Obituary: Guy G. Ortoleva, 100, Beloved Husband, Father Of Peter Ortoleva And Siblings

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Feb 172021

Guy G. Ortoleva, 100, of Milford died peacefully surrounded by family on February 12, 2021, after a long illness. Guy lived a full and active life, had a wonderful sense of humor, and will be missed by many.

Always a bit of a Renaissance man, Guy graduated from McLane Art Institute in New York City and went on to use his talents for both work and pleasure. His career spanned many years from designing radio cabinets to creative displays in retail.

As a longtime employee of Sears, he used his artistic design, carpentry, and electrical skills to build remarkable displays and in some years, elaborate Santa’s workshops. A do it yourselfer before it was fashionable, Guy could build anything from recovered parts and some innovation. His children and anyone who worked with him learned many tips and techniques to solve problems with style and polish.

In 2001 he was honored by Sears with a trip to Chicago to meet with top executives in appreciation for his 50 years of creative and loyal service.

An accomplished artist, especially of area landscapes, many of Guy’s watercolors were displayed at the Milford Public Library and can be found adorning the walls in the homes of each of his children. He had a diverse set of interests including photography, hypnotism, palm reading, and stilt walking. He enjoyed music and could play the piano by ear.

In his younger days, Guy was a daredevil pilot and enjoyed flying Piper Cub planes. He could often be seen performing his hair-raising stunts over the family-owned Elm Terrace grounds in West Haven when flying was less restrictive, and his independent nature could take flight. Although he set aside his painting and flying interests while raising his family, he was able to return to painting watercolors and even flying for a short time following his retirement.

Born August 8, 1920, the youngest child of Giovanni and Angelina Ortoleva, Guy grew up in the Wooster Square area of New Haven. He loved spending time chatting and playing cards with family and a few close friends. His family likes to think Guy passed on Friday morning to make it in time for the traditional Friday night pinochle game with his beloved predeceased siblings Jim, John, Ernie, Mary, and brother-in-law Vito.
Guy also was predeceased by his first wife, the late Helen Mooney.

He is survived by Barbara Lynch Ortoleva his devoted wife of over 64 years and his nine adoring children: Guy E. Ortoleva (Susan) of Hamden, Peter Ortoleva (Holly) of Orange, Daniel Ortoleva of Milford, Donna Burlison of Wallingford, Carol Cunningham (Edward) of Andover, Walter Ortoleva (Luba) of Milford, Thomas Ortoleva (Tracie) of Old Lyme, Barbara Petrillo (John) of West Haven, and Lori Ortoleva-Donnelly (Jim) of Wallingford. He also leaves behind 18 grandchildren and the list of great-grandchildren continues to grow.

The family would like to thank Tanya, Lawayna, and Debra of Marcel Home Care for their gentle care and devotion to Guy and his family and VNA Community Healthcare and Hospice for their guidance and support.

Family and friends may pay their respects on Saturday, February 20, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at St. Mary Church (Precious Blood Parish), 70 Gulf St., Milford, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12:00 p.m.

Due to size gathering limitations, the church can accommodate up to 100 people at a time with masks and social distancing. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2911 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, CT 06518, or www.alz.org or a charity of your choosing. To leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

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: Niko Lillios, 83, Beloved Father, Grandfather, Brother

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Jan 092015

Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 10.13.39 PMNiko Lillios, 83 of Orange, CT and Honolulu, HI, passed away Dec. 30, 2014 at Islands Hospice, Honolulu. He was born in Bakirköy, Turkey on November 14, 1931. He was the son of Christos and Sirma Lillios, and brother of Petros and Efthimios, who predecease him.

Niko also is predeceased by his wife, Ivana, who passed away in 2004.

He is survived by two daughters: Katina (Morten Schlütter), of Iowa City, Iowa, and Melina, of Honolulu, Hawaii, two sons: Chris (Jinny Rhee), of Palo Alto, California, and Tony, of Incline Village, Nevada, and four grandchildren: Rasmus, Niko, Kimi, and Iva. In Athens, Greece, he leaves behind the wives of his brothers, Niki and Keti, and their children Sirma, Sophie, Christos, and Costas. He also leaves behind his companion of 7 years, Sharon Tanaka, of Honolulu, Hawaii.

Niko received his BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1955 at Robert College, Istanbul, Turkey. In 1956, he came to the US to attend Purdue University, where he received his MS degree in Mechanical Engineering. At Purdue, he met Ivana, a student from Brazil, and they married in 1959 in Concord, NH. In 1965, they moved to Connecticut, where they raised their family and were members of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church. Niko was the owner of Niko Engineering, in New Canaan, CT. After retiring, Niko and Ivana traveled to Greece and Hawaii, visiting family and friends, and sailing.

Niko lived a full and adventurous life, which was centered on his family, his friends, and his beloved sailboat – Ivana My Love. Water, whether ocean, sea, or lake, was never far from him. Niko loved challenges (and solving them), he was happy to give his opinions on all matters, great and small (even if he was not asked), he was a planner and a dreamer, and, above all, he was a generous spirit.

Together with Ivana, he frequently hosted lively parties at their home in Orange, including an annual Greek Easter celebration with a lamb roasting on a spit in the backyard, which often drew close to 100 people. His clear blue eyes and charming, sometimes mischievous, smile endeared him to many. Niko treated everyone as a potential friend, and was always asking people he met for their names, whether they were waiters, store clerks, taxi drivers, or people he met on elevators.

Niko was a beloved friend, father, Papou, Thio, and father-in-law, and his death leaves a void in all of our hearts.

Niko was buried at Diamond Head Memorial Park Cemetery, in Honolulu, Hawaii, but had requested, after three years, to join Ivana at their cemetery plot in Orange, CT.

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: Frank J. D’Amico, 81, Longtime Amity Educator, Beloved Father, Grandfather, Brother

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Feb 092014

orange congregational churchFrank J. D’Amico, 81, resident of Orange and Wellfleet, MA and beloved husband to the late Roberta A. Phillips D’Amico, entered into eternal rest on Monday, February 3, 2014 after a long illness at CT Hospice in Branford.

Born on December 3, 1932 in Branford, he was the son of the late John and Josephine D’Amico.

Prior to his retirement, Frank was a dedicated teacher and coach for the Amity school system for more than 33 years. His greatest joy in life was helping those in need of assistance.

Loving father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend, Frank will be deeply missed. He is survived by his sons, John C. (Angie) D’Amico of Estero, FL and Robert B. D’Amico of Braintree, MA and his cherished grandsons, Brian J. and Nicholas F. D’Amico of Braintree, MA. He also leaves behind his sister, Patricia Donegan of West Haven, CT and nieces, Lori (Tom) Dooley of Hillsborough, NJ and Lynn (Joe) Bonaldo of Orange and great nieces and nephews, Tara Bonaldo and Andrew and Kathryn Dooley. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Edward Donegan.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Frank’s life will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Lane, Orange, CT 06477.

Burial will be private. Arrangements are being handled by the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St. Milford, CT 06460.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse La., Orange, CT 06477 or to Ct. Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405.

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

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