Obituary: Rocco Orlando, 94, A Life Dedicated To Education

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Jan 092022

Rocco Orlando, 94, passed away peacefully at home in Hamden of Alzheimer’s disease, with his family by his side, on January 6, 2022. Beloved husband of the late Rae Rose Coppola Orlando, he was born in New Haven on March 29, 1927, the son of the late Rocco and Palmina (Riccardi) Orlando.
Rocco was educated in New Haven and left Hillhouse High School when he turned 18 during his graduation year to join the Navy and train as a naval aviator in torpedo bombers. When WWII ended at the time he was about to be sent overseas, he returned to Connecticut following a year of service to begin his studies at the Fort Trumbull branch of the University of Connecticut along with many others the under the GI bill.
His UConn bachelor’s degree was the first of many degrees for Rocco was a lifelong student as well as a distinguished educator. Following his graduation from UConn, he received a second bachelor’s degree from New Haven State Teacher’s College (now Southern Connecticut State University) and began his career as a teacher in a 4 room schoolhouse in Salem, Connecticut.
He went on to get a master’s degree from Fairfield University, studied at Bennington College as a John Hay Fellow, began doctoral studies at Columbia University, but changed to UConn where he received a Ph.D. in 1969. Widely recognized for his expertise in educational law, he also attended the UConn School of Law stopping his studies just short of attaining a law degree to spend time with his wife.
Rocco’s career was dedicated to education — he had a long association with the Amity Regional Schools – serving as a teacher, assistant principal, principal of the Orange Junior High School, Amity High School and Assistant Superintendent.
Rocco then moved to higher education joining the faculty of Southern Connecticut State College – spending 16 years as a professor, Dean of Professional Studies and Dean of the School of Education.
During his time as Southern, he oversaw the creation of many graduate programs that would contribute to Southern’s recognition as a University. Following Rocco’s retirement from Southern, he continued to be active in his second career as a labor mediator and arbitrator until he was eighty.
His Ph.D. dissertation was on the topic of teacher-board of education negotiations and he used this expertise to guide many teachers unions and boards of education to fair and amicable resolution – often in all night marathon negotiating sessions.
Rocco was dedicated to the Greater New Haven community and demonstrated this with his leadership and participation in many community organizations including the Italian American Historical Society of Connecticut, the New Haven Scholarship Foundation and the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven.
His interest in the contributions of immigrants to New Haven resulted in his being instrumental in the creation of the Ethnic Heritage Center of Connecticut at Southern Connecticut State University. Most important, Rocco was the anchor for his extended family.
With his partner and soulmate Rae, they advised and cared for many. Central to his core was his total devotion to Rae and his commitment to caring for her when she developed M. S. They were always together, always sharing their lives and love.
He passed his love of learning on to his children and grandchildren. He and Rae had a deep love of travel – beginning with lengthy family road trips across the United States and Mexico. On a trip to Italy in the 1960’s, Rocco re-connected with Italian family members leading to long lasting relationships with family in Italy and Australia – traveling often to remain in touch.
In 1969, he led the family on a non-stop drive to Florida to witness the take-off of the Saturn V rocket that carried Apollo 11 to the moon. In their later years, Rocco and Rae were avid cruise ship devotees – including a multigenerational cruise to Alaska with children and grandchildren.
Rocco is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Dr. Rocco Orlando, III and Joanne Papanek Orlando of South Glastonbury, his daughter and son-in-law Lisa Orlando Parisi and Michael J. Parisi of Cheshire as well as his grandchildren Rocco Orlando, IV (Katie Moran), Alexander Orlando and Laura Parisi and great granddaughters Brooke and Willow Orlando, his brother-in law and his wife Dr. Paul J. and Eileen Coppola of Madison and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff and nurses of the Memory Support Unit at Whitney Center, the BrightStar caregivers and Connecticut Hospice for their outstanding care.
Funeral Services will be private with a memorial celebration of his life to come in the Spring. The Celentano Funeral Home, New Haven is caring for the family.
To leave a condolence please visit www.celentanofuneralhome.com. Memorial donations may be sent to The Orlando Family Scholarship in Memory of Rae Orlando, at The New Haven Scholarship Fund, PO Box 8936, New Haven CT 06532 or the Orlando Family Endowed Scholarship Fund at Southern Connecticut State University Foundation, Inc., 501 Crescent Street, New Haven, CT 06515-1355 or online at SouthernCT.edu

Obituary: John Powers McGill, 92, Beloved Father, Grandfather

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Nov 162018

John Powers McGill, 92, passed away peacefully at his home in Orange, CT on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Born at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Dorchester, Boston on April 28, 1926, he first resided in the Bronx with his parents Charles and Colette and in later years in Fairfield, CT, joined by his sister, Martha.

After graduating from high school at age 17, John joined the Navy, where he served as a submariner from 1943 to 1946, and then went on to UConn, where he met the love of his life, Marcia McGill. They were married for 57 years until her death in November 2008. After graduating in 1951 as an economics major, John worked at Sikorsky Aircraft where he sold everything but the aircraft itself until he retired in 1989.

In his free time, John followed his love of the sea and was an avid small boat sailor who spent many hours navigating harbors from Maine to the Carolinas with Marcia and their friends.

After he retired from Sikorsky, John was a tireless advocate for mental health care, in particular through his involvement with Bridges Healthcare as a board member who filled many roles. Most of all, John loved to spend time with his family and friends, listening to their stories and telling his own, listening to music, dancing and discussing politics.

He is survived by his three children, David (Peggy), Sarah (James Silberstein) and Paula; his five grandchildren; his four great-grandchildren; his sister, Martha Thornley; and many nieces and nephews.

All services will be private. In lieu of flowers, his family welcomes donations to Bridges Healthcare, 949 Bridgeport Ave., Milford, CT 06460 or at www.bridgesct.org.

The family is being cared for by CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME. To leave online condolences,  visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Obituary: Anthony L. Olivieri, 80, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Army Veteran

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Sep 022018

Anthony L. Olivieri, 80, known by everyone as Tony, went to the Lord on August 17, 2018, while surrounded by his family.

Tony was born Anthony Leonard Olivieri, on January 1, 1938, in San Marco la Catola, Foggia, Italy, to Nicolangelo Olivieri and Michelina Cappelletta. He graduated from Notre Dame High School, in West Haven, and attended Teachers College of Connecticut for 4 years, before being drafted into the U.S. Army.

He completed basic training at Fort Dix Army Base, NJ. He completed his medical training at Fort Sam Houston, in San Antonio, TX, and Fort Ord, CA, before being transferred to Fort Bliss, in El Paso, TX, where he would meet, fall in love with, and marry Donna, his wife of 56 years. He also served overseas in Germany and would finish his military service at White Sands Missile Range, NM.

After he was honorably discharged, he moved his growing family back to Orange, CT, to be closer to his parents. He decided that he liked the warmer climate of West Texas better, and moved his family back to El Paso, where he ran a Medical School, and Construction business before finding his true passion for cars. He was the Sales Manager for several automotive dealerships in El Paso, and owned Tony’s Pizza, in Ruidoso, NM, before relocating to Conroe, TX, where he was in Management for several dealerships including Weisner Automotive Group, Smith Honda, and Noble Automotive Group.

Tony has been a Parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Conroe, TX, since 1985. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, in Anderson, and Conroe, TX. He attended Manresa House of Retreats, in Convent, LA, for 17 years.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Nicolangelo and Michelina C. Olivieri. Tony is survived by his wife, Donna K. (Bowling) Olivieri; sons, Deacon Mark N. Olivieri and wife Lisa, Anthony E. Olivieri and wife Cynthia, Joseph M. Olivieri and Matthew L. Olivieri; grandchildren, Nicholas D., Philip J., Ryan C., Julie A., Michelina R., Gabriella M., Cheyenne, and Brooke C. great-granddaughter, Sophie. He is also survived by 7 sisters-in-law and their families who loved him dearly.

Visitation will be held from 05:00 – 07:00 p.m., with a Rosary starting at 06:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 26, 2018, at Cashner Funeral Home, in Conroe, TX. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, August 27, 2018, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Plantersville, TX, at 10:30 a.m. with Father Edward C. Kucera, Jr., Father William T. Kelly, and Rev. Philip Wilhite, celebrants.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Building Fund, in Conroe, TX.

Herbert John Zurstadt, 93, Beloved Father and Grandfather, WWII Veteran

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Apr 032014

military-funeral-flagHerbert John Zurstadt passed away March 22, 2014.

He was born 1/14/21. He suffered from Alzheimer’s.

He is survived by a loving daughter, Stephanie P. Laird, who resides in Branford, CT; and a son, Andrew K. Zurstadt, who lives in Coral Springs, FL. He also has two grandchildren, Michela Zurstadt and Colin Zurstadt; his son-in-law, Bradford Laird Sr.; and his daughter-in-law, Wendy Zurstadt.

He died at Talmadge Park in East Haven, CT, but lived in Orange, CT until three years ago.

He served in the Navy during World War II.

He worked as an Engineer at Dresser’s Industries.

Our father was gentle, humble and very kind. He is a very loved man and leaves us wonderful memories. He is at peace now with his wife (Betty) and his brother and sisters.

A small memorial for immediate family and close friends will take place on May 17 at the Orange Congregational Church at 10:00 a.m.

Obituary: Arnold J. Facenda, 70, Navy Veteran, Beloved Husband, Father, Firefighter, Dog Owner

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Dec 042013

Arnold J. Facenda, 70, of Orange passed away peacefully on December 2, 2013, with his family by his side.

Screen shot 2013-12-04 at 3.27.41 PMHe was the beloved husband of Mary Ann Ferris Facenda. Proud and loving father of John (Melissa) Facenda and Darcy (Steven) DeMaio. Grandfather of Leah and Lauren Facenda, Lily, Julia and Matthew DeMaio whom he loved and cherished with all his heart. Brother of Dennis (Lynn) Facenda and the late Giselda (the late John) Gill.

He also leaves behind many relatives and lifelong friends. Son of the late Arnaldo and Julia Olivieri Facenda, Arnie was a firefighter for the West Shore Fire Department.

He was a U. S. Navy veteran and served in Vietnam aboard the USS Kitty Hawk.

Arnie enjoyed being a member of the Marchegian Society and its’ Sportsmen’s Club. He was a talented builder and skilled craftsman.

Arnie enjoyed listening to country music, riding his tractor, taking Bingo to the dog park and spending time with his grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Harold Tara and his staff at Smilow and the entire staff on Verde 4-West for their exceptional compassion and care.

The hours for visitation will take place Thursday from 4 to 8pm at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green.

His funeral procession will leave the funeral home Friday morning at 10:30.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Victory Church at 11:00. Entombment, with military honors, will follow in Mt. St. Peter’s Cemetery, Derby.

Obituary: Terry J. Munk, 66, Vietnam Veteran, Brother Mason, Rotarian, Friend

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Sep 052013

Screen shot 2013-09-05 at 10.49.04 PMTerry J. Munk, age 66, beloved husband of Jacqueline Wozniak Munk, loving father, and longtime resident of Milford, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 2nd, 2013 in his home.

Born in Chicago, IL on August 24, 1947, he was the son of the late Donald and Kathryn Le Conte Munk.

Terry served with pride and honor in the United States Army and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam.

He was also a graduate of Southern Illinois University. Throughout his extensive working career Terry was President and Owner of Appaloosa Trading Company and Appaloosa Custom Products and Managing General Partner of the Connecticut Skyhawks.

He served his community as a member of the Board of Alderman (Chairman 1994-98), Drug Free Milford (President 1991), Greater New Haven YMCA Board of Directors, United Way of Milford (President 1990-92), Milford-Orange YMCA (Chairman 1989-91), Milford Oyster Festival Committee (President 1979), and the Korea-Vietnam Memorial Committee.

He was an active member of many professional organizations including the Milford Chamber of Commerce (President 1986-87), Advisory Board Bank of Boston, and the NFIB Action Council. Terry was also a member of the Milford Rotary Club (President 1990 & 1995), the Milford Club, the Republican Town Committee, and Ansantawae Lodge No. 89, A.F. & A.M.

In addition to his wife Jackie of 39 years, “Pops” is survived by his two children Christopher Munk and wife Emily, and Michael Munk and wife Meredith, of Milford; three grandchildren Bodhi, Xavier and Adelysia; sister Marcia and husband Charles; brother Richard and wife Connie; brother-in-law Jacques Wozniak, and several nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may call on Friday, September 6th from 4 to 8 pm at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT 06460.

A service will be held on Saturday, September 7, at 11:00 am at the Cody-White Funeral Home, followed by full Military Honors.

Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Terry’s name to “Rotary International” and mailed to Tracy O’Brien – Rotary Foundation Chair, Milford Rotary, PO Box 381, Milford CT 06460.

Obituary: John E. “Jack” Murphy, 78, Veteran, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Pilot, Working Man

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Aug 212013

Screen shot 2013-08-21 at 4.46.24 PMJohn Edward “Jack” Murphy, 78, of Orange died suddenly on Monday, August 19, 2013 in the Hospital of St. Raphael.
He was the devoted husband of 57 years to Alice Walsh Murphy.
Jack was born in Derby on November 13, 1934, son of the late John J. and Kathryn (Coss) Murphy, and has been an Orange resident for many years.
Jack was a veteran of the US Navy serving his country during the Korean Conflict.
He was the former President of Murphy Ford Sales, Inc. and later the General Manager of the CT Warehouse Distributors. He was a Certified Commercial Flight Instructor and enjoyed flying in his spare time.
Jack had a great sense of giving back to the community. He was a past Grand Knight and a 4th Degree Knight in the Trinity Council in Woodbridge, a former board member of the Valley Chamber of Commerce, a board member and past president of the Rec Camp in Derby, a member and past President of the CT Ford Dealer’s Association, a board member of the National Air Disaster Alliance and a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Derby.
Jack’s greatest love was supporting his children’s and grandchildren’s endeavors.
He is the beloved father of Ellen DiVerniero and her husband Steve, Susan Murphy and her husband Ken Sokoloski, and the late John Edward Murphy, Jr. He is the cherished grandfather of Callie, Hanna, and Mattie Sokoloski, the loving brother of Barbara Ford and her husband Edward, and the late Donald Murphy.
He is the brother-in-law of Maureen Murphy. He also leaves several nieces and nephews.
Friends may greet his family on Thursday from 5 to 7:30 PM in the Edward F. Adzima Funeral Home, 253 Elizabeth Street, Derby. On Friday his funeral procession will leave the funeral home at 10:30 AM for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM in Holy Infant Church, Orange.
Burial with full military honors will be at Mt. St. Peter’s Cemetery.
At the request of his family memorial contributions may be made to the Valley United Way, 54 Grove Street, Shelton, CT 06484. Leave condolences at www.adzimafh.com