Obituary: Nathan Sokoloff, 100, Hardworking Man of Integrity, Beloved Father of Heidi Saxe

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Nov 132017

Nathan Sokoloff, 100, a long time resident of Orange, and most recently of Tower One in New Haven, devoted husband of the late Clara (Tolchinsky) Sokoloff, died at his home on November 10, 2017.

Born in Brooklyn, NY., December 16, 1916, he was the son of the late Irwin & Rachel (Wiener), Sokoloff. He was preceded in death by wife Clara; grandson Jeremy Saxe; son-in-law Gregory Johnson; his brother George and his sister Sophie. Beloved Father of Jill Noel (John) of Hamden, Heidi Saxe (Tracy) of Orange and Michael Sokoloff (Judy) of Cheshire. Cherished Grandfather of Dayna, Jessica, Robert, Ryan, Brian, Thomas and the late Jeremy Saxe.

Nat had a long career working full-time from 13 years old in the Garment District in NYC and was still working one day a week even after his 100th birthday. In addition to his long career in textiles, he had success in other industries as well, including the game industry, banking and, finally, working part-time in legal services. Nat served in the US Army during the Second World War. He was also President of Orange Little League during their championship year.

Nat was an extremely devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Nat and Clara were married for more than 70 years before she passed in 2010. Always the love his life, she inspired in him a passion for songwriting after her death that resulted in him writing over 70 songs in both English and Yiddish, many of them romantic ballads to Clara’s memory. He began to perform live shows at his new home at Tower One in his 90s and was preparing another performance at the time of his death. They both excelled at ballroom dancing and enjoyed traveling.

There was nothing Nat wouldn’t do for his family. Nathan leaves behind a loving family who have always admired him, learned from him, and will deeply miss him. Well educated, and self-taught, he continued his lifelong learning to the very end through extensive reading, research on the internet and kept current with technology using his iPhone for texting and social media to keep abreast of his grandchildren.

A celebration of the life of Nathan Sokoloff will be held at Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, 543 George Street, New Haven on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. with interment services to follow with military honors at B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, 200 Wintergreen Avenue, New Haven.

Nat’s family will be receiving from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be sent to Jeremy Saxe Foundation Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C. 35 Nutmeg Drive, Trumbull, CT 06611.

To sign an online registry book or leave a message of condolence, please visit: www.shurefuneralhome.com

Obituary: Robert J. Fox, 90, Athlete, Veteran, Postal Worker

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Mar 152017

Robert J. Fox, 90, died March 12, 2017 at Maplewood of Orange.

Bob was born in Greenwich on Oct 7th 1926 to Frank and Anna Schreder’s Fox. He grew up with 9 siblings, (Deceased)Thomas Jr., Grace, (Deceased)Ruth,(Deceased) Raymond (Moaner),(Deceased) Anita (Neet), (Deceased) Edwin, Agnes (Elaine), Elizabeth (Betty Lou) and Virginia (Ginger).

He started out young in life working picking apples at Conyers Farm and then caddying at Milbrook Club in Greenwich plus playing golf there. Growing up he was a very active boy engaging first of all at the Greenwich Boy’s Club with all of his friends and brothers in Basketball and Baseball. He ran wherever he went all the time and loved it.

In high school he played basketball, ran track and Cross Country which was his love and excelled at it. He still holds the cross country record at the Bruce Park course which he set in the States Championship.

After high school he enlisted in the Army air corps even though he had won a scholarship at Fordham University for sports. He was stationed in Casa Blanca.

He married his wife (deceased), Margaret McKnight and had 3 children, Robert J. Jr., Sheila Ann, and Kenneth (deceased). He has 4 grandchildren Sheri Anne Fox, Robert W. Fox, Kristin Barnes Appling and Matthew Barnes. He has 5 great grandchildren Isabella & Emily (Robert W. and Valerie), Caden and Kayli Appling (Kristin & Troy) and Dougie Barnes (Matthew).

He came home to a couple of jobs before starting with the Post Office where he had worked and retired after 38 years of service. He was then asked to come to Cadbury Schweppes from one of his mail customers, Robert Ix where he started and was appointed as a chauffeur to Mr. Ix (president) and to all of the senior management and eventually to the owners of Cadbury, the Cadbury brothers. He was very close with Sir Adrian Cadbury always received Xmas cards and was invited to stay at his Condo in London while vacationing. He retired from there once and was immediately called back after the Cadbury Brothers Sir Adrian and Dominic would not let anyone else drive for them.

His most loved time was when he drove Duchess Fergie around New York for a couple of days.

In 1956, he built his present home on Idar Court in Greenwich with the help of brother Raymond (Moaner), the mason and his best friend Joe Shannon, the Master Carpenter. He has many friends and relatives in Fairfield County, New England and all over the United States plus internationally in Germany and Italy.

He has a tremendous love for children, as his Mother Anna had, especially after she had 35 grandchildren. If anyone ever needed anything, especially rides to the airport he would always be there for them without a question as to time. If anyone needed a hand Uncle Bob or Pop Pop would always be there, on time, if not 45 minutes early. That was just him! ;-).

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday March 16, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. in St. Mary’s Church, 178 Greenwich Ave. Greenwich, CT Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenwich Boys and Girls in Bob’s name.

Obituary: Donald John Jewell, 93, Beloved Husband, Town Treasure

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Feb 192017

Donald John Jewell, 93, of Orange, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Milford Hospital.

For 66 years, he was the husband Mary Prata Jewell.

Father of Cynthia Romanoff of Orange, Donald Jewell of East Haven and the late Elaine Jewell. Also survived by his grandchildren Jeanna (Matthew) Cascella, Michael Demetrio, Gabriel and Maria Martinez and his great-grandchildren Cameron and Morgan Cascella.

The youngest of five children, he was predeceased by his siblings.

Don was born in West Haven on April 2, 1923, son of the late Andrew and Lillian Tengblad Jewell. He graduated from Hillhouse High School in 1941 and soon after enlisted in the United States Coast Guard, serving from 1942-1946.

During his time in the Coast Guard, Don assisted in rescuing 10 sailors from a torpedoed tanker. He served three years aboard the U.S.S. Rhodes DE384 as a fire controlman 2nd class. Don made fourteen crossings in the Atlantic to England, France, North Africa and Casablanca. His ship was under attack by eight German JW 88s. After the war ended, Don returned home to Connecticut and began working as an electrician at Armstrong Rubber Company in West Haven where he met his loving wife Mary.

While employed at Armstrong Rubber, Don was able to earn an Associates Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Haven. He also served in various capacities on the job including President of the Rubber Workers Union 93 and retired from Armstrong Rubber in 1981.

Don was always very active in community affairs serving as Commander of the American Legion Orange Post 127 and was a life member. He served two terms as District Commander for the New Haven County American Legion.

Don was a life member of the V.F.W. and very dedicated senior member of the Orange Democratic Town Committee. His famous quote was “I don’t always have my way, but I always have my say!”

The hours for visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green.

All are invited to attend funeral services Wednesday morning at 10:00 in the Orange Congregational Church.

Interment with military honors will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.

For online condolences please visit our website at www.westhavenfuneral.com.

Obituary: Alfred Giovannini, 92, Beloved Father of Maria Giovannini, Veteran

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Sep 122016

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-11-59-57-amAlfred Giovannini, 92, of Orange and formerly of West Haven and New Haven, passed into eternal rest on September 5, 2016 with his devoted daughter by his side. Alfred was born in New Haven on November 1, 1923 to the late Giuseppe and Maria Sante Giovannini.

Alfred served as a Staff Sergeant with the United States Army Air Force from 1943-1946 with the 464th Fighter Squadron, where he inspected, repaired and maintained P47’s.  He was educated in the military at the Airplane Mechanic School at Roosevelt Field in New York.

Following his discharge he was employed by Sikorsky Aircraft for over 30 years. During this employment he traveled the world repairing and testing the performance of helicopters in extreme weather conditions; most notably, the Black Hawk.  One of his most memorable project locations was Viet Nam, where he completed three assignments during the Viet Nam War.  

Alfred was an enthusiastic golfer and beach lover.  Upon retirement, he spent many winter months in West Palm Beach, Florida.  His favorite vacation spot was Bermuda.

Alfred leaves behind his a daughter, Maria Angela Giovannini of Orange, and grandson, Steven Michael Turbert Jr. of West Haven. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his two sisters, Anne Vinci and Vera Giovannini, and two brothers, Fredrick Giovannini and Donald Gray.

There were no visiting hours

Funeral was at St. Anthony’s Church, 70 Washington Avenue, New Haven on Friday morning, September 9, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. followed by committal services with full military honors immediately following in All Saints Cemetery. The North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue has been entrusted with the

Obituary: Arthur T. Egan, 73, Beloved Husband, Father of Kathleen Shelnitz

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Apr 262014

obit vet hospArthur T. Egan, 73, of West Haven, passed away on April 20, 2014, surrounded by his loved ones.

Loving and dedicated husband, father, and grandfather to wife Priscilla Mason Egan; daughters, Laura (Henry) Torniero of Naugatuck, Nancy (Neil) Cavallaro of West Haven, and Kathleen (Michael) Shelnitz of Orange; grandchildren, Sarah, Rachel, and Andrea Torniero, Lindsey, Catherine, and Connor Cavallaro, and Katie and Zachary Shelnitz.

Arthur was born to the late Arthur J. and Vivian Stuart Egan on April 28, 1940, and was predeceased by his sister, Barbara Suprenant.

Arthur was an Air Force Veteran, a lifelong member of the Disabled American Veterans and a member of the Blinded Veterans Association. After receiving his MBA from University of New Haven, he worked as a Blind Rehabilitation Specialist at the VA Hospital in West Haven until his retirement in 2003.

Arthur enjoyed going on vacations with his family, working in the yard, and building many items in his workshop over the years. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on May 31, 2014, at Zion Episcopal Church, 326 Notch Hill Road, North Branford, CT, followed by a gathering for friends and family.

Funeral services are in care of West Haven Funeral Home.

For online condolences please visit the website at www.westhavenfuneral.com.

Donations may be made in Arthur’s memory to Smilow Cancer Hospital, c/o Office of Development, PO Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508; or the Blinded Veterans Association, 477 H Street, Northwest Washington, DC 20001-2694.

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.

Obituary: Dorothy Larson Shaffer, Navy Veteran, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Dec 012013

White Rose for funeralsDorothy Larson Shaffer formerly of Orange, entered Heaven November 19, 2013.

She was predeceased by her loving husband, William B. Shaffer Jr. and her daughter Pamela.

She is survived by her son William A. Shaffer, daughters Patricia Nash (Ron), Eileen Miller (Joey), brother, Arthur Larson (Frances), brother-in-law Robert A. Shaffer (Irene) and three grandchildren, Sloan, Luke and Noah.

Dorothy had an unwavering faith in God. She was a longtime parishioner of Holy Infant Church in Orange, CT and a proud Korean War Navy Veteran, Republican who loved her family and country.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Infant Church on Friday, Dec. 6th at 12 noon.

Burial will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to “The Wm. B. Shaffer, Jr. Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Perfusion” and sent to the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, Quinnipiac University, 275 Mount Carmel Ave., Hamden, CT 06518, Attn. Gina Falcigno.

MARESCA & SONS FUNERAL HOME 592 Chapel St. is in charge of arrangements. Offer condolences at www.marescafuneralhome.com

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Obituary: Donald Michael “Bud “ Priest, 83, Veteran, Past President Orange BOE, Past Chair Police Commission

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Nov 152013

Screen shot 2013-11-15 at 12.45.36 AMDonald Michael “Bud “ Priest, 83, of Hamden, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

He is survived by his beloved wife of sixty years, Ruth Priest; his loving children, Pamela P. Irving and husband Dr. Jack, of Hamden, Donald M. Priest, Jr., of Branford, and Amy E. Paier and husband Richard, of Orange; and his cherished grandchildren Brian Irving, Alison Irving Appleby and husband Michael, Griffin Paier, and Kelsey Paier. He is also survived by his brothers Richard and Edward Priest, both of Syracuse, NY, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Susan L. Priest, and his brother, John Priest.

Born Dec. 10, 1929 in Syracuse, NY, he was a son of the late John G. and Catherine Downes Priest. Bud graduated from Holy Rosary High School in Syracuse and St. Bonaventure University, class of 1951.

After serving with the U.S. Army, he had a distinguished career as a realtor as owner of First Woodbridge Realtors. He was a past president of the New Haven Board of Realtors, and was honored as the CT Realtor of the Year. He was a civic-minded person who was a past president of the Orange Board of Education and a past chairman of the Orange Police Commission.

Bud was also a charter member of the Woodbridge Rotary Club, serving as its first president, and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a communicant of St. Rita Church in Hamden. Bud was a selfless giver with an abundance of compassion and kindness. He committed himself to family, friends, and those in need. He brought joy to everyone he met. An eternal optimist, he took great pleasure in life and never turned down an invitation for fun.

Bud’s family deeply thanks all those who cared for Bud over the past six months, especially the staff at Whitney Center.

Friends may call on Fri. from 5-8 pm at Sisk Brothers Funeral Home, 3105 Whitney Ave., Hamden.


His life will be celebrated with a mass of Christian Burial at St. Rita Church, Hamden, on Sat. morning at 10:00. Entombment will follow in Mt. St. Peters Cemetery Mausoleum, Derby.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Woodbridge Rotary Club, P.O. Box 4096, Woodbridge, CT 06525, or to the Rocky Mountain MS Center, 8845 Wagner St., Westminster, CO 80031 (specify “For Research”). www.siskbrothers.com

Obituary: Stephen J. Loomis Sr., 78, Veteran, Retired Volunteer Firefighter, Businessman, Mason

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Oct 152013

Screen shot 2013-10-15 at 7.16.15 AMStephen Joseph Loomis Sr., 78, passed away on October 10, 2013 with his family by his side.

Mr. Loomis was born November 16, 1934 in New Haven, CT and lived in Orange and West Haven, CT until his retirement to Florida in 2010.

He was married to his childhood sweetheart, Shirley Trask Loomis for 56 years.

He attended Mary L. Tracy, Hillhouse, and graduated from UCONN with a Masters degree in Forestry. He graduated the Coastguard Officer Candidate School in 1957 and served 5 years and left as Lt. Commander, and he entered the Army Reserves in 1975 and retired a Major in 1998.

Mr. Loomis owned and operated E.G. Loomis & Son Inc. in Orange until 1989. He worked for Connecticut Central Railroad until 1998. He also worked for Railroad Salvage and BDN Landscaping before going to work for Mirror Polishing & Plating Company Inc. in Waterbury from 1998 until his retirement in December of 2010. He owned and operated Loomis Bus Company for Amity Regional bus system.

While in Florida, Mr. Loomis worked 5 seasons for the Houston Astros Spring Training Facility as a security guard in Osceola, FL. Mr. Loomis was a 56 year member of Wooster Lodge #79 Masonic Order and served as Worshipful Master twice, and was a member of the National Sojourners. He was a past Patron of Mystic Chapter #20 OES and was a 50+ member of Orange Congregational Church of Orange.

He was a retired member of the Orange Volunteer Fire Dept, and was a life member of Connecticut Valley Railroad Museum.

Mr. Loomis was also an avid Stamp and Coin Collector and enjoyed model railroads and anything railroad related.

He was the son of Ernest Gilman Loomis and Hazel Putnam and is survived by his wife Shirley, his children Debra Francisco (Randy), Penny Nalband (Gary), Shirley Jean Nielsen (Brent), and David Loomis (Robert Webb). Eight grandchildren, Christina Thompson, James Francisco, Joseph Francisco, Emily Nalband, Ernest Nalband, Stephen Nalband, Katherine Busk and Jeffrey Nielsen and three great grand children Matthew Francisco, Joshua Provo and Mason Busk.

He is predeceased by a son Stephen J. Loomis Jr.

Friends may visit with Mr. Loomis’ family on Tuesday, October 15th from 6 to 9:00 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT- TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 410 Campbell Ave., West Haven, CT.

A Funeral Service will take place on Wednesday the 16th at 10 a.m. in the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Ln., Orange, followed by a burial with Military Honors in Orange Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to VITAS Community Connection, a community of Hospice caregivers who lovingly cared for Mr. Loomis.

Please make donations online: www.vitascommunityconnection.org or mail a donation to: VITAS Community Connection c/o VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, 2201 Lucien Way, Suite 100, Maitland, FL 32751. Please make checks payable to VITAS Community Connection. To send a condolence to the family please see obituary at www.beecherandbennett.com.loomis

OBITUARY: Robert Corbally, 78, Retired Postal Worker, Korean War Veteran,Father of Cheryl Corbally

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Sep 062012

In Memory of Robert Corbally

Robert Corbally, 78, of West Haven passed away suddenly at home Monday Sept. 3, 2012.

He was the husband of Nancy Jenkinson Corbally. Father of Cheryl (Debbie Skerritt) Corbally of Orange, Beth Corbally of Berlin, Robert (Karen) Corbally of Milford, Amy (Eric) Brown of Northford, & David (Lynn) Bell of Beacon Falls. Grandfather of Matthew, Samantha, Kate, Colton, Aries, April & Trace.

Bob was a retired Postal Worker and was the former owner of the Village Pub Café.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was an avid Giants, Yankee and UCONN fan.

Robert Corbally

The hours for visitation will be Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green.

His funeral procession will leave the funeral home Saturday morning at 10:30 for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 in St. Lawrence Church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Bob’s name to WHEAT, 674 Washington Avenue, West Haven, CT. 06516.