Dean A. Barnett, age 11, of Bridgeport, died suddenly as the result
of an accidental drowning, at Indian Well State Park in Shelton. Born in
Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies, Dean had been a resident of Bridgeport
for the past eight years. Dean was a disciple of the Apostolic Refuge Temple
and he was the church drummer, member of the youth choir and the ART Angel
basketball team. He attended Read Elementary School, where he participated
on the basketball team and the soccer team. Dean was also a member of the
Bridgeport P.A.L. Survivors include his parents, Frank and Karlene Beverly
Barnett, and a sister, Whitney Barnett, all of Bridgeport; his maternal
grandparents, Roger and Hazel Beverly of Jamaica, W.I.; and a host of uncles,
aunts and cousins. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 7 p.m., at
the Apostolic Refuge Temple, 540 East Washington Avenue, Bridgeport, with
Pastor Harris Howell, officiating. Interment will take place Friday at
10 a.m. in Park Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at
the church. Morton s Mortuary Inc., 25 Margaret E. Morton Lane, Bridgeport,
is in charge of arrangements.
Alphonse A. Zakrzewski, age 79, of Bridgeport, entered into eternal
rest on Monday, August 13, 2001. He was the widower of Helen Pencek Zakrzewski.
Mr. Zakrzewski was born in Scranton, Pa., on January 6, 1922, son of the
late Stephen and Josephine Kakareka Zakrzewski. A veteran of World War
II, he was employed by Jenkins Bros. for 42 years before retiring in 1983.
In retirement, he enjoyed his role as the family historian, working on
his memoirs, and chatting with his SeniorNet friends on the computer. His
loving family includes his daughter, Cheryl Zakrzewski of Bridgeport, and
her fianc, Stanley J. Roman Jr. of Milford; his son, Gary Zakrzewski and
his wife, Frances, of Fitchburg, Mass.; two cherished granddaughters, Jennie
and Kathryn Zakrzewski of Fitchburg; a sister, Mary Guziewicz of Scranton;
a special niece, Marleen Zakrzewski of Rotunda West, Fla.; numerous nieces
and nephews to cherish the memory of "Uncle Ikey"; and a dear friend, Dorothy
Youst of Morgantown, W.Va. Mr. Zakrzewski was predeceased by his brothers,
Frank, Edward, Stanley and John Zakrzewski. Friends are invited to attend
the funeral on Friday at 10:15 a.m. from the Larson Funeral Home, 2496
North Avenue, Bridgeport, and at 11 a.m. in Zion Lutheran Church, Grand
Street, Bridgeport. Interment will be in Mountain Grove Cemetery with full
military honors. Friends may call on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Those who
so desire may make donations to Zion Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 612
Grand Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604.
Spencer Lee Jr., age 67, died Saturday, August 11, 2001, at Bridgeport
Hospital after a long and courageous battle with multiple sclerosis. Born
in Bridgeport, he was a lifelong city resident. He graduated from Central
High School and Hampton University with a B.S. in engineering in 1956.
He did graduate work at the University of Bridgeport where he was also
a guest lecturer. He was employed by D`Addario Construction Co., and shortly
thereafter he started his career with the city of Bridgeport, when then-Mayor
Samuel Tedesco appointed him to planning engineer to work with Bridgeport`s
fledgling redevelopment program. "Spank> as he was affectionately called,
went on to an outstanding career that included substantial contributions
to all of the redevelopment programs in the city, especially Lafayette
Plaza and the Bridgeport railroad station. He served as director of the
Community Development Action Plan (CDAP) and as city planning engineer.
Spencer contributed to the Greater Bridgeport area through his contributions
and various civic, social and fraternal organizations. He was past master
of Doric Lodge 4 F & AM Prince Hall Masons, past patron of Oriental
Chapter 8, Order of Eastern Star PHA, member of Eve 3, Order of Novae,
member of the marching patrol of Arabic Temple 40, American Legion Post
140 and New Haven Concissory 7. He was a 32nd degree Mason. He served as
president of the Chessmen Foundation, as well as on the executive board
of the Bridgeport/Stratford branch of the NAACP and Hall Neighborhood House.
He was president of the Connecticut Association of CDAP Administrators,
development consultant with the Bridgeport Housing Authority, guest lecturer
at Housatonic Community College and served in a variety of other positions
in the planning and development fields. Spencer also served as a captain
in the Armed Forces in the Army Corps of Engineers, as well as being an
Army paratrooper. Survivors include his loving wife, T. Juanita Lee; devoted
children, two sons, Spencer Lee III (Katherine) of Hamden, Jason Hamilton
Lee of Atlanta; one daughter, Alexandra Camille Lee-Dicks (Carl) of Bridgeport;
a sister, Rozetta Robinson (Fred) of Stratford; mother-in-law, Ethel Dorothy
Spear of Bridgeport; four grandchildren, Nashon Lamar Lee of Bridgeport,
Brandon Spencer Lee of Atlanta, Kiana Katrina Kountze Lee of Hamden, and
Jalen Mychal Lee of Hamden; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins,
extended family and friends. Spencer was predeceased by his parents, Lucille
Bradham Lee and Spencer Lee Sr. Friends may call on Friday, August 17,
2001, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Mt. Aery Baptist Church, 73 Frank Street,
Bridgeport. Fraternal organizations and the Milford Chapter of the Links
Inc., will conduct their services beginning at 7 p.m. Funeral services
will take place on Saturday, August 18, 2001, at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Aery
Baptist Church. Interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery following services.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple
Sclerosis Society Western Connecticut Chapter, 1 Selleck Street, Suite
500, Norwalk, CT 06855, in Mr. Lee`s memory. Arrangements entrusted to
Baker-Isaac Funeral Service, 985 Stratford Avenue, Bridgeport.
Louise S. (Ventulett) Moyher, age 81, of Stratford, beloved wife of
Paul J. Moyher Sr., died on Tuesday, August 14, 2001, at St. Vincent`s
Medical Center, Bridgeport. Born in Bridgeport to the late Louis and Ruby
Seman Ventulett, she had been a Stratford resident for 41 years. She was
retired from Remington Arms, where she had been employed for 30 years.
Mrs. Moyher was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved gardening.
In addition to her husband, survivors include one beloved son, Paul J.
Moyher Jr. and his wife, Mariann, of the Huntington section of Shelton;
one beloved daughter, Linda Moyher Carman and her husband, Ernest, of Costa
Rica; three sisters, Ruby Norko, Dorothy Spada and husband, Donald, and
Doris Becker and her husband, Donald, all of Stratford; one brother, Merton
Ventulett and his wife, Virginia, of Stratford; five grandchildren, Deenna
Nealon and her husband, James, Paul J. Moyher III, Chris Carman, Tina Carman
and Nesto Carman; three great-grandchildren, Jimmy, David and Katie Nealon;
and several nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. She had
been predeceased by three brothers, Robert, Henry and Frank Ventulett.
Friends are invited to attend the funeral on Friday, August 17, 2001, at
8:15 a.m. in the Pistey Funeral Home, 2155 Main Street, Stratford, and
at 9 a.m. at Saints Cyril and Methodius Church with a Mass of Christian
Burial. Interment in Union Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday (TODAY),
from 4 to 8 p.m. Those who so desire may make contributions in Mrs. Moyher`s
memory to Saints Cyril and Methodius Church, 79 Church Street, Bridgeport,
Anthony DeRosa, age 81, of Mesa, Ariz., husband of the late Isabelle
Mansfield DeRosa, formerly of Fairfield and Trumbull, died Sunday, August
12, 2001, at his home. Born in Bridgeport, Mr. DeRosa was a retired machinist
of the U.S. Baird Co. He was a member of the Lions Club in Mesa and a former
member of the Knights of Columbus. Mr. DeRosa was a World War II Army veteran.
He took part in the landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy on "D" Day, and
was one of the first liberators of the Dachau concentration camp in Germany.
Survivors include his beloved companion, Ann Ketcham of Mesa; one daughter,
Catherine Nolfi and her husband, Richard, of Fairfield; one son, Anthony
C. DeRosa and his wife, Marilyn, of Monroe; his son-in-law, Patrick McDonough
and his wife, Maryanne, of Trumbull; six grandchildren, Kimberly McDonough
Hulton and her husband, Douglas, of Stratford, Kristen Nolfi and her husband,
Joe Escobar, of Longmeadow, Mass., Robert Nolfi of Fairfield, Angela DeRosa
of New Rochelle, N.Y., Anthony B. DeRosa of Milford, and Michael DeRosa
of Monroe; two great-granddaughters, Janie Marie Holton and Isabella Nolfi-Escobar;
two sisters, Theresa Grasso of Florida, and Antoinette Grasso and her husband,
Frank, of Fairfield; two brothers, John DeRose and his wife, Fannie, of
Stratford, and Orozio DeRosa and his wife, Florence, of California; and
several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one daughter, Janice
McDonough; and a grandson, Richard Nolfi. Funeral services will be held
on Saturday, August 18, 2001, at 10 a.m. DIRECTLY at Holy Family Church
with a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment with full military honors will
be held at Lawncroft Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.
in the Spear Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. If desired,
contributions may be made to the Richard F. Nolfi Scholarship Fund, c/o
Fairfield High School, 755 Melville Avenue, Fairfield, CT 06430.
Genevieve Keating Lyhne, age 80, of Fairfield, a retired sales associate
with Steinbach`s, died on Tuesday, August 14, 2001, at her home. Born in
Bethlehem, Pa., Mrs. Lyhne had been a Fairfield resident for the past 45
years. She had been a member of the Council of Catholic Women. She was
predeceased by a son, Bruce Alan Lyhne. Survivors include her husband,
William S. Lyhne of Fairfield; 11 children, Patricia Ann Wiser of Hampton,
N.H., Mary Elizabeth Kelman of Manasquan, N.J., Barbara Jean Seaver of
Charlotte, Vt., John Keating Lyhne of Guerneville, Calif., Nancy Jane Hirschfield
of Estes Park, Colo., Jo Anne Tuccio of Fairfield, Judith Ellen Garfield
of Fairfield, Susan Greeley Voytek of Oxford, Kathleen Stoneman McQuade
of Old Saybrook, Linda Joan LeCuyer of Fairfield, and Kevin Storm Lyhne
of Fairfield; a sister, Marie Keating of Bethlehem, Pa.; 27 grandchildren;
two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services
will be held on Friday, August 17, 2001, at 9:15 a.m. in the Spear Funeral
Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield, and at 10 a.m. in Assumption Church,
Fairfield, with a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in Oak
Lawn Cemetery, Fairfield. Friends may call on Thursday (TODAY), from 4
to 8 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory
of Mrs. Lyhne may be made to the American Heart Association, Connecticut
Affiliate Inc., 5 Brookside Drive, P.O. Box 5022, Wallingford, CT 06492.
Patrick Smith, age 50, of Bridgeport, died suddenly on Monday, August
13, 2001, at St. Vincent`s Medical Center, Bridgeport. He was born on July
28, 1951, in Kingston, Jamaica, to the late Thomas Leonard Smith and Myrtle
Senior. He is survived by his wife, Valerie Smith; four sons, Patrick Smith
Jr., Corey Smith, Dillin Smith and Christopher Smith; three daughters,
Stephanie, Karen and Alicia Smith; several brothers; three sisters, Denise
Hudson, Charmaine Wilson and Yvette Smith; three grandchildren; one aunt;
and a host of other relatives and many friends. Visiting hours will be
held on Friday, August 17, 2001, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Full Gospel Pentecostal
Church, 36 Beechwood Avenue, Bridgeport. Funeral service will begin at
8 p.m. Interment will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2001, in Mountain
Grove Cemetery, 2675 North Avenue, Bridgeport. Arrangements entrusted to
the George J. Peterson Funeral Home, 1041 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport.
Evelyn Belinkie, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother,
passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2001, in Delray Beach, Fla., after a long
illness. Evelyn Belinkie was born in Bridgeport, daughter of the late Celia
(Wolfson) Schwartz. Mrs. Belinkie worked for many years as assistant to
the director of the United Jewish Council of Greater Bridgeport. She then
worked for the United States government Social Security office. Mrs. Belinkie
will be greatly missed by her family. She is survived by her husband, Hy
Belinkie; two daughters, Susan Kragen of Fairfield, and Dale Brennan and
her husband, Thomas, of Fairfield; grandchildren, Philip and Alexandra
Kragen, Jodie Delach and her husband, Michael, Michael Brennan, Danielle
Brennan and Ryan Brennan; and great-grandson, Andrew Delach. Services will
take place on Friday, August 17, 2001, at 11 a.m. from the Abraham L. Green
Funeral Home, 88 Beach Road, Fairfield, with interment following at Hebrew
Sick Benefit Cemetery on Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield. Memorial contributions
may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Autism Society of America.
Adele D. Campbell, age 92, of 118 Clinton Avenue, New Haven, formerly
of Fairfield, and 60 Mansion Road, Wallingford, died Wednesday, August
15, 2001, at the Mary Wade Home in New Haven. She was the wife of the late
William Campbell. She was born in England, August 3, 1909, a daughter of
the late Ellis and Mary Jane Dixon Davies. She was a member of the First
Congregational Church of Wallingford, and Marie Lafayette Chapter 111,
Order of Eastern Star in Fairfield. She is survived by a son, James Campbell
of North Haven; a sister, Olive Nealing of Stratford; and four nephews.
Funeral services and burial will be private. There are no calling hours.
It is suggested that gifts in her memory be made to the Mary Wade Home,
118 Clinton Avenue, New Haven, CT 06854. The B.C. Bailey Funeral Home,
273 South Elm Street, Wallingford, is in charge of arrangements. See obituary
Olive M. (Bartlett) Sicbaldi, age 76, of 6 Wilbraham Road, Hampden,
Mass., died on Monday, August 13, 2001. She was the widow of Robert Sicbaldi,
who died in 1997. She was the mother of Joseph R. of Juno, Fla., John J.
of Trumbull, Catherine S. Callaghan of Wilbraham, Elizabeth S. Ott of Oakham,
Mass., Virginia S. Commisso of Brookline, N.H., and Anne M. Pelletier of
Monson, Mass.; sister of Catherine Hurley of Ann Arbor, Mich., Margaret
Habel of Springfield, Mass., and Louise St. Germain of Enfield; and grandmother
of 10. Funeral on Saturday at 9 a.m. from Byron Funeral Home, 1858 Allen
Street, Springfield, Mass., followed by a Mass in St. Mary`s Church, Hampden,
Mass., at 10 a.m. Burial in St. Mary`s Cemetery, Hampden. Visiting hours
on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to
St. Mary`s Church, Parish Improvement Fund, 27 Somers Road, Hampden, MA
01036. For directions and guest book, please visit http://web.archive.org/web/20010816130635/http://www.legacy.com/.
William "Bill" Thomes Jr., age 59, of Trumbull, a warehouse manager
for Clairol Inc. with 40 years of service, died suddenly on Friday, August
10, 2001, in Santa Barbara, Calif. Born and raised in Stamford, he was
a son of the late Mary Kane Thomes and William Thomes Sr. Bill formerly
resided in California before moving to Trumbull 10 years ago. At Unity
Park in Trumbull, he was dedicated to maintaining the playing fields and
worked at the concession stand, and was very active in all youth sports.
Bill will be remembered for his dedication to his sons` activities, loyalty
to his friends and all-around dependability. Survivors include his beloved
wife of 24 years, Pamela Gill Thomes; his two sons, Billy and Kevin, all
of Trumbull; a sister, Mary Bialko and her husband, Peter, of Norwalk;
two brothers, Thomas Thomes and his wife, Sue, of Fairfield, and Richard
Thomes of South Windsor; and several cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Friends are invited to meet DIRECTLY in St. Catherine of Siena Church,
200 Shelton Road, Trumbull, at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, 2001, for
a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in St. John Cemetery,
Darien. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make memorial contributions
to a scholarship fund that will benefit his sons, or your favorite charity.
Friends may call at the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains
Road, Trumbull, on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.
John C. DeVeaux, age 75, beloved wife of Patricia Carrano DeVeaux of
Monroe, died Tuesday, August 14, 2001, at Bridgeport Hospital. Mr. DeVeaux
was born in Bridgeport, and had been a lifelong area resident. John was
a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy. He was a retired
chief turbine operator for CL&P. Survivors, in addition to his wife,
include a son, James R. DeVeaux of Beacon Falls; a daughter, Diane G. Garwacki
of Monroe; a sister, Ceil Kraycar of Trumbull; a daughter-in-law, Ann DeVeaux
of Cheshire; three grandchildren, David and Laura Garwacki and Michelle
DeVeaux; and many nieces and nephews. Friends may greet the family on Thursday
(TODAY) from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Lesko-Miner Funeral Home, 155 Main Street
(Route 25), Monroe. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday
at 10 a.m. DIRECTLY at St. Stephen`s Church, 6948 Main Street, Trumbull.
Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.
Phillip Carl Leonetti, age 72, of Bridgeport, a retired plumber for
Sikorsky Aircraft, died on Thursday, August 2, 2001, in Lakeland, Fla.
Born in Bridgeport, he was a son of the late Stephen and Antoinette Nappi
Leonetti, and was a lifelong area resident. He was a member of Knights
of Columbus, St. Frances Cabrini Council. Survivors include a son, Phillip
Leonetti and his wife, Joanne, of Michigan; a daughter, Christine Capozziello
and her husband, Joseph, of Orange; four brothers, Louis, Sandolo, Stephen
and Joseph Leonetti; two sisters, Rachel D`Amico and Caroline Mazzabuffi;
three grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother, Salvatore Leonetti. Friends are invited
to meet DIRECTLY in St. Andrew Church, 435 Anton Street, Bridgeport, at
10 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, 2001, for a Memorial Mass of Christian
Burial. Committal will follow in St. Michael Cemetery, Stratford. There
are no calling hours. Arrangements in care of Abriola Parkview Funeral
Margaret Kekes, age 78, wife of the late Joseph Kekes of South Main
Street, Newtown, was called from this life on Friday, August 10, 2001,
at Ashlar of Newtown, after a long battle with Alzheimer`s disease. She
was born in Budapest, Hungary, May 5, 1923, daughter of the late Istvan
and Charlotte Komlody. A resident of Newtown for 20 years, she had formerly
resided in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, where she was the proprietor
of a grocery store for 20 years. She is survived by two daughters, Helen
Kekes of Newtown, and Charlotte Pospisil of Trumbull; one sister, Ilona
Kaldi of Budapest; two grandchildren, Victoria and Michael Pospisil. A
funeral Mass will be celebrated in Budapest at a later date. Interment
in Newtown Village Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Contributions
may be made to the Alzheimer`s Association of Fairfield County, 607 Main
Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851. Arrangements by Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main
Charles Lazzara, age 91, of Trumbull, a retired machinist for Baird
Machine, died on Tuesday, December 11, 2001. Born in Sicily, Italy, and
formerly of Bridgeport, he was a son of the late Joseph and Cologera Belia
Lazzara, and was a Trumbull resident since 1954. Mr. Lazzarra was a former
employee of Singer Mfg. Co., and was a member of Trumbull Senior Citizens.
Survivors include two sons, Charles R. Lazzara Jr. of Milford, and Robert
Lazzara of Monroe; a brother, Emanuel Lazzara of Tennessee; seven grandchildren;
several great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and his loving companion,
Gabrielle Samuels. He was predeceased by eight sisters: Mary Melilli, Lena
Vella, Josephine Sinaguglia, Angelina Sinaguglia, Jenny Rich, Rose Foti,
Laura Cicero and Elena Berardino. Funeral services will take place on Saturday,
December 15, 2001, at 10 a.m. in the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419
White Plains Road, Trumbull. Interment will follow in Long Hill Burial
Grounds, Trumbull. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make memorial
contributions to United Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice Division, 40
Lindeman Drive, Trumbull, CT 06611. Friends may call on Friday from 3 to
Dzemail (John) Ramadanovic, age 85, of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, December
11, 2001, at Lord Chamberlain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Stratford,
after a long and courageous battle. Mr. Ramadanovic was born in Kumanovo,
Macedonia, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1952. He was a retired blacksmith
for the Heppenstall Co. in Bridgeport. During World War II, Mr. Ramadanovic
worked in a Nazi labor camp in Amberg, Germany. Survivors include his wife,
Antonia Elerchic Ramadanovic of Stratford; three sons, Giordano Ramadanovic
and his wife, Kathleen, of Stratford, Anthony Ramadanovic and his wife,
Pia, of Stratford, and Emilio Ramadanovic and his wife, Maureen, of Simpsonville,
S.C.; five grandchildren: Peter Ramadanovic and his wife, Kari, Matthew
Ramadanovic, Amy Lynn Howell and her husband, Todd, Jeffrey Ramadanovic
and his wife, Jennifer, and Natalie Ramadanovic; and five great-grandchildren:
Devin, Alexander, Jaden, Michael John and David James. Friends are invited
to attend the funeral on Saturday, December 15, 2001, at 9:15 a.m. from
the Larson Funeral Home, 2496 North Avenue, Bridgeport, and at 10 a.m.
in Holy Cross Church, Fairfield, for a Mass of Resurrection. Interment
will be in Lawncroft Cemetery, Fairfield. Friends may call on Friday from
7 to 9 p.m. The family would prefer donations be made to Lord Chamberlain
Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 7003 Main Street, Stratford, CT 06614.
Mary T. Moher Doran, age 64, of Bridgeport, died on Monday, December
10, 2001, at St. Vincent`s Medical Center, Bridgeport. Born in Taylor,
Pa., to the late Rudolph Moher, and Mary Yononko Moher of Stratford, she
was a resident of Bridgeport for about 40 years. Mrs. Doran was the widow
of Brian Doran and is survived by her four children, Mary Ann Gray and
her husband, Daniel, of Oxford, Lana Albertson and her husband, Todd, of
Boise, Idaho, Katherine Doran of Naugatuck, and Brian Doran of Manchester;
her mother, Mary Yononko Moher of Stratford; a brother, Michael Moher and
his wife, Betty, of Seymour; five grandchildren; and several nieces and
nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Rudolph Moher; and her brother,
Rudolph Moher Jr. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 8:15 a.m.
in the Adzima Funeral Home, 50 Paradise Green Place, Stratford, and at
9 a.m. in St. Mary`s Church, Bridgeport, with a Mass of Christian Burial.
Interment will be in St. John`s Cemetery, Stratford. The family has requested
that there be no calling hours and flowers be omitted.
Eugenie Boivin Hamel, age 94, formerly of Berlin, N.H., passed away
on Sunday, December 9, 2001, at Maefair Health Care Center, Trumbull. Born
in St. Narcisse, Quebec, Canada, on October 6, 1907, to the late William
and Mathilda Loignon Boivin, she was a resident of Berlin for most of her
life. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 64 years, George C.
Hamel in 1993; a daughter, Rose Paulin in 1991; a son, Harvey Hamel in
August of 2001. She is survived by two daughters, Madeline LeClerc and
her husband, Armand, of Stratford, and Janet Blanchette and her husband,
Raymond, of Shelton; a son, Gaston Hamel and his wife, Ruby, of San Antonio,
Texas; a daughter-in-law, Monique Hamel of Nashua, N.H.; a son-in-law,
Clifford Paulin of the Woodlands, Texas; two sisters, Emelia Goulet and
Mathilda Demers of St. Romuald, Quebec, Canada; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren;
two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. The Fleury-Patry
Funeral Home, 72 High Street, Berlin, N.H., is in charge of funeral arrangements.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 15,
2001, in St. Anne Church of the Good Shepherd Parish. Interment will follow
in St. Kieran Cemetery in Berlin. The family requests in lieu of flowers,
donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer`s Association, Fairfield
County Chapter, 607 Main Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851-1758.
Warren Bufferd, age 52, of Easton, died suddenly on Wednesday, December
12, 2001, at his home. Mr. Bufferd was born on March 24, 1949, in Bridgeport,
son of Jeanette Bufferd of Florida, and the late Harold Bufferd. Warren
was a kind, loving and care-free man who loved spending time with his family.
He will be greatly missed by all. He worked for East Haven Builders Supply
Co. Mr. Bufferd was predeceased by his brother, David Bufferd. He is survived
by his loving wife, Janis Fleischer Bufferd of Easton; his daughters, Stacey
Thomas and her husband, Chris, of Fairfield, Hollis Bufferd and Wendy Bufferd,
both of Easton; his brother, Sheldon Bufferd and his wife, Olivia, of Florida;
his in-laws, Irving Fleischer and his wife, Libby, of Bridgeport, Michael
Fleischer and his wife, Judi, of Easton; and several aunts, uncles, nieces
and nephews. Friends and family are invited to attend services on Friday,
December 14, 2001, at 11 a.m. from the Abraham L. Green & Son Funeral
Home, 88 Beach Road, Fairfield, with interment following at Rodeph Sholom
Cemetery, Kings Highway, Fairfield.
Anibal Hernandez, age 69, of West Haven, formerly of Bridgeport, died
Wednesday, December 12, 2001, at St. Vincent`s Medical Center, Bridgeport.
Born in Juncos, Puerto Rico, he was the son of Concepcion and Juana Castro
Hernandez and was a Bridgeport area resident for most of his life before
moving to West Haven. He was retired from the deli department of Gold`s
Delicatessen of Westport after 40 years of service. Survivors include his
beloved wife, Lydia Rodriquez Hernandez; two sons, Ricardo and Anibal Hernandez
Jr., both of West Haven; one daughter, Belinda Burgos of West Haven; one
brother, Heriberto Castro; and one sister, Juana Castro, both of Bronx,
N.Y.; and four grandchildren. Friends are invited to attend the funeral
on Friday, December 14, 2001, at 9 a.m. from the Abriola & Kelemen
Funeral Home, 2160 Main Street, Bridgeport, and at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick`s
Church with a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery,
Trumbull. Friends may call on Thursday (TODAY), from 4 to 8 p.m.
Donald W. Bigelow, age 72, of Bridgeport, a retired clerk for the U.S.
Postal Service, died on Wednesday, December 12, 2001, at St. Vincent`s
Medical Center, Bridgeport. Born in Stratford, he was a son of the late
Hanford and Emily Rauscher Bigelow, and was a U.S. Army veteran of the
Korean War. Mr. Bigelow was the widower of Fumiko Masaki Bigelow. Survivors
include five sons: Gary W. Bigelow of Rolle, N.C., Robert D. Bigelow and
his wife, Sally, of Bridgeport, Alan J. Bigelow and his wife, Maria, of
Monroe, Keith K. Bigelow and his companion, Mildred Rosario, of Bridgeport,
and James W. Bigelow and his wife, Dianne of Chantily, Va.; a daughter,
Patricia Hurley and her husband, David, of Stratford; a brother, Kenneth
Bigelow and his wife, Dorothy, of Stratford; 11 grandchildren, Max, Mary,
Michael, Ashley, Bryan, Matthew, Jennifer, Jeffrey, Justin, Connor and
Ryleigh; an aunt, Lucille Vangor; several cousins; and his dear friend,
Alice Lepore. Funeral services will take place on Saturday, December 15,
2001, at 11:30 a.m. in the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains
Road, Trumbull. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery, Stratford. In
lieu of flowers, those desiring may make memorial contributions to the
American Cancer Society, 372 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897. Friends may
call on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Robin Laws, age 43, of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, December 11, 2001,
at St. Vincent`s Medical Center, Bridgeport. Born in Bridgeport, Robin
had been a lifelong resident and a disciple of the Prayer Tabernacle Church
of Love. Survivors include a son, Dannie Williams; two daughters, Rasheeda
Edwards and Otora Bush; her parents, Willie and Mattie Laws Sr.; three
brothers, Willie Jr. (his wife, Delores), Stanley and Keith Laws; a sister,
Mamie (her husband, Charlie) Stephens; and several nephews and nieces.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2001, at 10 a.m.
at Prayer Tabernacle Church of Love, 1243 Stratford Avenue, Bridgeport,
with Bishop Kenneth H. Moales Sr., officiating. Interment will take place
in Park Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the
church. Morton`s Mortuary Inc., 25 Margaret E. Morton Lane, Bridgeport,
is in charge of arrangements.
Nicholas James Giaquinto, Jr., age 55, of Del Ray Beach, Florida, formerly
of Bridgeport, died December 12, 2001. He is survived by his daughter,
Jennifer Giaquinto, of Massachusetts; his father, Nicholas J. Giaquinto,
Sr., of Del Ray Beach; one brother, Kenneth Giaquinto, and his wife Angela,
of Portland, Maine; one sister, Donna Zieminski, and her husband Daniel,
of Boynton Beach, Florida. Also survived by three nephews, Lonnie and Corey
Vitello and Nicholas D. Giaquinto; and one niece, Ava Giaquinto. A memorial
service will be held in Florida.
Caroline (Carol) Ella Hyatt Manwaring entered into eternal rest on
Thursday, December 6, 2001, in New Haven. Carol was the beloved wife of
George D. Manwaring of West Haven. She celebrated her 75th birthday on
October 4, 2001, and with George, their 44th wedding anniversary on November
28, 2001. Among her survivors are a brother and sister-in-law, Theodore
(Ted) and Sandra Hyatt of West Haven; and dearest friends, Patricia Lundgren
and James Ellum of Milford, and Carl and Jean Swanhall of Newtown. She
was active in community suppers at St. John`s Church in Bridgeport, volunteered
with George at the collapse of LaAmbiance in Bridgeport, 10 years at WHEAT
in West Haven, and 10 years in the Christ Church Outreach Committee and
annual Thanksgiving dinner. There will be no calling hours. A memorial
service will be held at Christ Church, 28 Church Street, West Haven, on
Sunday, December 16, 2001, at noon, with interment of her cremains in the
Christ Church Memorial Garden. A reception by the "Goodwills" will follow
in the Common Room at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations
may be made to WHEAT, 674 Washington Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516, or to
Christ Church, 28 Church Street, West Haven, CT 06516. She is now at peace
and in a better place. Arrangements under the direction of Beecher &
Bennett Taylor Funeral Home, 410 Campbell Avenue, West Haven. Please see
Maura Elizabeth Connolly, age 36 of Norwalk, the unique, outrageous,
loving beautiful, hilarious, sensitive, loyal, furiously protective and
insightful daughter, sister and friend continued on her journey Sunday,
December 9, 2001, from Norwalk Hospital surrounded by her family. We who
knew her true essence and loved her for it, are left behind with profound
emptiness because her presence in our lives was so deeply felt. We have
and we will continue to benefit from the life lessons she taught us. We
will especially miss her affectionate nature towards all creatures, her
laughter and her creativity. Maura graduated from Staples High School in
Westport. She is survived by her mother, Susan Connolly of Westport, father,
Robert Connolly of New York City, sisters Rebecca Connolly, Patricia Giusto,
and Sheila Griffin whose children are Tristan, Tessa and godson, Julian.
A Memorial Service will he held on Saturday, January 19, 2002 at Noon at
the Saugatuck Congregational Church in Westport. In remembrance of her,
extend an act of kindness each day as a reflection of tenderheartedness
she showed to others.
David Irving Kotlen, beloved husband of the late Ida (Mossoff) Kotlen,
of Teaneck, N.J., died Wednesday, December 12, 2001. He was the dear father
of Jason Kotlen of Trumbull, and Jill Meisels of New York City; loving
brother of Evelyn Yalen of Newington; devoted grandfather of Melissa Nagin,
Robyn Kotlen and Jessica and Lauren Meisels; and great-grandfather of two.
Graveside service at noon on Friday (TODAY), at Beth El Cemetery, Fall
River. Relatives and friends are invited. In lieu of flowers, contributions
may be made to your favorite charity. Shiva will be private. The family
was assisted with the arrangements by the Sugarman-Sinai Memorial Chapel.
Connie M. Raucci Cocca, age 76, of Shelton, entered into rest on Tuesday,
December 11, 2001, at home with her family after a courageous battle with
cancer. She was born in Bridgeport and was the daughter of the late Ciro
and Nancy Raucci. She was the devoted wife of Vito Cocca for more than
50 years. She was the loving mother of three children, Jerri Wittekind
and her husband, Robert, of San Jose, Calif., Ginny Corraro and her husband,
Michael, of Shelton, and Paul Cocca of Derby; her stepson, Greg Cocca and
his wife, Joann, of Monroe; her grandchildren, Joseph O`Hehir and his wife,
Amy, and Amy O`Hehir, Michael, John and Melissa Corraro, Samantha and Sydney
Cocca, and Gregory Cocca and his wife, Julie, and Kristen Cocca; her great-grandchildren,
Anna O`Hehir, and Nicolas and Trenton Cocca. She is also survived by her
sister, Mary Frascatore of Trumbull; her brother, Paul Raucci and his wife,
Marie, of Bridgeport; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Connie was preceded in death by her brother, Ralph Raucci. Friends are
invited to meet DIRECTLY at St. Lawrence Parish, 505 Shelton Avenue, Shelton,
on Monday, December 17, 2001, at 10 a.m. for a Mass of Christian Burial.
Interment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Trumbull. Friends may
call on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419
White Plains Road, Trumbull. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made
to Swim Across the Sound, c/o St. Vincent`s Medical Center Foundation,
2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06606.
Jea Z. (Piccioli) Macciocca, age 78, of Bridgeport, entered into rest
on Wednesday, December 12, 2001, at Bridgeport Health Care. Born in Bridgeport,
on May 7, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Rodolfo and Maria (Pierelli)
Piccioli and was a Bridgeport resident all of her life. Mrs. Macciocca
was the widow of Alfred Macciocca. Survivors include her beloved family,
two sons, Paul S. Macciocca of Bridgeport, and Alfred A. Macciocca of Beverly
Hills, Calif.; one grandson, Nicholas Macciocca; one brother, Carl Piccioli
of the Huntington section of Shelton; one sister, Louise Serfilippi of
Ridgefield; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one
granddaughter, Alexandra Macciocca. Friends are invited to attend funeral
services on Saturday, December 15, 2001, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Raphael`s
Church, Bridgeport. Interment will be in St. Michael Cemetery, Stratford.
Friends may call on Saturday from 8 a.m. until services at the Parente-Lauro
Funeral Home, 559 Washington Avenue, Bridgeport.