Obituary: Louis Esposito, 94, Beloved Husband, Father

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Apr 302020

Louis John Esposito, 94, of Orange, beloved husband for forty-nine years of Connie Esposito, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 27, 2020.  Born on June 24, 1925, in Bridgeport, he was the son of the late John Louis and Teresa (Piacente) Esposito.

Louis served in the Navy in World War II while stationed in Africa. Upon returning he began his own business, Town and Country TV, which he owned for 40 years. He was a devoted member of the CT Air and Space Center in Stratford, as well as a member of the Stratford VFW and American Legion in Orange.

Louis loved boating, water skiing, and downhill skiing with friends and family. He also loved traveling with his wife and being with family.

Louis is survived by his children Renee Esposito King (Lucian), Ralph Esposito, Bonni Sprague (Mark), and Richard (Stephanie Anderson) Esposito; his grandchildren David McClarin, Brian (Kendra) McClarin, Paige Woods (Nate), Leah and Emma Esposito, John (Nicole Swanson) Davis, Richard Esposito, Louis Esposito, and Ashley (Myles) Pickering; and his great-grandchildren Morgan, Jack, Abigail, Sean, and Amelia. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews who he was very close to.

Louis is predeceased by seven siblings.

All services will be private at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CT Air Space Center, 550 Main St., Stratford, CT 06615.

Obituary: Harry P. Bartocetti, 85, Beloved Husband, Father

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Jun 302017

Harry P. Bartocetti, 85, beloved husband of Nettie Azzaro Bartocetti of Orange passed away June 26, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Loving father of Laura (Robert) Keefe of Guilford, Lisa Bartocetti and companion Patrick Connellan and John (Barbara) Bartocetti all of Orange and Rick (Stephanie) Bartocetti of Hamden. Cherished grandfather of Michael (Maureen), Neil and Paige Keefe and Adam Bartocetti. Son of the late John and Albina Biagetti Bartocetti. Brother of Ada Burns of East Haven and the late Laudia Perrone and Mary Tope.

Harry graduated from Hillhouse High School in 1949, earned his B.S. Degree from Yale University in 1953 and M.A. Degree in 1955 from Yale University School of Music.

He served in the National Guard and is an alumnus of the United States Military Academy where he performed as a member of the West Point Band from 1956-1959.

He was an instrumental music teacher for the West Haven Board of Education, The Neighborhood Music School, Central and Western CT State Universities, The University of Bridgeport and The Hartt School of Music.

He was the principle oboist of the New Haven, Bridgeport, Waterbury and Stamford Symphonies, and staff musician for the Bushnell Memorial, CT Saxophone Quartet, Elm City Wind, Oakdale and Shubert Theaters. Known as the “consummate musician,” Harry was an “arranger, composer, conductor, educator, and music copyist.

Friends may call at the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven FRIDAY from 4:00-8:00 PM and are asked to go directly to Holy Infant Church Saturday morning for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00.

Interment with military honors will follow in Orange Center Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Sign Harry’s guestbook online at www.portofuneralhomes.net

Obituary: Laurence P. Czajkowski, 70, Beloved Husband, Father, Former American Legion Commander

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Jun 292017

Laurence P. Czajkowski, 70, of Orange, passed away on Monday, June 26, 2017, in St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport.

He was born on December 30, 1946, in Bridgeport to the late Leo and Louise DeJoseph Czajkowski and graduated from Fairfield University.

He retired from the US Army Reserve on August 7, 1997, after serving proudly as a Major in the Adjutant General’s Corp, where he also was an instructor for the US Army Command and General Staff College

A self-employed sales executive, he was an active member of the community, serving as past commander of the American Legion Post #127 in Orange, on Phi Kappa Theta Foundation Board, a volunteer liaison officer CT Army Retiree Council, West Point Military Retiree Council and a member of the Orange Republican Town Committee.

He was the Sons and Daughters’ of Italy Citizen of the Year in 2009. He also was a Republican candidate for CT House of Representative, served on the PKT Foundation and a member of Knights of Columbus, Breen Chapter.

A devoted husband, father, brother and grandfather, he is survived by his loving wife Janet Oster Czajkowski, daughters Tracy Knochen and her husband James of Cornwall, NY and Amanda Perla and her husband Josh Gelfand of Los Angeles, CA, brother Leo Czajkowski and his wife Jean of Trumbull and grandchildren Matthew, Christian, Brianna, Jordan, Tristan, and Zachary Knochen and Gram and Tess Gelfand.

Calling hours are Friday, June 30, 2017, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home, 135 N Broad St., Milford.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 1st at 9 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, 35 Gulf St., Milford.

Interment will in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Buckingham Ave. Milford with military honors.

Donations may be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

To leave condolences or for directions, visit www.georgejsmithandson.com

Obituary: Bobby Weidig, Jr., 18, Beloved to All Who Knew Him

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Jan 012016

Screen Shot 2015-12-29 at 11.22.20 AMRobert “Bobby” Edwards Weidig, Jr., 18, of Bethany, departed this life on Friday, December 25 unexpectedly as the result of an accident.

Bobby was born on June 5, 1997 in New Haven, CT son of Cindy (Longo) Weidig, and the late Robert E. Weidig Sr. Bobby was a free spirit, and a very soulful person.

He loved his music, family, and friends. He was avid guitarist and flutist and any thing he could try to play. Bobby loved anything natural, he enjoyed festivals, and hiking, and just being close to nature. He was a spiritual young man, meditating everyday and learning to heal with sound.

Bobby will be remembered for his love, plain and simple and he could never give enough hugs.

His memory will live on in his mother, Cindy and her companion John Hemstead and his sons Cody and Casey of Bethany, and his step-brother, Douglas Walker of Bethany.

Bobby also leaves his grandparents: Virginia and Jerry Dalmaso of FL, along with Aunts and Uncles: Roberta Bona, Bonnie and Edward DaSilva, Roger and Leslie Weidig, and cousins: Robert Bona, Matthew Poisson, Kory, Amanda, and Brady Weidig and many friends.

Relatives and friends may call on Saturday, January 2, 2016 from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM at the B. C. Bailey Funeral Home, 273 S. Elm Street, Wallingford.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, January 4th at 11 AM at the Center Street Cemetery in Wallingford. Shoes are optional.

Bobby wanted a green funeral, as he believed in giving back to the earth.

Memorial contributions may be directed to oxfordso.org or https://www.fendermusicfoundation.org/

Obituary: Eleanor A. Goodwin, 88, Beloved Mother of Richard C. Goodwin

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May 022015

Eleanor-Goodwin-1430475495Eleanor A. Goodwin, 88, a longtime resident of Orange, passed away April 29th, 2015.

She was born February 24th, 1927 to the late Joseph and Helen Melnicsak in Stratford, CT.

Eleanor was a long time employee of the Armstrong Rubber Company where she worked as an engineer and draftsperson.

Eleanor was the wife of the late Richard Goodwin. Eleanor was the mother and guardian to Richard C. Goodwin Jr. (Doreen) of Orange, Donna Amento (Bob) of North Branford, Wayne Goodwin (Donna) of West Haven and Thomas Goodwin (Sandy) of Bethany.

She also is survived by her eight grandchildren; Nicole, Margaret, Diane, Crystal, Richie, Chris, Wilson, Skye and two nieces, Nancy and Lisa Melnicsak.

Eleanor was predeceased by her two brothers Joseph and Arthur Melnicsak.

A Prayer Service will be held on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 at 7:30 PM, at Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT. Interment will be private.

Friends and family may call on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 from 5-8 PM at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road Newington, CT 06111.

To leave online condolences, visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com


Obituary: Gloria Leahy, 70, Beloved Wife, Mother, Sister

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Apr 292015

Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 1.30.34 PMGloria Leahy, 70, of Orange, lost her long and courageous battle with cancer on April 28.

She is survived by her husband Jim, sister Janice Leibovitz, her husband Ken and their loving daughters Jennifer and Deanna.

The immediate family also includes Jim’s brother, psychologist Dr. Robert Leahy of New York City and his wife Helen.

She was born in Waterbury, CT on Feb. 7, 1945 the daughter of Manuel and Mary Carvalho, who are both deceased. Mrs. Leahy was an elementary school teacher in West Haven for 23 years and then a dental hygienist employed by Dr. Mark Berman of Woodbridge.

She received both her B.S and M.S. degrees from Southern Connecticut State University with honors, and her degree in Dental Hygiene from the Fones School at the University of Bridgeport. Gloria was on the faculty of UB immediately after graduating.

Visitation will take place on Thursday, April 30 from 4-7 p.m., at the West Haven Funeral Home, located at 662 Savin Ave in West Haven.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Holy Infant Church, Racebrook Road, Orange on Friday at 10 a.m.

Mrs. Leahy will then be laid to rest in the Mausoleum at St Lawrence Cemetery in West Haven.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lustgarten Foundation, 1111 Stewart Ave, Bethpage, NY 11714.

To leave an online remembrance, visit www.westhavenfuneral.com 

Obituary: Mildred Carmela Sileo Donohue, 91, Former Orange Resident, Active in The Community

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Apr 262015

Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 9.47.05 AMMildred Carmela Sileo Donohue, 91, of Hamden, passed away peacefully April 23, 2015 at the Whitney Center. She was the devoted wife of 60 years of the late John J. Donohue Jr.

She was born July 11, 1923 in Brooklyn, NY, to the late Joseph E. and Josephine (Albano) Sileo Sr. She received her B.A. from Queens College in 1944. She met her future husband, John Joseph Donohue Jr., at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, where they both earned master’s degrees. She worked for AT&T during the war years until 1951.

In the 1960’s, Mildred went back to school, received her master of library science from Southern Connecticut State University, and became a school media specialist in the Orange School System. She assisted her husband in his work in the Democratic Party and the Caucus of Connecticut Democrats to promote social justice and good government. Mildred also did considerable volunteer work in Orange, at the Orange Teachers League (president); at the Mary L. Tracy School (library volunteer); the Orange Scholarship Committee; and the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary (president, secretary, and Girls State).

Bear Springs Camp in Rome, Maine, was the family’s summer retreat for many years. Mildred and John traveled to Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Canada, Scandinavia, and of course within the US. In 2004, she and John moved from Orange to the Whitney Center in Hamden, where she was active in the Library Committee, Lecture Committee, and Residents’ Council.

She spent her last few months in the Whitney Center’s Health Center, where doctors, nurses and aides gave expert and loving care. Mildred will be truly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her children, Jeanne D. Miner and her husband Bruce of Wethersfield; John J. Donohue III and his wife Maureen of Stanford, CA; her six grandchildren: Julia C. Perez of Milford and husband Will; Kevin B. Miner and wife Nicole of the Bronx, NY; Alison K. Miner of Newington; Lauren E. Donohue of Redwood City, CA; and Aidan and Patrick Donohue of Stanford, CA; and three great-grandchildren: Anthony, Adrianna, and Joey. She is also survived by her sister, Marie Calamari and husband Joseph of Garden City, NY; and her beloved nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph E. Sileo Jr. and Robert Sileo, who died in infancy, and her cousin, Michael G. (Eddy) Sileo, who was raised as a brother.

Friends and family may call on Sunday, April 26th from 5-8 p.m. at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 27th at 10 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange, (MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH). Burial will follow at Orange Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Mildred’s name to Save The Children, 501 Kings Highway E, Fairfield, CT, 06880.

To leave online condolences, visit www.codywhitefuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Doreen Pulisciano, 68, Sister-in-Law of John Keeley

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Apr 232015

047122c6-8923-40e3-84be-48450db0b3beDoreen (DiMeola) Pulisciano, 68, passed away Monday, April 20, 2015, at CT Hospice in Branford. She was the wife of the late Michael D. Pulisciano Sr.

Mrs. Pulisciano was born April 10, 1947, in New Haven the daughter of the late Richard G. and Doris (Bradley) DiMeola. She obtained her bachelor of arts degree in gerontology from Quinnipiac University in 2000, and was the municipal agent and director of the Cheshire Senior Center. She was extremely active in the Cheshire community through various different civic groups as well as state associations. Mrs. Pulisciano was a past recipient of the Elim Park Citizen of the Year award and the YMCA Unsung Hero Award. She enjoyed watching Mohegan Sun basketball and especially the UConn women’s basketball.

Mrs. Pulisciano is survived by her son, Richard and his wife, Frances (Maselli) Pulisciano, of Cheshire and their children, Ricky, Mia, Ava and Giada; her sister, Marilyn McDonald and her husband, Bill, of Phoenix, Ariz.; her brother-in-law, John Keeley, of Orange; her sister-in-law, Kimberly Pulisciano, of Meriden; as well as many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her son, Michael Jr.; her sister, Joan Keeley; and her brother-in-law, Alberto Pulisciano.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, April 24, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 25, 9:15 a.m. from the Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Cheshire, 615 S. Main St. to St. Bridget Church for Mass at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Bridget Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Michael Pulisciano Sr. Scholarship Fund c/o Cheshire High School Career Department, 525 S. Main St., Cheshire, CT 06410.

For online condolences, to share a story or a photo, visit www.fordfh.com.

Obituary: Harlow J. Geloso, 82, Beloved Father of Joyce Esposito

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Apr 212015

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 10.53.04 PMHarlow J. Geloso, 82, of Woodbridge, peacefully entered into eternal rest on April 18, 2015, at Griffin Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Kathleen Fitzgerald Geloso.

Mr. Geloso was born in Derby on October 18, 1932, son of the late Harry and Rose Marino Geloso. A resident of Woodbridge since 1970, he was the owner and operator of Connecticut Sheet Metal in Bethany until his retirement. He was an active member of Sheet Metal Worker’s Union Local 38 and 40 where he served on the Board of Trustees and committees of apprentice and training and management and negotiating. He served tirelessly as a proponent of the union sheet metal worker.

Harlow enjoyed traveling with his wife and family, summers at the family cottage in Beckett, MA, Sunday dinners and building and flying radio controlled model airplanes. In addition to his wife Kathy, he is survived by two sons, David H. Geloso (Linda) of Ansonia and James R. Geloso of Woodbridge, four daughters, Kathleen Fioto (Howard) of FL, Maureen Volto (John) of Seymour, Joyce Esposito (Frank) of Orange and Barbara Cuthbert (Stuart) of Bethany, daughter-in-law, Catherine Geloso of Bethany, brother, Harry Geloso (Betsy) of Beacon Falls, 12 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and his canine companion, Smokey.

He was predeceased by a son, Thomas J. Geloso.

The family would like to express deep gratitude to the doctors, nurses and caregivers at Griffin Hospital for the excellent care they provided to Harlow.

There will be no public visiting hours.


Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral on Thursday April 23, 2015, at 11:00 am (PLEASE MEET DIRECTLY) at Our Lady of Assumption Church, 81 Center Road in Woodbridge for a Mass of Christian Burial.

Interment will follow in the family plot in Carrington Cemetery in Bethany.

The SPINELLI-RICCIUTI/BEDNAR-OSIECKI FUNERAL HOME, 62 Beaver Street in Ansonia, has been privileged with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Oxford Special Olympics, C/O Maureen Blees, 13 Lisbon Terrace, Oxford, CT 06478.

To send an act of sympathy, visit www.spinelliricciutifh.com.

Obituary: Joyce Van Trump, 88, Beloved Sister of Evelyn Moran

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Apr 202015

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 9.50.55 PMJoyce Van Trump August 4, 1926 – April 14, 2015

With great sadness, we have to say, that our wonderful mother, Joyce Sodergren Van Trump passed away on April 14, 2015 of a very aggressive form of cancer, which she fought with all of her strength and with utmost dignity.

Joyce now rejoices in heaven with her husband and our father, Edwin Albertie Van Trump III, her best friend, Doris Niewoehner, her brothers, Linney, Bobby and Ronnie Sodergren, her two nephews Gary Sodergren and Stuart Carr,her nursing friends and many more relatives and friends.

Joyce has lived in Fort Lauderdale since 1957 and was born in Stockholm, Maine. She was raised on a potato farm in this small Swedish community.

She is survived by her two daughters Barbara Van Trump Wadsworth, Trish Van Trump Watson and her son in law, Tom Watson; sister Evelyn Moran (Evie) Orange, CT., sister Sylvia Carr (Sivie) Cape Elizabeth, ME., and her twin brother John Carl Sodergren (Johnny) Stockholm, ME.

Joyce has eight devoted grandchildren, Mark Charles, his wife, Elizabeth, Whitney, Rhett, Shelby, Christopher, Romney Wadsworth, Van and Hayley Watson and future grandson in law Chris White.

She is also blessed with three great grandsons Lleyton, Matthew (twins) and Peter Edwin Wadsworth. They called her “GG” for “Great Grand”.

Auntie Joyce had nieces and nephews whom she adored; Kathy and Steven Moran, Graydon and Jamie Sodergren, Eileen and Vince Scarpetta, Glen and Vernell Sodergren, Joyce and Charlie Lyman, Beverly and Greg Wardwell, Cynthia Sodergren, Russell and Carol Sodergren and Gregg Amundson.

Great nieces and nephews John, Jennie, Vince, Steven, Katie, Lena, Johnathon, Jackie, Anna and Susan. Great, great nieces and nephews, Katelyne, Kyle, Carlie, Kaden, Kristyn, and Sammy.

Our Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Friend and Auntie will live in our hearts forever.

We will love you forever and ever and ever until the end of time…God bless all my little pumpkin heads.

In lieu of flowers… Buy yourself a rosebush and plant it at your home so our Mothers memory will be forever in your heart.

Or make donations to MD Anderson Cancer Center 1515 Holcombe Blvd. Houston, Texas 77030 ATTN: Dr. George Simon or United Way of Broward County, 1300 S. Andrews Avenue, Ft. Laud. FL. 33316 in her memory.

Services will be held at: T.M. Ralph Funeral Home 7001 NW 4 Street Plantation, FL 33317 (954) 587-6888 Visitation: Sunday April 19, 2015 From 3pm-5pm Also Visitation Tuesday April 21, 2015 From 3pm- 5pm Service at 5pm