Obituary: Mary Naydine Simonds, 95, Beloved Mother, US Navy WAVE, Artist

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Nov 252016

screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-3-48-35-pmMary Naydine Simonds, 95, of Orange, passed away peacefully at home on October 30, 2016.

She was born in Plymouth, IN on August 12th, 1921 to the late Edward Bagley and Mary (Young) Bagley. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 65 years, Philip H. Simonds. She is survived by her four children: John (Niko) Simonds of White Plains, NY, Naydine “Susie” (Stuart) Shenk of Galax, VA, Karen (Bruce) Bonfiglio of Morriston, FL and Beth Dale of Orange, CT.

Mary also is survived by ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her brothers Franklin Bagley, Elwood Russell and sister Beth White and survived by her brother Charles Bagley. She served in the US Naval Reserve, also known as the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), where she met her husband in April of 1943 while both were stationed in Washington D.C. They were married two months later at the Washington National Cathedral. She served in the WAVES from 1942 to 1944.

After raising her four children she was employed as a secretary/bookkeeper by a stockbroker in New Haven. When her husband retired they moved to Galax, VA where they enjoyed living in the Blue Ridge Mountain area for 14 years before moving back to CT in 1992. While living in Galax she was very involved in establishing their local Hospice center.

She was a talented artist and enjoyed watercolor painting. She was an avid gardener with a green thumb, tending to beautiful outdoor plants as well as a large number of orchids that she was quite proud of. She was an excellent cook and baker and loved to share her baked goods with many happy recipients.

The family will have private services, however memorial contributions may be made to Seasons Hospice of CT, 1579 Straits Tpke., Unit 1E, Middlebury, CT 06762.

Obituary: Benjamin G. Biancur, 90, Renaissance Man, WWII Veteran, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather

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Oct 072012

Benjamin Biancur

Benjamin G. Biancur, 90, passed away peacefully at his home in Orange, CT, surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his beloved wife of sixty-five years, Irma Cappelloni Biancur. Ben leaves a son Robert and his wife Geraldine and their sons Douglas and Patrick of Wallingford, CT, a daughter Janet Veenema and her husband Ralph and their daughter Kristin and husband Joseph Delaney, their son Ralph III and his wife Erin MacDonald, and their son Derek Benjamin of Rocky Hill, a daughter Lorraine Gioco and her husband Anthony and their son Anthony Benjamin of West Hartford.

Ben was predeceased by a brother, 1st Lt. Andrew Biancur, a test pilot killed in a crash at Eglin Field, FL in 1944. Ben will be sadly missed by his nephew, Col. USAF (retired) Andrew Biancur and his wife Carole of Colorado Springs, CO, and their children Beverly and Christian. He leaves many nieces, nephews, and friends as well.

In Memory of Benjamin Biancur

Ben was born on Portsea Street in New Haven and spent his youth in a place that was very dear to him. He was a dedicated family man who loved life and showed us how to live it with dignity, humor, and grace.

He attended Commercial High School and earned an athletic scholarship for fencing which went unfulfilled as Ben was called to serve in the army during WWII. He loved his country and served with pride in the 17th Bomber Wing Group.

Upon discharge Ben started his career with the former New York New Haven and Hartford Railroad (MetroNorth) in 1946 and worked his way up to supervising accountant. He remained with the company for forty-three years.

Ben married Irma, his childhood sweetheart, who was to the very end the true love of his life. They took great pleasure in restoring their colonial home.

He was a true renaissance man, an avid reader and golfer. He spent much of his leisure time painting in his basement studio and was recently featured in the New Haven Register (Hidden Talent: A Lifetime of Painting, August 14, 2011). His extensive art collection of oil paintings, water colors, and stained glass work was exhibited for the first time last year at the  Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington, CT. Two of his oil paintings were featured during September in Art of Experience at Pomperaug Woods, Woodbury, CT.

It is impossible for us to express how much Ben’s wit, compassion and concern, and zest for life will be missed in our lives.

A Memorial Service is planned for Saturday, October 13th in the Celentano Funeral Home, 424 Elm St. (Cor. Dwight) New Haven at  10:30 AM. Friends may call one hour prior to the service from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Entombment will follow in the St. Lawrence Garden Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven, Closer to Free Fund, PO Box 7611, New Haven, CT  06519.