Obituary: Nathan Sokoloff, 100, Hardworking Man of Integrity, Beloved Father of Heidi Saxe

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Nov 132017

Nathan Sokoloff, 100, a long time resident of Orange, and most recently of Tower One in New Haven, devoted husband of the late Clara (Tolchinsky) Sokoloff, died at his home on November 10, 2017.

Born in Brooklyn, NY., December 16, 1916, he was the son of the late Irwin & Rachel (Wiener), Sokoloff. He was preceded in death by wife Clara; grandson Jeremy Saxe; son-in-law Gregory Johnson; his brother George and his sister Sophie. Beloved Father of Jill Noel (John) of Hamden, Heidi Saxe (Tracy) of Orange and Michael Sokoloff (Judy) of Cheshire. Cherished Grandfather of Dayna, Jessica, Robert, Ryan, Brian, Thomas and the late Jeremy Saxe.

Nat had a long career working full-time from 13 years old in the Garment District in NYC and was still working one day a week even after his 100th birthday. In addition to his long career in textiles, he had success in other industries as well, including the game industry, banking and, finally, working part-time in legal services. Nat served in the US Army during the Second World War. He was also President of Orange Little League during their championship year.

Nat was an extremely devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Nat and Clara were married for more than 70 years before she passed in 2010. Always the love his life, she inspired in him a passion for songwriting after her death that resulted in him writing over 70 songs in both English and Yiddish, many of them romantic ballads to Clara’s memory. He began to perform live shows at his new home at Tower One in his 90s and was preparing another performance at the time of his death. They both excelled at ballroom dancing and enjoyed traveling.

There was nothing Nat wouldn’t do for his family. Nathan leaves behind a loving family who have always admired him, learned from him, and will deeply miss him. Well educated, and self-taught, he continued his lifelong learning to the very end through extensive reading, research on the internet and kept current with technology using his iPhone for texting and social media to keep abreast of his grandchildren.

A celebration of the life of Nathan Sokoloff will be held at Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, 543 George Street, New Haven on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. with interment services to follow with military honors at B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, 200 Wintergreen Avenue, New Haven.

Nat’s family will be receiving from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be sent to Jeremy Saxe Foundation Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C. 35 Nutmeg Drive, Trumbull, CT 06611.

To sign an online registry book or leave a message of condolence, please visit: www.shurefuneralhome.com

Obituary: Edith Pitt Stahl, 97, Beloved Mother Of Craig Stahl

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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.

Obituary: Louis “Lou” F. Tagliatela, Sr, 94, Brother of Frank Tagliatela

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Jan 202014

obituary treehouseLouis F. Tagliatela, Sr “Lou”, 94, passed away on January 16, 2014 at his home in North Haven.

Lou was born in New Haven on October 15, 1919 to the late Francesco and Guiseppina Bazaro Tagliatela.

At age 13 Lou built a tree house which was the delight of the neighborhood children.

Lou graduated from Hamden High School where he won a statewide design competition for a model power boat he created. After high school Lou migrated to California and designed tools and parts first for Caterpillar Tractor and subsequently for several companies in the growing aircraft industry.

Among Lou’s fondest California memories was riding his horse, Mr. Jackson, and taking horseback lessons from Jay Silverheel who subsequently played the role of Tanto on the Lone Ranger TV series.

In WW II Lou volunteered for service and applied his drafting talents to creating maps for the high command in India and Burma. After the war he re-energized Franklin Construction, a single family home construction firm founded by his father.

Lou said that when he first met Mary Pegnataro he knew she was the one. They married in 1946. Lou built churches, schools, apartment buildings, hotels and condominiums. Mary, a tireless worker, actively participated in operating North Haven Health & Racquet and later Saybrook Point Inn. They raised three children all of whom joined in the family businesses which include Saybrook Point Inn & Marina, North Haven Health & Racquet and numerous apartment complexes.

Lou established the Tagliatela School of Engineering at the University of New Haven and the Tagliatela School of Business at Albertus Magnus College. With his family he established the Louis F. & Mary A. Tagliatela Charitable Foundation.

In 1991 Lou was chosen Entrepreneur of the Year in Real Estate and Construction for Southern New England. Lou served as a bank director for 30 years and was a lifetime member of the Amity Club. He enjoyed solving business problems with his children and having Mary work with him.

Lou is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary; son, Louis F. Tagliatela Jr. (wife, Deborah, daughters, Melissa and Lauren, grandson, Aiden); daughter, Tricia Tagliatela; son, Stephen Tagliatela (wife, Viola, daughters Stephanie and Caroline); brother, Frank of Orange; and sister, Josephine D’Amato of Wallingford.

Predeceased by his sisters, Mary and Rosemary Tagliatela, Edythe Sciarra, Madeline Bertolini and Anne Carrano, brothers, Ralph and Paul. The family wishes to express its heartfelt appreciation for the exceptional caregivers (Michelle Wilson, Christina Muratti, Carrolle Jean, Anna Lozano and Lisa Lozano) who watched over Lou in his last days.

The family requests that donations in memory of Louis Tagliatela be made payable to the Father McGivney Center at YNHH c/o YNHH Development Department PO Box 1849 New Haven, CT 06508. Attn: Lucy Sirico., or Multiple Sclerosis,705 No. Mountain Rd., Suite C102, Newington, Ct. 06111.

Friends are invited to attend Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 2819 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT on Monday 11 am. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, 700 Middletown Ave, North Haven, with Military Honors. There will be no calling hours.

To send a condolence to the family please see obituary www.siskbrothers.com. Sisk Brothers Funeral Home 3105 Whitney Ave. Hamden in care of arrangements.

December 7, 1941 “A Date That Will Live In Infamy”

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Dec 072013

Captured Japanese photograph taken during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. In the distance, the smoke rises from Hickam Field.

Captured Japanese photograph taken during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. In the distance, the smoke rises from Hickam Field.

Today is the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor.

At 8:00 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, Admiral Husband Kimmel, in charge of Pearl Harbor, sent out a hurried dispatch to all in the U.S. naval fleet, “AIR RAID ON PEARL HARBOR X THIS IS NOT DRILL.”

Seven U.S. battleships on Battleship row — Nevada, Arizona, Tennessee, West Virginia, Maryland, Oklahoma and California — were attacked, damaged and some sunk in the harbor. The Arizona and Oklahoma eventually returned to active duty.

We all know about the Arizona, in which 1,100 of her crewmen were killed. Only 32 crewmen aboard the Oklahoma, which turned upside down after being struck by about 9 torpedos.

By 9:45, 110 minutes after the attack began, it was over.

2,335 U.S. servicemen were killed and 1,143 were wounded. 68 civilians were

Photograph of a small boat rescuing a seaman from the burning USS West Virginia in Pearl Harbor.

Photograph of a small boat rescuing a seaman from the burning USS West Virginia in Pearl Harbor.

killed and 35 wounded. Also, 65 Japanese were killed and 1 captured.

Meanwhile in Connecticut

In 1941 my mother was a pre-teen, enjoying a wonderful day as she walked home from a motion picture show with her siblings in Bridgeport around 1:45 p.m. Their joyful attitudes changed when they noticed their mother rushing toward them.

“What’s wrong?” the children asked.

“We’re at war,” my Gramma said. “The Japanese have attacked us.”

Of course as children, between the ages of 10-15, their hearts sunk into their stomachs as fear and images of the Japanese soldiers coming to Connecticut and killing everyone rushed through their minds.

War changes everything

Telegram-KIAOn Dec. 8, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared that December 7, 1941 would be “a date that will live in infamy,” and the United States declared war on Japan.

My mother, aunt and uncle remembered the men in their city going to war and the anguished screams they could hear whenever a telegram was delivered on their block.

Women left the comfort and familiarity of domestic life and began working in factories to help the war effort, my Gramma was among them.

War is hell, and 291,557 Americans were killed from the time we got involved in WWII until Sept. 2, 1945, when Japan surrendered (VJ Day, Victory over Japan Day).

As more and more of our Orange WWII Veterans grow older and leave us, let’s not forget to give them thanks when we see them around town. Tomorrow’s holiday festival will be a great time to seek them out, shake their hands and say “thank you.”

A Jewish Soldier Remembers D-Day At Or Shalom Tonight (Nov. 8)

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Nov 082013

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange

Bernie Horowitz, a member of Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, is the guest speaker during Shabbat Services tonight, Nov. 8 at 7 pm.

Bernie will help honor our veterans as he discusses his service in World War II.
Veterans Day is Monday, Nov. 11.


Opinion: December 7, 1941, “A date which will live in infamy”

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Dec 072012

The USS Arizona where 1,177 souls were lost on Dec. 7, 1941.

Just 71 years ago, Pearl Harbor was attacked by 353 Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planes in two waves, launched from six aircraft carriers.

The overall death toll reached 2,350, including 68 civilians, and 1,178 injured.

My mother was a young girl in Bridgeport, skipping home from the movies when she saw her mother quickly walking toward her and her siblings.

She knew something was wrong.

My Gramma said, “We’re at war.”

The terror that my mother felt is something she will never forget.

Here is this little girl with a thousand thoughts going through her head — she could visualize her home being bombed, soldiers marching through the streets of her town, taking her family prisoner.

What did this mean? The United States was now involved in WWII.

Many young men were going off to war. Families dreaded the messenger coming with a telegram. Telegrams during wartime were always bad news.

They would watch as their neighbors received one. A woman crumpling to her knees, with an anguishing scream.

My family received a few as well — my great uncles.

War is hell and so many of our senior residents most likely can remember where they were when Pearl Harbor was bombed, Just as my generation can remember where they were when Kennedy was shot.

Today flags are at half staff in memory of the men who died in that ambush. Say a prayer for them and all the souls who paid the ultimate price for our freedom during WWII.

One of my dearest friends, Peter Horbick, served in the Army in WWII. He eventually shared his story with me in vivid detail. Those who were there never forget. Peter died several years ago, but I will never forget him or his story.

Likewise we should never take the sacrifices of our veterans for granted.