Obituary: Joan Ann Haas, 85, Beloved Mother of Terri Miles

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Feb 282017

Joan Ann Haas, 85, beloved wife of the late Richard L. Haas Sr., died on Monday, February 27, 2017 at Maplewood of Orange.

Joan Ann was born in Bridgeport, CT on July 12, 1931 to the late Joseph and Elizabeth Marton Nalewaik.

She worked as a blister packer at Bic Corp for many years.

Her passion was to read and had a beautiful soprano singing voice. She found great joy in watching the holiday movies on the Hallmark Channel especially those involving dogs.

Survivors include her children: Richard L. Haas Jr. and his wife Debra of Bristol, Ronald L. Haas of Milford, Terri Miles of Milford, 10 grandchildren; Ricky, Shauna, David, Christine, Kim, Ronnie, Billy, Melissa, Bobby and Cherilyn, 16 great-grandchildren, sister; Sister Joyce Martin Nalewaik of Buffalo, NY, her cherished dog, Spooky and several nieces and nephews.

Joan Ann is predeceased by her brother, Joseph Nalewaik Jr.

Friends may call on Thursday morning from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in The Gregory F. Doyle Funeral Home, 291 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford.

Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in Saint Ann Church, 501 Naugatuck Avenue, Milford.

Interment will follow in Lawncroft Cemetery, Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the American Cancer Society or to District Animal Control in Woodbridge.  To leave an online condolence, please visit www.gregoryfdoylefuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Cedric Reid, 56, Beloved Brother of Valzie Peterkin

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Feb 222017

Cedric C. Reid, 56 of West Haven entered eternal rest Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

Born in Jamaica, WI to the late Cephas and Lurline Williams Reid, Cedric has been a resident of West Haven for the past five years and prior to that he was a resident of Stamford.

He was a graduate of Kolbe-Cathedral High School, a former counselor at Camp Washington in Lakeside, CT and a former member of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

He served in the US Navy and was honorably discharged.

In addition to his parents a sister, Lorna Reid-Walter predeceased him. He leaves to cherish his memory two daughters, Lisa Reid-Sadler of Bridgeport and Lindsey Reid of Stratford; three sisters, Evette Goodwin of FL, Elaine Stewart of Jamaica, WI and Valzie Peterkin of Orange, CT; two granddaughters, Linette and Kendal Sadler; a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

A mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017, 10:00 AM at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 768 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport with the Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Hahneman, officiating.

Interment will follow the service in Park Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.

Obituary: Mary Samaras Vasilas, 93, Beloved Mother, Yia Yia

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Jan 022017

Mary Samaras Vasilas, 93, of Orange, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 29, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. Mary was pre-deceased by her beloved husband George Michael Vasilas in 2005 after 56 years of marriage.

Born in Danbury on September 10, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Anastas and Despina Samaras. Mary grew up in New Haven and raised her family in West Haven and then Orange.

Mary had a career in business finance, working for the New Haven Railroad and the New Haven Register. In her later years, she worked part-time in the business office of Macy’s Department Store.

Mary had a lifelong passion for reading, gardening, cooking and knitting and was an enthusiastic fan of the New York Yankees. She embraced her Greek heritage with her love of its music and dancing and had a lifelong commitment to her church and faith.

She was affectionately known as “Yiayia” to her 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren whom she truly adored. Her home was always filled with love and laughter and she leaves behind a legacy of wonderful memories for her family to cherish and always remember her by.

Mary is survived by her six loving daughters, Denise (John) Wiedemann, Evelyn (Richard) Principe, Zmara (Donald) Knoll, Anita Stock, Penny Vasilas and Tina (Richard) Duffy; her cherished grandchildren, Elizabeth (Michael) Oliveras, Rebecca (Jason) Hayden, Lisa Knoll, Steven (Adrienne) Principe, Stacey (Kevin) Chadderton, Eric (Ann) Wiedemann, Jason Knoll, Jeffrey (Lisa) Wiedemann, Alexander Stock and Katherine (Greg) Fabso; and her adorable great grandchildren.

She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews. Mary was pre-deceased by her only sister, Zmara Passa. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Alina’s Elder Care LLC for the compassionate caregivers that enabled our mother to live in her home during the last year of her life.

The family is grateful for the caring services provided by the Orange VNA, Hospice at Home and CT Hospice of Branford.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2017, at 1 p.m. at St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Rd., Orange, CT. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, 769 Ella T. Grasso Blvd., New Haven, CT.

Friends and family may call on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 N. Broad St., Milford. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405 or St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange, CT 06477.

To leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Obituary: Jane Mary McKeon, 72, Beloved Sister of Ralph Whitman

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Oct 312016

screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-2-33-48-pmJane Mary (Whitman) McKeon, 72, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, at Agrace HospiceCare on October 28, 2016.

Jane spent most of her time caring for and spending time with her large family. She loved unconditionally and with her whole heart.

Her contagious laugh made her someone people wanted to be around. Jane had a passion for reading, she could always be found curled up with a book.

Jane also loved to travel the world and was lucky enough to get to do that with her soulmate. In their 40 years of traveling together, Steve and Jane experienced things from riding a camel in Egypt to kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland.

Jane was a loving wife, a strong mother, a caring sister, a loyal daughter, a fun aunt, and most of all an incredible friend to all. She was loved by many and will be missed by all.

Jane is survived by her loving husband of over 50 years, Stephen “Steve” McKeon; daughters, Kerry (Troy) Olson, Kathy McKeon, Kristine (Michael) Sutter, Kimberly (Robert) Schiro, Kelly (John) Longseth; and son, Stephen (Jacque) McKeon, Jr.; NaDean Huolihan and Erin Whitman, who hold a special place in Jane’s heart; mother-in-law, Ellen McKeon of Jacksonville, FL; sisters, Martha (Joseph) Gagliardi of Windsor Locks, CT and Mary (David) Connelley of Wichita, KS; and brothers, Ralph (Jill) Whitman of Orange, CT, Richard Whitman of Key West, FL , Mark (Barbara) Whitman of Highland Lakes, NJ, and Jeffrey (Stephanie) Whitman of Hollywood, FL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Catherine Whitman, her father-in-law, Samuel McKeon and her brother, Paul Whitman.

Jane was blessed with and also survived by many grandchildren; Jessica, Stephanie, Alyssa, Justine, Kaitlin, Kali, Jennifer, Jordan, Chelsea, Mason, Madelyn, Michael, Nina, Sadie, Emma, Francesca, Samantha, Kristopher, Brayden and Cora; and two great-granddaughters; Genevieve and Natalie.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at ST. ANDREW CATHOLIC CHURCH, 301 N. Main Street, Verona, with Father William Vernon presiding.

A visitation will be held from 4 – 8 p.m. on Tuesday November 1, 2016 at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 220 Enterprise Drive, Verona.

A luncheon will follow Mass on Wednesday at The Legend at Bergamont, in Oregon, WI.

A special thanks to Stoughton Hospital, Ingleside Nursing & Rehabilitation Facility and Agrace HospiceCare for their loving care of Jane and their kind and caring assistance to the family.

To view and sign this guestbook, visit ryanfuneralservice.com

Obituary: Mildred DiPietro Rocco, 97, Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Friend

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Jan 272016

Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 3.53.05 PMMildred DiPietro Rocco, of Orange, beloved wife of the late Michael W. Rocco, passed away on her 97th birthday, Sunday, January 24, 2016, surrounded by her loving family.

Mildred, a retired clerk for St. John’s Catholic Medical Center in New York, was born in Guttenberg, New Jersey to the late Antonino and Josephine (Barbaro) DiPietro, and has been a long time area resident.

She was a member of the Orange Seniors. Mildred loved to sing and dance and enjoyed bowling, and traveling, especially taking cruises with her late husband Michael and their family.

Survivors include her devoted children, Maria Russo and her husband Tino of Orange, Michael A. Rocco and his wife Vera of Danbury, and Josette Apostolo and her husband Gary of NY, 5 cherished grandchildren, Michael, Marisa, and Anthony Russo, Juliette Penn and her husband Michael, and Steven Apostolo and his wife Christina, 3 great-grandchildren, Gabriella, Grace and Summer, 2 sisters, Anna Caponegro and Josephine Mattiaccio and her husband Ralph all of NJ, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was pre-deceased by a brother Tony DiPietro and a sister Antoinette Hamilton.

Funeral services will take place on Friday, January 29 at 9 a.m. in the Adzima Funeral Home 50 Paradise Green Place Stratford and at 10 a.m. in Holy Infant Church Orange for a Mass of Christian Burial.

Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Shelton.

Friends may call on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. Those desiring may make donations in memory of Mildred to the Orange VNA 605-A Orange Center Road Orange, CT 06477

Obituary: Michael Robert Landino, 72, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather

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Dec 302015

Screen Shot 2015-12-30 at 1.50.28 PMMichael Robert Landino, 72, passed away surrounded by his family on December 22, 2015.
He was born on July 19, 1943 in New Haven, CT, the son of Alphonse and Carmela Landino.
Michael is survived by Lucille, his beloved wife of 50 years. Loving father of Karen (Craig) Seeger and Michael (Suzanne) Landino. Grandfather, “Pop Pop”, of Karsen and Cole Seeger and Alexander Landino. Brother of Richard Landino, Thomas Landino, Lucille Selvidio and Paul Landino.
Michael attended to Notre Dame High School and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1965. He worked as a computer analyst until becoming President/Owner of Advanced Decisions Inc. in 1978.
In 2005, Michael retired and moved to Bonita Springs, FL where he remained active at Coldwell Banker as a realtor and member of the Diamond Club. He also was a member of the Technical Support Group of the Bonita Springs Board of Realtors, the Shadow Wood Country Club and the Shadow Wood Community Association.
Visitation will be held at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green, 662 Savin Avenue, West Haven, CT on Wednesday, Dec. 30 from 4-7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Holy Infant Church, Racebrook Rd, Orange, CT Dec. 31 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Orange Cemetery, Orange Center Rd., Orange.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to support the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Michael was always concerned for his family and supported this organization as a result. If you wish to mail a donation, send to Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, National Processing Center, PO Box 1245, Albert Lea, MN 56007-9976.
To leave an online remembrance, please visit www.westhavenfuneral.com.

Obituary: Barry Goldblatt, 82, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather

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Nov 102015

Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 1.43.59 PMBarry Goldblatt, 82, of Hamden, CT and Delray Beach, FL, formerly of Orange, CT and Danvers, MA, passed away on November 9, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Deeva (Laubstein) Goldblatt and the late Marcia (Weich) Goldblatt of 53 years.

He was born in Patterson, NJ, the son of the late Nathaniel and Lillian Goldblatt. He is survived by sons Mitchell (Abby) Goldblatt of Orange, CT, Alan (Tina Ellerbee) Goldblatt of Annandale, VA, and Loel (Ruth) Goldblatt of Simsbury, CT. Grandfather of Carl and Shayna, Zachary, Allison, and Leo, and Ari and Noah.

He also is survived by his sister, Susan Baumstein of Fair Lawn, NJ, and several nieces and nephews.

He received a BS Degree in Chemical Engineering with honors from Lehigh University in 1954 and an MS Degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1955.

As a Second Lieutenant in the Army Ordnance Corps, he spent two years at Aberdeen Proving Ground (MD) as the Commanding Officer of the 580th Ordnance Repair Detachment and later as an instructor.

He spent more than 40 years in the manufacture of aircraft engines. He joined the Avco Lycoming Division in Stratford, CT in 1957 as a process engineer rising through the organization to become the Chief Metallurgist. He was later appointed as the Director of the LT-101 Engine Program and as the Engineering Director of the Maintenance Operation Center.

In 1984 he joined the Aircraft Engine Business Group of General Electric in Lynn, MA. At GE he held various positions in the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Departments, and retired in 1998 as the Manager of the Special Process Technology Center.

While living in Orange, CT, he was a coach and secretary of Orange Little League and was elected as a Constable. He served as a board member, officer, and president of Beth Israel Synagogue in Derby, CT, and the Orange Jewish Community Center Association as well as the West Orange Association.

In Danvers, MA he was elected Town Meeting Member, and served on the boards of Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody, MA and the Jewish Federation of the North Shore in Marblehead, MA. While in Danvers, he helped develop the Yellow Candle Program, which became a nationwide movement among Synagogue Men’s Clubs to annually remember the Holocaust.

While spending winters in Delray Beach he served on of the Temple Torat Emet Men’s Club Board of Directors.

The funeral will be held at Congregation Or Shalom this Thursday, at 12:30 p.m.
The Shivah will take place on Thursday, Saturday and  Sunday nights, with a Kaddish service at 7pm, at the home of  Mitchell and Abby Goldblatt.
The family is planning on attending the Synagogue’s Shabbat service on Friday.


Obituary: Lina (Lee) Brookhart, Beloved Grandmother of Allison Johnstone

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Oct 312015

Screen Shot 2015-10-31 at 10.58.41 AMLina (Lee) Brookhart passed away after a long illness.

She was married to her husband Robert for 62 years. Lee was employed as a corporate secretary in New Jersey until she and her husband moved to Cape Cod in 1980.

She was the secretary for eleven years at Eastham United Methodist Church. Lee found great enjoyment spending time with her family traveling across the country to visit her children, siblings, nephews and nieces.

Her hobbies included creating works of art with paints and fabrics, making costumes and pursuing creative writing projects. She was fascinated with word play, loved to read her favorite satirists, and breezed through the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzles.

Besides her husband she is survived by three children, Larry Brookhart and his wife Ellen of Harwich, MA, Liane Brookhart of Moss Beach, CA, and Janet Gibbens and her husband Russel of Orleans, MA two brothers Gerald and Emil Calderone in Arizona, a sister Florence Blake of Oregon.

Her grandchildren Derrick Stewart of Orleans, Nashira Glidden and her husband Thomas of Harwich, MA, Elise Tiso and her husband Allessoandro of Trento, Italy, Katherine Eaton of Brewster, MA, Allison Johnstone and her husband Stephen of Orange, CT, Carina, Raina, and Cherissa Woudenberg all of California. Her great grandchildren Elijah Eaton and Paxton Glidden.

Funeral arrangements will be held privately.

For online condolences, visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.

Obituary: John J. Hackett, III, 33, Beloved Husband, Father To Be, Son, Brother, Friend

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Jul 162015

Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 10.39.09 PMJohn J. Hackett, III, 33, of Orange, formerly of West Haven, beloved husband of Sarah Chirico Hackett, and father to be of the beautiful Hannah Hackett, passed away on July 13, 2015 in his home.

Loving son of Donna Stacy Hackett of Orange and the late Edward L. Hackett. Brother of Stacey McCoart of West Haven and Christina and Maria Hackett, both of Orange. Uncle of Liam and Kylee McCoart. Maternal grandson of Jacqueline D’Amato Stacy of West Haven and the late Lawrence J. Stacy. Paternal grandson of John J. Hackett of Meriden. Son-in-law of David Chirico and Leisa Gazdik of Stratford.

At the time of his death John was a Tile Setter for Local 1 and also worked in the accounting field.

John graduated from Albertus Magnus College with a degree in accounting, he is also a lifetime member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity of UCONN.

John was an avid golfer loved the N.Y. Giants and Yankees and was a goalie for West Haven High School.

John will be sorely missed by his loving and extended family.

Friends may call on THURSDAY (TODAY) from 5pm to 8pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hannah Hackett Education Fund c/o Webster Bank, 247 Boston Post Rd., Orange, CT 06477.

His funeral procession will leave the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven FRIDAY morning at 8:30 A.M.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Victory Church at 9:00 A.M.

Entombment will follow in the Garden Mausoleum of St. Lawrence Cemetery.

Sign John’s guest book online at www.portofuneralhomes.net 

Obituary: Mary I. Guidone Guerri, 89, Beloved Mother of Lisa Guerri

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Feb 022015

Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 3.11.46 PMMary I. Guidone Guerri, 89, of Orange passed away January 27, 2015 in the Arden House.

Wife of the late Arthur J. Guerri, Sr. Mother of Lisa Guerri of Orange. Stepmother of Deborah Mullins of Hamden and the late Arthur J. Guerri, Jr. Step grandmother of Christopher Leighton of North Haven. Step great grandmother of Lilliana Leighton. Daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Caso Guidone.

Prior to her retirement Mary was the owner and operator of the former Margo’s Bridal Salon in New Haven and the Firelite Bridal Shop in Orange for many years.

She was a communicant of Holy Infant Church and a former member of the church choir.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday morning at 10:00 in Holy Infant Church.

Interment will follow in East Lawn Cemetery. There will be NO CALLING HOURS.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assn., 2075 Silas Deane Hwy Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

Arrangements are in care of the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven.

Sign Mary’s guestbook online at: www.portofuneralhomes.net