Obituary: Edmund Tucker, 96, A Brilliant Mind And Good Friend

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Mar 312019

Edmund Tucker, 96, passed away in Manchester, New Hampshire on March 25.

He was born in Wolfeville, NS, Canada to Herbert and Leota Tucker.

While a small child, his family lived in East Granby, Connecticut, West Newbury, Mass. and Mount Pleasant, Iowa. In 1930, they moved to Sackville, NB where he attended school including Mount Allison University. He obtained both chemistry and physics degrees from MTA. In the Spring of 1944, he enrolled in the Canadian Navy.

After joining the Navy, he was transferred to Plymouth, England where he was on loan to the British Navy for training. His selection for the next assignment allowed him to travel around the world as the Radar officer of the ship.

After the war, in an all Canada competition, he won a Rhodes Scholarship and attended Oxford University, eventually getting a Master’s degree in Physics.

Just before traveling to England for the Rhodes scholarship, he married his wife Noreen. He returned to Sackville in 1948. The Tuckers came to the US in 1948 shortly after their son was born in Sackville. Ed and Noreen had three children. His daughters live in NH and his son in Ohio.

Dr. Tucker had a distinguished career. He graduated from Yale with a Ph.D. in Physics and went on to a postdoc at the University of Minnesota. Disenchanted by big classes he joined the General Electric research lab where he became an expert in the field of Solid State Masers. In 1968, his book “Solid State Masers” was published in the UK and the US.

In the late 1960s after a time as personnel manager for the GE Research Laboratory, he transitioned to the General Electric Foundation for Educational Research and began visiting Universities across the country to assess their research programs to see if they were deserving of funding from GE to further develop their programs. This transition caused a move from New York to Connecticut.

After nearly 16 years in Educational Research, he retired at 62 to enjoy sailing on Long Island Sound and gardening with his wife. He was involved with the Land Trust in Orange from its inception and also the Wet Lands Commission, Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce of Orange, CT.

In 2001, a park, Tucker’s Ridge, was named in his honor for him having served for such a long time and having such a positive influence on the preservation of parcels of land for open space within Orange.
He lived in Orange from 1972 until 2015 when he moved to NH. His wife Noreen died in 2010, leaving him alone in their long-term home. In NH, he resided at Birch Hill Terrace in Manchester nearer to his daughters.

A memorial celebration will take place at the Orange Congregational Church on Saturday, April 13 at 11 a.m. with an additional celebration at Tucker’s Ridge at 3 p.m.

Obituary: Douglas Miles Hassenmayer, 59, Beloved Brother Of James Hassenmayer

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Mar 242019

Douglas Miles Hassenmayer, 59, of Durham, North Carolina passed away on February 14, 2019. He was born on November 17, 1959, in Milford, Connecticut and graduated from Milford High School in 1977. He furthered his education at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1982.

A member of the Mensa Society, Doug was known for his wit and zest for life, as well as his ability to converse intelligently on a wide range of subjects. He enjoyed a passion for organized, thought-provoking, mind-challenging games and was also an advanced collector of tobacciana.

He was formerly a Mason in Ansantawae Lodge #89 AF & AM in Milford along with his father, brothers and several other family members. Doug will be greatly missed by his loving family and many loyal friends.

He is survived by his parents, Walter E. (Skip) Hassenmayer and Ruth E. (Miles) Hassenmayer of Milford, CT; brothers Thomas E. Hassenmayer (Morgan) of New Haven, CT and James R. Hassenmayer of Orange, CT. He also leaves his sisters-in-law, Kathleen Hassenmayer of Milford, CT, Analida Hassenmayer of Fayetteville, NC and several nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his younger brother David D. Hassenmayer.

reception to celebrate Doug’s life and memory will be held Sunday, April 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Duke Cancer Institute, Office of Development, 710 West Main St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701

Obituary: Gloria M. DeNardis, 91, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Mar 172019

Gloria M. Adante DeNardis, 91, of Orange passed away March 13, 2019, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Wife of the late Edward DeNardis. Beloved mother of Diane (Blase) Picone of Madison, Shirley (Mike Baldwin) Flesher of Milford, Edward (Janet) DeNardis of Hamden, Carol (Steven) Renchy of Guilford, James (Francine) DeNardis, Michael DeNardis and Daniel (Jennifer) DeNardis all of Orange. Gloria was born in West Haven September 12, 1927, a daughter of the late Guiseppe and Romilda Vitaletti Adante. Also survived by 11 cherished grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Valalik and a brother, Joseph Adante, Jr. Prior to her retirement, Gloria worked for the BIC Corporation for more than 20 years.

Friends may call MONDAY MORNING from 8:30-10:30.

Her funeral procession will leave the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven Monday morning at 10:30. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Holy Infant Church at 11:00. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Constellation Health Services, 240 Indian River Rd., Orange, CT 06477. Sign Gloria’s guest book online at www.portofuneralhomes.net.

Obituary: Dorothy Miles, 83, Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Friend

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Feb 282019

Dorothy E. Miles, 83, of Milford, beloved wife of the late Robert E. Miles, died on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019.

Dorothy was born in Bridgeport, CT on September 30th, 1935 to the late Ernst and Elizabeth Armbruster Widmer.

Dorothy worked as an office manager at John Hancock Insurance for many years and was an active member at the United Church of Christ in Devon.  She was the secretary at the church and also served as the chairman for the Board of Deacons.

Dorothy loved to travel and to be with her family.  Survivors include her children, Robert A. Miles of New Haven and John E. Miles of Milford, two grandchildren; Robert T. Miles and Cherilyn Miles, one great-grandchild, Amelie Choiniere and several nieces and nephews. (Mother in Law of Terri Miles).

Dorothy is predeceased by her sister Gertrude Huesch and her husband Harry.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday, March 2nd at 11:00 am at the United Church of Christ in Devon, 30 Ormond Street, Milford.

Interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The United Church of Christ in Devon.

Funeral Service Planned For Sarah Foster, 27

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Feb 172019

Sarah Foster, 27, beloved daughter of Stuart Foster & Laurie Stone passed away on Friday, Feb. 15.
Her funeral will be held tomorrow, Monday, Feb. 18, at 12 noon, at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange.
The Shiva will be observed Monday and Tuesday evenings at Congregation Or Shalom, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
A brief Kaddish service will take place at 7 p.m., both evenings.
Burial Will Be Private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a new foundation to be endowed in her name, the “Sarah Alexis Foster Foundation.” Mail donations to: “Sarah Alexis Foster Foundation, 362 Country Lane, Orange, CT 06477


Sarah Alexis Foster left a mark on the world in many significant ways, though just 27 years old. Tragically, this beautiful soul was abruptly taken from all those who knew and loved her on February 15th.

Sarah’s kind spirit and zest for life attracted people to her. She had a magnetic personality and a smile that would light up any room. A teacher, Sarah loved her work and was passionate about making a difference in the lives of her students.

For the last four years, Sarah taught 6th-grade social studies at Louis M. Klein Middle School, Harrison Central School District, Harrison NY, where she also coached girls volleyball.

Sarah was born November 17, 1991, in New Haven, CT to Laurie Stone and Stuart M. Foster. She attended Beecher Road School in Woodbridge, CT through 6th grade, and attended Hamden Hall Country Day School, from which she graduated high school in 2010. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Union College in Schenectady, NY graduating in 2014. Thereafter, she attended Union Graduate College where she earned a Master’s degree.

Sarah loved the beach, international travel, history and the excitement of New York City life. She was full of laughter.

She leaves behind her father, Stuart M. Foster, mother, Laurie Stone and stepfather, Jim Gregory, sister and best friend Leah Foster. She also leaves her grandfather, A. Harris “Boey” Stone, his fiancée Leslie Cahill, grandmother Eileen Cowell and her husband Bud Cowell of Hilton Head, SC, her beloved aunt Tanya Lee Stone, cousins, Liza Stone and Jake Stone of S. Burlington, VT. Uncles and aunts, Arnie and Norene Foster, Chris and Stefanie Freeman, cousins Rachel Foster and Jake Grabell, Aly and Chris Plourde, Kyle and Emily, Kris, Samantha, and Alana DuFresne. Her grandparents, Audrey, and Robert Foster predeceased her.

Robert E. Shure & Son Funeral Home, New Haven is in care of arrangements. To sign an online registry book or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.shurefuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Anthony “Tony” Pinto, Jr., Beloved Father, Grandfather, Brother

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Feb 072019

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved father, Anthony “Tony” John Pinto, Jr. (Junior) of West Palm Beach, Florida, on February 1, 2019. He passed peacefully surrounded by his four daughters. He was born to the late Anthony J. Pinto, Sr. and Mary Amato Pinto of New Haven, Connecticut.

Tony graduated from Wilbur Cross High School in 1961 and later attended Bryant College in Rhode Island. He was married to Carol Glowacki Pinto is 1964 in Orange, Connecticut, and together they raised four daughters.

Tony was a real estate broker and commercial developer in Connecticut. He worked for the Fusco Corporation in his early years and continued his success in commercial real estate until his retirement.
He was also an accomplished professional pool player, who went on to win several tournaments as a member of the Renegades, including wins in Las Vegas.

Anthony could fill a room when he entered with his contagious sense of humor and smile. He was known for his legendary Fourth of July fireworks, passed onto him by his late grandfather Frank Amato, his love for the New York Giants and his generous heart.

In his later years, Tony enjoyed the company of his partner and companion of 9 years, Ann Marie Mercurio of Clinton, Connecticut, who passed in 2016. Together they shared their love with family from holiday parties to impromptu gatherings on “the seawall” at their home in Clinton, Connecticut. To see them laughing and dancing the night away together, would inspire love and happiness to all that knew them.

Tony is survived by his sister, Francis Festa (Robert Festa) and their two sons Robert and David. His four daughters, Maria Pinto (Jodie Bechard), Audra Pinto (Brian Mahoney), Nicole Pinto (Toby Barnes) and Erica Pinto (Adam Parker).

He is also survived by his grandsons Rowan and Keane Mahoney, his former wife Carol Pinto, girlfriend Cynthia Anderson of West Palm Beach, Florida, and many family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting you make a donation on his behalf to a charity of your choice and to pass on Random Acts of Kindness to others.

A memorial mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at St. Michael Church, 29 Wooster Pl., New Haven, CT at 11 a.m.

Obituary: Jon Nowinski, 37, Beloved Son, Brother, Animal Advocate

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Jan 282019

Jonathan “Jon” J. Nowinski passed January 23, 2019, from complications with a long time battle of health issues. Jon was born February 19, 1981, in Greenwich, CT to his mother Shirley Nowinski and his father Paul Nowinski, and has resided in Westport, CT since 1986.

During his time here, he worked in many fields of Research and Study. Earliest was his passion and creation of SGRA (Smoking Gun Research Agency) which he developed to bring education and attention to the paranormal as well as conspiracy theories.

In his early twenties, he created Vote for Freedom, which he used to bring young people and politicians together and educate them on why the right to vote is so important. His thirties were all spent devoting his life and passion to animals and animal care. Through that, he created EARS (Emergency Animal Response Service) where he offered a variety of services both in animal care as well as education of animal needs.

His most recent employment has been with VCA Shoreline Animal Hospital in Shelton, CT and Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine in North Haven, CT. Jon also worked with many Police, Fire and EMT services to provide assistance wherever he was needed.

Along with his mother Shirley and his father Paul, Jon leaves behind his sister Lisa Price, nephews Joshua and Justin Smith, his faithful dog, Coyote, and a countless number of friends along with many four-legged friends.

Friends and family are invited to call Thursday, January 31, 2019, from 3 to 7 pm at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St, Milford, CT.

Obituary: Roger J. Winkel, 91, Beloved Father Of James Winkel

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Dec 302018

Roger J. Winkel, 91, of Manchester, formerly of Storrs, passed away peacefully on December 28, 2018. Born in Lakewood, OH, son of the late Nicholas and Florence (Sheak) Winkel, and husband to the late Patricia (Lombardo) Winkel, his beloved wife of 37 years.   

Roger served in the Army and was part of the Allied Occupation of Germany after World War II.

Roger graduated from the University of Detroit and initially worked for U.S. Steel Corporation in Cleveland Ohio, where he met and married his wife Patricia, the great love of his life.  They moved to Connecticut in 1961 where he worked for 30 years in Marketing at Rogers Corporation until his retirement. A devout Catholic, he was a longtime parishioner at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Storrs where he was an active member of the Round Table and a Eucharistic minister.

Roger was known for being a gentleman and for his dry wit. He enjoyed bicycling and traveling and participated in several biking tours throughout the United States and Europe. He especially enjoyed spending time during the winter with family on Sanibel Island, Florida.

He is survived by his daughters, Julianne Winkel, of Vernon, Susan Winkel and her husband, David Crockett, of Branford, and his son, James Winkel and his wife Marcy, of Orange, and grandsons Christopher and Patrick Winkel. He was predeceased by his sister, Madeline, and his brother, Gordon.

Roger’s family would like to thank the staff and residents at White Oaks in Manchester and Ishmael Gyimah for their assistance, care, and friendship.

His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday (January 5), with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10 am at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 46 N Eagleville Rd, Storrs. Burial will follow at Storrs Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Roger’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society.

To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.potterfuneralhome.com/listings

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Obituary: Helene “Mimi” Skuret Sutfin, 83, Beloved Sister of Daniel Skuret, Mother, Nurse

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Dec 132018

Helene “Mimi” Skuret Sutfin, 83 years old of Hamden passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, December 8, 2018. Helene was born in Derby December 6, 1935 and was the daughter of the late former Ansonia Chief of Police Daniel D. Skuret and the late Helen Kolakowski Skuret.
Helene graduated Ansonia High School in 1952, from Hospital of Saint Raphael School of Nursing in 1955 with her RN degree, and from Southern Connecticut State University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Helene enjoyed a long and fulfilling career as a nurse for 61 years until her retirement in 2016. Throughout her career as an RN she worked as staff nurse, school nurse, camp nurse, private duty nurse, IV nurse and she also taught home nursing at Hamden High School Adult Education.
By far Helene’s greatest joy was raising her three sons, Ronald E. Sutfin (Deb) of Durham, Kenneth D. Sutfin of Wallingford, and John “Jack” S. Sutfin (Alexis) of Hamden. She was also survived by her beloved grandchildren, Daniel R. Sutfin (Alyssa), Megan L. Sutfin, Adrianna J. Sutfin, John “Jake” A. Sutfin, Elizabeth A. Sutfin, Alexandria R. Sutfin.
She also leaves her sister, Barbara Heggestad of Bedford, MA and her brother Attorney Daniel D. Skuret, Jr. (Marcia) of Orange, along with many nieces and nephews.
Helene’s life will be celebrated with a memorial service on Friday, December 14 at Hamden Memorial Funeral Home, 1300 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden from 5-7 p.m.
There will be a funeral mass at St. Rita’s Church, 1620 Whitney Avenue, Hamden on Saturday, December 15 at 8:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Mt. St. Peter’s Cemetery in Derby.
Memorial Donations in memory of Helene S. Sutfin may be made to Saint Rita School, 1620 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 06517. Condolences may be expressed at hamdenmemorialfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Joann (Ioanna) Stavrides, 71, Beloved Wife, Mother

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Dec 092018

Joann (Ioanna) Stavrides fell asleep in the Lord on December 4, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was 71. She was born Giannula Tsakiridou in Polykastro, Kilkis, Greece to Anastasio and Androniki Tsakirides (Maghnisali). At the age of 24, after a brief correspondence, she met and married Steven Stavrides, and immigrated to the United States of America.

Joann had three sons, Angelo, Peter, and Andrew. Never receiving formal education in the United States, she learned the language and became a U.S. Citizen, she was very proud of that accomplishment. She owned and operated, along with her husband, the East Rock Confectionary Store in New Haven for many years. What she loved most was being a Mother and Grandmother. She was strong-minded but made friends quickly. She also loved making her home warm and inviting to all.

Joann loved to have family get-togethers where she would prepare elaborate meals and made sure no one left hungry or without extra food to take home with them. She enjoyed knitting blankets for her family and friends. Keeping people she loved fed and warm was a priority of hers.

She especially enjoyed traveling to Greece. In the last several years of her life, she would spend summers back in her childhood home in Polykastro, making improvements and additions to it. She enjoyed the time there with her family and friends. Joann loved her Greek heritage and was always very proud of it. She let everyone who met her know about this.

Joann was a longtime member of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, and was a member of the Philopticos Society and had also served on the Parish Council. She loved being a part of the community of St. Barbara.

Joann was predeceased by her parents, a granddaughter, Andreana Stavrides, and a nephew, Georgios Georgiades. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Steven Stavrides, of North Haven, CT, sons Angelo (Janet) Stavrides, of Cheshire, CT, Peter Stavrides, of Virginia Beach, VA, and Andrew (Joanna) Stavrides, of Northford, CT. She leaves behind three grandchildren which she loved more than words can explain, Sophia, Nicholas, and Eva Stavrides. Joann also leaves behind a sister-in-law, Helen Piperas of Hamden, CT, a Goddaughter Irina Tsilfoglou of Wallingford, CT, and many nieces and nephews.

In Greece, she leaves behind her brothers Demetrious Tsakerides, and his wife Sophia, Panagoitis Tsakerides and his wife Eleni, and a sister Eleftheria Georgiades. She also leaves behind in Greece many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews, along with many other extended family and friends.

Friends may visit at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange, CT on the evening of Sunday, December 9, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A funeral service will take place at the church on Monday, December 10, 2018, beginning at 9 a.m. Burial will follow at All Saints Cemetery, in North Haven. To leave a condolence please visit www.celentanofuneralhome.com.