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 Branning Sloan, 89, Beloved Father Of Susan Ronai

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Mar 122021

John Branning Sloan, 89, of Little River, SC passed away on March 4, 2021. He was born to John E. and Madelyn Branning Sloan on July 4, 1931, in Gardiner, NY.
John’s primary education was at a one-room schoolhouse in Tillson Lake, NY. He graduated from Wallkill Central School in 1948 and Storm King Preparatory School in 1949. John began his college education at Lafayette College where his failure to master the mandated French language requirement led him to East Stroudsburg State Teachers College where he played basketball and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health education in 1954.
John began his teaching career in Pine Bush, NY where he also coached basketball and baseball. John met Doris Stephan at the Orange Bowl in Walden, NY and they married on December 21, 1958. The young couple moved to the Town of Newburgh to start a family and John took night classes at the State University of New York at New Paltz where he graduated with a master’s degree in education in 1960. He was then hired as the principal of Vails Gate School in 1962 where he served for ten years while simultaneously opening Temple Hill School as principal in 1970.
John was an avid bowler and enjoyed coaching Little League, boating, and camping trips with his family. In 1986, John retired after 32 years as an educator and administrator and moved with Doris to SC where he served his community as president of the homeowner’s association, golfed, fished on his boat, and relaxed on the porch with a beautiful view of the Intracoastal Waterway. “Papa” became doter-in-chief to his six grandchildren actively following their sports and academic pursuits while cheering for his beloved NY Yankees.
John is survived by his wife, Doris; son, Christopher of Gaithersburg, MD and daughter, Susan (James) Ronai of Orange, CT; grandchildren: Julia, Ryan, and Justin Sloan; Matthew, Brian, and Lauren Ronai. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Laura Lee, and son, John Frederic.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Reformed Church of Shawangunk in Wallkill, NY when the pandemic allows. Interment will be at the Brunswick Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers or a donation, the family requests that you call on a friend or do a favor for a neighbor or someone in need.
Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family. A guest book is available at www.leefhandcrematory.com.

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.