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Obituary: Clara (Claire) Linstrum Zanella, 86, Mother of Susan Tamagni and Jean Dyer

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Apr 192015
 

Screen Shot 2015-04-19 at 6.07.47 PMClara (Claire) Linstrum Zanella, 86, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, with her family by her side.

She was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Vincent M. Zanella Jr., Esquire.

Born in Danbury, on January 17, 1929 to the late Raymond and Clara Linstrum, she moved to Bridgeport and later to Fairfield raising five children. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Claire opened her home to all, especially friends of her children and grandchildren, often adopting them as family.

Her Sunday ziti dinners were legendary as well as her hospitality at her annual beach house. Claire led a long, full and happy life surrounded by the family for which she was deeply proud.

She is survived by her five devoted children, nine grandchildren, and one great grandchild, Oliver: Susan Tamagni (Joseph) of Orange, and their children Lisa, Christina and Stephen; Vincent III (Sharon) of Fairfield, and their children Tony and Molly; John (Lynann) of Bethel, and their children, Jay and Chris; Jean Dyer (Jeff) of Orange and their children, Anita and Abigail; and Paul (Kelly) of Saratoga Springs, NY.

She is also survived by her brothers, Raymond (Dorothy) Linstrum of Danbury, and Karl (Nancy) Linstrum of Willard, OH. She was predeceased by her sister and brother, Emily Rae Huyler and Theodore Linstrum, and her dear friend, Irene Wasco.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews and extended family. She was a devoted Catholic and member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church, the former President of the Stratfield Garden Club, and former Real Estate agent.

The Zanella Family would like to thank the staff at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Vitas Healthcare Hospice Services for their compassionate and loving care and support to Claire and the entire family.

Family and friends may call at the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Rd., Trumbull on Sunday from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, April 20, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 545 Stratfield Road, Fairfield. Interment will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 9057, Bridgeport, CT 06601-9057.

To leave an online condolence, please visit us at www.abriola.com.

Celebration of Life at Orange Legion Post 127 Today 3-6 p.m.

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Apr 192015
 

Screen Shot 2015-04-19 at 1.58.34 PMLawrence D. “Larry” Buck, 74, of West Haven, died peacefully at his home on March 2, 2015.

He was born in Des Moines, Iowa on October 25, 1940, predeceased by his father Donald Buck, his mother Janet Hartzell Pond, and his beloved stepfather William Pond.

He was an engineer for Metro-North Railroad for 22 years, known to his co-workers as the “Candy Man,” before retiring in 2006.

He was an electrician by trade with high mechanical aptitude. He previously worked for IBM, became an instructor for Olivetti, and owned his own business, Buck Office Machines.

He loved being on the water and was active with U.S. Power Squadron in the 70’s and 80’s. Other favorite activities were model railroading, gardening, and in his younger days spelunking and rowing (crew). He also grew up with a fascination for flight that led him to earn a pilot’s license.

He was an avid reader, was very giving and mentoring for our next generation, and always loved puzzles. He had a great sense of humor and loved to make others laugh, and was very caring to all.

He is survived by his loving wife Loraine Sheldon Buck, son James (Elizabeth) Buck of North Haven, brother Ralph Buck of Springfield, VA, and brother Donald (Rebecca) Buck from Griswold, CT, and three grandchildren.

He will also be missed by many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his first wife Betty Jo Buck and his step-daughter Jodie Lande, both of North Haven, 3 step-grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday April 19th from 3 – 6 p.m. at the American Legion Post 127 630 Grassy Hill Road in Orange, CT. All are welcome. Thoughts and photos may be shared at lawrence-buck.forevermissed.com 

Obiturary: Beverly Ann Avitabile, 75, Beloved Mother of James Avitabile

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Apr 152015
 

Screen Shot 2015-04-15 at 1.28.02 PMBeverly Ann Avitabile, 75, of Orange, wife of the late Alberico “Albie” Avitabile, loving mother, devoted grandmother and great grandmother, beloved sister, and a dear friend to so many, died Sunday, April 12, at Connecticut Hospice, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Her devoted family was at her side. Beverly was born in New Haven, May 25, 1939, a daughter of the late George and Carmela Volta Giammattei. She was a graduate of West Haven High School and was an active member of the Reunion Committee, Class of 1957.

For 35 years she was the office manager for Sodexo Dining Services at the University of New Haven. Beverly was a communicant of Holy Infant Church.

She enjoyed cooking, was an avid gardener, and a wonderfully giving person to everyone she met. Truly her greatest love was the time she shared with her adoring family.

Beverly is survived by her children, James Avitabile, of Orange, Matthew (Jeanine) Avitabile, of New Haven, and Christopher (Abraxas) Avitabile, of Greensboro, NC; 8 very special grandchildren, Stephanie, Hans, Devan, Alicia, Matthew, Michael, Cameron, and Aubrey Avitabile; and 3 cherished great grandchildren, Amari, Xienna, and Giada Avitabile; a brother, George (Barbara) Giammattei, of Salisbury, NY; two sisters, Lucille Catalano, of Northford, CT, and Arlene Lucibello, of North Branford.

She was predeceased by a grandson, Jaylen Charles Avitabile, and a brother, Robert Giammattei.

Friends may call at the Keenan Funeral Home, 238 Elm Street, West Haven,Thursday evening from 5:00 to 8:00.

 

The funeral will be from the Funeral Home Friday morning at 10:00.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Infant Church, Racebrook Road, Orange at 11:00.

Burial will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven.

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Obituary: Janecke L. Clark Casolino, 62, Beloved Wife And Mother, Teacher

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Apr 142015
 

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 3.47.27 PMJanecke L. Clark Casolino, 62, of Orange, peacefully passed away at CT Hospice on April 12, 2015 surrounded by her family and close friends.

She succumbed after her 21 year battle with cancer and was the wife of David Casolino for 32 years and proud mother of Nathan of Orange and Jenecke “Jenna” of Newport,RI; born in Boston on April 28, 1952 daughter of the late Waldo & Beverly Trube Clark and was raised in Sciutate, MA.

Janecke graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor’s in Education and later earned her Master’s from Southern CT University.

She taught at various schools before settling in at Harborside Middle School in Milford as a devoted special education teacher for 23 years. She enjoyed working there with her students and was a loving friend to her colleagues whose company she shared outside of the Harborside community.

Janecke was passionate about cooking as she often selflessly provided meals for friends, family members and neighbors.

She also leaves behind sisters Sandra Kitzes and Suzanne Clark of Colorado Family & friends may call at MARESCA & SONS FUNERAL HOME 592 Chapel St. New Haven Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and are invited to go directly to Holy Infant Church 450 Race Brook Rd., Orange for a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday at 10 am.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Anna Fusco Memorial Pilgrimage, c/o 427 Taulman Rd., Orange, CT 06477. Offer condolences at www.marescafuneralhome.com

Obituary: The Rev. Peter S. Dargan, 80, Former Pastor Of Holy Infant Church

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Apr 092015
 

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 3.23.43 PMThe Reverend Peter S. Dargan 80, formerly of West Haven, passed away peacefully at the Masonicare Health Center, Wallingford on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, surrounded by his family and the spiritual group from Holy Trinity Church, Wallingford.

Father Dargan was born on August 24, 1934 in West Haven, a son of Robert S. Dargan Sr. and Marie Murphy Dargan.

Brother of Sister Mary Faith Dargan, O.P. Dominican Sisters of Peace, Mrs. Richard T. Doyle Jr. (Virginia), Mr. Richard P. Dargan (Nancy) and Mr. Robert S. Dargan Jr. (Margaret). He is survived also by several nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.

Since graduating from Notre Dame High School in 1952, Father Dargan dedicated his life to God, the priestly ministry and Catholic education. He remained faithful to Notre Dame High School and the virtues it stresses. A graduate of St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Father Dargan received his Bachelor of Sacred Theology in 1961, the year he was ordained.

He served at the Cathedral in Harford and many parishes including St. Rose in East Hartford, St. Ann in Milford, St. Pius X in Wolcott, and St. Bernard in Tariffville. Father Dargan served as Dean of the West Shoreline Deanery. Father Dargan taught at Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury, Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford and East Catholic High School in Manchester.

Father Dargan was Pastor of Holy Infant Church in Orange from 1990-2012. Thereafter, he served as Pastor Emeritus. He was a member of the Notre Dame High School Board of Directors and served on the Board of the Archdiocese’s Office of Urban Affairs.

For his dedication to the Church and to Notre Dame High School, in 1994, Father Dargan received the Knights of Honor Award and was inducted into the Knights of Honor Society.

Father Dargan was a member of the Homewood Acres Golf Club in Woodbridge and the Orange Hills Golf Club in Orange. For many years he was a member of the West Haven Twilight League and served on the Board of the Saint Regis Health Center.

Father Dargan attended the College of the Holy Cross, before entering St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, where he was a Prefect. He enjoyed his trips to Ireland and Italy, and many family vacations to Cape Cod and Block Island. He also enjoyed his visits to New York City, where he was able to attend operas, Broadway shows, sports events and concelebrate Mass at St. Malachy’s.

Father Dargan was always a source of great comfort to his family, friends, parishioners, and anyone in need. He will be missed dearly.

Father Dargan’s body will lie in state at Holy Infant Church, Orange on Friday, April 10th from 5:00-7:00pm with a Parish Mass to be celebrated at 7:00pm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday , April 11th at 11:00 AM.

Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, Archbishop of Hartford, will be the principal celebrant.

Burial will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven.

The family would like to thank the staff at Pond Ridge, Masonicare at Ashlar Village where Father Dargan celebrated the liturgy every Sunday for the residents and also thank the nurses, doctors, and staff at the Masonicare Health Center and the Masonicare Hospice Comfort Care in Wallingford for their expert care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Father Dargan’s name to Holy Infant Church, 450 Race Brook Road, Orange, CT 06477 Arrangements are with Sisk Brothers Funeral Home, 3105 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

Obituary: Douglas J. Milne, 72, Beloved Father of Debra Tashlein, Navy Veteran, Mason

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Apr 072015
 

Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 12.49.18 PMDouglas J. Milne, 72, of Milford, beloved husband of Joyce (Vancini) Milne, passed away peacefully at Yale New Haven Hospital on Sunday, April 4, 2015.

Born in Milford on April 17, 1942, he was the son of the late James A. and Marie E. Milne. He graduated from Milford High School and Clark University where he was a four year varsity basketball player and a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

He proudly served as a lieutenant in the US Navy, stationed at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base in Virginia Beach, VA.

Doug received his MBA from the University of Connecticut after which he returned to Milford and was employed by the Southern New England Telephone Company in New Haven where he worked for 25 years, retiring as a staff manager in the comptroller’s department.

Doug was fifty year member of the Masonic Ansantawae Lodge #89 and a member of the First United Church of Christ. He was an avid golfer, fisherman, around-the-house carpenter very proud of his prize winning golf tournament hole-in-one.

In addition to his wife, Joyce of 48 years, Doug leaves behind to cherish his memory, daughter Debra Tashlein, her husband Eric and two granddaughters of Orange, son James P. Milne, his wife Nicole and their son JD.

He also is survived by his sister-in-law Carol Milne, cousins Bette Mae Smith Fritzen, Tingley cousins Jean, Albert and Janet and special friends, Gail and Larry Urban and Albert and Pat Syeles. He was predeceased by his brother, David W. Milne.

Friends and family may call on Wednesday, April 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT 06460.

A Prayer service and Celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, April 9 at 11 a.m. at the Cody-White Funeral Home.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Clark Athletics, Clark University, 960 Main St., Worcester, MA 01610.

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

Obituary: Lyn Ann Klein, 80, Sister Of Jane Martin

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Apr 072015
 

Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 1.23.25 AMLyn Ann Klein, 80, of Fairfield, beloved wife of the late William J. Klein, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 1, 2015 in the home of her son surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Bridgeport and raised in Black Rock, the daughter of the late Thomas and Irene Ellsworth, she had been a Fairfield resident since 1960.

She was a 1952 graduate of The Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall and later graduated from Katharine Gibbs in New York City.

Mrs. Klein worked as a bookkeeper at Manpower Temporary Services and for the Fairfield Municipal Federal Credit Union. A tireless supporter for the mentally handicapped, she was an active member of F.A.A.R.H. and regular donor to the Kennedy Center.

A devout Roman Catholic, Lyn attended Mass regularly and was a member of the Legion of Mary. She was a member of the Gaelic American Club, but above all else, was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister.

Survivors include two beloved children, Thomas Klein and his wife, Karen of Fairfield and Patrice Klein of Fairfield; a sister, Jane Martin of Orange; five cherished grandchildren, Kathryn, Tristen, Megan, Tug and Nolan; a niece, Carol Martin and her partner Deb Carabetta of Orange, and a nephew, John Martin and his wife Robyn of Orange.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by two sons, Billy and James Klein.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 10 a.m. meeting directly at St. Pius X Church 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield.

Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Friends may call Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Kennedy Center, 240 Reservoir Avenue, Trumbull, CT 06611 203-365-8522.

For information or to sign an online guest register visit www.SpearMillerFuneralHome.com

Obituary: Elizabeth Martin, 61, Nurse, Avid Hiker, Volunteer

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Mar 312015
 

Heifer Project InternationalElizabeth Martin (née Petrie), 61, died in Orange, on Friday, March 27, 2015 after a long illness. Born September 30, 1953, in Rumford, Maine, she lived in Brookfield, Connecticut for most of her life, graduating from Brookfield High School in 1971 and Greenwich Hospital School of Nursing in 1974.

She worked as a labor and delivery nurse at New Milford, Danbury and Waterbury Hospitals from 1986 until 2010.

Elizabeth was an avid hiker and community volunteer.

Survivors include her children, Brendan Gallagher of Stratford, Connecticut and Katherine Gallagher Robbins of Washington, D.C., and their spouses, Joanne Gallagher and Michael Robbins, as well as her brothers Stephen Petrie, John Petrie, Vincent Murphy, and Patrick Murphy and their families.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions to Heifer International are welcome.

Obituary: Antonio Fusarelli, 72, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather

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Mar 312015
 

Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 1.24.46 PMAntonio Fusarelli, 72, a longtime resident of Orange and beloved husband of Maria (Massarella) Fusarelli, entered into eternal rest on March 29, 2015 at his home and surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Luco dei Marsi, Province of L’Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy on June 1, 1942, he was the son of the late Biagio and Erminia (Martini) Fusarelli. After growing up herding sheep in the Italian mountainsides and in search of a better life, at the age of 20 Antonio immigrated to Thorold, Ontario, Canada joining siblings who came before him. There he worked for the Exolon Company, at a factory that made sandpaper for metal while also working various construction jobs.

In the late 1960’s, he met his future wife, Maria, and the married in 1970. At that time, he moved to the USA so they could establish roots and build a family in Connecticut. He worked for nearly 25 years as a construction worker and foreman, primarily for Miscione Construction. In that role, he participated in the construction of many new buildings that transformed downtown Stamford, as well as in Bridgeport, and New Haven, CT and in White Plains, NY.

Prior to his retirement, Antonio was a groundskeeper for the Darien Board of Education for 20 years.

In his free time, Antonio enjoyed making wine and curating fine Italian meats, tending to his bountiful garden, growing a variety of fig trees, playing bocce, and he was a competitive bowler is his younger days. He also took great pleasure in his stone masonry projects, of which his many works have come to dot the surrounding landscape.

Later in life, he especially enjoyed lovingly spending time with all nine of his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Maria of 44 years, he is survived by his children Emilia Fusarelli of Milford, CT, Angela Fusarelli Partalas (Tom) of Hamden, CT, Melissa Fusarelli (York Mario) of Orange, CT, Anthony Fusarelli (Sarah) of Arlington, VA, and Christopher Biagio Fusarelli (Jennifer) of Orange, CT, 9 grandchildren, his 5 brothers, Concetto Fusarelli and Guido of Luco dei Marsi, Italy, Francesco Fusarelli of Lewiston, NY, Domenico Fusarelli of Thorold, Canada, Bernardino Fusarelli of St. Catherines, CA and 2 sisters Annunziata Fusarelli Giradini of Thorold, Canada and Pierina Fusarelli D’Alo of Luco dei Marsi, Italy.

Besides his parents, Antonio is predeceased by his brothers, Vincenzo Fusarelli and Guido Fusarelli, and sisters, Maria Fusarelli Crescenzi, Domenica Fusarelli, and Natalina Fusarelli.

Friends and family may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1 at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT.

 

A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, April 2 at 10 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Race Brook Rd.

Entombment to follow at Mt. St. Peter Cemetery, Derby.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405 or to the Smilow Cancer Center, Closer To Free, 333 Cedar St., PO Box 208028, New Haven, CT 06520.

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

Obituary: Louise A. (Morley) Schmitt, 82, Beloved Mother of Samuel Schmitt

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Mar 292015
 

Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 8.35.03 PMLouise A. (Morley) Schmitt, 82, founding Board Member of Trivium School, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at home surrounded by her loving family.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 54 years, John S. Schmitt, and two children, John S. Schmitt, Jr. & Maria L. Schmitt. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Julia M. Six & Michael of Bath, PA; Nicholas J. Schmitt of Tuebingen, Germany; William M. Schmitt of Lancaster; Sister Juliana Schmitt, O. Cist. of Prairie Du Sac, WI; Stephanie A. Langley & Mark of Cleveland Heights, OH; Carl F. Schmitt & Margaret of Leominster; Samuel A. Schmitt & Jana of Orange, CT; Clare V. Metilly & Paul of Paxton.

She leaves her siblings, Sam A. Morley of Washington, D.C.; and Ann Morley of Napa, CA; 44 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. She is pre-deceased by two siblings, Wiliam R. Morley, Jr., and Virginia Morgan.

Louise was born in Aberdeen, Washington to the late William & Louise (Scoville) Morley. She graduated from the Catlin-Hillside School, Class of 1950 and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Vassar College in 1954.

She began her successful career as an educator with the Colorado Rocky Mountain School and later assisted her husband with the founding of Thomas More School in Harrisville, NH, and Trivium School in Lancaster. Mrs. Schmitt passionately taught English Literature, poetry, and drama through her dedication in faith to providing a classical Catholic education to young men and women.

She had a special love for the Oregon wilderness and enjoyed hiking with her family in the Cascade Mountains.

Mrs. Schmitt was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure to have known her. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 9AM on Saturday, March 28, 2015 in St. John the Evangelist Church, 80 Union St., Clinton. Burial followed in St. John’s Cemetery, Lancaster.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Louise Schmitt to: Trivium School, Memo: John S. Schmitt Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 597, South Lancaster, MA 01561.

Online condolences may be placed at www.philbincomeaufh.com