William Bertram Maxwell passed away on February 25, 2020. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Sadie Maxwell. He was born in Newark, New Jersey on August 28, 1943 and grew up in Verona, New Jersey.
On April 10, 1999, Bill married Karen Griffith deFur becoming stepfather to daughters Nicole and Katie. Bill and Karen traveled extensively, and he enjoyed gardening, reading, his dogs and sports but was especially fond of his 6 grandchildren. He was an active member of Orange Congregational Church serving on several boards and was active previously with the United Way.
Bill spent his career at Nash Engineering (later Gardner Denver) as a mechanical engineer and in management working with operations in the USA, Sweden, Brazil and China. He received his bachelor’s degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and did his graduate work at both the University of Connecticut and Cornell University. At Stevens, he was a member of the men’s choir and sang at the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. He was a member of Theta Xi fraternity.
He is survived by his wife, Karen deFur-Maxwell; stepdaughters, Katie deFur Fallon and Nicole deFur Feuerstein (Donald); and his grandchildren Kristin, Daxton, Makayla and Savannah Feuerstein and William and Connor Fallon. He is also survived by his sisters, Joyce Leck (Bob), Rene Babson and Dorothy Brehm; nieces, Caryn Howard (Dave), Jennifer Pulvino (John), Linda Dill (Ron); nephews, Bill Leck and Doug Brehm; and many cousins in Ireland.
A Celebration of Life Service will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 1 p.m. at Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Lane, Orange, CT.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.
The family has been compassionately cared for by the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT.
To leave online condolences, visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.
The service will take place on Sunday, March 1, from 3 – 5 p.m. All are welcome.
Clergy are invited to gather in the Katherine Knight Room at 2:45 p.m. to robe and process.
A reception will follow.
- 8:30 AM – Pancake Breakfast
- 10 AM – 3 PM – Red Car Show
- 10:30 AM – 11:30AM – Dimples the Clown
- 11AM – 12:00 Noon – Hay Rides
- 12 Noon – 12:45 PM – Al DeCant – Children’s Entertainment
- 1 PM – 5 PM – Furious George – classic rock
- 2 PM – 3:00 PM – Magician – Bryan Lizotte
- 4 PM – Pie Eating Contest
The guest speaker is Nick Bellantoni, Emeritus CT State Archaeologist at the CT State Museum of Natural History and author of “The Long Journeys Home: The Repatriations of Henry ‘Opukaha’ia and Albert Afraid of Hawk.”
Bellantoni will tell of Henry ‘Opukaha’ia, a Native Hawaiian and Itankusun Wanbil, an Oglala Lakota and the circumstances that led them to Connecticut.
Guests are welcome to attend.
Copies of the book will be available. Light refreshments will be served.
Sidney Alan Griffith, 94, died on Thursday, November 1, 2018. He was predeceased by his parents, Mabelle Perkins Griffith and Franklin D. Griffith; brother, Irving Griffith; sister, Charlotte Griffith Bailey; and two brothers who died in infancy. He was born in Wyoming, New York on October 2, 1924.
Sid was a veteran and very proud to have served his country. In 1942, he was drafted for World War II. Following training in Fort Leonard Wood and Fort Breckinridge, he went overseas aboard the Aquitania unescorted and zig-zagging to Scotland. As a member of the 75th Artillery Division, he took part in the Battle of the Budge, serving under Patton. Discharged in 1946, he attended Alfred Tech, graduating in 1949.
On April 8, 1950, he married Jean K. Green from Florida, NY, having met her while she was attending Geneseo State College. Inseparable, he spoke of his wife as the love of his life and referred to her as his bride. With a degree in heating and air-conditioning, Sid moved to Endicott, NY to work for Northrup Supply where he stayed throughout his career. Before retiring he was in the position of President. He received an award from the PHCC (Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors) and the Lion’s Club Melvin Jones Fellow Award for dedicated humanitarian services.
Sid and Jean lived in Binghamton, NY for 66 years prior to moving to Orange, CT in June of 2018. In Binghamton, he was a member of the Broome County Historical Society, Friends of the BC Library, Binghamton Lions Club, and the Roberson and Phelps Mansion Museums. Sid enjoyed traveling, working on home projects and gardening with Jean. He especially enjoyed times spent with his family at their summer cottage on Yankee Lake, NY. Sid and his wife were fond of their church family at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Vestal, NY and have attended Orange Congregational Church since their move in Connecticut.
He is survived by his wife Jean, daughter Karen deFur-Maxwell (William) and son Alan Griffith (Lynn Dunn), grandchildren, Katie deFur Fallon, Nicole deFur Feuerstein (Donald), Leah Griffith and Seth Griffith. He is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Kristin, Daxton and Makayla Feuerstein and William and Connor Fallon, nieces Joy Griffith Cline (Jim) and Sally Griffith Mariage (Duane), great nieces and nephews and cousins Mary Griffith Weber (Kenneth), Dorothy Doran Zehler and Edward (Natalie) Doran.
A celebration of life service will take place at Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Lane, Orange, CT on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at 1:00 p.m.
The committal service will be held in the Florida, N.Y. cemetery at a later date.
Memorial gifts may be sent to New Hope Presbyterian Church, 1900 Vestal Rd., Vestal, NY 13850. The family has been compassionately cared for by the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.
This Orange Congregational Church will host its 10th Annual Strawberry Festival at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. You can share in a day of food, fun, and family.
YES, this is the same festival that used to take place on the town green in front of the church, but because of its popularity, it was moved to this larger venue a few years ago.
If you get there early you can look forward to pancakes with homemade strawberry compote and whipped cream or just with strawberries! If you are not an early riser, that is okay, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, cheese dogs, chili dog, sausage and peppers, french fries, pulled pork, grilled cheese, veggie burgers and more will be available for sale.
For dessert, you can decide between strawberry shortcake, a slice of strawberry pie or strawberry rhubarb pie, and chocolate covered strawberries! Ask for “to-go” containers!
NOTE: Our suggestion, bring a bit of extra money and bring home a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie to share with everyone you know. They’re amazing!
There will be live music, kids games, rides, face painting, a hayride, pie eating contest, Red Car show, and more than 60 different vendors selling all types of goodies.
Admission and parking for this event are FREE.
Many baked goods, sweet treats, hot coffee and cold drinks and much more will be available at their tent on the Orange Town Green during the Memorial Day parade.
This annual fundraiser has become a tradition at the parade and helps to support their faith-based school for three and four-year-olds, which has reached out into the community for more than 50 years.
She was born on August 21, 1925, to the late Paul Schutt and Freda Brandt.
Arline was predeceased by her husband George A. Geane, her daughter, Jennifer D. Geane and her sisters, Dorothy Macmillan and Phyllis Peatross.
Arline, better known as “Amah,” was the world to her children and grandchildren; she attended every event and loved sharing holidays and special times with her family. Amah was everything they all needed in life and more. Anybody that she would meet immediately called her Amah and would fall in love. She had a heart of gold and touched every single person she came in contact with.
Arline enjoyed spending her time at the senior center, gardening, learning how to create new recipes in the kitchen, doing jigsaw puzzles, and playing Words With Friends on her iPad and spending time with her best cat, Sasha.
Arline leaves behind her children, Geoffrey (Lynne) Geane of East Otis, MA and George (Linda) Geane II of Orange, CT. She also is survived by her six grandchildren, Jason (Jennifer) Geane, Allison (James) Paturas, Katryn (Tony) Crawford, Elizabeth (James) Lafo, Kimmery (Malcolm) Migel, and Parker (Courtney) Geane and her two great-grandchildren, J. Christopher Geane and Landon Lafo, along with many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be celebrated on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 10 a.m. at Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Lane, Orange, CT. Entombment will follow at Orange Center Cemetery on Orange Center Road, in Orange.
Because Multiple Sclerosis has impacted the Geane family tremendously, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Arline’s daughter Jennifer’s memory to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, online at nationalmssociety.org, or mail to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101A First Ave., Waltham, MA 02451
Here is the 2018 Holy Week and Resurrection schedule of events at Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane (at the corner of Orange Center Road) in Orange.
9:45 a.m. Palm Processional:
Meet us in the back parking lot to receive your palm and process with bagpiper into the Sanctuary.
If you wish not to process, please go directly into the Sanctuary.
10:00 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary
11:30 a.m. Prayer Walk offered by the Confirmation Class:
This will be a lunch theater style dramatization of the last days of Jesus’ life. For a $5 per person suggested donation, we will offer Middle Eastern fare. Sign up with the church office at 203-795-9749.
Service of Tenebrae at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Lights will be extinguished as we hear the passion of Christ in his final hours.
Communion by intinction will be offered.
7:00 p.m. Worship in the Sanctuary
6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service at Hannah’s Hill outside near the church
A service offered by our Youth to celebrate the risen Christ.
After worship, we will meet at Chip’s Restaurant in Orange for breakfast.
9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary
Music from our Junior Choir, Bell Choir and Senior Choirs