Obituary: Diane Roberts, 62, Beloved Wife, Mother, Friend. A Beautiful Soul

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Jul 042019

Diane Roberts, 62, of Milford, died June 30, 2019, at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was born on March 9, 1957, in Jamaica Queens, New York to Anthony and Mary Costa.

She is survived by her husband of more than 35 years of marriage John Douglas Roberts. Diane has left behind her son, Daniel Roberts, stepson Kristofer Roberts, brother Anthony Costa, and sister Linda Saggese.

Diane was a professional in the automotive industry for more than 25 years. Most of her career has been as an executive assistant and customer relations manager at Toyota of Wallingford. She is leaving behind a close-knit group of friends and family at Toyota of Wallingford and will be missed by all.

To pay tribute to Diane and the many lives she touched, a symbol will be embroidered on every employee’s shirt.

Diane loved going to the beach and her family. She was such a fun and loving soul and changed many lives for the good through her kind words and understanding. If you knew Diane for 10 minutes or 10 years you could see the way she would light up a room with her contagious laugh and caring personality.

She would not want us to weep for her but to celebrate her in the ways she celebrated living. She was an amazing person inside and out and will live on forever in all of us. She has a lot of close friends and family and this wonderful soul will be missed by many but hardly forgotten.

The visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2019, at Cody White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford. Followed by a celebration of her life for all at Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, Orange.

Obituary: Olga Halchak Chirgwin, 93, Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Talented Artist

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Dec 062014

Screen Shot 2014-12-06 at 10.33.19 PMOlga Halchak Chirgwin, 93, of Orange, beloved wife of the late Harry J. Chirgwin, died peacefully on December 2, 2014 at Yale New Haven Hospital with family by her side.

She was born April 12, 1921 in Ansonia, daughter of the late Ignatius and Anna Groziak Halchak.

Mrs. Chirgwin was a graduate of Ansonia High School and worked as a secretary for Southern Connecticut State University.

A lifelong and devout member of Three Saints Orthodox Church where she was a past Board Member, taught Sunday school, was active in the “R” Club and Senior Group.

In younger years, Mrs. Chirgwin shared many happy memories with her daughter as a Girl Scout Leader.

An avid painter of portraits and landscapes, she was a founding member of the Orange Arts & Crafts Guild.

She is survived by her devoted daughter, Lynn Hvizd and her husband, Andrew Hvizd, III of Wallingford; grandson, Andrew J. (Jordon) Hvizd of Ontario, Canada; granddaughter, Sarah (Anthony) Sigel of Northford; great-grandchildren, Anthony Sigel, Jr., Jack Sigel (with whom shared Great-Grandma’s birthday), and Rylee Paige Hvizd; special caregiver and friend for many years, Melanie Grecula; and her best friend, Ruth Balnicki.

In addition to her husband of 60 years, she was predeceased by brother, William Halchak.

Funeral services will take place on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 11 a.m. in Three Saints Orthodox Church, 26 Howard Ave., Ansonia.

Family and friends may call at 10 a.m. directly at church, prior to service.

Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Ansonia. Memorial Contributions may be made to Three Saints Church Maintenance Trust.

The Wakelee Memorial Funeral Home, 167 Wakelee Ave., Ansonia, CT is in care of arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at www.wakeleememorial.com 

Obituary: Delores R. Keegan, 83, Mother of Jeffrey Keegan

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Nov 102014

Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 3.43.43 PMDelores R. Keegan, 83, of Vestal went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, November 7, 2014. She was predeceased by her husband Paul S. Keegan.

She is survived by her four children and their spouses: Jeffrey Keegan and wife Cindy, Orange, CT, Paula McFarland and husband Bruce, Yorktown, IN; Henry Keegan, and wife Melody, Vestal, NY, Carolyn DeBusk and husband Charles, Palmyra, VA. Fifteen grandchildren, David Keegan, Kathryn (Keegan) Culbertson and husband Ryan, Christine Keegan, Carolyn Keegan, Rebecca (McFarland) Adeney and husband Joel, Ruth McFarland, Sarah McFarland, Paul McFarland and wife Sarah, Peter McFarland, Anna McFarland, Julie (Keegan) Strosser and husband Ryan, Amy (Keegan) Cannon and husband Andrew, Thomas Keegan and wife Margaret, Laura DeBusk, Katherine DeBusk. Two great-grandchildren Barnabas Adeney and Tabitha Adeney.

Delores was a beautiful Christian woman who loved her God and her family and with quiet humility served them both. She faithfully served at Memorial Park Baptist Church in many capacities through the Missions Committee, the Ladies Missionary Circle and various ministries. She was actively involved with the Christian Women’s Club.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 11AM at Memorial Park Baptist Church, 1013 Front St., Vestal, NY, with Pastor Marlene Steenburg officiating.

Friends may call at the church prior to the service from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. Burial will be in Vestal Hills Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association or to the Memorial Fund of The Memorial Park Baptist Church, 1013 Front St., Vestal, NY 13850. 

Obituary: Zeata Ann Witheril, 81, Beloved Mother Of Peggy Choiniere

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Aug 312014

Screen Shot 2014-08-31 at 9.38.31 AMZeata Ann Witheril, 81, of Guilford, formerly of Hamden and Orange, passed away August 26, 2014, surrounded by her family.

She was the beloved wife of 62 years to the late Eugene A. Witheril, and is survived by her loving children, Linda Kasowitz and her husband Marvin of West Haven, Patrick Witheril and his wife Denise of Guilford and Peggy Choiniere and her husband Ed of Bethany, grandchildren, Kate Kasowitz and her husband Frank McCarty, Allison Romanoff and her husband John, Jill Kasowitz, Meghan Witheril, Stefanie Benoit and her husband Joseph, Sydney Witheril, Matthew & Timothy Eckman, EJ, Cherilyn, Billy, Michael, and Joey Choiniere.

She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Grace McCarty, Charlotte Romanoff, Amelie Choiniere, Luke Benoit, and Ella Witheril, and lifelong best friends Joanne & Dick Westphal of FL and her puppy Daisy.

Loving sister of Billy Buetow of Pollack Pines, CA, and Mitzi Slater of Stewart, FL.

Mrs. Witheril was predeceased by her infant son Gerald Witheril, and 2 brothers George Straube and Tommy Buetow.

Zeata was born in Racine, WI, Oct. 23, 1932 a daughter of the late George Straube and Maxine Buetow and had resided in Hamden for many years.

She was employed by the Thompson Agency of Farmington and the Monarch Insurance Agency of Orange prior to her retirement.

Zeata will be remembered for her ageless beauty, her radiant smile, her kind heart and her ability to light up any room she entered. She found unending joy in loving her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be sadly missed but cherished memories of her will last forever.

Interment service in Beaverdale Memorial Park will be private.

Arrangements in care of BEECHER & BENNETT, 2399 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN, Memorial contributions may be sent to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT, 06405 or to Branford Hills Healthcare Center, 139 Alps Rd. Branford, CT 06405.

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