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Feb 182015

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Lexy, Feb 18, Safe and Sound with Danny and her family.

Lexy, the 4-year-old runaway service dog has been caught after 5 days on the run in frigid temperatures! 

The Dog Gone Rescue ladies have been out there all day again. This team truly did a wonderful job.

Her Veteran Companion, Danny, was working with the team and was going out to bring another dog to the area where poor Lexy has been seen. (She was with two other dogs when she didn’t come home) All of a sudden he saw Lexy, opened the door, called her and she jumped in for a ride.

She is on her way to the veterinarian’s office right now, everyone is praying for her……although she is good, she looked like she had been out in this cold for a few nights. 


About the Dog Gone Team

— by Patty Bonviso

This was a difficult case because they were so far away. Many people on this team traveled more than an hour every day, one way to get to where she was.

The trap was set with the ACO, the team did many many bacon burns which I believe ultimately helped keep her in the area, although she didn’t eat any, her grandmother said she loves bacon.

Yesterday, to put up posters, Jaye Markwell did it twice. I can’t thank her enough for her commitment and love of dogs!

I’d also like to thank the others who helped on this journey and I pray I don’t miss anyone. Renee Rausch, Kim Kellogg, Carol Ferrucci, Debra Frost, Candace Bouchard, Patty Bonviso and Terri Miles who did all the hard work of managing social media.

Marsha Lemley thank you for your help on Sunday too.

It is another amazing day for DGR and our team of volunteers that go above and beyond every day!

These ladies need some rest so let’s pray that everyone keeps their dogs home!

A Message From Lexy’s “Grandma” (at 3:48 p.m.)

Great news.  With the help of our friends at “dog lost” rescue group, WE CAPTURED LEXY this afternoon.  She is quite thin, and is on her way to the veterinary hospital to be checked over, but it was a JOYOUS reunion with her family.

I have to thank you and ALL the wonderful dog lovers out there for their help in bringing her back.  The “Dog Lost” rescue group was beyond amazing in their efforts and their spirit during this stressful period.  They deserve the biggest praises for their hard work and positive spirit!!!!!

Thank you ALL out there for all of your help.  You have made my son and his family VERY, VERY, happy!

NOTE: From Terri Miles

Lexy’s saga was one of the most draining stories I’ve covered in the past 2 decades.

Aside from the other missing dogs in the past couple of years, I put it up there with the Annemarie Cusano murder (from my first week on the job at Hometown Publications), the Fire Department’s rescue of Slick, the polo pony in Woodbridge, and the missing teen story from March 2011.

Personally, I can’t thank everyone in Orange and Woodbridge who cared and shared about this little dog, without your attention she could still be out there.

Of course, I can’t say enough about Dog Gone Recovery Volunteers and my contact Patty Bonviso who kept me on top of their activities.

No one likes to be told to “stand down” including me, especially when it is so cold and nasty out — but we did it, Dog Gone Recovery Volunteers did their job, and now she’s home.

This is why I LOVE what I do.



Obituary: Duncan A. Creaser, 90, US Marine, WWII Veteran, Member of Barbershop

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Feb 172015

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 10.08.10 PMDuncan A. Creaser, 90, of Orange, passed away at his home on February 12, 2014 surrounded by his family.

Born in Riverport, Nova Scotia on August 28, 1924 to the late John and Florence Patterson Creaser.

He was predeceased by his wife Florence Brockett Creaser. Duncan is survived by his sons, David Creaser of Orange & Duncan (Patricia) Creaser, Jr. of Sunderland, MA; grandchildren, Justin (Chrissy) Creaser of Walpole, MA & Joshua Creaser of Alameda, CA ; brother, William (Gwen) Creaser of Madison ; great-grandson, Will Creaser and several nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by brothers Dan Patterson, James Creaser, Neil Creaser and sisters Hazel Kaiser, Jessie Stefanov and Anne Harpell.

Duncan has been an Orange resident for 59 years and proudly served during WWII as a U.S. Marine.

As a financial analyst he worked at Yale University for 24 years until his retirement at the age of 75. He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of West Haven and was a member of the City of the Elms Barbershop Chorus of New Haven for 60 years.

Friends are invited to visit with his family on Wednesday, February 18th from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at BEECHER & BENNETT- TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 410 Campbell Ave, West Haven.

Funeral Service on Thursday morning at 10:00 AM at the funeral home followed by a burial in Evergreen Cemetery.

Contributions in Duncan’s memory may be sent to The Fund for Yale-New Haven Hospital, c/o Office of Development, PO Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508, or made online at www.givetoynhh.org/the-fund-for-yale-new-haven.

He was so grateful for the wonderful care he and his wife received over the years from the Yale Health Plan and Yale-New Haven Hospital.

To send a condolence to the family or for more information, please see obituary at www.beecherandbennett.com 

Obituary: Pasquale “Pat” Corso, 87,US Marine, WWII Veteran

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Jun 112014

Screen shot 2014-06-11 at 2.53.38 PMPasquale “Pat” Corso, 87, formerly of Hamden, died June 8, 2014 at Maplewood of Orange after long illness.

He was the husband of Gloria Bellucci Corso.

Pat was born in Hamden, July 5, 1926, the son of the late John and Elsie Bontempo Corso and resided in Hamden all his life. He graduated Central Conn. State Teachers College with a masters degree and Bridgeport University with his 6 year. He taught in Bridgeport for 5 years and transferred to Michael J. Whalen Jr. High School, the year it opened, retiring in 1984, when he received the Teacher of the Year Award.

He was a US Marine, serving in Guam during WWII and was a member of the Hamden Veteran Council for 10 years.

He was past president of the Hamden Legislative Council, elected to the council for 10 years, and was a member of the Water Pollution Control Auth. and the Hamden Lions Club.

Beside his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Carol Miller of Branford, sons, Bruce (Cindy) Corso of Fredericksburg, VA and Martin Corso of Murrietta, CA., brother of John “Jack” Corso of Hamden & the late Helen Tiddei,and 6 grandchildren, Pamela Miller, Taryn, David, Isabella, Spencer and Daphne Corso.

Funeral with military honors will be Friday at 9:15 from the Peter H. Torello & Son Funeral Home, 1022 Dixwell Ave., Hamden an at St. Ann’s Church at 10 o’clock. Interment in Beaverdale Memorial Park. Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 8 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made to Constalation Health Care, 240 Indian River Rd. Orange, Ct. 06477

Obituary: Frank J. Chadderton, 96, Beloved Husband, Father, US Marine

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Apr 082014

Frank ChaddertonFrank J. Chadderton, 96, of Orange, beloved husband of Marion Sullivan Chadderton for 68 years, passed away on Friday, April 4, 2014, at Milford Hospital.

He was born July 21, 1917, in New Haven to the late George and Mary Covel Chadderton.

Mr. Chadderton enlisted December 8, 1941, in the United States Marine Corps First Division, serving two tours in the Guadalcanal. He worked as an electrician for Winchester Repeating Arms and was also the former owner of E & F Electric Co.

Frank was a member of the Hamden Elk’s and Meadow Brook Golf Association. He will be remembered for his love of family and passion for playing golf.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Irene (Terry) Richey of Wallingford, Adrienne Kane of Meriden, Brian Chadderton of Orange, Bart (Gerri) Chadderton of West Haven and Gary Chadderton of Hamden; a sister, Irene Meyer of Hamden; grandchildren Ryan, Keith, Garrett, Dylan, Brandon and Douglas; great-grandchildren Tyler, Gavin, Gianna, Allyson; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by a brother, George, and sister, Evelyn Shanley.

The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Milford Hospital, including Dr. Rudolph and Dr. Nadelmann of The Cardiology Group in Hamden, CT.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in Holy Infant Church, Orange. Interment will be private. Affordable Cremations of Milford is in charge of Arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Life Choice Hospice, 4 Oxford Rd., Milford, CT 06460.

Salvatore J. Melchiore, Sr., 85, Beloved Husband, Father, US Marine, Korean War Veteran

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Jan 162014

Marine FuneralSalvatore J. Melchiore, Sr., 85, passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in West Haven.

He was the loving husband of Helen L. (Lasky) Melchiore [A former Orange Town Employee]

Mr. Melchiore was born in Waterbury, CT, son of the late Frank and Elvira Melchiore. He had worked at Boise Cascade Co. for 42 years (only two sick days) and retired as production manager.

He nobly served his country in the United States Marines during the Korean War.

Sal was an avid golfer, proudly had four hole-in-ones, and played at the Orange Hills Country Club with his many friends.

He was the epitome “Mr. Fix it” and loved helping everyone he knew. He was known for his soft spoken demeanor and the honor and dignity in which he always carried himself.

He loved his family, his friends, and his country. He was also an avid Notre Dame Football, New York Yankee, and Giants fan.

Besides his wife of 58 years, Sal is survived by his mother-in-law, Adele Lasky; his daughter, Marla Melchior Polites; two sons, Salvatore J. Melchiore, Jr. and John Melchiore, two daughters-in-law, Kersti Melchior and Jennifer Melchior; his sister Judith M. Gonillo; brother-in-law, Vito Gonillo; brother Frank Melchiore; sister-in-law, Jean Melchior; sister-in-law, Irene Lasky Klotz; brother-in-law, Bob Klotz; seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister, Marie Rosa.

Calling hours will be held at the Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main Street, Naugatuck on Saturday from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. A Mass will follow at St. Mary’s Church, 338 North Main Street, at Noon.

Burial with military honors will follow in St. James Cemetery, Naugatuck. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Connecticut Veterans Administration Hospice Unit, 950 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516 or to Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven, 20 York Street, New Haven, CT 06510.

To send an online condolence, please visit www.naugatuckvalleymemorial.com 

Obituary: William L. Conners, 84, US Marine, Fighter Pilot, War Veteran, Coach, Beloved Husband and Father – Semper Fi, Colonel

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Dec 082013

Screen shot 2013-12-08 at 12.35.33 PMWilliam L. Conners, US Marine Corps (Retired), beloved husband of Joan Beattie Conners of Orange, died peacefully at home with his family, Dec 5, 2013 .

Colonel Conners was born in West Haven, CT Sept 21, 1929 and was raised in Orange. He was the son of Florence Buckholz Conners and R. George Conners.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1948, went to Naval Flight School, and after graduation joined the Marines as a fighter pilot. He served in the Korean War in 1950. After 11 years of active duty, while remaining in the Marine Reserves, he used the GI Bill to attend college. Graduating in 1962, he began work as an engineer with Southern New England Telephone Company, where he worked until he retired in 1991.

During his civilian life in Orange he coached Little League baseball, girls’ softball, and basketball.

He was a member of Holy Infant Church and American Legion Post 127. He was a founding member of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.

Besides his wife of 58 years he is survived by his sister, Jeanne C. Dardis; sister-in-law Frances B. Shepherd; his beloved children Dr. Mary Conners Ashmore of Madison, Dr. Frances A. Conners of Tuscaloosa, AL, Anne F. Conners of Milford, William L. Conners, Jr. of Bethany, Jennifer Conners Antalik of Orange, and John R. Conners of New York, NY; sons-in-law Dr. James Hamilton, Dr. Keith Lawrence, and Michael Antalik; daughters-in-law Pia Conners and Kirche Zeile; grandchildren Gillian Lawrence, Doug Hamilton, Lucy Hamilton, Maeve Ashmore, Libby Antalik, Tim Antalik, Liam Conners, Ethan Conners, and Elaria Conners; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at Sisk Brothers Funeral Home, 3105 Whitney Ave. in Hamden on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 4 – 7 pm.


A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in Holy Infant Church in Orange on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 10:00 am. Friends are encouraged to go directly to the church. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Lawrence Cemetery in West Haven.

In lieu of flowers please send memorial donations to The Parkinson’s Research Foundation, 5969 Cattleridge Blvd, Suite 100, Sarasota, FL 34232 or The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, 909 North Washington St., Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 21433.

The family would like to thank the Orange Visiting Nurse Association and Vitas Innovative Hospice Care for their care and kindness during this time.

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Obituary: Robert J. Smith, 85, US Marine, Gas Company Executive, Beloved Family Man

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Oct 212013

smith funeralRobert J. Smith, age 85, of Trumbull and recently a resident of Maplewood at Orange, entered into eternal rest on October 18, 2013.

Born in Bridgeport, CT on January 6, 1928, to the late Robert and Mabel Smith, Bob is predeceased by the “love of his life” Ruth E. Smith and his three sisters, Violet, Alice and Chris. After high school, Bob proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corp.

He earned his master’s degree from the University of Bridgeport and was employed 36 years by the Southern CT Gas Company as a Senior Executive. Bob was active in the United Way, Rotary Club and various other organizations.

He was an avid swimmer, reader, gardener and delighted in family celebrations.

Bob is survived by his beloved daughters, Karen Blatte and her husband Neil of Orlando, FL and Robin Moran and her husband Chris of Orange, CT; his cherished grandchildren, David, Jessica, Christopher, Darren and Scott; several nieces and nephews.

Our family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the devoted and caring staff at Maplewood, Exceptional Care and Sol Amor. A special thank you to the caregivers who provided excellent comfort and care to Bob the past two years.

Friends may greet the family on Wednesday, October 23rd at 9:00 am until the time of service at 11:00 am at the Cyril F. Mullins Funeral Home, 399 White Plains Rd, Trumbull.

Interment, with military honors, will follow in Nichols Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association , 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit https://www.mullinsfh.com/

Obituary: Clifford “Red” Smith, Jr., 76, Veteran, Carpenter, Beloved Father, Grandfather

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Oct 152013

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Clifford “Red” Smith, Jr., 76, passed away Friday, October 11, 2013 at the Lord Chamberlain Nursing Home in Stratford surrounded by his loving family.

Clifford was born in Dover, NJ on August 30, 1937. He was the son of the late Piet and Gladys Usmany.

He served his country in the U.S Marines. He was a retired self employed carpenter. Besides the love he had for his family, he was an avid New York Yankees and Giants fan.

He is survived by 4 daughters, Bonnie (Robert) Rentz of Naugatuck, Theresa (Larry) Henning of Seymour, Karen (Christopher) Czyzewski of Waterford, Vanessa (Daniel) Abrams of Orange, 3 sons, Peter (Shelley) Smith of East Haven, James Smith of Madison and Walter (Becky) Smith of Pensacola, FL. Clifford also leaves 16 loving grandchildren and 4 loving great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 18, 2013 at noon at the Christ Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2975 Nichols Ave, Trumbull, CT.

There are no calling hours and the Buckmiller Brothers Funeral Home, 26 Waterbury Rd, Rte 69, Prospect is entrusted with the arrangements.

To place online condolences please logon to: www.buckmillerbrothers.com.