Mar 172015

1Stanley S. Bronski, Sr., 92, passed away on March 14, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. Born and raised in Patchogue, NY he spent many years in Orange, CT. and Deerfield Beach, FL. He was predeceased by his wife Estelle, and is survived by his five children, Paula Brindeiro of Brasilia, Brazil; Stanley Jr. of Litchfield, CT; Ned Bronski of Brooksville, FL; Elaine Vale of Dallas, TX; and Amy Skelly of Ashburn, VA, and a large extended family including ten grandchildren.

After graduating high school at 16, he went to work and later enlisted in the Navy during WWII. Stanley was a 1947 graduate of Yale University, where he was member of the Tau Beta Pi honorary engineering fraternity.

He went on to establish the Connecticut Air Conditioning Company as a distributor for Carrier Air Conditioning, earning several national awards.

He was active in his community throughout his life. During his time in Orange, he had been president of Race Brook Country Club, Chairman of the Board of Finance, and a director of Orange National Bank, and also served as President of New Haven Rotary.

After retiring to Deerfield Beach, FL, he continued his involvement and was president of his neighborhood homeowners association and was a bank director. Throughout life Stanley was an avid golfer who had played worldwide, earned several holes in one, and even held a course record at age 89. Stan was a member of Pine Valley where he shared his love of golf with many friends and family.

Visitation 5-8pm Monday, March 23, 2015 at Kraeer-Becker funeral home, 217 E. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach. Funeral mass will be held 9:30am Tuesday, March 24, at St Ambrose Catholic Church, 380 S. Federal Hwy, Deerfield Beach.

Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to Habitat for Humanity.

Jan 282015

Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 2.53.46 PMRobert A. Dommer, 90, passed away peacefully, January 21, 2015 at the Regency House of Wallingford.

He was born in 1924 in New Haven, CT; son of George and Emily Dommer, and a brother the late William Dommer.

He served in the Army Air Force in World War II.

He married Ruth Forsman, and had two children and lived in Orange, CT. He was a builder / carpenter until he retired.

Robert loved to travel and go on cruises with his longtime girlfriend Ann Mullans.

He is survived by his son Brett Dommer and his wife Judi of North Branford; and their son Raymond. His daughter Betsy DeVito and husband David of Wallingford and their children, Kristen Bonzagni, Katelyn Mitchell and Nicholas DeVito, and his great granddaughter Francesca Bonzagni.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Friday, January 30th at 11:00 AM at Beaverdale Cemetery in New Haven, CT.

Contibutions in Bob’s memory may be made to the Alzheimers Foundation of America. The Cremation Society of New England has been entrusted with arrangements.

Dec 052014

Screen Shot 2014-12-05 at 11.51.20 AMHarold F. McGrath Sr. 88, of Orange beloved husband of Evelyn Daniel McGrath passed away on December 3, 2014 in Yale New Haven Hospital.

Loving father of Kathleen Camilleri of Rocky Hill and the late Harold F. McGrath Jr. Grandfather of Kenneth (Jackie) Mitchell III, Kara Mitchell and Connor and Patrick McGrath. Father -in- law of Dawn McGrath of Hamden. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Brother of Raymond B. McGrath of Hamden and the late Laurian McGrath Burns and Robert Sisk McGrath.

Harold was born in New Haven on April 9, 1926 son of the late Francis and Leonilda Sisk McGrath.

Prior to his retirement Harold was a patrolman for the New Haven Police Department and also worked for the Yale Athletic Department in the security division of Payne Whitney Gym. He also was a WWII Army veteran.

Friends may call at the PORTO FUNERAL HOME 830 Jones Hill Rd. West Haven, Monday, Dec. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m.

His funeral procession will leave the funeral home Tuesday morning, Dec. 9, at 9:15 a.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange, at 10 a.m.

Interment will follow in Beaverdale Memorial Park, 90 Pine Rock Drive, New Haven.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Holy Infant Church 450 Racebrook Rd. Orange, CT. 06477

Nov 122014

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 3.22.16 PMDr. Anthony J. Russo, DDS, of Orange, passed away on November 8, 2014.

He was born on August 25, 1924 in New York City. The son of the late Annunziata (Manfre) and Frank Russo of High View, NY and beloved husband of the late Emily Leone Russo, and father of Jane Russo, DMD, Walter Russo, DMD, both of Milford, CT, Peter Russo, DMD, Guilford, CT and Martha Russo, MFA, Ward, CO; loving father-in-law to Erica Russo, Walt’s wife, and Professor Joseph Ryan, PhD, Martha’s husband; loving grandfather to Odelia and Henry Ryan, Claire, Amelia, and Holly Russo, Peter and Laura Kurjanowicz.

He was pre-deceased by his grandson Kyle Kurjanowicz and his sister Sarah Cromwell.

Dr. Russo served in World War II, landing at Omaha Beach with the 294th Combat Engineer attached to the 82nd Airborne. He was honored with a Bronze Star for bravery.

After returning from the war, he attended Bucknell University and then the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, graduating in 1952. In 1953, he interned at the Philadelphia Hospital where he met Emily Leone, to whom he was married for 60 years.

He opened his dental practice in Milford in 1954, and practiced for 40 years. Always a man of generosity, he threw a party on the office grounds for all of his patients to honor his 35th year in practice. He retired in 1993; his dental legacy continues today under Dr. Walter Russo. He was a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and former President of the Milford Dental Society.

Active in the community he loved, he was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Milford, serving as President in 1960, and after 58 years of service, was recently honored with the Walter Zeller Fellowship Award. He was also past President of the American Friends, a member of both the American Red Cross and the United Way Fund, and co-founder of the Milford Youth Center.

He received the Devon Post Veterans’ of Foreign War Award for “Outstanding Service to Youth,” and the Milford Junior Chamber of Commerce honored him with the “Distinguished Service Award.” In 2001, he received both the “Italian American of the Year Award” from the Milford Columbus Committee, and the “International Hixson Award” from the Kiwanis Club of Milford.

Dr. Russo was the general chairman of the election committee for Charles R. Iovino who became Mayor of Milford on a write-in vote in 1959.

He was a member of the First United Church of Christ for 60 years and served on the music committee for the Plymouth Men’s Club. An avid fisherman and boat enthusiast, Dr. Russo caught big game fish from here to Mexico and traveled extensively around the world with his family.

Calling hours are on Saturday, November 15, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Smith & Sefcik Funeral Home, 135 N. Broad St. Milford.

The memorial service is on Sunday, November 16 at 1:00 pm, First United Church of Christ, 34 West Main Street, Milford. Additional parking is available at Wasson Field at 91 West Main Street, Milford.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kiwanis Club of Milford, P.O. Box 367, Milford, CT 06460; and the First United Church of Christ, Attn:Emily and Anthony Russo Memorial Music Fund, 34 W. Main St., Milford, CT 06460.

Sep 172014

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 3.12.44 PMGeorge C. Micklus Sr., age 91, of Milford, entered into eternal rest on September 14, 2014.

The beloved husband of the late Frances Fogler Micklus for 57 years, he was born in Derby CT April 29, 1923 to the late John and Anna Micklus.

He was a Milford resident most of his life.

WWII Navy veteran who was proud to have served his country,

Mr. Micklus worked for Bic Pen Corp. prior to his retirement.

He is survived by his son George C. Micklus Jr. and his wife Denise of Seymour, his daughter Charlene F. Micklus of Milford, and his treasured grandsons Christopher G. Micklus and his wife Amanda and great-granddaughter Adrienne of Orange, and Jeffrey M. Micklus and fiancé Cindy Casuyon of Cromwell, as well as numerous loving nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother John Micklus, and sisters Mary Sedlock, Helen Sedlock, Evelyn McCarthy and Charlotte Sheahan.

The Micklus family wishes to express their thanks to the Milford Health and Rehabilitation Center for the kindness and care George received during his time with them. 

Friends and family may call on Wednesday, September 17th from 4 to 8pm at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street on the Green, Milford, CT 06460.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, September 18th at 11am at Christ the Redeemer RC Church, 325 Oronoque Road, Milford CT 06461. Interment will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Buckingham Avenue, Milford.

Contributions can be made in George’s name to the Resident Council Recreation Department at Milford Health and Rehabilitation Center, 195 Platt Street, Milford, CT 06460 or a charity of your choice

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

Jun 142014

Screen shot 2014-06-14 at 6.23.39 PMElmer Saltzman, 93, passed away peacefully June 13, 2014, at his home, in Hallandale Beach, Florida. He was born March 14, 1921,  in Bangor, the son of Louis and Julia Cohen (Epstein) Saltzman.

Elmer attended the University of Maine in Orono. He served his country in the U.S. Army and was a member of the 51st Armed Infantry Regiment, one of the first wave of soldiers to storm the beaches of Normandy. He received a Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart and Victory Medal for his service to country.

Elmer was a lifelong member of Beth Israel Synagogue and former Vice President of the JCC of Bangor. He worked as a real estate agent for many years with Kirstein Reality and Singleton Realty in Bangor.

Elmer’s approachable personality allowed him to maintain lifelong friendships in both Maine and Florida. He was always a devoted husband and loyal family man, and he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Mildred (Carver) Saltzman; a daughter, Debbie (Saltzman) Chasen and husband, Scott, of Orange, CT; granddaughters, Jackie Chasen of Orange, CT, Jennifer (Chasen) Gosselin and husband, Jesse, of Orange, CT; a brother, Robert Saltzman of Wilmington, Delaware; many nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, William Saltzman; and a sister, Ada (Saltzman) Silverman.

The family would like to thank Elmer’s caregivers for all their love and attention, Anjia Rockhead, Gina Rock and Jozette Augustine.

Funeral Services will be held 12 PM, Noon, Monday June 16, 2014 at the Jewish Funeral Chapel, 118 Center Street, Bangor. Interment with military honors will be at the Beth Israel Cemetery, Bangor.

The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center Street, Bangor, following the interment.

Gifts in Elmer’s memory may be made to the Beth Israel Synagogue, 144 York Street, Bangor, ME 04401.

A period of mourning (Shiva) will be held at the home of Mildred Saltzman, 110 Howard Street, Bangor, from 6-9 PM, Monday June 16, 2014 through Thursday June 19, 2014.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com

Jun 112014

Screen shot 2014-06-11 at 2.53.38 PMPasquale “Pat” Corso, 87, formerly of Hamden, died June 8, 2014 at Maplewood of Orange after long illness.

He was the husband of Gloria Bellucci Corso.

Pat was born in Hamden, July 5, 1926, the son of the late John and Elsie Bontempo Corso and resided in Hamden all his life. He graduated Central Conn. State Teachers College with a masters degree and Bridgeport University with his 6 year. He taught in Bridgeport for 5 years and transferred to Michael J. Whalen Jr. High School, the year it opened, retiring in 1984, when he received the Teacher of the Year Award.

He was a US Marine, serving in Guam during WWII and was a member of the Hamden Veteran Council for 10 years.

He was past president of the Hamden Legislative Council, elected to the council for 10 years, and was a member of the Water Pollution Control Auth. and the Hamden Lions Club.

Beside his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Carol Miller of Branford, sons, Bruce (Cindy) Corso of Fredericksburg, VA and Martin Corso of Murrietta, CA., brother of John “Jack” Corso of Hamden & the late Helen Tiddei,and 6 grandchildren, Pamela Miller, Taryn, David, Isabella, Spencer and Daphne Corso.

Funeral with military honors will be Friday at 9:15 from the Peter H. Torello & Son Funeral Home, 1022 Dixwell Ave., Hamden an at St. Ann’s Church at 10 o’clock. Interment in Beaverdale Memorial Park. Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 8 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made to Constalation Health Care, 240 Indian River Rd. Orange, Ct. 06477

May 262014

Screen shot 2014-05-26 at 12.22.02 AMRichard A. (Dick) Schaefer passed away at home on May 23, 2014, with his family by his side after a short illness.
He is survived by his children, Richard J. Schaefer of West Haven, Elizabeth Hadlock (Kevin) of Orange, and Mary Ellen Bertini (Nicholas) of Stratford, as well as his second wife, Barbara B. Schaefer, 7 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 28, 1921, he was the son of the late Louis A. and Magdalen H. Schaefer. Mr. Schaefer was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Eileen Kelleher Schaefer, his brothers, Raymond and Robert Schaefer and sister, Marge S. Johnson.
Mr. Schaefer graduated from Hillhouse High School and was a 1942 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.
He proudly served his country as an officer in the Marine Corps in the Pacific theater during World War II, achieving the rank of Captain.
Mr. Schaefer was employed as a sales representative for Graybar Electric Company for over 25 years before becoming an independent manufacturer’s representative.
He was a charter member of the West Haven Lions Club, and an active member of the St. John Vianney Holy Name Society. He also served as a lector at St. John Vianney Church for many years. Since 2002, he had been a communicant of Holy Infant Parish in Orange.
An avid golfer, Mr. Schaefer enjoyed wintering in Fort Myers, Florida for many years. Both he and Eileen had been golfing members of the former Riverview Country Club in Milford and Brownson Country Club in Huntington.
He regularly attended Holy Cross class reunions as a member of the Purple Knights.
The hours for visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 8pm at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green.
His funeral procession will leave the funeral home Wednesday morning at 9:30 for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 in Holy Infant Church. Interment will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT. 06405. For online condolences, please visit www.westhavenfuneral.com

May 072014

Screen shot 2014-05-07 at 1.13.29 AMRobert “Bob” Jost Reid, 87, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 5, 2014 at Milford Hospital.

He was the husband of Marian “Mickey” Reid for 64 years; father of Laura “Peach” Reid, Nancy (James) Nastri, and Heather Reid, and the late Cynthia Reid Mihalik. Grandfather of Shaun Fettes and Casey Fettes; Anthony (Danielle) Nastri, Christina Nastri and Jennifer Nastri; John (April Knight) Mihalik and the late Joseph Smith. He was great-grandfather to Olivia Nastri and Jordan Knight.

Bob was born August 9, 1926 in Brighton, MA. He graduated from Brighton High School and attended Emerson College in Boston. He served in the MA National Guard, and was an Army Sergeant in World War II.

Bob had an illustrious career in the communications field. He was active on the air in radio and television in Cleveland, Ohio 1949-1961, as news director and deejay.

Bob and his family moved to Orange, CT in 1961. Among the movies he made were many sports training films for Yale; “A Badge of Honor” for Easter Seals, for which he won a Film Festival Award; “33 Fathoms Plus” which was a short film bought by Warner Brothers and shown nationwide with “Planet of the Apes”; “We, the Episcopal Church”; and “Orange 150” which was a feature-length film he donated to the Orange Historical Society.

Bob had his own business, R.J. Reid Associates. He also worked for Milford Rivet and the Goldratt Institute, and was responsible for the marketing and advertising for Fish Mart over decades.

Bob was a true Renaissance man. His extraordinary enthusiasm, creativity and perfectionism were evident in everything he did and how he led his entire life. Some of his many and diverse passions included chemistry, photography, geology, philosophy, gardening, music, cooking and writing. Bob’s mind never stopped.

Bob was a generous volunteer to many organizations. He served with the Orange Volunteer Fire Department and worked at their annual carnival. He also worked the Orange Country Fair.

Bob was an active member of the Church of the Good Shepherd and served in various capacities through the years. He was on the Board of Directors of the Orange Chamber of Commerce, where he was awarded Director of the Year.

He also provided services to the Sterling House in Stratford and the Christian Counseling & Family Life Center in Shelton, CT.

Bob traveled extensively during his life – from the Philippines and  Japan during WWII, to England, Costa Rica, several countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and many places throughout the U.S. As a lifelong professional photographer, a show of his work was held at the Davis Gallery in Orange, which highlighted artistic pictures from his travels.

A memorial service celebrating Bob’s life will be held Monday, May 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road in Orange.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s name to the Church of the Good Shepherd at the above address, or the Orange Volunteer Fire Association (OVFA), 625 Orange Center Road, Orange CT 06477.

The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to caregivers at Golden Hill Health Care Center, Milford Hospital and CT Hospice.


Apr 202014

heaven_lake_in_chinaFrancis J. O’Connor, 88, of Sarasota, Florida went to be with the Lord on April 11, 2014.

Born in Toledo, Ohio he moved to Manatee County in 1987 from Stamford, CT. He is survived by his loving wife of over 65 years, Ann (Odoski), originally from Cleveland, OH. Together they were blessed with nine children, four boys and five girls.

Fran was preceded in death by his eldest son, Thomas O’Connor of Louisville, KY and is survived by his three sons, Joseph of Exton, PA (wife Jean), John of Orange, CT (wife Julia), and Martin of Barre, VT (wife Louise); and five daughters, Mary Chamberlin of Sun City Center, FL (husband Marc), Kathleen Creedon of Cross River, NY (husband Larry), Sara Russell of South Windsor, CT (husband Doug), Amy Berdusco of Bradenton, FL (husband Roger), and Jean Gallati of Fairfield, CT (husband Chris).

Fran also took great joy in his role of loving grandfather to 31 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Fran was a true family man who drew much satisfaction from his “one, big, happy family.”

Fran was inquisitive by nature and strongly supported education. After completing high school, he enlisted in the Navy, serving during WWII. He also continued his education, studying mathematics and law, eventually becoming a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.

Fran worked his entire professional career for the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, a national grocery store chain. He was the Director of Budgets and Controls, when he retired in 1987.

Fran loved the water. He enjoyed swimming in pools, lakes and oceans. He also enjoyed tennis and golf, especially in his retirement years at Palm Aire Country Club. He made lots of good friends there and at his church, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, where he was a founding member of the Knights of Columbus.

A Celebration of Life Mass will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 12:00 noon at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, 833 Magellan Drive (9th Street East), Sarasota, FL, 34243. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 26th Street Chapel, 5624 26th Street West, Bradenton, FL 342047 are managing the arrangements.

Private condolences can be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Fran’s honor to your choice of charity that supports children.