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.


Obituary: Bernard K. Consolini, 86, Beloved Father of Deb Carabetta

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Jun 262021

Bernard K. Consolini, 86, passed away after a short illness on June 20, 2021, at home with his family surrounding him. Born October 10, 1934, in Springfield, he was the son of John and Fortuna F. (Santaniello) Consolini.

Kikie grew up and lived in Springfield all of his life until he moved to Belchertown 15 years ago, with the love of his life, his wife, Sue. He proudly served his country in the US Army and worked for more than 20 years at the former Package Machinery in East Longmeadow. He then retired from Spectra Management, where he worked as a job developer.

In his leisure, Kikie enjoyed drawing, painting, music, and cooking. His greatest joy was time spent with his family. In 2012, Kikie was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Mae Sue Consolini. His love will forever remain with his children, John Consolini and his wife Nina of Hanson, MA, Diana Shea and husband John of Belchertown and Deb Carabetta and partner Carol of Orange, CT. Kikie also leaves his dear grandchildren, Joseph, Thomas and Michael Shea, Victoria, Anthony, and Vincent Consolini and siblings, Margaret O’Day and her husband, Tom of CA and best friend and younger brother, John Consolini, and his wife, Fran of Springfield, uncle Pete Consolini of East Longmeadow along with many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Pauline Donnelly and Joe Consolini.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 29 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Beers & Story Belchertown Funeral Home with a Funeral Mass Wednesday, June 30 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Church. Burial will follow at MA Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery at 1:00 p.m.

Friends and family may gather at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home to pay final respects and form the funeral procession. For those wishing, donations may be made in his memory to the Belchertown Firefighters Association/EMS PO Box 1043, Belchertown, MA 01007.

Obituary: Judge Richard Arnold, Beloved Husband, Father

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Jun 102021

The Honorable Richard E. Arnold, age 72, of Orange, the beloved husband of 33 years to Karen Kanawall Arnold, entered into eternal rest peacefully on June 1, 2021, at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

He was born in Bridgeport on October 11, 1948, loving son of the late Ernest and Ruth Crosthwait Arnold.

Rich was a graduate of Warren Harding High School where he played football, baseball, and basketball. He received many academic awards and graduated with the class of 1966.

Rich went to the University of Connecticut in Storrs and in 1970 he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree before attending the New England School of Law in Boston where he received a Juris Doctor degree in 1974.

After Graduation, Rich worked as an assistant clerk in the CT Circuit Court System before opening his own practice in 1975. After many successful years, he had the honor of being appointed a Judge of the Connecticut Superior Court in 1996.

He loved being a Judge and proudly served for 25 years. Rich presided over many high-profile cases in both the Bridgeport and Milford Courts. Rich never really retired and up to his last days, he did a short calendar, zoomed court cases during the pandemic, and wrote decisions.

Rich was twice nominated by the CT Republican Party as their candidate for State Attorney General in 1986 against Joseph Lieberman and in 1994 against Richard Blumenthal.

He served as a Selectman in the town of Orange where he lived. Before his nomination to the Superior Court, he was the State Chairman of the Connecticut Republican party and was a member of the Republican Nation Committee. Rich also worked on the presidential campaign of Senator Robert Dole.

He served on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Diabetes Association, the Greater Bridgeport Council on Alcoholism, the Orange Park and Recreation Commission, and was the town Moderator for Orange. Rich was also a member of the CT. Bar Association, the Orange Republican Town Committee, and the Republican State Central Committee.

Rich lived in the moment, enjoying all that life had to offer. He loved his family and his friends, and he had a passion for golf. Rich loved to play with his golf “brothers” at Orange Hills Country Club and he served on the Men’s Association as their Secretary. Orange Hills was his home away from home. He golfed every Friday and Saturday, and when invited he played at various other golf courses.

Most of all, Rich’s greatest love was his family and his wife Karen. He cherished the time he spent with them, especially the many summer trips to Hilton Head Island where they got married. Rich will be sadly missed by all but will remain forever in our hearts.

Rich’s loving family in addition to his wife Karen includes his daughter Lindsey Alexandra Arnold, his son Kenneth Joseph Shelinsky and his wife Stephanie, his three brothers Anthony, Paul, and Ernie Arnold, and the apple of his eye, his grandson Jackson Shelinsky, better known to him as “Captain Jack”.

A Memorial Mass in Celebration of Rich’s Life took place on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange. All other services are private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Rich’s memory may be made to either BH Care for Domestic Violence, Project Purple for Pancreatic Cancer, or the UCONN Foundation.
To leave online condolences or to light a virtual candle, please visit www.millerwardfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Frederick Kendrick, Sr., 74, Beloved Husband, Orange Registrar

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Jun 012021

Frederick Allan Kendrick, Sr., 74, of Orange, devoted husband to Eva (Campbell) Kendrick, peacefully entered into eternal rest on May 31, 2021. Born on November 25, 1946, to the late Arnold Frederick Kendrick and the late Alice McGill Kendrick, in Milford, CT.

Besides his parents, Fred was predeceased by his beloved son, Frederick Allan Kendrick, Jr. and his stepmother Elizabeth Burns Kendrick.

Along with his loving wife, Fred is survived by his brothers, Dennis William Kendrick (Natalie Wexler), NYC, and Peter J. Fisher (Donna) of The Villages, FL; his sister-in law Martha Gover, San Antonio, TX; his nephews Michael Boudreaux and Shannon Boudreaux, Houston, TX; his niece, Shelley Vaughn, Marble Falls, TX; his great-nephew, Maverick Vaughn, and his best friends Kenneth and Sue Farkas, Lamoine, ME; as well as many other relatives and friends.

Fred proudly served in the US Army as a helicopter mechanic. After completing his military service, he graduated from the University of New Haven, with a B.S. in Business. He was a loyal 45 year employee of Sikorsky Aircraft, followed by 3 years at the Hartford Insurance Company and finished his working life as a 3-term Orange Republican Registrar of Voters.

He had many talents and interests including being an award-winning wood carver, a desire to give back to the Town of Orange by serving on the Board of Finance, the Board of Appeals,

The Bond Oversight Committee and as the President of the Orange Land Trust. Additionally, he loved to travel and he and Eva and friends made many cruises, his favorite being to Alaska. His deep love for America fueled his curiosity for American war and presidential history.

On a lighter note, he was a diehard NY Giants and Mets fan.
Fred carried himself with honesty, dignity and empathy for the people he both loved and those he only just met. He was a true gentleman and will be deeply missed by many.

A Walk Through Wake will take place on Saturday, June 5, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 BROAD ST., MILFORD. Masks will be required.

A Memorial Service with Military Honors will begin at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, his family requests memorial contributions may be made to Vitas Hospice at https://vitascommunityconnection.org/ or to Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation at 12151 Avenue of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse, SD 57730-8900, or memorial @CrazyHorse.org.

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

Obituary: Kenneth Lyke Jr., 68, Beloved Husband, Father, Friend, Public Servant

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May 142021

Kenneth E. Lyke Jr., 68, of Orange passed away peacefully May 12, 2021, with his loving family by his side. He was the husband of Kathleen DeLoughery Lyke.

Ken was born April 24, 1953, in New Haven the son of Kenneth E. And Marjorie Toelken Lyke. He was a dedicated firefighter for Sikorsky Aircraft for many years. Ken also worked for Flanagan Ambulance, was a CERT Leader in Orange, and was the owner of Ken’s Chauffeured Transportation, also of Orange.

Besides his wife Ken is survived by his daughter Jeannine (Ryan) Mann, his son Kenneth E. (Jennifer) Lyke III, his grandchildren, Camden and Brielle Mann, Vivienne Lyke, several nieces and nephews, and a host of family and friends all of whom he touched with caring and kindness.

Family and friends may pay their respects at the Celentano Funeral Home, 424 Elm St., New Haven, on Sunday from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.

To leave a condolence visit www.celentanofuneralhome.com.

Orange Loses A True Town Treasure

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May 122021

Words cannot express how I feel about the passing of Kenny Lyke, a friend, a true gentleman, the hardest working man I know.

Kenny passed away peacefully at the hospital this afternoon with his family by his side.

Many residents knew Kenny as a limousine driver, an EMT-Paramedic at Flanagan Ambulance, a Fire Fighter/EMT at Sikorsky Aircraft, or as the leader of the Orange CERT.

Kenny, Annie Davis, and Tim Smith were instrumental in the establishment of the Orange CERT many years ago.

Annie and Kenny adored, trusted, and treasured one another. They had a friendship that lasted for decades. When Annie died on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, I started a fundraising drive for a memorial bench in Annie’s honor, and Kenny was the first to step up to assist in any way he could. He was my right-hand man throughout the process taking it upon himself to order the bench, find a place to store it until the weather was a little nicer, and recruit Roy Cuzzocreo from Orange Fence to set it in place for us.

The only thing remaining was to hold a dedication. We’d planned it for several months ago, but COVID restrictions and cold and/or rainy weather made it difficult to pin a date down. He called me in late April and left a message for me, that’s the last time I heard his voice. He was admitted into the hospital soon afterward and I was unable to contact him again.

It breaks my heart to dedicate Annie’s bench without Kenny by my side, after his tireless efforts to get it done.

The only comfort I have is picturing Tim Smith giving Kenny a hearty handshake and big bear hug and Annie greeting him with a tender hug as they greet him up in Heaven. Three friends back together again.

Kenny, you already are missed. You were one of a kind. I hope you are pain-free now.

Orange Live will post the details of his funeral arrangements as soon as they become available.



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.