Sunrise Service at 6:30 p.m. behind the parsonage.

Mar 192013

palmcrossFollowing is a notice from the Orange Congregational Church:

Calling all community kids!

Join us for a fun Palm Saturday program at the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Lane, to celebrate the meaning of Palm Sunday and the coming of Easter! Everyone is welcome!

The Christian Education Board is sponsoring the annual Palm Saturday event on March 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., for children aged 3 to 11.

The children will go through a number of centers, each with a different focus, throughout the morning. As part of these centers, they will do crafts, be part of an interactive Passion play, decorate cookies, create palm crosses, make Easter cards and contribute their handprint to a special banner.

The event concludes with lunch served in the John Ho Dining Room. There is no fee, but donations are accepted if desired.

To register call the church office, 203-795-9749 or email OCC Director of Christian Education, Pam Sugrue, at [email protected].  Please include your child(ren)’s name & age.

This year’s event theme is “planting a seed.” Come grow with us!


Whoever you are, wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.

Mar 122013


strawberry-shortcakeEvery June the Town Green in front of the Orange Congregational Church sees a flurry of activity with crafters, musicians, artists and of course strawberry shortcake during the annual Strawberry Festival.

The festival is one of the most anticipated and well attended events in town, so popular that this year it is moving from the Green to the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, where there is more space to allow for a better layout and easier navigation between the vendors, entertainment and dining areas.

The 2013 Strawberry Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In the past, the festival has attracted about 3,000 guests, and with this bigger venue, organizers are expecting much larger crowd

Download forms for ad buys and vendor registration directly from the church website http://www.orangecongregationalchurch.org/strawberry-festival)

For further information, call Susan Cassidy at 203-257-1675 or e-mail [email protected].


Originally Published on: Mar 2, 2013 @ 12:25 p.m.

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