Obituary: Denise Mirto, 71, Beloved Wife, Mother, Friend

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Nov 032021

Denise Comeau Mirto, 71, passed away peacefully on Nov. 2, 2021 at her home in Orange, surrounded by her family and friends after a battle with cancer.

Born on December 31, 1949, in New Haven, CT, she was the daughter of Frank and Irene (Matteo) Comeau.

She married the love of her life, Robert Mirto on January 30, 1981.

Denise is survived by her son, Jesse D. Irwin (wife Emily Agustin), of Chicago, IL, son Nicholas Mirto (wife Jen Mirto), of West Haven, CT, and her step-daughter, Lisa Mirto of Stratford, CT.

She also is survived by her eight siblings, Francis Fox (ex-wife, Jeanne Dubin who will always be family) of Wilmington, NC, Cathy Higgins (husband David Higgins) of Altamonte Springs, FL, Patty Kelley (husband Kobe Kelley) of Leland, NC, Mark Comeau of New Haven, CT, Mary Petrou (husband Milton Petrou) of Chester, SC, Greg Comeau of Orange, CT, Carrie Piazza (husband Jeff Piazza) of Denver, NC, and PJ Fox (wife Yayoi Fox) of Herndon, VA. She is survived by 19 nieces and nephews, a Cousin, Paula Idarola, Great Aunt Clara Mei, and three very special friends, Sharon Ewen, Rochelle Cyr, and Rose Addario Zajac.

Denise grew up in Orange and was a lifelong resident. She was always adventurous and travelled the world. She loved music, especially The Grateful Dead.

She has been a Realtor in Orange since 1995. She was well respected by both her clients and her peers. Volunteerism was her passion. She enjoyed community service and has been the voice as well as a major organizer of the annual Orange Country Fair. She acted as the general coordinator of the volunteer effort to build the Orange Kids’ Playground.

She served as a Past President of Orange Little League, past member of the Amity Board of Education, volunteer at the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival for 22 years, past President of Turkey Hill School PTA, and has served on other various Boards and Commissions in Orange. Denise will be missed!

The hours for visitation will be held on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green, 662 Savin Ave., West Haven, CT. Please consider wearing bright colors or your favorite tie-dye. Masks are required to be worn at the funeral home.

A private burial will be at the Orange Center Cemetery.

The family would like to thank all of the Hospice Nurses and aides for their loving care of Denise. They are truly heroes and the best America has to offer.

Memorial contributions can be made to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405 or the Orange Playground in care of Lynn Plaskowitz, in memory of Denise Mirto.

Checks can be made out to the Town of Orange, and sent to 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.westhavenfuneral.com.

Connex Presents Giuliano With Scholarship Award

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Jun 242020

Lauryn Giuliano of Orange (pictured with her parents) was the recipient of the Nicolas G. Hackett Memorial Scholarship, an award named in honor of a longtime volunteer at Connex Credit Union.

Lauryn is currently majoring in Psychology at Southern Connecticut State University, where she maintains a 4.0 GPA while serving as a presidential student ambassador and mathematics peer mentor.

In high school, Lauryn also completed more than 415 hours of volunteer service working with organizations such as the West Haven Animal Shelter and Locket’s Meadow Horse Rescue Farm in Bethany.

For more information on the scholarship program or Connex Credit Union, visit connexcu.org.

Obituary: Elizabeth G. O’Neil, RN, 93, Former Orange Resident

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Dec 162015

Screen Shot 2015-12-16 at 3.03.21 PMElizabeth G. O’Neil, RN, (Grandbois), 93, of Matunuck, RI, passed away Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 at Miriam Hospital, Providence, RI. She was the wife of the late William F. O’Neil, Jr. Born in Meriden, CT, a daughter of the late Homer and Elizabeth (Clark) Grandbois, she lived in Orange and Branford, CT, for many years before moving to Matunuck thirteen years ago.

Mrs. O’Neil was a Registered Nurse graduating from St. Raphael Nursing School in New Haven, CT, in 1943. She had a long nursing career in public health and in pediatrics before retiring in 1985. She was a volunteer with Meals On Wheels and Seniors Helping Others.

She is survived by two sons, William F. O’Neil, III (Jeanne Dube) of Providence and John P. O’Neil of Indianapolis, IN; two daughters, Kathleen A. Westervelt of Matunuck and Joyce M. Messier (Donald) of Kennebunk, ME; seven grandchildren and a great grandson.

She was the mother of the late Patricia Begina (Thomas) and Maureen O’Neil, sister of the late Joan G. Kiernan and grandmother of the late Daniel P. O’Neil.

Visiting hours Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 from 4-7 pm in the PRATA-GALLOGLY Funeral Home, 78 Providence St., West Warwick, RI.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 at 11:00 am in Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange.

Interment will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale, 1231 Kingstown, Rd., Peace Dale, RI 02879 in her memory would be appreciated.

Information and condolences please visit: www.PrataGallogly.com 

Obituary: Jean Denton, 88, Beloved Wife of 66 Years, Mother of Stephanie Cuzzocreo

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Dec 292013

Screen shot 2013-12-29 at 12.46.29 PMJean Alice (Carlton) Denton, 88, cherished wife of Cleveland R. Denton, died peacefully in her sleep on December 25, 2013, at home in West Hartford.

Jean was born November 30, 1925, in Rutland, Vermont, the daughter of Clarence and Margaret (Pennell) Carlton, and attended school in Hartford, Vermont, Melrose, Massachusetts and Burlington, Vermont, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Vermont with a degree in mathematics.

She and Cleve were married on June 18, 1947 in Burlington, VT and lived in Michigan and Ohio before returning to New England to settle in West Hartford in 1954.

Jean was a member and active alumna of Delta Delta Delta sorority, and was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of West Hartford, and was very involved with Hartford Seminary and American Baptist organizations at the local, national, and international level for many years.

Jean always put others’ needs before her own, and this quality was evident to all those who knew her, as well as to those directly touched by her extensive volunteer service with local programs such as Meals on Wheels and Loaves and Fishes.

She was a thoughtful and caring wife, mother and grandmother. The hand-knit sweaters and baby blankets lovingly created for her grandchildren are destined to become treasured family heirlooms passed down to future generations.

Jean and Cleve truly enjoyed spending time with each other and as a family. Throughout their 66-year marriage, they especially enjoyed traveling. A highlight of their many adventures was a European tour with their children, complete with an Atlantic Ocean crossing aboard the S.S. France in 1967.

Jean brought her talents for photography and her interest in beautiful scenery, birds and flowers together for many wonderful slide-show presentations to family and friends.

Jean is survived by her beloved husband, Cleve, and their children, Stephanie J. Cuzzocreo and her husband Roy of Orange, Carol D. Arrowsmith and her husband Ted of Broad Brook, and Robert W. Denton and his wife Kimberly of Framingham, MA, grandchildren, Matthew, David, Daniel and Brian Cuzzocreo, and Tyler and Nathan Arrowsmith, great-grandson, Matthew Drolett, and many extended family members and dear friends.

She was predeceased by her siblings, Charles M. Carlton and Harriet E. (Carlton) Bridges. Jean’s family sincerely thanks her wonderful Amy’s Angels caregiving team, the nursing staff at The McAuley, the entire McLean Hospice and Home Care team, and her physicians for their dedicated and compassionate care.

A memorial service in celebration of Jean’s life will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of West Hartford, 90 North Main Street.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The University of Vermont Foundation, 411 Main St., Burlington, VT, 05401, or to the Memorial Gifts Fund, First Baptist Church of West Hartford, 90 North Main St., West Hartford, CT 06107.

For directions and online condolences, please visit www.taylorandmodeen.com.

Obituary: Josephine Mercurio Flynn, 87, Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Volunteer, Cook, Collector

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Dec 192013

Josephine FlynnJosephine H. Mercurio Flynn, 87, current resident of Woodbridge and beloved wife to the late Robert A. Flynn (a UCONN graduate), passed away on Monday, December 16, 2013 at Yale New Haven Hospital, St. Raphael’s campus.

Born on October 5, 1926 in Bridgeport, she was the oldest child of Charles and Rose Purpura Mercurio.

She was a graduate of Harding HS, worked for the welfare dept. for the town of Stratford and attended UB part-time.

After her marriage to Robert, they lived with their family in Mystic, Orange and Short Beach in Branford and then with her husband in Naples, FL. Prior to her retirement, Josephine was a retail associate for the former D.M. Reads in Trumbull.

She was very active in her children’s school activities including PTA, Girl and Boy Scouts. Josephine loved cooking, travel, big bands, musical theatre, bridge, bowling and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

She took great pleasure in providing scrumptious meals for large gatherings of family and friends, enjoying dining al fresco at the beach house while guests played bocce, Jarts, swam and sailed.

Her large collection of shells and sea glass found while walking the beach in Branford and Florida, will always be on display. Before there was a Martha, there was crafty Jo. She enjoyed sewing, decoupage and painting furniture. Her friends from Garden Road and “the bridge group”, were an important mainstay in her life.

Anyone who knew Jo well would never call her during Jeopardy or 60 Minutes.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Jo (Dave Boston), her two sons, Robert (Mary Forman) and Brian (Cindy Becque); grandchildren, twins Madeline Ruth and Hannah Jo, Katie, Erika, Julianne, Christopher, Patrick, Owen and her sister Mary Ann Cullen of Stratford, and several loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Charles Mercurio earlier this year.

A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held on Friday, December 20th from 12 to 2 pm at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT 06460. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Rd., Orange. CT. 06477.

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

The Passing Of Andrea Shiffrin, She Fought Valiantly Against Cancer

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Aug 052013

An image from the 2013 Relay For Life Luminaria Ceremony and Andrea Shiffrin

An image from the 2013 Relay For Life Luminaria Ceremony and Andrea Shiffrin

The town is mourning one of its well known most civic-minded citizens today.

Andrea Shiffrin passed away this morning. She was known for the many hats she wore in Orange over the years.

She was a realtor with Coldwell Banker in Orange, a member of the Orange Players, producing, performing and directing numerous shows. She also was a member of the Orange Arts and Culture Council.

In January, she was one of two Women Who Make A Difference honorees recognized by the Democratic Town Committee.

She was missed last weekend at the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival where she and other members of the Coldwell Banker staff have volunteered in the main food tent for many years.

It was no secret that Andrea battled cancer for many years.

Selectman Mitch Goldblatt said “No one fought as valiantly as she did against cancer and she did it with grace.”

Her longtime friend, fellow Orange Player Marianne Miller said she spent most of the past week with Andrea and helped administer her medications.

“She was surrounded by family and she went peacefully without any pain,” she said. “That’s what’s important.”

Her funeral arrangements are being handled by Shure Funeral Home, 543 George Street, New Haven. — 1 p.m. Thursday is what we’ve heard.

Orange Live will post her obituary as soon as it becomes available.

Independents For Orange Hosts Informational Meeting July 9

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Jul 042013

IFOLogo-01A press release from Independents for Orange:

Independents For Orange (IFO) will have its’ first Informational/Volunteer meeting on Tuesday, July 9th at Bear and Grill Restaurant, 385 Boston Post Rd., Orange from 7:30-8:30 pm.

The meeting will give interested residents an opportunity to interact with the organizers of the group, hear about their ideas, ask questions and provide feedback on town issues. Anyone who is interested in finding out more about IFO or getting involved as a volunteer is encouraged to attend. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served.

IFO is a group of dedicated Orange community leaders that have come together to provide an organization for citizens who want to be involved in town government without necessarily being affiliated with either of the two majority parties- Republican or Democrat.

Anyone interested in more information on Independents For Orange can visit www.ifoct.org  or visit them on Facebook

Relay For Life Kick-Off Today 4-6 p.m.

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Mar 102013

Screen shot 2013-03-05 at 3.52.15 PMThe BOW (Bethany-Orange-Woodbridge) Relay For Life is the tri-town’s major community effort to help raise money to find a cure for cancer.

This year’s motto is “We’ll Stop Walking … When Pigs Fly.” The Relay will take place at the Orange Fairgrounds June 1-2.

Organizers welcome everyone in all three towns to join them at the Orange Hills Country Club, 389 Racebrook Road, Orange for the Relay For Life Kick-Off event, Sunday, March 10 from 4-6 p.m.

If you’ve never been involved in the Relay, or if you are returning from past years, the Kick-Off event is important for everyone to learn pertinent information about the event, how to register a team, join a committee or purchase luminaries.

This is a fun group, come and enjoy the company and refreshments.

Let them know you’re coming, it’s important to RSVP to bowrelayforlife@gmail.com

Be a part of something wonderful this year, volunteer for the BOW Relay For Life.


Originally Published on: Mar 5, 2013 @ 4:22 p.m.