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Obituaries: Sperie and Nikki Perakos, Together In Life And Eternity

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May 032021
 

Sperie Peter Perakos and wife Natalie “Nikki” Pappas Perakos of Orange, inseparable and united for more than 60 years, died respectively on April 5 and April 24, 2021.
Sperie, 105, was born in New Britain, CT, son of the late Peter G. and Julia Ladany Perakos; he was a graduate of Yale University, Pierson College Class of 1938.
While later attending Harvard Law School, he was required to return to CT to assist in the family’s theater business, founded by his father. Sperie Perakos enjoyed a long career as President and CEO of Connecticut Theatre Associates. He served the U.S. Army in WWII as a Captain in Intelligence in the 448th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion which participated in the Normandy invasion.
He received a Bronze Star and other honors for his service. Given his effort in France during WWII, he was awarded the insignia of Knight of the National Order of the French Legion of Honor in 2020.
Sperie was proud of his Alma Mater. He was a fellow of Pierson College and active with Yale University throughout his life. Especially worthy of note was his dedication to the Peabody Museum of Natural History for numerous years. He was also close to the Yale School of Drama, organizing various initiatives. He remained active as Class Secretary.
Natalie “Nikki” Pappas Perakos, 82, was born in Detroit, MI, the first child of the late George Harris Pappas and Sophia Taxintar Pappas.
She studied at the Detroit Conservatory of Music and with Marcus Kellerman. She was the youngest member of the Michigan Opera Company and appeared as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She studied at the Yale Schools of Music and Drama. Her acting endeavors included television and theatre productions.
Nikki was a fellow of Pierson College and the first woman to be appointed to the Yale Alumni Association. She aided her husband Sperie in his activities with Yale until the end of their lives. She was a patron of the arts and volunteer for various organizations. She contributed to the MMA Costume Institute, notably with the Charles James Butterfly Dress.
Although Nikki worked in design, she was often at her husband’s side with his theatre circuit work. Given their involvement in the sector, the couple was active with the Connecticut Association of Theatre Owners (CATO) for many years.
Sperie was assisted by his wife Nikki in the production of the 1961 film “Antigone”, starring Irene Papas and members of the Greek Royal Theatre. The film was acclaimed internationally.
Mr. and Mrs. Perakos were longtime parishioners at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Orange. Sperie served as a past District Governor and a lifetime member of the American Hellenic Progressive Association “AHEPA”.
The couple loved life and were inseparable. They brought much love, wisdom, and joy to those their lives had touched. They will be missed greatly. They are survived by several nieces and nephews.
Sperie Perakos is survived by sisters-in-law, Urania K. Perakos and Marilyn Perakos, both of FL. He was predeceased by a sister, Artemis Perakos-Miller; and brothers, Dr. George Perakos, John P. Perakos, Atty. Steven E. Perakos, and Peter (Socky) G. Perakos, Jr.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange, and can be viewed online at www.saintbarbara.org.
Interment with Military Honors will follow in Grove Street Cemetery, 227 Grove Street, New Haven, and can be viewed online at www.facebook.com/WakeleeMemorial.
Additional information and online condolences available at www.wakeleememorial.com .

Obituary: Allen Mushin, 82, Beloved Husband, US Navy Veteran, CERT Leader, HAM Radio Operator

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Apr 282021
 

Allen E Mushin, 82, of Orange, unexpectedly passed away Friday, April 23, 2021.

Allen was born in Brooklyn, NY on July 16, 1938, to Anne and Victor Mushin. He was raised in New Haven, CT, and graduated from Hill House High School in 1956. He proudly served in the US Navy as a radio operator on the USS Tingey. He spent his career as a technical writer until retirement.

During retirement, he was very active in the town of Orange as the leader of the CERT team for 13 years. Allen enjoyed magic, amateur (HAM) radio, and was a disc jockey on an internet radio show called The Doo Wop Cafe.

The highlight of his life was spending time with friends and family, especially his grandchildren.

Allen is survived by his wife, of 60 years, Sheila Mushin (Spivak), his two children, Mark Mushin and Beth Korman, son in law, Jay Korman, sister Linda Saslow, grandchildren, Andrew Mushin and his fiance Beth Wellington, Jenna Mushin, Elana Korman, Sydney Korman, and nieces and nephews, Randi Saslow, Wendy Saslow, Betsy Spivak, and Scott Spivak. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Alyssa Mushin, and brother-in-law Harold Saslow.

Due to COVID-19 Restrictions, a private graveside ceremony is planned for the immediate family. The Robert E. Shure & Son Funeral Home, New Haven is in care of Arrangements In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association (NTSAD) 2001 Beacon Street, Suite 204 Boston, MA 02135 or to a charity of your choice.

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

 

Rest in peace Al. Your talent, humor, and friendship will be missed. 

Obituary: Kimberly Callahan, 59, Former Town Employee

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Apr 132021
 

Kimberly Ann Callahan, 59, of Milford, beloved wife of 28 years to Thomas Callahan, passed away on April 9, 2021. Born on January 17, 1962, in New Haven, she was the daughter of Geraldine Licciardi and the late John Licciardi.

Kimberly graduated from East Haven High School in 1980. She was a member of the color guard for the CT Classics Jr. Drum & Bugle Corps.

She worked for the Town of Orange at the High Plains Community Center for 17 years and loved interacting with all of the Orange senior residents she saw day-to-day, as well as planning events.

Most of all, Kimberly enjoyed spending time with her family and loved them fiercely.

Along with her husband, Kimberly leaves behind her daughter, Erin Callahan; brother, Andrew Licciardi and his wife, Alisa; niece, Lynn Licciardi; and many close friends and extended family.

A gathering of family and friends will take place on Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford. 06460. Masks will be required and social distancing will be enforced.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.

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

Obituary: Laurie Jean Lewis, 54, Beloved Wife, Mother, Daughter-in-Law of Mark A. Lewis

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Mar 282021
 

Laurie Jean (Harrison) Lewis, 54, of Mystic, entered eternal rest Monday, March 22, 2021, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. She was born May 18, 1966, in Holyoke, Mass., to Sandra Jean (Bozcon) Harrison and the late Richard John Harrison of Mystic.

Her father, Richard, served in the United States Navy, and after living in Hawaii for a short time, the family settled in Mystic. After graduating from Robert E. Fitch Senior High School in 1984, Laurie attended Gordon College (Wenham, Mass.) and earned a bachelor’s degree in youth ministry in 1988. Upon graduation, she worked as a paralegal at O’Brien Shafner law firm in Groton, for more than 10 years. Laurie and her husband, Mace, were married in 1991, and have lived in the Mystic area for the past 30 years. Laurie had a special passion for our local schools, and after volunteering at Noank School for many years, she became a secretary at Northeast Academy. Laurie’s beaming smile and warmth greeted everyone who walked through the door, students, parents, teachers, and staff alike, with an encouraging word, a patient and sympathetic ear, or a warm hug. She will be deeply missed by her dear friends and colleagues at Northeast Academy.

Laurie also volunteered with the Fitch Marching Band for more than 10 years, serving as the chair of the Fitch Music Boosters and co-chair of the home show committee, putting her passion and commitment into practice to serve the students, staff, and other volunteers. Her tireless efforts, especially around the home show, helped make the Fitch Marching Band program a source of great pride. She was also a swim mom for the Fitch High School and Gordon College swim teams. She cherished the deep friendships formed throughout the swimming community and was loved by many swimmers, coaches and parents. Laurie served as the chair of the alumni board at Gordon College and, with her husband Mace, were co-chairs of the parent advisory committee.

Laurie was a devoted Christian and had a servant’s heart. She was an active member of Bishop Seabury Church since 1983 and was involved in all aspects of church life. She had a limitless faith and truly was a daughter of the King. Drawing on God’s strength, she lived life with compassion, fierce love, grace, pride, humility, devotion, and acceptance, touching the lives and hearts of all those she knew. Even in her darkest days as she bravely fought relentless cancer, she remained a shining light, always putting others before herself.

The family is eternally grateful to Dr. Paul DiSilvestro and all the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Program in Women’s Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital. “Your care, compassion, warmth, dedication, friendship, support, and advocacy will never be forgotten. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Laurie is survived by her husband of nearly 30 years, Mace Lewis, of Mystic; son and daughter-in-law Matthew and Erin Lewis of Hamilton, Mass.; son Andrew Lewis of Brighton, Mass.; son Aaron Lewis of Boston, Mass.; sister and brother-in-law Amy and Daniel Ganolli and nephew Harrison Ganolli of East Haven; mother Sandy Harrison of Mystic; brother-in-law and sister-in-law John and Joanne Lewis of Beacon Falls; father-in-law Mark A. Lewis of Orange; and dear friends Todd and Maureen Stricklin of Warwick, R.I. Her memory will be cherished by many aunts, uncles, cousins, godchildren, and friends.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 2, at Byles Groton Memorial Home, 310 Thames Street, in Groton. COVID-19 protocols are masks are worn, social distancing, and limited guests in the building at one time. Her in-person funeral service will be private due to COVID-19 restrictions. The service may be viewed via Livestream at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 3. Please use bishopseabury.org. All are welcome to attend the graveside service at approximately 2 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at Colonel Ledyard Cemetery, 240 Mitchell Street in Groton.

Donations in Laurie’s memory may be made to the Oncology Patient Support Fund at Women & Infants Hospital, 300 Richmond Street, Providence, RI 02903, or the Fitch Music Boosters, 101 Groton Long Point Road, Groton CT 06340.

A celebration of Laurie’s life will be announced at a future date. Please visit www.byles.com to sign the online register or to leave a condolence note for the family.

Obituary: Guy G. Ortoleva, 100, Beloved Husband, Father Of Peter Ortoleva And Siblings

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Feb 172021
 

Guy G. Ortoleva, 100, of Milford died peacefully surrounded by family on February 12, 2021, after a long illness. Guy lived a full and active life, had a wonderful sense of humor, and will be missed by many.

Always a bit of a Renaissance man, Guy graduated from McLane Art Institute in New York City and went on to use his talents for both work and pleasure. His career spanned many years from designing radio cabinets to creative displays in retail.

As a longtime employee of Sears, he used his artistic design, carpentry, and electrical skills to build remarkable displays and in some years, elaborate Santa’s workshops. A do it yourselfer before it was fashionable, Guy could build anything from recovered parts and some innovation. His children and anyone who worked with him learned many tips and techniques to solve problems with style and polish.

In 2001 he was honored by Sears with a trip to Chicago to meet with top executives in appreciation for his 50 years of creative and loyal service.

An accomplished artist, especially of area landscapes, many of Guy’s watercolors were displayed at the Milford Public Library and can be found adorning the walls in the homes of each of his children. He had a diverse set of interests including photography, hypnotism, palm reading, and stilt walking. He enjoyed music and could play the piano by ear.

In his younger days, Guy was a daredevil pilot and enjoyed flying Piper Cub planes. He could often be seen performing his hair-raising stunts over the family-owned Elm Terrace grounds in West Haven when flying was less restrictive, and his independent nature could take flight. Although he set aside his painting and flying interests while raising his family, he was able to return to painting watercolors and even flying for a short time following his retirement.

Born August 8, 1920, the youngest child of Giovanni and Angelina Ortoleva, Guy grew up in the Wooster Square area of New Haven. He loved spending time chatting and playing cards with family and a few close friends. His family likes to think Guy passed on Friday morning to make it in time for the traditional Friday night pinochle game with his beloved predeceased siblings Jim, John, Ernie, Mary, and brother-in-law Vito.
Guy also was predeceased by his first wife, the late Helen Mooney.

He is survived by Barbara Lynch Ortoleva his devoted wife of over 64 years and his nine adoring children: Guy E. Ortoleva (Susan) of Hamden, Peter Ortoleva (Holly) of Orange, Daniel Ortoleva of Milford, Donna Burlison of Wallingford, Carol Cunningham (Edward) of Andover, Walter Ortoleva (Luba) of Milford, Thomas Ortoleva (Tracie) of Old Lyme, Barbara Petrillo (John) of West Haven, and Lori Ortoleva-Donnelly (Jim) of Wallingford. He also leaves behind 18 grandchildren and the list of great-grandchildren continues to grow.

The family would like to thank Tanya, Lawayna, and Debra of Marcel Home Care for their gentle care and devotion to Guy and his family and VNA Community Healthcare and Hospice for their guidance and support.

Family and friends may pay their respects on Saturday, February 20, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at St. Mary Church (Precious Blood Parish), 70 Gulf St., Milford, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12:00 p.m.

Due to size gathering limitations, the church can accommodate up to 100 people at a time with masks and social distancing. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2911 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, CT 06518, or www.alz.org or a charity of your choosing. To leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Postponed: Pancake Supper To Benefit The Volunteer Fire Department

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Mar 232020
 

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary has postponed its 11th annual Pancake Supper that was scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, at Chip’s Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, Orange.

Here are the details of the event which we will update when it is rescheduled:

The menu includes Pancakes, Eggs, choice of Bacon or Sausage and a beverage.

There will be an early seating at 5:30 p.m. and late seating at 6:30 p.m.

Prices are: $12 for Adults, $6 Children 10 and under, gratuity included.

Tickets must be purchased in advance as we a limited number of seats available.

Tickets may be purchased from any Auxiliary member or at Knight’s Inc., 286 Boston Post Road. Orange. All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

For further information, email Lynn@ LMK415@yahoo.com or visit our website at www.orangevfd.com

A Look Back: Calling Hours For Tim Smith Were Well Planned

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Jan 252020
 

As expected with any high-profile wake, the line to pay respects to Orange Fire Marshal Tim Smith was constant. 

The Cody White Funeral Home was prepared to welcome mourners, with roped off serpentine lines in two large rooms prior to entering the viewing room. Each had photo memory boards with images of Tim with his daughters, Hannah and Alexa; his girlfriend, Terri; a big fish he caught (later revealed that Terri caught it and handed it over for the photo op) before he let it loose, and other happy times that his family wanted to share. 

TV screens also ran slide shows, and the walls were lined with flower arrangements and his turnout gear and a few personal items like the wooden train set he’d made that had graced his office for a time. 

Although some people did catch up with old friends, the mood was somber, most friends admitting they were still in shock. Everyone fell silent when they entered the final room. Occasionally the line was interrupted by on-duty first responders who’d come by to pay their respects. 

When I came through, Deputy Fire Marshal Jamie Vincent was standing by with Tim’s family, offering a greeting, then introducing visitors to Terri and the two girls they would know with whom they were speaking. Tim’s sister was seated in the front row as well.

ln the rear parking lot, a fire department canteen truck served coffee and water and an ambulance stood by in case it was needed. 

Everything was meticulously planned, Tim deserved nothing less. 

Please Share Your Photos With Orange Live, And Be Respectful

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Jan 252020
 

Fire Marshall Tim Smith’s turn out gear

Very public funerals such as today’s for Tim Smith deserve the best of the best coverage for residents who knew him, but cannot attend or out-of-state High School buddies who’ve been following Orange Live or other media for information.

Back when Asst Police Chief Bill Garfield and Asst Chief Mark Greco passed away, I was much younger and had the energy to run from place to place and take photos from different vantage points, but I’m in my 60s now and it takes a lot longer for me to walk around to where I want to be.

I can’t be everywhere like I used to try to be, so if anyone can take photos of the procession anywhere along the route from Milford to Orange (as they pass in front of Station 2) I would greatly appreciate it if you would submit them to orangectlive01@gmail.com so I can include them in the coverage as we say our final goodbye to our wonderful friend, Tim Smith.

I would like to be at Cody White in Milford when the eight pall bearers place the casket on the muster truck, but, I wouldn’t be able to find a parking space if I took the shot in Milford then raced up to Orange.

I know that a photo of lines of officers at attention speaks volumes, and that is where I will be, at the church where the firefighters, police and other first responders are. I promise not to get in the way and will respect this “event” not only because it’s important to everyone, but because Tim was a friend and I respect his girls and his contemporaries with all my heart. 

Note to other media:

At high profile funerals, I always have ample opportunity to get the “money shot” — a tasteless expression that I’ve heard some photographers use — of the grieving family, but a long time ago, I established that no matter what for as long as I am doing this I would follow this motto, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” I ask that everyone else do the same. Tim’s daughters and his girlfriend, Terri are going through the most difficult time of their lives and they don’t need cameras in their faces. Let’s all put ourselves in their place, and do our jobs without being intrusive.

This Is So Beautiful

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Jan 232020
 

The CT Fire Marshal’s Association posted the most beautiful tribute to Tim Smith on its Facebook Page.

The Image speaks volumes. Thank you to whomever designed it. He deserved nothing less.

Obituary: Timothy (Tim) Smith, 56, Beloved Father, Friend, Fire Marshal

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Jan 222020
 

Orange Fire Marshal Tim Smith

Timothy Patrick Smith, 56, of Prospect, passed away unexpectedly on January 19, 2020. Born on August 21, 1963 in New Haven, he was the son of the late George and Dorothy Smith.

Tim was a native of Orange, and an Amity alumni. He became a volunteer firefighter in 1984, Deputy Fire Marshal in 1986, and appointed Fire Marshal in 1989. He was part of many organizations including the International Association of Arson Investigations, CT State Fire Marshals Associations, and the NFPA. Tim also received several awards for fire prevention and investigation in the town of Orange. Everyone in his neighborhood and the town knew they could call on him any day of the week for his help in their homes, fixing and building anything they needed.

Anyone who knew Tim, knows that he was an extremely skilled woodworker. On most days, you could find him in his workshop making furniture, wooden trucks, trains, jewelry boxes and just about anything you could think of. He had just began a business personalizing wooden pens. Tim was also exceptionally talented at building vintage and WWII model airplanes. This included a love for flying, enjoying anytime he was able to ride in a helicopter. He would attend airshows with his daughters, sharing his detailed knowledge about the history of each plane, battle, etc. His daughter, Hannah, had decided to become a History major at UConn because of him.

During warmer weather, Tim loved to fish, especially fly-fishing at his favorite river spot in Cornwall, CT and near Charles Island in Milford. Tim impressively tied his own flies, part of the reason he would always snag a fish. He was an avid sports fan and member of the Amity Field Hockey Men’s Club, supporting his daughter, Alexa, as goalie. He enjoyed horseback riding with his girlfriend, Terri. He loved his animals dearly, which included his horse, Harley, and many dogs and chickens.

Tim leaves behind his beloved daughters, Hannah and Alexa Smith; loving girlfriend, Terri Philibert; mother of his daughters, Margaret Puddester-Smith; siblings, Katherine (Richard) Berluti and David A. Smith; nieces and nephews, Matthew, Jessica, Melissa, Garrett, Danielle, David “D.J.”, Chrissy, Cassie, Brian, and Amanda; and many friends. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Smith.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 10 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange (MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH). Interment will be private. Friends and family may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 24, 2020 at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad Street Milford, CT 06460. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Orange Volunteer Fire Association, P.O. box 878, Orange, CT 06477 for a scholarship set up for both of Tim’s daughters. To leave online condolences, visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.