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Orange 8th Grader Is Christmas Angel for Children at St. Jude’s

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Jan 292015
 

Lauren Richetelli

Lauren Richetelli

Lauren Richetelli, 13 of Orange made this past holiday season a little brighter for kids suffering with cancer and other diseases by organizing a toy drive to benefit children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The Amity Middle School 8th grader saw a commercial asking for donations for St. Jude’s in November. She went to work immediately, enlisted the help of a couple friends, by creating a flyer requesting toys or monetary donations and received permission from the school to distribute the flyer to all 600 middle school kids and also place a box for toy donations in the school’s office.

Lauren then appealed to family and friends by mailing the flyer to over 50 families. The response from the community was incredible! She received donations totaling $685, which she used to purchase 92 items, including toys, books and gift cards for kids of all ages. She collected donations of 64 toys from the collection box at Amity.

Lauren was able to send 5 large boxes, totaling 156 items to St. Jude’s in December, making for a tremendously successful project. She hopes to grow the toy drive for next holiday season.

Obituary: Sam J. Crescione, 86, Beloved Father of Cheryl Watts, Devoted Grandfather, US Army Veteran

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Dec 122014
 

Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 12.12.10 PMSam J. Crescione, 86, formerly of Bridgeport entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 in Orange and is at last with his beloved and treasured wife, the late May Hope Crescione.

Born on September 12, 1928 in Bridgeport, CT, he was the son of the late George and Maria Fico Crescione.

Sam served with great pride and honor in the US Army with the Post War Occupation Forces in Japan, tragically witnessing the devastation of Hiroshima.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed with the US Postal Service.

A devoted husband, Sam was also a kind and caring father, grandfather and great grandfather, and he will be greatly remembered for his love of family and his generosity on the holidays.

He is survived by his daughters; Hope Annunziato and her husband Frank of New Haven, Cheryl Watts and her husband William of Orange and Jill Mack and her husband Michael of Bridgeport; six cherished grandchildren and two great grandchildren and many more loving nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife May, he was predeceased by his sister, Josephine Garber and brothers, Santo, Joseph, John and James Crescione.

Friends and family may call on Saturday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 12:00 p.m. at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT 06460.

Interment to follow at Gates of Heaven in Trumbull.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Pl., Memphis, TN 38105 or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

To leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.