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Obituary: Robert “Bob” Shanley, 78, Beloved Husband, Father, Friend

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Sep 202021
 

Robert C Shanley, 78 of Orange, passed away suddenly on Friday, September 17th.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years Donna L. Shanley, and his adoring children, son PJ Shanley (Whitney), and daughter Erin (Nuala).

Bob also is survived by his four adoring grandchildren, Caitlyn, Colleen, Ronan, and Maeve, as well as many loving brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Also, survived by brother James (Betty Elizabeth) – predeceased by brother Richard (Beverly).

Born May 31st, 1943, Bob was the son of Dorothy and Patrick J Shanley.

He graduated Hamden High and Quinnipiac College with a degree in Business Administration.

He was discharged from active duty in the army in 1966.

He had a long and successful career in insurance, beginning with the Travelers insurance company and then the Hanover Insurance company.

After 10 years for working with both companies, Bob embarked on an independent career and was now affiliated with Nicholson Associates of Milford.

Bob joined the Professional Insurance Association (PIA), serving as president from 1995 from 1996 and six years as their national director.

Bob was active in the Orange community, having coached both PJ and Erin. Bob was also an active member of the Orange Democratic Town Committee and served as a town constable.

He also was proudly chairman of the Orange Police Commissioners for 10 years. Bob was proud to be involved in the Irish community, serving as President of the New Haven chapter of the Irish Immigration reform movement, as well as their National Director.

Bob was a communicant and volunteer at Holy Infant Church for over 30 years.

Bob was a member of the AOH, the West Haven Irish American Club, as well as the Knights of Saint Patrick, serving as President in 1982. The Knights awarded him the Knight of the Year Award in 1999. Bob was a proud member of the New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee since the 1970s, serving as Grand Marshall in 1987. He was also the Executive Director for 10 years.

Calling hours are Wednesday from 4 – 8 p.m. in Sisk Brothers Funeral Home, 3105 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated Thursday at 11 a.m. in Holy Infant Church, Orange. Friends are asked to go directly to church.

Burial will be in the Orange Center Cemetery. Masks will be required at the funeral home and church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Knights of St. Patrick, P.O. Box 185127 Hamden, CT. 06518 or to the Associated Irish Societies, P.O. Box 9078, New Haven, CT 06532.

To leave an online condolence, visit www.siskbrothers.com

Obituary: Audrey Foyer, 96, Beloved Mother Of Donald Foyer and Susan Smith

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Aug 172021
 

Audrey J. Foyer, 96, of Orange passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at the Hospital of St. Raphael with her daughter by her side.

She was born on July 3, 1925 to the late Thomas and Anne (Warren) Mitchell. Audrey was the widow of Bernard J. Foyer Jr, retired Police Chief of the Town of Orange, Audrey was employed as a secretary by the State Department of Corrections.

She was a longtime resident in the town of Orange and been involved in many activities throughout her life which included the Holy Infant Church Women’s Guild, American Legion Post 127 and the Orange Republican Women’s Guild.

She enjoyed the senior chair-group exercise at High Plains Community Center and especially socializing with her many friends. She was a member of the Aquabelles Red Hat Society of Orange where she so looked forward to her monthly luncheon gatherings.

Besides her love and devotion to her family, she most enjoyed her monthly family pizza party with her clan. She loved to travel and close to her heart was Scotland, the birthplace of her father. Audrey was an avid reader, and a great trivia player and able to recall many of the old movies and the actors who played in them. She very much enjoyed gardening and the beauty of all flowers.

As Audrey aged, she enjoyed the simpler things in life, watching squirrels and the variety of birds that visited her patio each day.

She leaves her devoted children Susan Foyer Smith (Robert) and Donald Foyer (Barbara), her loving grandchildren Donald Foyer, Jr. and Ashley Smith and her cherished great-grandchildren Leia and Violet Foyer. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by a son Thomas Foyer, infant granddaughter Cheryl Ann Foyer and sisters Anne and Mildred Mitchell.

The family wishes to extend their heart filled thanks to all that cared and assisted with Audrey especially Dr. Eric Fan and the other wonderful doctors who were involved in her care. To the wonderful and caring neighbors, and care givers, Ita, Eve and Libby who always took the time to chat, and Lucia for getting her daily newspaper, it meant so much to Audrey.

Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Infant Church, 450 Race Brook Road, Orange on Wednesday, August 18th at 12:00 p.m. Her family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the Mass.

Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute in Audrey’s memory to the Holy Infant Church or to Best Friends- Animal Sanctuary, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah 84741-5000.

Arrangements are in care of BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, Hamden. To send a condolence to her family, please see her obituary at: www.beecherandbennett.com

Obituary: Raymond R. O’Connor, 87, Beloved Father, Grandfather, Veteran

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Dec 312020
 

Raymond R. O’Connor, 87, of Orange, died on December 29, 2020.  He was the husband of Diana W. O’Connor.  Ray was born in New Haven on February 24, 1933, the son of the late John P. O’Connor and Hannah Leahy O’Connor.

He lived in Orange for the past 50 years.  Prior to his retirement, Ray was a Vice President of the Empire Insurance Group and its Director of Internal Audit.  Previously he had his own accounting practice and had been Director of Special Audits at the Olin Corporation.  He was a life member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Connecticut Association of Public Accountants.  Ray graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1960, after serving four years in the United States Air Force.  Ray served for several years as Chairman of the Orange Water Pollution Control Authority and during the construction phase of sewers of the Post Road.  Ray was a member of the University of Connecticut Alumni Association and a parishioner of Holy Infant Church.

Besides his wife Diana, he leaves a daughter, Patricia Ann O’Connor (Huston Dawson) of Brooklyn Heights, New York, and twin granddaughters Riley and Hallie,  a sister Mary O’Connor (Peter) Mongillo of Cheshire, and sister-in-laws Gwen O’Connor of North Branford, CT, Barbara O’Connor of Grasonville, MD, Agnes O’Connor of Omaha, NE and Dr. Barbara A. Cummings of Henderson, NV as well as twenty-one nieces and nephews.  Ray was predeceased by brothers Captain John E. (Dorcas) O’Connor of Wakefield, RI, Captain Joseph (Agnes) O’Connor of Old Lyme, CT, Robert F. (Barbara) O’Connor of Grasonville, MD, and Harold (Gwen) O’Connor of North Branford, CT.

Family and friends may visit Keenan Funeral Home, 238 Elm Street, West Haven, CT on Sunday, January 3, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, January 4, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange, CT.  Interment to follow at Orange Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Ray’s name can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Donation Processing, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD, 21741-5014, https://www.michaeljfox.org/donate.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Raymond R. O’Connor, please visit our floral store.

Wake And Funeral Service Information For Al Pol

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Jun 232020
 

The wake for Al Pol will take place on Thursday, June 25, from 5 – 8 p.m. at Porto Funeral Home, 830 Jones Hill Road, West Haven.

The funeral service will be on Friday at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange, at 11 am.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s Engine 1 will be used as the caisson.

Burial will be at the St. Lawrence Cemetery, 280 Derby Ave, West Haven, immediately following the mass.

Church Scam Alert For Orange Residents

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May 052020
 

Two parishioners of Holy Infant Church were texted by, what appeared to be, their pastor.

The text said he needed their help and when they replied, the request was for five $100 gift cards very urgently needed – no time to spare.

One of the ladies called directly and Father told her immediately it was a scam. It seems this is going around a few parishes and was reported to the police as well, but they could not do anything about it.

Please alert your neighbors that this is happening!

Obituary: Halina Slawsky, 80, Beloved Mother, Orange Player

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Apr 302020
 

Halina Slawsky, 80, of Orange, wife of the late Richard Slawsky, passed away after a brief hospital stay on April 27, 2020.

Born on March 26, 1940, in Lviv, Poland, she was the daughter of the late Wladyslaw and Salomea Wilczek. She and her family were displaced from Poland to Austria during World War II and were refugees in Italy and France before settling outside London, England in 1949.

After graduating from Wall Hall Teachers College in England, Halina became an elementary school teacher in London. She then became a flight attendant for British Airways, traveling the world and eventually meeting her husband, Richard, in New York. Together they moved to Orange, CT in 1976, where she raised two sons. In 1995 she returned to work as a special education aide in the Orange school system, retiring after 20 years.

She was a lifelong lover of theater and music and was active in the greater Orange community for more than 40 years as a member of the Orange Players Theater Group and the New Haven Chorale.

She was a devoted parishioner at Holy Infant Church, where she sang in the choir.

She is survived by her children Christopher Slawsky of New York, NY; Gregory Slawsky and his wife Annsley of Pelham, NY; her grandchildren Jared and Susannah Slawsky; and her brother, Boguslaw Wilczek of Reading, England.

All services will be private at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Orange Players, Inc., 605 Saddle Ridge Rd., Orange, CT 06477 (orangeplayers.net).

Arrangements are being handled by the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT 06460. To leave online condolences, visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com

Obituary: Carmela Apuzzo, 97, A Life Well Lived

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Sep 272019
 

Carmela Neclerio Apuzzo surrounded by her family passed away September 24th due to complications from surgery.

She was married for 54 years to the love of her life, Salvatore Apuzzo, who preceded her in death. They welcomed three children: Peter (Regina); Marie Gull; and a son, David (predeceased).

Her life was blessed with two devoted granddaughters, Meredith Gull Heatley (Andrew) and Tiffany Gull Macinanti (Tim) and four loving great-grandchildren, Emerson and Britton Heatley and Ella and Dylan Macinanti.

Born in New Haven, on December 6, 1921, to the late Matteo and Josephine Naclerio, she was preceded in death by brothers, Ralph, Joseph, Frank, and Thomas and sisters, Ann Lisewski, Lucy DeNegre, and Josephine Gentile.

Carmela celebrated 97 years with gusto and tenacity. Sal and Carmela enjoyed traveling the world and spending summers at their beach home. Carmela was an accomplished bridal dress designer, co-owner of Apuzzo’s Market and Apuzzo’s Jewelers, Justice of the Peace, an active member of the Democratic Town Committee. She enjoyed 43 years working for the Town of Orange, with 25 years serving as Registrar of Voters until retiring at 92. She was past president of the New Haven County Chapter of Registrar of Voters.

Carmela enjoyed her leisure time visiting her favorite slot machines and playing the stock market daily. Her greatest source of pride and joy was her family.

Her genuine smile and zest for life will always be cherished and remembered by all who love her. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Carmela’s life on Sunday, between 4 – 7 p.m., at West Haven Funeral Home on the green.

On Monday morning, a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Holy Infant Church at 10 o’clock. Interment will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery. In the spirit of how Carmela lived her life, please pay forward an act of kindness.

To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.westhavenfuneral.com.

Obituary: Fortunato “Fred” DePonte, 86, Beloved Father, Grandfather

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Jul 052019
 

Fortunato “Fred” DePonte, 86, of Orange, beloved husband of the late Marie DePonte, passed away peacefully on July 2, 2019. Fred was born on January 22, 1933, in New Haven, CT to the late Luigi and Mary DePonte.

Fred graduated from Notre Dame as valedictorian and went on to graduate from Yale.

He worked as an electrical engineer at Sikorsky and Pitney Bowes, from where he retired. He was an active parishioner at Holy Infant Church and enjoyed taking walks around his neighborhood.

Fred loved his family and enjoyed every moment spent with them. Fred’s family would like to thank the staff at CT Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.

Fred leaves behind his daughters, Cynthia Varrone (Jay), Diane DiMauro (Dennis) and Catherine DePonte; grandchildren, Melissa Varrone, Jessica Varrone DiTroia (Jennifer), Matthew Varrone and Danielle DiMauro; and great-grandson, Gianni Fortunato DiTroia. He was predeceased by his siblings, Madeline Neclerio, Anne Criscuolo, Rose Lombardozzi and Frank DePonte.

Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, July 7, 2019, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, July 8, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange, CT. (MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH).

Burial will follow at All Saints Cemetery, 700 Middletown Ave., North Haven, CT.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405.

To leave online condolences, please visit the funeral home website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Obituary: Gloria M. DeNardis, 91, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Mar 172019
 

Gloria M. Adante DeNardis, 91, of Orange passed away March 13, 2019, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Wife of the late Edward DeNardis. Beloved mother of Diane (Blase) Picone of Madison, Shirley (Mike Baldwin) Flesher of Milford, Edward (Janet) DeNardis of Hamden, Carol (Steven) Renchy of Guilford, James (Francine) DeNardis, Michael DeNardis and Daniel (Jennifer) DeNardis all of Orange. Gloria was born in West Haven September 12, 1927, a daughter of the late Guiseppe and Romilda Vitaletti Adante. Also survived by 11 cherished grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Valalik and a brother, Joseph Adante, Jr. Prior to her retirement, Gloria worked for the BIC Corporation for more than 20 years.

Friends may call MONDAY MORNING from 8:30-10:30.

Her funeral procession will leave the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven Monday morning at 10:30. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Holy Infant Church at 11:00. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Constellation Health Services, 240 Indian River Rd., Orange, CT 06477. Sign Gloria’s guest book online at www.portofuneralhomes.net.

Obituary: Anita Pol, 92, Beloved Wife, Mother, Town Treasure

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Nov 142018
 

Anita De Mio Pol, 92, beloved wife of Elfo Pol of Orange passed away November 10, 2018, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Loving mother of Raymond Pol of Orange, Kenneth (Linda) Pol of Meriden, Lawrence Pol of New Haven, Andrew Pol of Milford, Michael (Laura) Pol of Onset, MA and Daniel (Laura Schumann) Pol of Washington, DC.
Anita was born in Caviola, Italy on November 27, 1925, a daughter of the late Augusto and Virginia Fenti De Mio. She is also survived by a brother Dante De Mio of Colorado Springs, CO, 7 cherished grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
Anita emigrated from Italy at the age of 12.  She spoke no English when she immigrated, but by the time she graduated high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society.  Prior to the birth of her children, Anita worked as an electrical engineer at US Motors.
After successfully raising her 6 boys, she returned to the workforce, entering public service for the town of Orange.  She held many posts, most notably as Tax Collector, a position she was elected to several times.  Anita made lifelong friends through her work and many community activities, volunteering at the Orange Fireman’s Carnival and Country Fair, the American Legion Auxiliary, and playing bridge.
Friends may call Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the Porto Funeral Home, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven.
Her funeral procession will leave the Funeral Home on Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in Holy Infant Church at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship Fund, 630 Grassy Hill Road, Orange, CT 06477 or Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange, CT 06477.