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.

Apr 172014

Screen shot 2014-04-17 at 1.27.20 PMGordon “Banty” C. Turner, 93, of Niantic, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Sava Health Care at Bridebrook.

Born on Feb. 22, 1921, Banty was the son of Clinton and Julia (Manwaring) Turner. A graduate of Chapman Tech in 1939, Banty worked at Electric Boat as a welder until he joined the Navy during World War II where he served for three years. Upon discharge from the Navy, he became a dedicated lineman for CL&P until his retirement in 1983.

Banty married the former Julia “Judy” Osowski on Sept. 4, 1948. They were married 51 years. Judy predeceased him on Oct. 12, 1999.

Banty was raised on the Turner Homestead at Black Point Road in Niantic. He was one of ten children and was predeceased by C. Keith, Vernon, Merle, and Mahlon “Red” Turner, Cecelia “Tela” Beebe, Rheba Gunn, Linna Maynard and Camilla Leaf. Eddis (Turner) Jones of Raleigh, N.C. survives.

Surviving Banty are his four children, John “Jack” C. Turner and his wife, Amy, of Orange and Joseph G. Turner of New Britain, Madeline M. Treat and her husband, Charles O. Treat Jr., of Uncasville and Thomas M. Turner and his wife, Susan (Camassar) Turner, of Niantic. Banty was a proud “Papa” of his six grandchildren, Megan (Treat) Feinglass and her husband, Evan; Sarah (Treat) Jakubowski and her husband, Jason; Ryan C. Treat and his wife, Stephanie (Lavin) Treat; Abbe Joann Turner; Kelly Turner and Morgan Turner. He is survived by nine great-grandchildren, Noah and Julia Feinglass; Madeline, Alex, Katherine, Kevin and Elizabeth Jakubowski; and Emily and Jack Treat. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Michael A. Wargo of New London; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Banty loved a good card game and was a founding member of the Niantic Sportsman’s Club; American Legion; VFW; East Lyme, Old Lyme and Montville Senior Citizens, as well as the The East Lyme Historical Society.

He was a true outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing, crabbing, scalloping and clamming. His love of gardening produced tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and dahlias which he loved sharing with family and friends. He loved watching and feeding the birds. He was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots as well as a supporter of the UConn Huskies; the alma mater of his children and grandchildren.

Special thanks to Banty’s neighbors – Pete and Janne Peterson, Jeannie and Pete Bergamo and Jamie and Jeff Bruno, without whose support Banty wouldn’t have been able to independently remain in his home as long as he did. Their assistance over the years is sincerely appreciated and will not be forgotten by Banty’s family.

Special thanks also to the staff at Bridebrook who provided exceptional care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), Columbus Avenue, Niantic, CT 06357 and Center for Hospice Care Southeastern Connecticut, 227 Dunham St., Norwich, CT 06360.

His family will greet relatives and friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home, 48 Grand St., Niantic. Burial will be private.

Apr 052014
Frank MozealousFrank G. Mozealous, 90, of Bethany, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at the CT Hospice, Branford, surrounded by his loving family.He was the beloved husband of 67 years to the late Bernice E. Moore Mozealous. Born in New Haven on April 3, 1923; son of the late George F. and Edith Perry Mozealous.

A graduate of Hillhouse High School, Frank served his country faithfully in the US Navy during World War II before going to work as a Plant Superintendent for Exxon.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 89 for more than 60 years, and a member of the Last Survivors Club.

Father of Bert (Nancy) Mozealous and Susan (Gary) Stone. Grandfather of Bridgett (Donny Jr.) Foyer, Kevin (Ashley) Mozealous, Gary (Cristina) Stone, Jr. and Jeffrey Mozealous. Great grandfather of Leia and Violet Foyer. Brother of Edith Bogaert and the late Phyllis Adams and Margaret Faulkner. Brother-in-law of Francis (Edith) Moore, Audrey Moore and the late Robert Moore. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

His Funeral services were held at the First Church of Christ Congregational, 511 Amity Road, followed by committal service with full military honors in the First Church Burial Grounds.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the CT Hospice, Inc., 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405.


Mar 192014

Screen shot 2014-03-19 at 5.14.49 PMsNicholas J. Bua died on Friday, March 14, 2014 in Naples, FL surrounded by his loving family.

Born in New Haven, CT to Guiseppe and Giannina (Mafara) Bua on 2 August 1925, he and his two brothers, Frank and Harry grew up in the Depression. Nick was a 1943 Hillhouse High School graduate.

He joined the Navy and served his country during World War II.

He was a Sienna College graduate, earned a degree from Quinnipiac College, and practiced as a Certified Public Accountant for his entire professional life, retiring from the firm he built, Bua & Company, when he was in his seventies. He is a past treasurer of and taught at Albertus Magnus College and was a teacher of accounting at Quinnipiac University.

Nick and his wife of 62 years, Frieda Spengler Bua, donated generously to his alma mater, Sienna College, and to Albertus Magnus College. They created a scholarship fund at Quinnipiac University in their names. Avid theater-goers, he and Frieda were often in the audience at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, CT where they sponsored several shows.

Nick and Frieda loved to dance and spent many nights over the years with close friends enjoying dinner dances in Orange, CT at the Racebrook Country Club and the Paugusset Club (where he was also president and treasurer), in Clinton, CT at the Clinton Country Club, and in Naples, FL at the Quail Creek Country Club. Nick entertained friends with his beautiful voice and comedy skits at Paugusset and Quail Creek. In fact, he sang a solo on the Shubert Theatre stage when he was eight years old. And he entertained everyone he knew- anywhere- with his jokes. Even at the end, he was looking for new material when he insisted on reading the joke on the stick of a popsicle -the last thing he ever ate. He and Frieda played tennis, golf, cards, and they enjoyed dining out wherever they lived.

Through the years, he and Frieda had lots of fun at picnics, weddings, and holiday celebrations with family, including the New Jersey cousins, the Albany and Pearl River, New York relatives, the Connecticut relatives, and their three children and nine grandchildren. One of the highlights of family gatherings and of every one of Nick’s days was Frieda’s cooking.

Nick is survived by his wife, Frieda, of Naples, FL; his three children: Carol Ode, her husband Paul, and Ode grandchildren Eric and his wife Anne, Jackson, and Anders of Burlington, VT and Lydia of San Francisco, CA; Christine Tetrault and her husband Roland, and Tetrault grandchildren Ryan, Cameron and Kevin of Burlington, VT; and Bob Bua, his wife Sarah, and Bua grandchildren Griffin and Cecily of Wellesley, MA. He is also survived by his sister-inlaw, Nancy Bua, and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He is pre-deceased by his parents and brothers.

The family thanks all at the AVOW Frances Georgeson Hospice House.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nick and Frieda Bua Scholarship Endowed Scholarship Fund c/o Julie Parr at The Development Office, Quinnipiac University, 275 Mt. Carmel Road, Hamden, CT 06518, or online at www.quinnipiac.edu/alum ni/give-back.

A mass in celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, March 20 at St. John the Evangelist in Naples, FL.

Nicholas J. Bua will be inurned at the National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

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Mar 142014

obituaryMary-Louise (Bemis) Smith, age 89, of Orange entered into rest on March 10, 2014, in her home with her loving family by her side.

She was the devoted wife of the late Robert B. Smith. She was born in Boston, MA on June 25, 1924, daughter of the late Willard G. and Minnie Maebelle (Brigham) Bemis.

She was a veteran serving during World War II as a pharmacist’s aide in the US Navy.

Mary-Lou and her husband owned and operated the Gardenway Nurseries in Milford for many years before their retirement.

She was a member and past President of the Orange Garden Club, as well as the Federated Garden Club of CT, and among her many roles she obtained the level of Master Judge.

She is the beloved mother of Jacqueline E. Wilcox (the late Clark R.) of Branford, Gregory W. Smith (Nancy) of West Haven, Jeffrey A. Smith (Carolyn) of Cleveland, GA, Candice Caldwell (Jeff) of Orange, Merry-Gail Asprelli (Steve) of Orange, loving grandmother of 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a brother, Frank Bemis, and a sister, Lt. Colonel Elizabeth B. Bemis, USAF Retired.

Her service and burial with full military honors in the State Veteran Cemetery will be private, per Mary-Lou’s wishes.

The Edward F. Adzima Funeral Home, 253 Elizabeth St., Derby, are entrusted with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Garden Club of Orange, c/o MaryEllen Bespuda, 831 Derby-Milford Rd., Orange, CT 06477.

Feb 052014
In Memory of Frank Ewing

In Memory of Frank Ewing Sr.

Frank E. Ewing Sr., 89, of Noank, passed away peacefully at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital. His devoted wife of 66 years, along with his family were at his side throughout his final days and moments.

He was born Jan. 20, 1925, in Danville, Ill., the son of Floyd Ewing and Mary (Ingram) Ewing.

Mr. Ewing served as a U.S. Army medical aidman in World War II, where he also became proficient in the technique of off-road driving. He later went on to a 28-year career at Pfizer Inc. in Groton.

Frank was a lifetime member of the Eastern Point Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as a first lieutenant and chief engineer. He was also a member of the Fire Police Association of Connecticut. An avid motor sports enthusiast all his life, he loved to watch NASCAR racing on TV in the later years of his life.

Over these years, Frank was a generous, supportive husband and involved parent, spending countless hours with his children’s interests.

In addition to his wife, Lillian, he is survived by his son, Frank E. Ewing Jr. and daughter-in-law, Susan E. Ewing of Noank; daughter, Linda Kravet and son-in-law, Ed Kravet of Orange; brother, William Ewing of Waukegan, Ill.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, at St. Mary Mother of the Redeemer Church, 69 Groton Long Point Road, Groton, followed by his burial at Elm Grove Cemetery, Mystic.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Heart Association Memorial Department, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492.

The Dinoto Funeral Home, 17 Pearl St., Mystic, is assisting the family.

Jan 232014

Screen shot 2014-01-23 at 4.35.23 PMAllan J. Rosenthal, 96, of 1450 Whitney Ave, Hamden, passed away peacefully on January 21, 2014 in Masonicares Hospice Unit after a short stay at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Born in Boston on January 1, 1918, he was the son of the late Louis and Sadie (Laskey) Rosenthal.

He leaves his beloved wife of 49 years Barbara (Cohn) Rosenthal, daughter Connie (Milender) Goebel, son-in-law Jay Goebel, grandchildren Alec and Sally Goebel of Orange, CT, sister Helaine (Rosenthal) Meyers of Brookline, brother Irwin Rosenthal of Chestnut Hill and many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and extended family and friends.

Allan lived most of his life in Brookline and Boston. He got his BA and MBA from Dartmouth College in 5 years, then attended naval officer training school at Columbia. He was a Lieutenant in WWII serving in Italy, North Africa and later in Seattle.

Upon returning to Boston, he worked for Jos. P. Manning and Boston Bonnie Fisheries before going into financial planning. He was still working for Arthur W. Wood Co. at age 92 when an illness forced him to retire and relocate to CT to be close to his daughter.

Retirement gave him the opportunity to play bridge and read his beloved history books. Days before leaving YNHH he was reading a history book with highlighter in hand, discussing the US Constitution with his doctor. The family wishes to thank the staff of Atria Larson Place, Dr. Chris Sankey and the staff at YNHH, as well as the staff at Masonicare for the gentle caring and love you gave our Allan.

Those who knew him know how he could touch your heart and we thank you for cherishing his. Graveside funeral service at the Temple Ohabei Shalom Cemetery, 145 Wordsworth St., East Boston, Friday at 12 noon. Shiva following the interment will be at the home of Allan’s sister, Helaine Meyers, at 101 Monmouth Street, Brookline until sundown Friday.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the American Heart Association or a charity of your choice .

The Weller Funeral Home, 493 Whitney Ave., NEW HAVEN, CT is in charge of arrangements. To sign a memorial book please visit: www.wellerfuneralhome.com.

Jan 122014
A burial at sea

A burial at sea

Edward C. Sembor, Sr., 87, of West Haven, beloved husband of the late Lois Ann “MeiMei” Dalaski Sembor, entered eternal rest on January 9, 2014 at CT Hospice, Branford.

Born in Middeltown, NJ, on September 27, 1926, he was the son of the late Adolf and Irene Czembor. Orphaned in childhood, Mr. Sembor was raised by his paternal uncle and his wife, Walter and Anna Chambers on their tobacco farm in South Deerfield, MA. His six first cousins became siblings and endeared him with the nickname “Sharkie”. This moniker would follow him throughout his life.

Immediately following his high school graduation, Mr. Sembor enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 at the age of 17. He took basic training at the Samson, New York Naval Training Center and earned the rating of Aviation Radioman, Third Class. He served in both the American and Pacific Theaters as a crewmember flying in PB2Y aircraft. Completing his Naval Service, he was named Commander of the Felix Wecrzyn Post Polish American Veterans of WWII and later joined the American Legion.

Mr. Sembor attended the Butera School of Art of Boston, the Paier School of Art in Hamden and then earned his bachelor’s degree from Empire State College, State University of New York.

He was employed by Pitney Bowes, Inc. of Stamford for 42 years, finishing his career as Manager of Technical Publications.

A longtime resident of West Haven, Mr. Sembor was an active member of his community. He served as an Assistant Cubmaster, at Pack 9 in West Haven. He coached youth basketball in the West Haven Allingtown Center League, winning the city championship in 1972. He served as Lecturing Knight in the West Haven Elks Lodge No. 1598. He was also a member of Toastmasters International and served as Chairman of the Parents Club at Fairfield University in 1978.

Mr. Sembor was passionate about singing and was a longtime member of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Singing in America, where he spent many memorable hours at the New Haven Chapter, City of the Elms Chorus, with his friends and colleagues singing their favorite songs. He was an avid golfer who once shot a hole-in-one, and lifelong Red Sox fan.

He leaves two children, Ilona Clark and her husband, Raymond of Orange, CT; and Edward C. Sembor, Jr., Ph.D. and his wife, Lynn of Thompson, CT; four cherished grandchildren, Wanda Picagli of Orange, Craig Clark of Orange, Kathryn Sembor of Providence, RI and Jacqueline Sembor of Broadbrook, CT; two great-grandchildren, Rianna Picagli and James Clark of Orange; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call on Monday, January 13, 2014 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Wakelee Memorial Funeral Home, 167 Wakelee Avenue, Ansonia.

A Mass of Christian Burial (MEETING DIRECTLY AT CHURCH) will be Celebrated on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at 9:00 AM in St. John Vianney Church, 300 Captain Thomas Blvd., West Haven.

Military Honors will be accorded following Mass. Burial at sea will be conducted by the U.S. Navy. Memorial contributions may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT, 06405 or www.hospice.com. Online condolences may be made at www.wakeleememorial.com.

Dec 292013

Arlington National Cemetery Website PhotographCaptain, USN (Ret.) Steven Nicholas Anastasion, 92, passed away peacefully on December 19, 2013 in Washington, North Carolina with his loving wife, Charlotte, by his side.

Capt. Anastasion was born April 9, 1921 in New Haven, Connecticut to Savas and Eleni (Elefteriades) Anastasion. He was a longtime resident of McLean, Virginia prior to retiring to Chocowinity, North Carolina. Anastasion was a graduate of New Haven (CT) High School (1938), a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (BS, 1942) the class of 1943 and served his country with distinction during the Second World War. He was also a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MSEE, 1948), the Naval War College (1958), and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (1964).

While in the Navy he served as Technical Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (R&D), Secretary of the Interagency Committee on Oceanography (ICO), Assistant Director, Secretary of the Navy’s Office of Program Appraisal; Technical Officer, Task Group 3.1 (Operation Greenhouse-Eniwetok), Technical Officer, Office of Nuclear Energy Applications, Bureau of Ordnance; Director, Nuclear School, Armed Forces Special Weapons Project and as Commander, Naval Weapons Laboratory.

During WWII he served aboard the USS Champlin (DD601) from 1942 to 1945, becoming its Executive Officer in 1944. During this period, Champlin took part in numerous trans-Atlantic convoys anti-submarine actions, the invasions of Sicily and Southern France, and the Anzio Beachhead operations. In 1949 he served on the USS Coral Sea (CVB 43) as Assistant Gunnery Officer and Special Weapons Officer. From 1952-1954 he commanded Destroyer Escort USS Melvin R. Nawman (DE 416), from 1958-1960 Radar Picket Destroyer USS Hawkins (DDR 873) and from 1964-1967 Guided Missile Cruiser USS Leahy (CG-16).

His Navy decorations include two awards of the Legion of Merit and two awards of the Bronze Star with Combat Insignia (WWII).

Upon retirement from active duty in 1972 Anastasion joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as Director, Policy and Plans (Marine Resources) and as Executive Secretary, Interagency Committee on Marine Science and Engineering. In 1976, he was named Director of NOAA’s Office of Ocean Engineering.

In 1980 to 1985 he was appointed Executive Director of the National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere (NACOA), a statutory advisory committee to the Congress and to the President. During 1972-1985 Anastasion was also U.S. Chief Scientist for the U.S.-France Agreement on Cooperation in Oceanography (1974-1985) for which he received the National Order of Merit (Chevalier) from the President of the Republic of France.

Anastasion was a member of Hiram Lodge No. l (Connecticut) A.F. & A.M., of the American Legion (McLean Post 270, Virginia), Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, Orange, CT and of the Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, Winterville, NC.

Steven Anastasion is survived by his wife, Charlotte Eleni Kirn-Bauer Anastasion of Chocowinity, North Carolina; his two children from a former marriage, daughter, Susan Anastasion Ludlum of Falls Church, Virginia; son, Steven Michael Anastasion of Columbia, South Carolina; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a brother, George Anastasion of Orange, Connecticut.

Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Betsy Bailey Nelson Animal Control Facility, 3931 Hwy 264 East, Washington, NC, 27889.

Dec 162013

Screen shot 2013-12-16 at 12.57.23 PMEdward L. Nettleton, II, 88, died on December 6th, 2013 in Ocala, FL.

He was born December 9th, 1924 to the late Kenneth and Eleanor (Fry) Nettleton in New Haven, Ct.

Edward grew up in New Haven, CT and attended grade school in Wallingford, CT (Choate High School) and also a graduate of Yale University class of 1950 and the University of New Haven, 1979 MBA.

Mr. Nettleton and his wife Jeanette moved to Dunnellon in 1993 from Cheshire, CT after retiring from Pioneer Parachute in Windsor Locks, CT as an electrical engineer. He was instrumental in developing the navigational system for the Lunar Excursion Module which landed on the moon in 1969.

He served our country proudly with the U.S. Army during WWII in which he served in George Patton’s Third Army in Normandy and in England. Edward was a member of the IEEE and the Yale University Alumni Association.

He is preceded in death by his half-brother, John Nettleton.

His survivors include his wife of sixty-three years, Jeanette Nettleton, Dunnellon, FL; his children, Edward Lee Nettleton, III, Orange, CT, Eleanor G. Nettleton, East Hampton, CT and two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

We love you and we will miss you until we meet again.

Expressions of sympathy can be made online at: robertsofdunnellon.com 

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