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Obituary: Gary Teller, 68, Beloved Husband, Brother (Funeral Today)

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Sep 302021
 

Gary Teller, 68, of Orange passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on September 28, 2021 at the St. Raphael Campus of Yale New Haven Hospital after a long and courageous battle with kidney disease.

Born in New Haven on October 11, 1952, he was a loving son of the late Robert and Annette (Proctor) Teller

Survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Ann (Blinderman) Teller; cherished brother Stephen (Janet) Teller of Silver Spring, MD and devoted brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Harold Blinderman and Wanda Schulman of West Hartford.

He was “Uncle Gary” to his loving nephews, Danny Blinderman (fiancée, Rachel Sandalow-Ash), Aaron Blinderman, Bruce (Sherri) Teller and Michael Teller (Madeline Pellish).

He was predeceased by his brother, Allan Lewis Teller.

He was also a devoted dog daddy to Siberian Huskies Cinder, Zoe and Alex who will all meet him with their “loose tails” at the Rainbow Bridge.

To Gary, the most important part of his life was being with his family and friends. He loved getting together to eat, laugh and enjoy everyone’s company. He was the life of every party and his witty sense of humor always offered quick comebacks.

Always color coordinated with his favorite baseball caps, t-shirts, shorts, flashy socks and the most colorful sneakers Zappos had to offer, Gary’s favorite past times included driving his MINI, Jeep Wrangler, and Dodge Ram truck.

Washing and waxing his cars were his labor of love. He also loved listening to rock music and attending concerts featuring his favorite artists, especially Bruce Springsteen.

He loved living in Orange and was known as the mayor of his neighborhood, always greeting neighbors with a smile while walking his dogs.

He and Ann met on a cruise and together they enjoyed taking cruising vacations to celebrate their anniversaries. Their most memorable trips included Alaska and Israel.

Gary enjoyed a long career as a bicycle parts and accessories sales representative for J&B Importers. Known to his bike shop customers as “Mr. Partz,” Gary always considered them as friends. He was passionate and knowledge about the bike industry and always offered advice while writing orders. He was always ready to step in if something did not go according to plan.

Gary was a gentle, loveable and caring person who would go out of his way to help someone in need. He will be greatly missed by all he leaves behind.

The family would like to thank the medical staff of YNHH SRC Verdi 4 West, especially RNs Kayla, Michaela, Amy and Johanna as well as VITAS RNs Jessica, Amy and Joe for their compassionate care during this most difficult time.

Funeral Services will be held at Beth Hamedrosh Cemetery, 3Brockett Place, East Haven, CT. on THURSDAY Morning, Sept. 30th at 10:00 o’clock. The Robert E. Shure & Son Funeral Home, New Haven is in care of Arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Temple Emanuel, 150 Derby Avenue, Orange, CT or to the charity of one’s choice.

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

Obituary: Robert “Bob” Shanley, 78, Beloved Husband, Father, Friend

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Sep 202021
 

Robert C Shanley, 78 of Orange, passed away suddenly on Friday, September 17th.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years Donna L. Shanley, and his adoring children, son PJ Shanley (Whitney), and daughter Erin (Nuala).

Bob also is survived by his four adoring grandchildren, Caitlyn, Colleen, Ronan, and Maeve, as well as many loving brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Also, survived by brother James (Betty Elizabeth) – predeceased by brother Richard (Beverly).

Born May 31st, 1943, Bob was the son of Dorothy and Patrick J Shanley.

He graduated Hamden High and Quinnipiac College with a degree in Business Administration.

He was discharged from active duty in the army in 1966.

He had a long and successful career in insurance, beginning with the Travelers insurance company and then the Hanover Insurance company.

After 10 years for working with both companies, Bob embarked on an independent career and was now affiliated with Nicholson Associates of Milford.

Bob joined the Professional Insurance Association (PIA), serving as president from 1995 from 1996 and six years as their national director.

Bob was active in the Orange community, having coached both PJ and Erin. Bob was also an active member of the Orange Democratic Town Committee and served as a town constable.

He also was proudly chairman of the Orange Police Commissioners for 10 years. Bob was proud to be involved in the Irish community, serving as President of the New Haven chapter of the Irish Immigration reform movement, as well as their National Director.

Bob was a communicant and volunteer at Holy Infant Church for over 30 years.

Bob was a member of the AOH, the West Haven Irish American Club, as well as the Knights of Saint Patrick, serving as President in 1982. The Knights awarded him the Knight of the Year Award in 1999. Bob was a proud member of the New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee since the 1970s, serving as Grand Marshall in 1987. He was also the Executive Director for 10 years.

Calling hours are Wednesday from 4 – 8 p.m. in Sisk Brothers Funeral Home, 3105 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated Thursday at 11 a.m. in Holy Infant Church, Orange. Friends are asked to go directly to church.

Burial will be in the Orange Center Cemetery. Masks will be required at the funeral home and church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Knights of St. Patrick, P.O. Box 185127 Hamden, CT. 06518 or to the Associated Irish Societies, P.O. Box 9078, New Haven, CT 06532.

To leave an online condolence, visit www.siskbrothers.com

Obituary: Patricia Zeoli, 91, Beloved Mother, Sister, Friend

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Sep 112021
 

Patricia Tracy Zeoli, 91, of Orange, beloved wife of the late Francis A. Zeoli, passed away peacefully at home on September 8, 2021.

Born on March 28, 1930 in Derby, CT, she was the daughter of the late Michael Vincent and Louise (McEnerney) Tracy.

Pat grew up in Derby, Ct and always spoke so fondly of the good times she had and what downtown Derby was like with all the stores along Main Street. She held many memories of good friends from her Valley days and many that she stayed in contact with during her lifetime.

She attended St Mary’s High School in New Haven and the Larson College, Quinnipiac and then trained at New England Deaconist in Boston.

Pat worked in the laboratory at Griffin Hospital where she met her future husband Frank. She and Frank were then encouraged to go on to open Zeoli Medical Laboratory which they operated for more than 50 years.

Pat loved being involved in the town and in activities in the schools, she served on and was Chair of the Orange Board of Health, loved local politics and any event or bake sale that was in need. Pat always had the interests of her family front and center and there was always room for another person at the dinner table.

She is survived by her children, Michael T. (Ewa) Zeoli, James M. Zeoli, and Melissa L. Zeoli; her sister, Barbara (George) Santa; her caregiver, Pauline Jackson; many nieces, nephews, and extended family; and by her black lab, Ben.

All services will be private. The family is being compassionately cared for by the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to and mailed to: Griffin Hospital Development Fund, 130 Division St., Derby, CT 06418.

Online contributions may be made by visiting Patricia’s Tribute Page at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Obituary: Stephen Buda III, 56, Beloved Husband, Father, Firefighter

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Sep 112021
 

Stephen M. Buda III, 56, of New Haven, husband of Roxana Rohrhirsch Buda, suffered a tragic accident on Monday, September 6, 2021.

Born in Bridgeport on August 8, 1965, he was the eldest son of Stefan Buda and Lois Nelson Thompson. Stephen was a Pumper Engineer with the City of Bridgeport Fire Department where he truly loved his job and took great pride in assisting those in need for the past eight years.

Prior to that, he was a volunteer firefighter for the Town of Woodbridge for nine years. He was an instructor for the Valley Fire School for nine years and was currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science at the University of New Haven.

He was a talented craftsman who took pride in building and remodeling homes, boats, bikes, campers and more. But above all, he was a loving and dedicated husband, father, and friend who made time to help everyone.

In addition to his wife and soulmate Roxy, of 31 years, and his parents, survivors include his two daughters, Alexandra and Isabella, his brother, Paul and his wife Kimberly, his sister, Naomi, his mother-in-law, Berta, his father’s wife Trish, nieces and nephews Paul Jr, Ryan, Angelina, Sophia, Lucia, Natalia, Denise and Paula (las sobrinas) as well as his in-law family, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many dear friends. He was predeceased by his father-in-law Joseph Rohrhirsch.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St Patrick’s Church, 851 North Ave, Bridgeport CT, followed by a Mass at 1:30 p.m. Interment will be private.

Stephen was a lifelong learner who enjoyed exploring new subjects, creating something from nothing, and sharing his knowledge with those around him. He was passionate about protecting the environment and found the jungle to be an important resource to preserve.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks for a donation to any of the following: MakeHaven, VineTrust, or the University of New Haven Annual Fund (makehaven.org, vinecharityusa.org, give.newhaven.edu). Please specify that your donation is in his honor. To leave an online condolence please visit www.abriola.com.

Former Woodbridge Volunteer Firefighter Dies Doing What He Loved

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Sep 082021
 

The late Stephen Buda

On Monday, Sept. 6, Labor Day, Stephen Buda was enjoying his favorite hobby, rock climbing, in the Mohonk Preserve in Gardiner, New York, when he lost his life in a fall.

According to a report by the Ulster County Sheriff’s Department, police and EMS personnel were called to the Trapps Bridge area of the preserve at 5:30 p.m., Monday for a fallen rock climber and they found that Stephen M. Buda III, 56, of New Haven, Connecticut had scaled about 150-175 feet of a popular 200 ft climb when he fell.

Authorities said Buda was not wearing any climbing or safety equipment at the time of the incident.

Police said they suspect no foul play in the incident but it remains under investigation.

Steve, the firefighter

Steve, was a member of the Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department for 5 or 6 years before he was hired as a firefighter for the city of Bridgeport in August of 2013 and served the city for eight years.

The Bridgeport Fire Department announced Buda’s passing on Tuesday afternoon.

The fire department posted on its Facebook Page that Pump Engineer Stephen Buda passed away while enjoying his favorite hobby of rock climbing.

Buda leaves behind his wife and two daughters

Locally, those firefighters and residents who knew Steve remember him as a good guy.

I remember him for his ever-present smile and love of the job.

 

Sad News: Pat Zeoli, First Selectman Jim Zeoli’s Mother Passed Away Today

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Sep 082021
 

It is with heartfelt sympathy that I inform you that Patricia (Pat) Zeoli, mother of our First Selectman Jim, his sister Melissa and brother Michael Zeoli passed today.He

Our prayers and thoughts go out to the family.

During this evening’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting, Jim choked up and thanked everyone for their outpouring of love for his mom, who remained in her home and died in her sleep at the age of 91.

He said, “She lived a long, full life.”

Regarding services, Zeoli said his mom didn’t want a fuss and the family would have private services.

Obituary: Audrey Foyer, 96, Beloved Mother Of Donald Foyer and Susan Smith

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Aug 172021
 

Audrey J. Foyer, 96, of Orange passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at the Hospital of St. Raphael with her daughter by her side.

She was born on July 3, 1925 to the late Thomas and Anne (Warren) Mitchell. Audrey was the widow of Bernard J. Foyer Jr, retired Police Chief of the Town of Orange, Audrey was employed as a secretary by the State Department of Corrections.

She was a longtime resident in the town of Orange and been involved in many activities throughout her life which included the Holy Infant Church Women’s Guild, American Legion Post 127 and the Orange Republican Women’s Guild.

She enjoyed the senior chair-group exercise at High Plains Community Center and especially socializing with her many friends. She was a member of the Aquabelles Red Hat Society of Orange where she so looked forward to her monthly luncheon gatherings.

Besides her love and devotion to her family, she most enjoyed her monthly family pizza party with her clan. She loved to travel and close to her heart was Scotland, the birthplace of her father. Audrey was an avid reader, and a great trivia player and able to recall many of the old movies and the actors who played in them. She very much enjoyed gardening and the beauty of all flowers.

As Audrey aged, she enjoyed the simpler things in life, watching squirrels and the variety of birds that visited her patio each day.

She leaves her devoted children Susan Foyer Smith (Robert) and Donald Foyer (Barbara), her loving grandchildren Donald Foyer, Jr. and Ashley Smith and her cherished great-grandchildren Leia and Violet Foyer. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by a son Thomas Foyer, infant granddaughter Cheryl Ann Foyer and sisters Anne and Mildred Mitchell.

The family wishes to extend their heart filled thanks to all that cared and assisted with Audrey especially Dr. Eric Fan and the other wonderful doctors who were involved in her care. To the wonderful and caring neighbors, and care givers, Ita, Eve and Libby who always took the time to chat, and Lucia for getting her daily newspaper, it meant so much to Audrey.

Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Infant Church, 450 Race Brook Road, Orange on Wednesday, August 18th at 12:00 p.m. Her family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the Mass.

Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute in Audrey’s memory to the Holy Infant Church or to Best Friends- Animal Sanctuary, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah 84741-5000.

Arrangements are in care of BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, Hamden. To send a condolence to her family, please see her obituary at: www.beecherandbennett.com

Obituary: Liliana Tempesta, 88, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Jul 132021
 

Liliana Carnale Tempesta, 88, of Orange, died peacefully on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at Madison House, Madison, CT.

Liliana was born in Supino, Province of Frosinone, Italy on August 23, 1932, a daughter of the late Giuseppe and Annunziata Cerilli Carnale. She came to the U.S in 1965 and lived in New Haven for a short time before moving to West Haven where she resided for forty years before moving to Orange in 2008.

Liliana was a longtime employee of the former Soundview Convalescent Home of West Haven, and was a longtime member of the San Cataldo Society of New Haven.

She is survived by her daughter Nancy Stankye and her husband Robert Stankye, Jr. of Orange, her son, Joseph Tempesta and his wife Darlene of Westbrook, one sister, Aldina Crocce of Rome, Italy, four grandchildren, Olivia and Catherine Tempesta, and Robert Stankye, III and Anthony Stankye, and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was predeceased by her sister Rosina Bianchi Fasani and her brother Eraldo Carnale.

Liliana’s family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday, July 15th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Washington Memorial Funeral Home, 4 Washington Ave., North Haven.

Her funeral procession will leave from the funeral home on Friday, July 16th at 9:15 a.m. for a Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated in Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.

Obituary: Patrick C. Kennedy Sr. Beloved Father of Amity’s Rob Kennedy

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Jul 072021
 

Patrick Christopher Kennedy, Sr. died peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday July 2, 2021 at his home in Bethany, CT. Born on December 11th, 1939 in Clogheen, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.

Pat was the son of the late Jeremiah Kennedy and Josephine (Cullinan) Kennedy. He is survived by his wife nearly 57 years Joan Kennedy, his sons Diarmuid Kennedy of West Haven, Patrick Kennedy Jr. of Prospect, and Robert Kennedy of Bethany, daughters-in-law Christine (Patrick Jr.) Kennedy and Andrea (Robert) Kennedy, and his five beloved grandchildren, Ryan Patrick, Aiden Patrick, Molly, Grace, and Sarah.

He also leaves behind his sisters and brothers: Catherine Duggan of Stamford, CT; Mary Finn of Ballyporeen, Ireland; Annette Burke of West Meath, Ireland; William Kennedy of Cahir, Ireland; Martin Kennedy of Clogheen, Ireland; Noel Kennedy of Ardfinnan, Ireland; and Andrew Kennedy of Ardfinnan, Ireland.

He was predeceased by his sister Bernadette Dargan and brothers Jeremiah Jr, Vincent, and Christopher. He also leaves behind numerous brothers- and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews in Connecticut, Ireland, the UK, and Australia who remember him as a gentleman with a calm nature and a kind heart.

Patrick, also known as Paddy or Pat, left Ireland where he had his own refinishing business, and immigrated with his wife and son to the USA in 1968.

He worked as a furniture refinisher at Wayside Furniture in Milford, CT for 33 years before retiring as the head of his department. He lived in West Haven for a number of years before moving his family to Bethany where he was a resident for 42 years.

Throughout his life he was very involved in the New Haven Irish Community. He was an active member of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association of the Sacred Heart, the New Haven Gaelic Football and Hurling Club, the Irish American Community Center, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and was a marshal of the New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade. From those Irish organizations, Pat made many lifelong friends who were like family to him.

He was an avid runner who took up marathoning in his 40s. He completed several marathons and was nationally ranked for his age group and was a member of the Silver City Striders and Naugatuck Running clubs. In 1990 he took over the Echoes of Erin radio program on WNHU with his wife Joan where their annual St. Patrick’s Day show was heard around the tri-state area and beyond.

For thirty years he hosted radio shows on WNHU to share his love of Irish, jazz, and folk music and was a DJ for weddings and parties in his retirement.

For many years Pat and his wife Joan taught Irish set dancing lessons in New Haven and Fairfield and traveled the world participating in dance workshops and exhibitions.

Aside from his music, he loved food, gardening, spending time with his grandchildren, traveling with his wife and was fiercely proud of his Irish culture and his American citizenship. He frequently made trips his childhood home in Ireland to visit with his large family.

Patrick and his family are grateful to his many friends, family, and caregivers that helped him throughout his illness. Your phone calls, visits, meals, support and stories of his kindness are greatly appreciated.

Visitation for friends and relatives will be held on Thursday morning from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at the Miller-Ward Funeral Home, 260 Bank Street (RT.67, across from Klarides Village) in Seymour.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 81 Center Road in Woodbridge with interment to follow in the family plot at Eastside Cemetery in Woodbridge.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation at www.cure.PDF.org

Jun 302021
 

I would like to apologize to Orange Live readers for the sudden stop of current posts in the past few days.

What happened? I was hacked (again). Some unscrupulous individual got into my computer and locked me out this time.

I’m pretty good, slipping with age, but not as good as those who dedicate their lives to making others’ lives a living nightmare.

Posting on the site is extremely difficult from my phone, especially since I cannot type like a teenager on a cell phone keyboard.

Thanks to Omar at PCW Computer in Orange for getting me back in the saddle again, Oh, it feels good to be able to type again!

I promise to do my best to keep you all informed about the latest happenings on the town activities, weather alerts, etc. I’m working hard to catch up.