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James F. Byrne

August 19, 1940 - December 12, 2017

Essex – James Francis Byrne, 77, died Tuesday, 12 December, 2017 following a short illness. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Christina Storm, his daughter Elizabeth Byrne, two sons, Preston J. Byrne and James R. Byrne, his sister, Katherine O'Keefe, three grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and loving in-laws Leslie Cerio, Al Marulli, and Christopher and Matthew Jordan Storm. Born...
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Madeline M. (Malchiodi) Burrows

May 5, 1938 - December 10, 2017

Madeline M. (Malchiodi) Burrows, 79, passed away on December 10, 2017 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. Beloved mother of Francis E. Bleau Jr. of Old Saybrook. Madeline was born in Middletown, daughter of the late Emil and Esther (Graziano) Malchiodi. She loved nature, sunny days and the summer months, and also had a great love of music. She was devoted to her son and sisters whom she leaves...
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Andrew Jaworski

June 11, 1984 - December 7, 2017

Andrew Jaworski, 33, died peacefully in his sleep on December 7, 2017. He made the world a better place with his compassion, his creativity, and his genuine desire to bring others joy. He was a loving son, doting brother, patient mentor, and brilliant creative talent. He is survived by his parents, Margaret McCarthy of Old Saybrook ,CT and David Jaworski of Morehead City, NC, and his brother,...
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Jeffery Lee "Jeffro" Cook

March 25, 1951 - December 4, 2017

Jeffery Lee Cook ("Jeffro"), a lifelong resident of Killingworth passed away at home on December 4, 2017 at the age of 66. Jeff was born to Winnie and Lee Cook on March 25, 1951. He graduated from the Morgan School in 1969 and promptly enlisted in the United States Navy. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and honorably served his country on the U.S.S. Newport News CA-148. Jeff worked for the...
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Paul F. Freudenstein

December 21, 1950 - December 2, 2017

Paul F. Freudenstein, 66, of Chester, CT, died Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Yale New Haven Hospital. Mr. Freudenstein was born on December 21, 1950, the son of late Lydia (Markham) Freudenstein and Frederic Freudenstein. He was a loving brother to his two sisters. He grew up in Waterford, graduated from Waterford High School, and served in the US Army. He married his wife, Sandra (Rose)...
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James Edward Stawarky, Sr.

May 31, 1930 - November 30, 2017

James Edward Stawarky, Sr., 87, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, died peacefully surrounded by his family in his home on November 30, 2017. The memory of his beautiful life will be forever cherished by his wife of 61 years Dorothy Ann Kotulich Stawarky; children, Jo Ann Stawarky Anderson, husband Joel, of Litchfield, NH and children Nate Anderson and Sarah Larrow, Jane Stawarky...
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Benjamin William Grant III

August 21, 1944 - November 26, 2017

Benjamin William Grant III, 73, of Deep River, CT., passed on November 26, 2017 at St. Vincent's Hospital in Bridgeport, CT. surrounded by his family. Ben led a full life of many accomplishments. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and was a descendant from a family that has served in every major military action in this country's history since the Revolutionary War. He was a...
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Amy (Riggio) McDougall

September 14, 1968 - November 26, 2017

Amy (Riggio) McDougall, 49, of Shirley, MA, formerly of Essex, CT, wife of Brian McDougall died at her home on November 26, 2017. Amy is also survived by her daughter Lila, her parents Tom and Louise Riggio, her brother TJ and his wife Sally as well as 3 nieces and 1 nephew. Amy graduated with honors from the Westminster School in Simsbury and the University of Connecticut in Storrs. Private...
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Frederick Peter Haeni

October 4, 1941 - November 26, 2017

Frederick Peter Haeni, 76, of Deep River, Connecticut, passed away peacefully at home on 11/26/2017, after a long battle with cancer. Pete is survived by his wife, Jane; his sons, Christian (Amanda) and Jeffrey (Julie) and his grandchildren, Kaia, Nicolas, Laurel, and Georgia. Pete was born and raised in New York City and spent summers on Long Island. There he developed his love for the...
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Catherine S. "Kay" Budney

March 22, 1925 - November 15, 2017

Catherine S. "Kay" Budney, age 92, a lifelong resident of Deep River passed away on Wednesday morning, November 15, 2017 at the Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. She was the beloved wife of the late Victor J. Budney who passed away on March 10, 2011. Kay was born in Deep River on March 22, 1925 the daughter of John J. and Antonina (Brose) Stopa. Kay was employed for over 20 years at Whelen...
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David Alfred Stadalnik

June 29, 1940 - November 10, 2017

David Alfred Stadalnik, age 77, of Old Saybrook, formerly of Ivoryton, passed away on Friday, November 10, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Nancy (Lindner) Stadalnik for 52 years. He was born on June 29, 1940 in New Haven to Alfred F. and Marion (Dzindzaleta) Stadalnik. David was a native of Branford and will be remembered as a great athlete, having a tremendous sense of humor, and being the...
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Lois B. Matthews

May 14, 1925 - November 7, 2017

Lois Matthews, age 92, of Westbrook passed away on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. She was born in Hamden on May 14, 1925 the daughter of John and Anna Brown. Lois was predeceased by her husband Albert Matthews, four sisters and three brothers. Lois leaves behind her daughter, Jody McKee, son-in-law Peter, grandson Matthew, and several nieces and nephews. Lois had a great love for life and people. She...
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Clifford O. Allen

May 7, 1927 - November 6, 2017

Clifford O. Allen, age 90, a longtime resident of Old Saybrook passed away surrounded by his loving family on Monday evening, November 6, 2017 at his residence. He was the beloved husband of Virginia (Everitt) Allen who he married on January 31, 1953 in Deep River. Cliff was born in Norwich on May 7, 1927 the son of Walter and Florence (Remmick) Allen. He was a proud veteran of World War II...
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Wayne D'Amico

April 26, 1967 - November 4, 2017

Wayne D'Amico, age 50, of Ivoryton, CT, beloved father, husband and friend, passed away on Nov 4th surrounded by his loving family after a difficult and courageous battle with cancer. Wayne loved his family. He took care of everyone. He was the rock. His children are a testament to his love and devotion. He always put others above self. He adored his wife, Betsy, as he always referred to her as...
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Jeanette Jackson Dodd

May 17, 1934 - November 3, 2017

Jeanette Jackson Dodd, age 83, a longtime resident of Chester passed away surrounded by her loving family on Friday, November 3, 2017. Jeanette was the beloved wife of Charles Dodd, Jr. for 64 years. She was born in Allagash, Maine on May 17, 1934 the daughter of Aaron Jackson, Sr. and Melissa (Thibodeau) Jackson. Jeanette was a member of The United Church of Chester. She loved fishing, knitting...
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Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" LaMark

November 17, 1947 - November 2, 2017

Jacqueline Marie LaMark, age 69, of Chester passed away peacefully at her residence surrounded by her family on Thursday evening, November 2, 2017. She was the beloved wife of Jeremiah "Jerry" T. LaMark. Jackie was born in Middletown on November 17, 1947 the daughter of John and Josephine (Fillippi) Coole. She was a Licensed Practical Nurse working at Essex Medical Group. She retired in 2006....
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Travis W. Smith

February 23, 1989 - October 29, 2017

Travis W. Smith, 28, passed away peacefully in the late hours on Sunday, October 29th. Born on February 23, 1989 to parents Marian Smith of Higganum, and Robert Smith of Ivoryton, Travis resided and attended public schools in both towns before graduating from Haddam-Killingworth High School in 2009. He was married to Leah Miner in 2013 and is the loving father of two beautiful children, Dylan and...
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Edward James McLaughlin

September 14, 1934 - October 28, 2017

Edward James McLaughlin, 83, of Ivoryton, CT died at Connecticut Hospice on October 28, 2017 after a brave battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of the late Rose A. McLaughlin, a father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and uncle. Born in Brooklyn, New York on September 14, 1934, he was the son of the late Josephine and Charles McLaughlin and had been a resident of Ivoryton...
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Sandra L. Sumner

February 8, 1950 - October 25, 2017

Sandra L. Sumner, age 67 a lifelong resident of Chester passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, October 25, 2017 at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown after a long battle with cancer. Sandra leaves behind her husband of 45 years Robert R. Sumner and her daughters, Kara White and her husband Shamar and Kristina Sumner. She was born in Middletown on February 8, 1950 the daughter of Dorothy ...
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John "Jack" Charles Meyer

August 8, 1945 - October 17, 2017

Jack Meyer (John C. Meyer) passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Tuesday morning October 17th at his home in Chester. Born on August 8, 1945 he was originally from Hazardville and Enfield and has resided in Chester for the last 38 years with his loving wife Madaline (DeGeorge) Meyer who he met while proudly serving in the United States Coast Guard based out of New York. Together...
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Geraldine M. "Geri" Ficarra

August 2, 1949 - October 12, 2017

Geraldine M. Ficarra, 68, of Essex, died October 12, 2017 at her home. Known to her friends and family as Geri, she was an ardent Francophile, fluent in French and Italian. A Boston University graduate, she spent her junior year at the Sorbonne, immersing herself in French language and culture. She lived in Boston for a number of years before moving to Connecticut in 1980. Soon after, she was...
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Mel P. Cartoceti

August 8, 1951 - October 12, 2017

Mel Cartoceti, 66, of Killingworth, passed peacefully on October 12, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in New Haven, CT on August 8, 1951. He was the son of Norine and the late Amadio Cartoceti. Mel was the devoted and loving husband of Fran (Valentino) Cartoceti for 41 years. He is survived by his beloved daughter Marissa and son-in-law Adam Lehmacher of Hadlyme, CT; son Andrew...
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Pauline (Wright) Everett

November 17, 1935 - October 7, 2017

Pauline (Wright) Everett of Killingworth passed away Saturday, the 7th of October 2017 surrounded by her loving family. She was married to the love of her life, William Everett Sr. for nearly 64 years. Pauline was born in Chester, Connecticut to Ruth Atwood and Densmore Wright where she married and raised her five children. She is predeceased by her mother, father and brother Bob. During Pauline...
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Stephen Putney Munn

July 1, 1942 - October 1, 2017

Stephen Putney Munn of Hobe Sound, Florida, passed away at his summer home in Old Saybrook, Connecticut on October 1st surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 1, 1942 in Bay Shore, New York, the son of Allen Munn, who passed away shortly after his birth; he was raised by Catherine (Putney) Munn, his strong and devoted mother. He graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy in 1960, St....
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Stephen Byrne Spires

December 1, 1940 - September 23, 2017

Stephen Byrne Spires, 76 of Ivoryton passed away on Saturday evening, September 23, 2017 at the Gladeview Healthcare Center in Old Saybrook. Steve was married almost 50 years to the love of his life Suzanne (Marchetti) Spires. He was born on December 1, 1940 in Berks County, Pennsylvania the son of Stephen T. and Bernice (Byrne) Spires. After graduating from Youngstown University in Ohio he...
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Alan A. Mariani

January 27, 1944 - September 17, 2017

Alan A. Mariani of Old Saybrook, formerly of Deep River died peacefully at home on September 17, 2017. He was born January 27, 1944 in Waterbury, to the late Americus and Josephine Mariani. Alan attended Crosby High School in Waterbury before attending Saint Francis College in Biddeford, ME. He took over his family business, Connecticut Centerless Grinding after spending a few years in NYC...
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Howard Richardson

May 3, 1926 - September 15, 2017

Howard L. Richardson, 91, of Old Saybrook, passed away peacefully at home on September 15, 2017. He was born and raised in West Hartford by his parents Herbert H. and Phyllis (Reynolds) Richardson. Howard was predeceased by his brothers Herbert Jr., Alden, Robert and his sister Helen Bonander. He is survived by his wife Nadine (Merwin), two sons Carl and Paul all of Old Saybrook and his daughter...
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Rosemarie Werner

July 26, 1924 - September 15, 2017

Rosemarie Werner, age 93, passed away peacefully on September 15, 2017, at The Gables in Guilford. Rosemarie worked for 30 years as a tax examiner for the State of Connecticut. She was a long-time resident of Clinton before moving to Old Saybrook in 2004. Rosemarie loved anything pink. As a child she wore a pink hair ribbon and she earned the name "Pinky." She also had a love for music and...
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John Albert Johns

October 10, 1930 - September 3, 2017

John Albert Johns, 86, of Essex, passed away on September 3rd, 2017 at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford. He was married for 60 years to the love of his life, Betty Johns, who predeceased him only 18 days earlier. John was born in the family homestead on Main Street Essex on October 10, 1930 and remained a lifelong resident of the town. He was married to Betty Johns on July 27, 1957. After...
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Gail Louise Willis

June 20, 1939 - August 30, 2017

On August 30, 2017 our beloved wife and mother, Gail Louise Willis, after a lengthy illness stepped from her home in Deep River, CT into the presence of her Lord whom she had come to know and love. We are certain that though she and her beloved husband, George, missed celebrating their 60th anniversary by three days, she is now whole and celebrating her life in Heaven, eagerly looking forward to...
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Wonda E. Bessette

April 13, 1960 - August 27, 2017

Wonda E. Bessette, 57, of Old Saybrook and a former resident of Deep River passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at the Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. She was the beloved mother of Leo Gilbert of Old Saybrook, Heather Gilbert of Groton and Natasha Gilbert of Clinton, as well as a devoted Grandmother to Andrew Cooper, Jacob Gilbert, Destinty, Savannah...
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John Louis "Jack" Laterra, Jr.

January 22, 1950 - August 24, 2017

John Louis "Jack" Laterra, Jr., age 67, a former longtime resident of Old Saybrook passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Touchpoints Rehabilitation at Manchester in Manchester. Jack was the beloved husband of the late Lauren "Laurie" (Castanza) Laterra who predeceased him on July 23, 2013. Jack was born in Norwich on January 22, 1950 the son of Mary (Valaski) Laterra of Waterford...
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Gerhardt "Gary" S. Sigersmith

September 4, 1956 - August 20, 2017

Gerhardt "Gary" S. Sigersmith, 60, of Ivoryton, passed away suddenly on August 20, 2017 at Yale- New Haven Hospital. Gary was born in New Haven, CT, son of the late John & Dorothy(Abel) Sigersmith. He was an avid fisherman and sports lover, he made many friends and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Gary worked 33 years with the Laborers Union #547. Gary is survived by his son...
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Abraham Alphonse Soudan

January 17, 1981 - August 18, 2017

Abraham Alphonse Soudan was born January 17, 1981 in Savannah, Georgia. He died suddenly Friday, August 18th in Meriden, CT. He is survived by his maternal grandmother, Polly Lynch, his mother Daya Soudan (and Terry Anderson), his father Ken Soudan (and wife Debbie), his sister Star Rueckert (and husband Chris and children Avery and Spencer), his sister Vanessa Soudan (and Ezequiel Galan), two...
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Gladys (Fogg) Nelson

November 11, 1923 - August 16, 2017

Gladys (Fogg) Nelson, 93, of Old Lyme passed away peacefully at Bride Brook Health & Rehabilitation Center in East Lyme on August 16, 2017 following a brief illness. She was born in Meriden, CT, grew up in Jewett City and West Hartford. Later, she raised her family in Windsor with husband, Clifford Nelson, before moving to Old Saybrook in 1977. Gladys and Cliff eventually moved to Old Lyme in...
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Jeff Jay Brenneman

January 11, 1973 - August 15, 2017

Jeff Brenneman, 44, died peacefully on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. Jeff was born January 11, 1973 in Bad Axe, Michigan. He moved with his family to Connecticut in 1980 and has lived here ever since. Jeff leaves behind his parents, Jay and Mary Brenneman, his brother Doug, sister-in-law Bonnie, their daughters Reagan, Anne, and Ella, and his beloved daughter Maddison, who he cherished more than...
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Elizabeth Mae "Betty" Johns

May 29, 1938 - August 15, 2017

Elizabeth Mae (Miller) Johns "Betty", 79, of Essex, passed away on August 15, 2017 surrounded by her husband of 60 years and her 5 children after losing her brief but aggressive battle with cancer. Betty was born in New London, CT on May 29, 1938 and raised in Old Lyme. She was married to John Johns on July 27, 1957. Betty worked as an aid at the Essex Rest Home and as a sales associate at The...
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Alice Elizabeth (Matzko) Smith

January 28, 1941 - August 8, 2017

Alice Elizabeth (Matzko) Smith, 76, of Deep River, passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Chesterfields Health Care Center in Chester. She was the youngest of five siblings born to John and Dorothy Matzko of Springfield Massachusetts. She graduated from the New Britain General Hospital School of Nursing in 1961 and went on to have a career in nursing at New Britain General Hospital for 38 years....
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Martha Willerton Bruce

August 8, 2017

Martha Willerton Bruce died two days after her 98th birthday at The Haven in Pineville, North Carolina. Born in 1919 in Houghton Michigan, she grew up on a farm in Ithaca New York and graduated from Cornell University in 1940. She held a master's degree from The University of Connecticut. Her beloved parents, Arthur Barrett and Mabel Miller Willerton, sisters Helen and Marjorie and brothers...
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Paul T. Pulcini

April 13, 1935 - August 7, 2017

Paul T. Pulcini, 82, of Deep River died after a long illness, August 7, 2017 at Middlesex Hospital surrounded by his family. Devoted husband for 56 years to Theresa (Shumbo) Pulcini. Paul was born in Deep River, son of the late Dominic P.& Mary (Piampino) Pulcini, he graduated from Valley Regional High School and served our country with the U.S. Army, 2nd Battalion, 11th Armored Calvary Regiment...
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Varick (Rick) Dey Harrison

March 29, 1930 - August 6, 2017

Essex, CT Varick (Rick) Dey Harrison, died August 6, 2017. Born in Glen Ridge, NJ, he was youngest son of Benjamin V. Harrison, Jr. and Mildred Westover. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Benjamin V. Harrison, III and sister Louise H. Lindgrove. After graduation from the Hill School he attended Yale University finishing Cum Laude. After Yale, Rick served as a young Lieutenant...
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Robert James Finch

June 29, 1956 - August 6, 2017

J. Robert Finch, 61, of Old Saybrook passed away on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family. Bob was born on June 29, 1956 in White Plains, New York to Mary (Guinane) and George Finch. He graduated from Old Saybrook High School in 1974, and the UCONN School of Pharmacy in 1979. He worked as a pharmacist for almost 40 years and owned/operated Old Lyme Pharmacy for nearly 30...
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Howard J. Sampson

February 27, 1940 - August 5, 2017

Howard J. Sampson, Jr., 77, of Westbrook, passed away on August 5th after a long illness. He was born in Brockton, Mass. and moved with his family to Deep River in 1945. After graduating from Valley Regional High School, he married Sara Jane Ryon of Chester. After their first son was born in 1960, they moved to Cape Cod where Mr. Sampson worked as a carpenter and contractor. In 1964, the...
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Alma G. Weaver

September 22, 1921 - August 3, 2017

Alma G. Weaver, 95, of Ivoryton and Haddam, CT passed away peacefully on August 3, 2017. She was the devoted wife of the late Walter Weaver. Alma was also predeceased by her brother Joseph Guidi and her loving son, Michael Weaver.Alma spent most of her years working in the office at Pratt Read, retired and then worked for Sam and Janet at Riggio's Garden Center. One of Alma's greatest legacies...
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Andrew K. Spaulding

November 12, 1968 - August 2, 2017

Andrew K. Spaulding, 48, of Deep River, CT, beloved son of Ken and Penny Spaulding passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Andrew was born in Portsmouth, VA on November 12, 1968. He grew up in Fair Haven, NJ. After High School, he joined the Navy and served proudly in Operation Desert Storm. He graduated from the University of Connecticut, where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon...
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Thomas P. Gerhart, Jr.

June 21, 1946 - July 29, 2017

On July 30th , Thomas Gerhart, age 71, passed away after a hard-fought battle with Parkinson's disease. Mr. Gerhart was born June, 21st, 1946 in Olean, New York. He serviced his country with honor in the US Army in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969. On May 16, 1991, he married Elizabeth Bugbee, and together they raised two daughters, Amber and Jessica Gerhart. They were also blessed with two...
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Nellie Rose Tiezzi

January 19, 1922 - July 25, 2017

Nellie Rose Tiezzi, 95, of East Haddam and formerly of Chester passed away on Tuesday morning, July 25, 2017 at Chestelm Health & Rehabilitation Center in East Haddam. She was the beloved wife of the late Peter J. Tiezzi, Sr. who predeceased her in 2004. She was born in Guilford on January 19, 1922 the daughter of Fred and Mabel (Miller) Dudley. In Nellie's younger years she loved to play bingo...
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Josephine Czapiga Glowac

July 19, 1928 - July 18, 2017

Josephine (Czapiga) Glowac, 88, a lifelong resident of Deep River passed away on Tuesday evening, July 18, 2017 at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. She was the beloved wife of the late Napoleon Stanley Glowac. He predeceased her on December 25, 1996. Josephine was born in Deep River on July 19, 1928 the daughter of Lawrence and Helen P. (Grzech) Czapiga. She had been employed at the former...
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Mary Catherine Forster

March 13, 1915 - July 17, 2017

Mary C. Forster of Griswold, CT passed away peaceably on July 17, 2017. Born in Middletown CT on March 13, 1915. That's me at my 100th birthday party. Cheese and crackers that was the best celebration ever. And now two years later, I'm off on another adventure. I have had a wonderful life, but now its time for me to go. My life was ideal. I was the only child of William and Katherine Collins....
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Ronald F. Bangs

October 30, 1952 - July 17, 2017

Ronald F. Bangs, 64, of Deep River passed away unexpectedly on Monday evening, July 17, 2017 at Yale-New Haven Hospital as a result of a bicycling accident in Deep River. Ron was born in Middletown the son of Arthur F. Bangs, Sr. and Evelyn Agnes (Mowry) Bangs. He been a resident of Deep River since 1983 and was formerly of Ivoryton. Ron was a graduate of Valley Regional High School in Deep...
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Kathleen "Kathy" Bello Wells

February 22, 1966 - July 16, 2017

Kathleen Bello Wells, 51, of Lyme, died unexpectedly on Sunday, July 16, 2017. Kathy was the beloved wife of Steven Wells. She was born February 22, 1966, in Amityville, New York, the daughter of George Bello and Gloria Busby Bello. Kathy had a successful career at Xerox, where she has been employed for the last 20 years. Kathy enjoyed spending time with her family and dogs, traveling, biking,...
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Thomas J. Darmofal

February 8, 1952 - July 7, 2017

Thomas Joseph Darmofal, 65, of Las Vegas, NV passed away peacefully on July 7, 2017. Born in New Britain, February 8, 1952, he was the son of the late Helen (Dzikot) Niedzwicki and Joseph Darmofal. Tom grew up in New Britain graduating from Pulaski High School. He served his country honorably and with distinction in the U.S. Navy for seven years as a Torpedoman's Mate at Naval Submarine Base,...
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Dorothy Elizabeth Waker Christensen

July 13, 1927 - July 6, 2017

Dorothy Elizabeth Waker Christensen, 89, formerly of Old Saybrook CT, died on July 6, 2017, of natural causes in Newport Beach CA. She was the widow of Alfred Christensen Jr. and is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Alfred Christensen III and Lani Christensen, two grandsons, Jack and Sam Christensen, her sister, Emilie Macgregor, her sister-in-law, Barbara Waker and several nieces and...
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Patricia Anne (Mitchel) Foster

March 27, 1933 - July 1, 2017

Patricia Anne (Mitchel) Foster, 84, of Essex, Connecticut, passed away peacefully on Saturday July 1, 2017, at home. She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on March 27, 1933, daughter of William A and Florence (Carlson) Mitchel. She was predeceased by her parents and one brother, William C Mitchel. She is survived by her sons, William and Andrea (Mrazik) Foster of Chester, Mark and Wendy ...
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Kenneth A. Benjamin

April 30, 1926 - June 30, 2017

Kenneth Allie Benjamin of Essex died June 30, 2017 at the age of 91. He was born on April 30, 1926 to A.C. Benjamin and Myrtle Miller Benjamin in Canton, Ohio and spent most of his youth in Little Falls, New York. Ken demonstrated his flair for engineering at an early age (8) when he and a friend next door set up a telegraph wire across the driveway to communicate in Morse code. It was an...
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Richard Joseph "Richie" Cohen

May 4, 1960 - June 29, 2017

Richard Joseph "Richie" Cohen, 57, of Higganum passed away surrounded by his loving family on Thursday evening, June 29, 2017 at Hartford Hospital in Hartford. He was the beloved husband of Karin (Wright) Cohen. Richie and Karin were married in Glastonbury, on February 18, 1995. He was born in Hartford on May 4, 1960. He was a member of the Class of 1978 at William H. Hall High School in West...
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Janet M. Hess (McDonald) "Jan" Crozier

January 27, 1944 - June 26, 2017

Janet M. Hess Crozier (McDonald), 73 of Old Saybrook, former Acton Public Library Director, passed away at Middlesex Hospice on June 26, 2017. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 27, 1944, daughter of the late John J. and Ruth E. (Loring) McDonald. Jan was employed at the Acton Public Library for over 34 years. She served as director from 1992-2010. She served the Old Saybrook...
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Philip G. Putnam

October 5, 1940 - June 25, 2017

Philip Graves Putnam of Essex, Connecticut, died June 25th, at the age of 76, after a long illness. He is survived by his daughters Andrea Putnam and Tesa Silvestre, his granddaughter Zoey Putnam Boyd, and sister Lynne Putnam. Philip was born in West Reading, PA, the son of Otto and Sarah Putnam. He spent his early years in Shillington, West Reading and Wyomissing, PA, graduating from Wyomissing...
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Susan Ellen Greenberg

January 10, 1961 - June 25, 2017

Susan Ellen Greenberg, 55, beloved mother of Sydney and Rylan, passed away at Hartford Hospital on June 25th from medical complications while battling breast cancer. She was born in Castro Valley, CA and grew up in Manchester, CT where she graduated from Manchester High School. She later moved to Brooklyn, N.Y. to attend college, then to Manhattan, and presently resided in Rocky Hill, CT. She...
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Robert W. Pratt, IV

March 11, 1931 - June 12, 2017

Robert W. Pratt, IV of Essex, Connecticut passed away peacefully on June 12. He was 86. Bob, son of the late Robert W. Pratt, III and Caroline R. White was raised in Warwick Neck, Rhode Island where he acquired a lifelong love of sailing. He attended the Moses Brown School until he moved with his family to San Antonio, Texas following his junior year in high school. He graduated from the...
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Alan D. Spargo

July 22, 1933 - June 8, 2017

Alan David Spargo, 83, longtime resident of Old Saybrook, died June 8, 2017 at Apple Rehabilitation in Old Saybrook. Loving husband of Barbara (Belgrade) Spargo. Al was born in New Haven son of the late William J. & Elizabeth (Dugan) Spargo. Al graduated from West Haven High School, received his BA degree from the University of New Haven, his MBA from Rensselaer Institute and his JD from...
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Ronald R. Baldi

April 5, 1938 - June 8, 2017

Ronald R. Baldi 79, of Old Saybrook passed away after a brief illness at Yale- New Haven Hospital on June 8, 2017 He was born in Hartford, April 5, 1938, son of the late Raymond J. Baldi and Yolanda (Gabianelli) Baldi ,he leaves behind several cousins, family and many friends. Ron graduated Old Saybrook High School in 1956, he worked as a union mason for several years before becoming Highway...
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John H. McNally

April 1, 1928 - June 4, 2017

John H. McNally, age 89, a longtime resident of Chester passed away on Sunday evening, June 4, 2017 at The Connecticut Hospice in Branford. John was the beloved husband of Lorraine (Hall) McNally. He was born in Ellington, Connecticut on April 1, 1928 the son of the late Francis E. and Rose (Hellandbrand) McNally. John had been a resident of Chester for the last 60 years and prior to that he had...
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William Kent "Bill" Healy

July 5, 1930 - May 31, 2017

William Kent "Bill" Healy, 86, died on May 31, 2017 in Essex, Connecticut. Born and raised in New Haven, CT, he was the son of Ruth Allen Healy and Kent Tenney Healy. Bill lived in Connecticut for most of his life, as well as on Block Island, Rhode Island. He was educated at the Foote School, the Loomis School and Cheshire Academy, before earning his BA from Yale in 1952; and served in the US...
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Stanley Van Vliet "Van" Lyman

August 21, 1925 - May 27, 2017

Stanley Van Vliet Lyman, 91, of Essex, formerly a resident of Old Lyme and Basking Ridge, NJ, passed away on May 27th at Middlesex Hospital, Middletown, CT. of complications from a fall. "Van", to all who knew him, was born on August 21, 1925 in Westfield, NJ, the son of the late Guy Stevens Lyman and Janet Cornwall Van Vliet. He was a direct descendent of Richard Lyman, one of the first settlers...
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E. Peter Schellens

May 9, 1922 - May 26, 2017

E. Peter Schellens passed away peacefully on May 26th at his home, South Cove Farm, in Essex, CT. He had celebrated his 95th birthday on May 9th. Born in 1922 in Montreal, Canada to Eugene Levering and Dorothy MacClenathan Schellens, Pete grew up in Ridgewood, NJ and attended Riverdale Country Day School in New York. He received his B.S. degree in Naval Architecture from the University of...
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John C. Aronson

September 18, 1963 - May 26, 2017

John C. Aronson, 53 , of Higganum died unexpectedly May 26, 2017 at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. Beloved husband of Lisa (Allan) Aronson and devoted and loving father to both Reagan & Delaney Aronson. John was born in Middletown, son of the late Walter R. & Sara (White) Aronson. John is also survived by his sister Karen van der Horst (Robert) of Old Saybrook, his brother Robert (Yasmin)...
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Christopher Scott Winkler

May 25, 2017

Christopher S. Winkler, age 49, passed away on May 25, 2017 at home after a brief illness. Chris was a graduate of Saint Johnsbury Academy, followed by attending Wentworth Institute. He then joined the U.S. Marine Corp and studied Aircraft Flight Mechanics. Chris was a combat veteran of Iraq and Somalia military actions. He was a proud Marine and served with distinction, receiving a special...
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Delores E. "Dodie" Holland

May 24, 2017

Delores E. "Dodie" Holland, formerly of Torrington and Essex, died peacefully at Aaron Manor in Chester of natural causes on May 24, 2017. Delores graduated from Torrington High School and was an avid tennis player earning many trophies. As a young women she worked at Veribest, a well known ice cream parlor owned by her father, located at 1 Main Street, Torrington, until it was swept away by the...
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John C. Greene

December 22, 1919 - May 23, 2017

John C. Greene, age 97, passed away at The Saybrook at Haddam on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 where he had been a resident for the past three years. John was the beloved husband of Elizabeth A. "Betty" (Morley) Greene, they were married at Westover Field on October 21, 1944. Betty predeceased John on December 16, 2010. He was born on December 22, 1919 in Fall River, Massachusetts the son of John S. and...
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Harvey Edward Redak

October 3, 1938 - May 22, 2017

Harvey Edward Redak, 78, of Vero Beach, FL and Chester, CT, formerly of West Hartford, CT, died after a long courageous battle with cancer on Monday (May 22, 2017) at his home in Chester. He leaves to mourn his death and treasure the many loving memories his wife, Justine Tobis, his brother Daniel G. Redak of Old Saybrook, his nieces and nephews and his many cousins around the world. He was...
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Frederick V. Carnevale

July 29, 1932 - May 18, 2017

Frederick Victor Carnevale, age 84, passed away peacefully at Essex Meadows on May 18, 2017 following a short illness. Fred was born July 29, 1932 to Vito and Carmela (Traverso) Carnevale of Methuen, Massachusetts. Fred attended Edward F. Searles High School where he met his beloved wife Jane (Lavin), whom he married in 1953. Fred was extremely proud of having served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to...
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George Lawrence Moore Rambeau

June 19, 1937 - May 16, 2017

George Lawrence Moore Rambeau, loving husband of Nancy McCarthy Rambeau, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 19th, 1937, the first son and second child of Lawrence Decatur Rambeau and Elizabeth Spencer Sheetz Rambeau. He died at home on 16 May 2017 after an illness of some length in Ivoryton, Connecticut where he had lived for many years. Mr. Rambeau attended the public schools in...
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Estelle L. Leitner

August 11, 1922 - May 16, 2017

Estelle I. Leitner, age 94, of Westbrook passed away on Tuesday morning May 16, 2017 at The Water's Edge Health and Rehabilitation Center in Middletown. She was the beloved wife of the late John Leitner who predeceased her on March 14, 2009. Estelle was born in Deep River on August 11, 1922 the daughter of Fred and Sybil (Jones) Lebert. She had been a resident of Westbrook since 1953 and was a...
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George Carey Matthiessen

August 15, 1928 - May 15, 2017

George Carey Matthiessen, a longtime Connecticut resident, died May 15 at his home in Chester. Born August 15, 1928 on Fishers Island, N.Y., Carey was the son of Erard A. and Elizabeth Carey Matthiessen. He graduated from Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, received his bachelor's degree in English from Princeton, and his PhD in marine biology from Harvard University. Carey served as a naval officer...
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Sheryl M. Gross

May 4, 1950 - May 15, 2017

Sheryl M. Gross, known to most as Sherri, 67, of Ivoryton, CT passed away on Monday, May 15, 2017 in New Haven surrounded by family after a long illness. She was born May 4, 1950 in New Haven, CT to Robert and Virginia Ketchale. She grew up in Guilford, graduated from Guilford High School and married her husband, Brad. They settled in Ivoryton where she raised her daughter and son, which would...
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James "Jim" Holbink

August 28, 1951 - May 11, 2017

James "Jim" Holbink, age 65, of Chester, passed away on Thursday evening, May 11, 2017 at the Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. Jim was the beloved husband of Barbara (Maldonado) Holbink. He was born in Ansonia on August 28, 1951 the son of George and Sally (Bodiak) Holbink. Jim had been a resident of Chester since 1982. He was a Civil Engineer who worked at the State of Connecticut Department of...
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Charles Allan Borchert

December 15, 1923 - May 5, 2017

Charles Allan Borchert, a longtime Connecticut resident, died May 5, 2017, at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Born December 15, 1923, he was the son of the Late Reverend Walter F. Borchert and Madeline Andrews Borchert. Allan graduated from the Loomis School in Widsor and received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University. He was proud to have served in the Navy in World...
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Catherine W. Wind

April 9, 1917 - April 28, 2017

Let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man," said the poet Samuel Walter Foss. These words describe the life of Catherine Wineski Wind who left us on April 28, 2017 just 19 days after celebrating her 100th birthday. Friends and family gathered with Nanny Wind at Essex Meadows on April 9th to celebrate the life of this amazing lady. Her home at 76 Main Street in Ivoryton...
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Olin W. Murphy, III

November 1, 1953 - April 23, 2017

Olin W. Murphy,III, 63, of 9 Saunders Drive, Niantic, CT, husband of Kathleen (Brunoli) Murphy, died peacefully at home on Sunday, April 23, 2017. He was born in Winsted, CT. on November 1, 1953, son of the late Olin W. and Edith (Cartmell) Murphy. He is survived by his two sons and daughters-in-law, William and Heather Murphy of Paso Robles, California, and Brendan and Tara Murphy of Torrington,...
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Robert C. "Big Bob" Crimm

January 28, 1951 - April 14, 2017

Robert C. "Big Bob" Crimm, 66, of Old Saybrook passed away on Friday, April 14, 2017 at the Middlesex Medical Center, Shoreline in Westbrook. Bob was the beloved husband of Denise ( Lavallee) Crimm. They were married in West Hartford on July 25, 1970. Bob was born in Bristol on January 28, 1951 the son of Jeanette (LeBelle) Valley of Southington, and the late Charles Alvin Crimm. He was raised in...
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Ronald J. Raecek

October 31, 1941 - April 12, 2017

Ronald J. Raecek, 75, of Old Saybrook, beloved husband of Toni (Bonetti) Raecek, died Wednesday April 12, 2017 at his home with family at his side. He was born October 31, 1941 in Middletown, the son of the late Joseph and Lucy ( Soklowski ) Raecek and had lived in New Britain prior to moving to Old Saybrook 20 years ago. Ron was a Cum Laude graduate of Porter & Chester School of Design. He...
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Joye Larson King

June 9, 1934 - April 10, 2017

Joye Larson King, 82, passed away on April 10, 2017 at the Wilton Meadows Rehabilitation Center in Wilton Connecticut. Joye was born and raised on a farm near Green, Kansas. Her elementary and middle school education all occurred in the same one- room schoolhouse near the farm. Joye then jumped into adulthood quickly, as she and her cousin lived in a rented apartment in Clay Center, Kansas in...
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Murray H. Zack

December 16, 1934 - April 6, 2017

Murray H. Zack passed Thursday, April 6th after a three year battle with numerous significant health issues. Murray H (Hosea) Zack was born the third child of Harry J Zack and Bessie R Eisenstein on December 16th, 1934. He is predeceased by both of his parents and his two brothers Mattias C Zack and David F Zack. Murray grew up in the house next to the Nursery business his father opened on South...
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Philip Burzin

March 24, 1926 - April 5, 2017

Philip Burzin, 91 of Madison, formerly of Brooklyn, New York passed away on April 5, 2017 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was born in Manhattan, NY on March 24, 1926, Philip was a proud Husband, Father, Grandfather, Uncle and World War II Veteran. He was predeceased by his wife Sondra as well as his treasured daughter, Carol Burzin. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Jeffrey and Karen...
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Jennifer Jean Homan

April 23, 1983 - April 1, 2017

Jenn Homan, 33, of Deep River, passed away as a result of an automobile accident on Saturday, April 1st 2017. She was born in River Grove, IL. April 23, 1983. She was the daughter of Brian Homan, Deep River and Donna Hallmann, Cumberland, MD. Other than her parents, Jenn leaves behind three children; Ny'La, Brysen, and Skylar Hill, Middletown; grandfather, Carl Hallmann Sr., South Pasadena FL...
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Marcia Reifenheiser

March 21, 1938 - March 30, 2017

Marcia Reifenheiser, age 79, of East Haddam, Connecticut passed away in her home on March 30, 2017. She was born in Flushing, New York on March 21, 1938, the daughter of the late Thomas and Anna Reifenheiser. She grew up in New Hyde Park, Long Island, New York graduating from Sewanhaka High School in 1956. A longtime resident of East Haddam, Marcia commuted between East Haddam and Brookfield CT....
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John Haydu

June 24, 1971 - March 29, 2017

John Haydu, 45, of Essex, passed away on March 29, 2017 in his home. He was born on June 24, 1971 in Budapest, Hungary, son of the late John Halidis, survived by his mother Maria Halidis and his three children Aryanah, Alexander, and Isabella. He was beloved as a veteran of the Army and later the owner of Deep River Pizza from which he provided charitable donations whenever possible. John never...
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Edward Petzoldt

October 5, 1928 - March 26, 2017

Edward Merrill Petzoldt, 88, of Old Saybrook passed away peacefully on March 26, 2017. He was born October 5, 1928 in Watertown, New York. His childhood was spent on a dairy farm in Beaver Falls, New York. Ed was the loving husband of Helen Hofer Petzoldt for 66 years. He was a kind and gentle man of integrity. Ed loved woodworking and spending time with his family. He worked for General...
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Genevieve "Gen" Laskowski

November 1, 1924 - March 25, 2017

Genevieve Laskowski, 92, of Chester, CT passed away on Saturday morning March 25, 2017 with her granddaughter by her side. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. Gen was born on November 1, 1924 in Staten Island, NY to Vincent and Anna Miezejeski. The family moved to Deep River, CT where Gen was raised with her nine brothers Charles (Mike), Thomas, Paul, Peter, John, Edward, Vincent, Joseph...
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Robert Grillo

August 9, 1958 - March 24, 2017

Robert P. Grillo, of Chester passed away Friday March 24th, at the age of 58. He passed peacefully that morning surrounded by his family at his residence in Chester. He was born on August 9th in Amityville, NY. Bob was the beloved husband of Amy Grillo. He was the son of Lino A. and Joan Grillo of Essex. He is also survived by his two sons; Timothy Todd of Ivoryton, and Shawn Todd of...
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Richard Apell Jr.

May 19, 1952 - March 23, 2017

Richard J. "Rick" Apell, Jr., age 64, of Killingworth, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven surrounded by his loving family and friends. Rick was the beloved husband of Frances C. (Pipes) Apell. She predeceased him on March 15, 2016. Rick was born in New Haven on May 19, 1952, the son of; Dorothy H. (Olsen) Apell of Chester and the late...
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Mary F. "Frannie" Stopa

March 17, 1921 - March 22, 2017

Mary F. "Frannie" Stopa, 96, a lifelong resident of Deep River passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday morning March 22nd. Frannie was born in Deep River the daughter of John and Antonina (Baron) Stopa. She retired from Turbo Products in 1983 and spent her retirement working in her vegetable garden and cooking her crops. She also liked to bake goodies to share with...
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Elfriede Linek

July 2, 1927 - March 21, 2017

Elfriede (Frieda) Linek, age 89 formally of Chester passed away March 21st, 2017 at the Tidewell Hospice House of Ellenton in Palmetto, Florida with family and a caring staff by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Karel Linek. Frieda was born in the Czech Republic of July 2, 1927 the 10th child of Franz & Mary Sattler. Frieda was a seamstress by trade in her native country, made...
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Jean Knight Phillips McLeod

January 28, 1922 - March 19, 2017

Jean Knight Phillips McLeod died peacefully in Essex, CT on March 19, 2017. Born Jean Knight Phillips on January 28, 1922 in Waterbury, CT to Rowley Wilhelm Phillips and Harriette Wheeler Phillips, Jean enjoyed a warm and loving childhood with her three sisters, Harriette Redington, Elizabeth ("Beebee") Howland and Barbara Shove. Jean attended St. Margaret's School in Waterbury and graduated from...
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Grace M. Pettinato

March 16, 2017

Grace M. (Cervini) Pettinato, age 95, of Chester passed away March 16, 2017 at Aaron Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation in Chester. She was the beloved wife of the late Victor J. Pettinato, Sr. Grace was born in Bronx, New York in 1921, the daughter of the late Joseph Louis and Virginia (Casella) Cervini. Grace and Victor settled in Chester in 1951, building their home and raising their children...
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John Mazur

September 14, 1928 - March 15, 2017

John Mazur, age 88, of Haddam passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Hartford Hospital in Hartford. John was the beloved husband of Patricia "Penny" (White) Mazur. He was born in East Haddam on September 14, 1928 the son of John and Anna (Vavrica) Mazur and lived most of his life in Haddam. He was a veteran of World War II serving his country in the United States Army. John was employed at...
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James "Jim" Hunter Danks

April 8, 1947 - March 15, 2017

James (Jim) Hunter Danks, 69, of Essex, CT died Wednesday, March 15, 2017. He was born in Passaic, NJ. He is survived by his wife Judy Ann; daughter Jill Egan and husband Michael; daughter Pam McNeil and husband Joe; daughter Nancy Anselmo and husband Bill; and sister Margaret (Peg) Smith and husband Jim. He has seven grandchildren: Nolan and Carter Egan; Joseph and Morgan McNeil; and Sophie,...
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Carol Ann Mahoney Suits

January 31, 1935 - March 15, 2017

Carol Ann Mahoney Suits, 82, of Old Saybrook, CT died on March 15, 2017, of natural causes at Aaron Manor in Chester. She was the loving wife of Bill Suits Sr. for 54 years. Carol was born January 31, 1935 and raised in East Orange, New Jersey. She graduated from Clifford Scott High in 1953 where she was a phenomenal athlete and very involved in a variety of school activities and student...
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Paul R. Budney

August 17, 1961 - March 14, 2017

Paul Richard Budney, 55, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 after a brave fight with pancreatic cancer, with his mother and father by his side. He was born August 17, 1961 to Richard and Dolores Budney. He attended Valley Regional High School in Deep River and Eastern Connecticut State College in Willimantic and earned a degree in Business Administration. He was a district sales...
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