Dey Endorses DeBarba for State Representative 

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Jun 012020

Woodbridge Selectman, Joe Dey, has officially endorsed Republican candidate, Dan DeBarba, for state representative in the 114th district. Dey praised DeBarba’s background in healthcare and business as a major reason for his endorsement.

“During such uncertain times, we need someone like Dan who has extensive experience in handling healthcare crises. As a business owner, Dan has firsthand experience with the struggles of owning a business in Connecticut and I am confident he will fight to make our state more business-friendly.” Dey continued, “We have been very fortunate to have Themis representing our town for the last two decades. I fully expect Dan will continue in this tradition, advocating for Woodbridge and all of the 114th district.”

DeBarba is a longtime Orange resident, and his three children are graduates of Amity High School. DeBarba has served as a healthcare administrator at several hospitals in Connecticut and is currently the chief financial officer of a healthcare system in New York. Additionally, he and his wife own a small business in the area.

Obituary: Frank Corso, Jr., 84, Beloved Father, Brother, Grandfather

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Mar 242013


Frank Corso Jr.

Frank Corso, Jr., 84, of Orange and Port St. Lucie, Florida, passed away March, 22, 2013 at his home.

He was born in New Haven, January 5, 1929, a son of the late Frank and Eva Revigno Corso. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Julia “Jean” Castiglione Corso, his brother David, and his sister Louise Ferrari.

He is survived by his sisters, Dorothy Montagna, of Florida, and Mary Russo, of Ohio. Frank is also survived by his loving daughters, Marilyn (William) Burgers, Debra (William, III) Seward, Francine (James) DeNardis, and his son Frank (Jenny) Corso, III.

He also leaves 11 grandchildren, Christopher, Matthew, and Joseph Bergers, William (Cristy) Seward, IV, Andrew (Angela) Seward, and Elisa (James) Seward, Jennifer (Jason) DeNardis-Rosa, James DeNardis, and Jacqueline (Andrew) Gambardella, Samantha and Frank Corso, IV; and two cherished great grandchildren, Wiliam Seward,V and Madelynn Seward.

Frank was the owner and operator of F. Corso Transportation of Hamden, for 45 years.

The funeral will be from the Keenan Funeral Home, 238 Elm Street, West Haven, Tuesday morning at 11:00.

Friends may call at the funeral home prior to the funeral from 9:30 to 11:00.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Infant Church, Orange, at 11:30. Burial will be in St. Lawrence Cemetery.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association , Connecticut Chapter, 2075, Silas Dean Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. Condolences may be expressed online at www.keenanfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Joseph Abbatiello, 75, Navy Veteran, Business Owner

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Jun 102012

Joseph Abbatiello, 75 of Orange

Joseph Abbatiello, 75, of Orange, beloved husband of Diane Castracane Abbatiello died peacefully June 6, 2012 at Yale New Haven Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

He is the brother of Richard (Theresa Cappetta) Abbatiello and the late Donald Abbatiello. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Joe was born in New Haven May 16, 1937 to the late Joseph and Virginia Perrotti Abbatiello.

He was a graduate of Wilbur Cross High School where he was an All-State football player and Captain of the football team. He went on to play football at Northwestern University under legendary coach Ara Parseghian and was selected to the All Big-10 team as a guard two years in a row.

After graduating Northwestern, Joe entered the US Navy where he was an ensign and served aboard a destroyer that was positioned off the coast of Cuba during the Pay of Pigs Invasion in April, 1961. After being honorably discharged, Joe began his professional career when he joined his father and brothers in business at Aura Industries and Top Stone Cigar Co. He would go on to become President of both companies. After many years in business, the companies were sold and Joe stayed on as President of Aura Industries heading operations in Hong Kong and Ireland.

Throughout his life, Joe was very devoted to his faith and his community. He served on the Board of Education for the Amity School system for eight years, was President of the Board of Directors of Boys and Girls Village in Milford and also served on the Board of Faith Christian Church and the Board of Hosana Ministries Recovery Program in Bridgeport.

Joe was very proud of the work he did as a member of the Board of Teen Challenge Recovery Program in New Haven. As an area coordinator for Sports World Ministries, Joe was instrumental in bringing many professional athletes to New Haven to speak to area high school students about faith, ethics and the many opportunities and challenges that life offered.

Joe was Vice-President of Scungilli International and a member of Racebrook Country Club. He was the recipient of several awards, among them being his induction into the New Haven Gridiron Club, induction into the Wilbur Cross High School Sports Hall of Fame and receiving the Gold Ring Award from the Boys and Girls Club.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday June 16, 2012 at 10am at Gateway Christian Fellowship Church, 129 Bull Hill Lane, West Haven, CT.

There will be no visiting hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the Joseph Abbatiello Memorial Fund c/o Levitsky & Berney, PC 100 Bradley Rd. Woodbridge, CT 06525. All contributions will be divided equally to fund programs for Teen Challenge and Nigeria-IJAW Mission.

The IOVANNE FUNERAL HOME, INC. 11 Wooster Pl. is in care of arrangements.