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Zbigniew Dembniak
NORTH BRANFORD -- Zbigniew "Ziggy" Dembniak, 71, of Ely Lane, Northford, formerly of Wallingford, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001, Masonic Geriatric Healthcare Center in Wallingford. He was the husband of Xena Pyka Dembniak.
Born in Poland, May 30, 1930, a son of the late Edmund and Wanda Malissa Dembniak, he had been a Wallingford resident for many years, until moving to Northford 23 years ago. He had been employed by the Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp. in Wallingford for many years until his retirement.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Renata and Greg Pulaski of Middletown; his two sons, Henry Dembniak and Albert Dembniak, both of Poland; his step-children, Jacqueline and Alfred Cristaldi, John Stec and Eileen Sebastian and Richard and Bonnie Stec, all of Wallingford; and 12 grandchildren.
Funeral services and interment will be private. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be sent to Our Lady of Fatima Church, 382 Hope Hill Road, Yalesville, CT 06492. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 N. Main St. Ext., Wallingford.

Deanne DePastino-Zibell
SOUTHINGTON -- Deanne DePastino-Zibell, 37, of 231 Diana Road, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001.
Born in Southington, June 2, 1964 the beloved daughter of Louis and Charlene (Stone) DeSorbo. Deanne was a 1982 graduate of SHS, she had worked at the Hartford in Southington and more recently at North American Van Lines in Meriden.
Besides her parents of Plantsville, she is survived by her cherished sons, Cory and Kyle Zibell both of Cheshire; a sister, Darlene Wilton of Bristol; two brothers, David DePastino of Bristol and Louis DeSorbo of Texas; her paternal grandmother Catherine DeSorbo; three nephews and two nieces, Joseph, Sherri, Jesse, Venissa and Michael; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
She will be greatly missed by her family and all who loved her. The funeral will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m., at St. Aloysius Church, 254 Burritt St., Plantsville. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., has charge of arrangements.

Robert F. Diorio
MERIDEN -- Robert F. Diorio, 60, of 61 Columbus Ave., husband of Judith Sienkiewicz Diorio, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001, at the MidState Medical Center.
He was born in Waterbury, Aug. 18, 1941, a son of the late Michael and Helen Opalak Diorio. Robert had been a resident of Meriden for 32 years and was educated in Waterbury schools. He was a parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church. Robert was employed by the Cuno Co., in Meriden for 18 years retiring in 2000.
Besides his wife, Judith, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, John and Gina Diorio of East Haddam; a brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Helen Diorio of Waterbury; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Marianne and Thomas Scully of Thomaston and Catherine and Glen Miller of Prospect; and several nieces and nephews.
His funeral will begin Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 9:15 a.m., from the Stempien Funeral Home, 450 Broad St., Meriden, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m., in St. Stanislaus Church. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Meriden. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday (TODAY) from 5 to 8 p.m.

Emma Malavenda
MERIDEN -- Emma Reale Malavenda, 73, beloved wife for 50 years of Anthony A. Malavenda of 32 Barberry Lane, passed from this life on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, in the MidState Medical Center after a long illness.
She was born on June 8, 1928, in Meriden, a daughter of the late Marianne and Rocco Reale; she had resided here all her life. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
Besides her husband, she is survived by their son and daughter-in-law, Anthony S. and Kathleen Malavenda of Bristol; she also leaves her two "sweethearts," grandsons, Shane Malavenda of Boston and Brett Malavenda of Florida; Marianne Rizza of Meriden the niece she raised; Emma is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Josephine and Walter Kaminski of Meriden; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, C. Joseph Reale of Cromwell, Alfred and Loretta Reale and Rocco and Joyce Reale, all of Meriden; she was "Auntie Em" to 22 nieces and nephews; she leaves two sisters-in-law, Lena P. Reale of Meriden and Ann M. Niezgorski of Southington. She was predeceased by two sisters, Julia Salomone and Rose Rizza; also two brothers, Louis Reale and Sam Reale.
Friends and relatives are invited to her funeral service Wednesday, Nov. 7, beginning with a gathering at 10:15 a.m., in the Smith-Ruzzo Funeral Home, 450 Broad St., Meriden, with procession to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church for her 11 a.m., funeral liturgy. Burial will be private held for the convenience of her family. There will be calling hours in the funeral home Tuesday (TODAY) from 4 to 8 p.m. Her family respectfully requests that memorials be made in the form of contributions to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 109 Goodwill Ave., Meriden, CT 06451.

Raul J. Alcebo
WALLINGFORD -- Raul Julio Alcebo, 50, of 7 Wildlife Drive, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, at the Hospital of St. Raphael after a long illness. He was the husband of Lynette Maturo Alcebo.
Mr. Alcebo was born in Havana, Cuba, Aug. 15, 1951, a son of Maria Des Cespedes Alcebo and the late Raul Alcebo, and along with his wife, had resided in Wallingford for the past 14 years. Alcebo was the manager of the Cardiology Department, Heart Catherization Laboratory at the Hospital of St. Raphael for 30 years up until the time of his illness.
In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by his son, Matthew Raul Alcebo of Wallingford; his father and mother-in-law, Gerard and Janet Howard Maturo of Hamden; three sisters, Grace (Joseph) De Lise of Acampo, Calif., Alicia Alcebo of East Haven and Ana Maria Alcebo and her husband, Dr. Robert Phillips of Annapolis, Md.; and three nephews.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 8:45 a.m. from the Washington Memorial Funeral Home, 4 Washington Ave., North Haven. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 in St. Frances Cabrini Church, North Haven. Burial will follow in In Memoriam Cemetery, Wallingford. The calling hours for Mr. Alcebo will be Monday (TODAY) evening from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Matthew Alcebo Scholarship Fund, c/o Washington Memorial Funeral Home, 4 Washington Ave., North Haven, CT 06473.

Tina L. Fresa
GUILFORD -- Tina Louise (Palumbo) Fresa, 34, formerly of Southington, died peacefully with her family by her side on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, after a short, heroic and courageous battle with cancer.
She was born on Aug. 5, 1967. She attended Southington High School and graduated from Southern Connecticut University with a degree in psychology. She was a former social worker for the Department of Children and Families until she received her teacher's certification in elementary education from CCSU. She was employed as a third grade teacher in the New Haven school system.
She leaves her loving and devoted husband, Carmine Fresa; her daughter, Carina Rose, who was the light of her life; her parents, Arthur and Carol D'Agostino, who so dearly loved her and will forever miss her; a sister, Lisa and brother-in-law, Michael LaPorte of Farmington; a brother, James Palumbo of Hartford; a step-brother, Arthur D'Agostino of Harwinton; a half-brother, Anthony Palumbo of New Britain, all of whom had great love and adoration for her; several nieces and nephews, Alyssa, Chelsea, Brenden and Owen LaPorte, all of Farmington, and Andrew D'Agostino, all of whom loved and admired her and will miss her dearly; several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. from the Della Vecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington to Mary Our Queen Church at 10 a.m. for a Mass. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Calling hours will be on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the CT Hospice, 100 Doublebeach Rd., Branford, CT 06405.

John R. Hemingway
SOUTHINGTON -- John R. Hemingway, 89, formerly of 34 Hobart St., died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, at Southington Care. He was the husband of the late Monica (Chadukiewicz) Hemingway.
Born in New Britain, the son of the late Charles and Augusta Hemingway. He had resided in Southington since 1955. Prior to his retirement in 1976 he was employed by Stanley Works in New Britain for 50 years. Mr. Hemingway was a parishioner of Mary Our Queen Church and the Holy Name Society of the church. He was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Isabella Council #15. He was also a former member and past president of the Local #1249 I.A.M.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Patricia Hemingway of Oakdale; a sister, Helen Seymour of Hillsdale, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Kathleen Cowan, Diane and Laurie Hemingway.
The funeral will be held on Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. from the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St. to Mary Our Queen Church at 11 a.m. for a Mass. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday (TODAY) from 5 to 8 p.m. Donations may be made in his memory to Mary Our Queen Church, 248 Savage St., Plantsville, CT 06479.

Derling Mercado
MERIDEN -- Derling Mercado, 22, of Camp St., died Sunday, Nov. 11, at MidState Medical Center.
Born June 27, 1979, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, he was the son of Alma I. (Soto) Mercado and the late Agustin "Chin" Mercado. Derling attended Maloney High School and was employed by Atlas Aero Corporation as a molding technician. He was an avid basketball player and enjoyed race car driving.
Although Derling's life was short, he touched many people with his kindness and love. We'll forever miss you and keep you close to our hearts.
He is survived by his mother of Meriden; two sisters, Sahily Mercado-Diez De Andino and Marlene Mercado, both of Meriden; a brother-in-law, Angel Diez De Andino of Meriden; his paternal grandmother, Maria Beniquez of New Jersey; maternal grandmother, Perfecta Torres of Puerto Rico; and one niece, Sashary Feliciano of Meriden. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. A girlfriend, Lindsay Allen of Meriden also survives him.
Funeral services and burial will take place in Aguada, Puerto Rico. Family and friends may call at the Szymaszek-Taylor Funeral Home, 189 E. Main St., Meriden, Monday (TODAY), Nov. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. Donations may be made to the family in Derling's memory.

George M. Vertucci Sr.
EAST HAVEN -- George M. Vertucci Sr., 68, of 17 Jillson Drive, died Nov. 10, in St. Raphael's Hospital, New Haven.
Mr. Vertucci worked for Nova Chemical for 20 years prior to his retirement. More recently he worked for Jan Pro, Inc. in Naugatuck. At one time, he was a route man for Guida Dairy. He was a volunteer for the Wallingford Red Cross Chapter for many years, past president of Parents Without partners, and a Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict.
He is survived by a daughter, Cheryl Smith of Wallingford; three sons, George M. Vertucci Jr. and Aaron L. Vertucci Sr., both of Wallingford; six grandchildren, April and Sean Smith, Michael, Olivia, Alexis and Aaron L. Vertucci Jr.; and his loving companion, Lee Franco of West Haven, with whom he resided.
Friends may call at the Celentano Funeral Home, 424 Elm St., New Haven, Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial in Blessed Sacrament Church, Circular Ave., Hamden, Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. Burial, with military honors, will be in All Saints Cemetery, North Haven.

Lillian Anderson
SEYMOUR -- Lillian Doles Anderson of Bungay Road, entered into rest Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, at the CT. Hospice, Branford. She was the beloved widow of the late Everett J. Anderson.
Mrs. Anderson was born Jan. 28, 1924, in New Haven, daughter of the late Pauline Doles Lewis. She lived in Seymour most of her live coming from Ansonia in 1957. She will be remembered as a care giving person to her family and friends.
She leaves her loving family including, two daughters, Linda and her husband, Charles Guliuzza of Seymour, Nancy and her husband, Rick Smith of Wallingford; her son, Kenneth and his wife, Linda Anderson of Boothbay, Maine; a sister, Elynor Ferace of East Haven; nine grandchildren, Richard and his wife, Billieanne Guliuzza, David Guliuzza and Renee Guliuzza, all from Seymour, Brian Anderson of Rangeley, Maine, Erik Anderson of Beacon Falls, Jason Anderson and Melissa Anderson, both of Ansonia, Todd Barker of Seymour and Amy and her husband, Mark Haskedakes of North Haven; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Kathleen Zaksewicz; and a brother, Robert Doles.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m., from the Ralph E. Hull Funeral Home, 161 West Church St., Seymour. Interment will be in the Great Hill Cemetery, Seymour. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contributions may be sent in her memory to the CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405. For directions to the funeral home and to express condolences to the family, online go to www.funeralplan.com/hullfh

Raymond Brindzik
SOUTHINGTON -- Raymond Brindzik, 76, of 745 Main St., Plantsville section, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, at the Masonic Home and Hospital in Wallingford.
Born Aug. 30, 1925, in Southington, the son of the late Martin and Mary Dugnich Brindzik. Prior to his retirement in 1985 he was employed by New Departure in Bristol. He was a parishioner of St. Thomas Church. 
He is survived by a brother, Thomas Brindzik of Florida; two sisters, Mary Iverson of Long Island, N.Y., and Agnes Charbonneau of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, Andrew, Anthony, Florian; and two sisters, Katherine Brindzik and Julie Kronheim. 
Graveside services will be held Tuesday (TODAY) at St. Thomas Cemetery at 1 p.m. There are no calling hours. DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., has charge of arrangements. Donations may be made in his memory to the Masonic Hospice, Masonic Ave. Wallingford, CT 06492.

Arline Killeen
MERIDEN -- Arline (Horton) Killeen, 83, formerly of 76 Butler St., wife of the late John F. Killeen, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, at the Meriden Center after a brief illness. 
Born in Meriden on Sept. 11, 1918, she had resided in Meriden for her entire life and had attended local schools. Mrs. Killeen was a parishioner of St. Joseph Church.
She is survived by a son, James P. Killeen of Milford; two grandchildren, John F. Killeen and Katie E. Killeen, both of Meriden; three sisters, Barbara Muravnick, Jean Horton and Laurel O'Brien, all of Meriden; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Claire Cooper; and a brother, Donald Horton, both of Meriden.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 9:15 a.m., from the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden, and at 10 a.m., in St. Joseph Church. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday (TODAY) from 4 to 7 p.m.

Sophia M. Muir
SOUTHINGTON -- Sophia Minnie Muir, cherished daughter of Steven and Katie (Potter) Muir of the Plantsville section of Southington, ended her worldly struggle and passed into eternal life with her grandparents, aunts and uncles at her side, on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, at the John Dempsey Medical Center in Farmington, where she was born just the day before. 
Sophia blessed the lives of her grandparents, Paul and Jo Muir of Meriden and Mary and David Potter of Plantsville. She lives in the hearts of her aunts and uncles, Jonathan and Melissa Potter, Jeffrey and Dorothy Potter, Kristin and Richard Baustien, and Karen Muir, Talitha Tramuta, Jesse Brisette; and her cousins, Molly, Bailey and Olivia Potter and Camryn Brissette. Sophia's brief visit to earth profoundly touched the lives of her family and their friends.
She will be laid to rest in a private service. Her parents ask that expressions of sympathy be made in her memory to Neonatal Donations c/o Development Office UCONN Health Center 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington, CT 06034-4032. The DellaVecchia Funeral Home 211 N. Main St., Southington, in care of arrangements.

Ruth G. Nyren
LANCASTER, Pa. -- Ruth G. Nyren, 97, of 1800 Village Circle, Lancaster, Pa., formerly of Southington, died on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, at the Homestead Village Nursing Home. Death was due to natural causes.
Born in Cromwell, she was the daughter of the late Emil and Eva Olson Gustafson. She was the wife of the late Paul T. Nyren, who died in 1974. Mrs. Nyren moved to Lancaster, Pa., in 1996 from Southington. She retired in 1969 from Nyren Brothers Florist in Southington, where she was employed as the office manager. She was a member of the Plantsville Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Plantsville for 62 years, where she was a very active member; a past worthy matron of the Order of the Eastern Star in Plainville, Frederica Chapter No. 110, O.E.S.; a volunteer at the Bradley Memorial Hospital Auxiliary; and a volunteer at the election polls for many years.
Mrs. Nyren is survived by three daughters, Janice R., wife of Dr. Kenneth W. Reisch of Worthington, Ohio, Carole N., wife of Rev. Robert W. Muise of Lancaster, Pa., and Paulette T., wife of Jonathan C. Salisbury of Everett, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by eight sisters and brothers and was the last of her immediate family. 
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a memorial service from Plantsville Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 109 Church St., Plantsville on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Richard A. Keonig and the Rev. Robert W. Muise officiating. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Southington. Friends may call at the church on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m., until the time of the service. If desired, memorial contributions may be sent to the Plantsville Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 109 Church St., Plantsville, CT 06479. Fred F. Groff Inc., Funeral Home, 234 W. Orange St., Lancaster, PA 17603, is in charge of arrangements.

Margery Scully
CLINTON -- Margery Redden Curry Scully, 85, of 315 E. Main St., Clinton, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2001 after a lengthy illness. Daughter of the late John J. Curry, Marjorie (Wall) Curry and Frances Smith Curry. 
She was born in the Frog-Hollow section of Hartford on Saturday the 8th of Jan. 1916. The family moved to Meriden in 1923, where she attended Meriden Schools, graduating from the Meriden High School, class of 1933. Married to the late William Robbins Scully in 1937. In 1937, they moved to Manchester, where Mr. Scully was a Police Officer. In 1949, the family moved to Clinton, purchased a neighborhood grocery store and gas station, which later was converted to Scully's Liquor, an east side land mark for 35 years. She was a communicant of St. Mary's Church in Clinton and past president of the Altar Society. Politically she was a long time member of the Democratic Town Committee, member of the original Recreation Committee, and served as First Selectman from 1969 to 1973 and a Selectwoman until 1975. She served as a member of the Board of Finance from 1976 to 1983 from 1983 to 1985 served again as First Selectman. Mrs. Scully holds he unique distinction of being the first woman in the state to be elected to the Office of First Selectman and being the first woman excepted as a member of the Clinton Board of Finance.
She is survived by four sons, William John Scully and his wife, Linda of Clinton, Robert Scully of Stuart, Fla., Peter T. Scully and his wife, Debbie of Hamden, Michael Curry Scully and his wife, Joanne of Saunderstown, R.I.; two daughters, Kathleen Scully Capuciati and her husband, Peter of Deep River, Jane Scully Welch and her husband, Tom of Ballwin, Mo.; two brothers, T. Leo Curry of Westchester, Pa., and David Curry of Philadelphia, Pa.; two sisters, Winifred C. Saunders of Meriden and Clare C. Lawless of Parkesburg, Pa., also survived by 18 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. A brother, John J. Curry Jr. predeceased her.
A funeral liturgy will be held Friday, Nov. 16, at St. Mary's Church in Clinton at 10:30 a.m., followed by a burial at St. Mary's Cemetery in Clinton. Friends and family may call to the Swan Funeral Home, 80 E. Main St., Clinton, Thursday, Nov. 15, from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Westbrook Public Library, Goodspeed Road, Westbrook, CT or UNICEFusa.org, 333 East 38th St., New York, NY 10016.

Helen M. Sudol
CHESHIRE -- Mrs. Helen M. (Stopkoski) Sudol, 83, of 362 Spring St., died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, at the Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven. She was the widow of Stanley Sudol.
Mrs. Sudol was born Jan. 1, 1918 in New Haven, a daughter of the late Michael and Agnes (Talarczyk) Stopkoski and lived in Cheshire most of her life. She owned and operated a farm, selling fruits and vegetables and also raised chickens for over 40 years from her Spring Street home. She was a communicant of St. Bridget's Church.
She leaves two sons, Stanley M. Sudol of Cheshire, Richard Sudol of Juniper, Fla.; a daughter, Joanne Sudol of Cheshire; two brothers, Ted Stopkoski of Long Island, Stanley Stopkoski of Wallingford; and four grandchildren. She was predeceased by two brothers, Frank and John Stopkoski.
Funeral Wednesday at 9:15 a.m., from the Slater Funeral Home, 242 South Main St., Cheshire to St. Bridget's Church for Mass at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Hamden. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday (TODAY) from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, CT Chapter 97-101 South St., West Hartford, CT 06110-1960.

George M. Vertucci Sr. 
EAST HAVEN -- George M. Vertucci Sr., 68, of 17 Jillson Drive, died Nov. 10, in St. Raphael's Hospital, New Haven.
Mr. Vertucci worked for Nova Chemical for 20 years prior to his retirement. More recently he worked for Jan Pro, Inc. in Naugatuck. At one time, he was a route man for Guida Dairy. He was a volunteer for the Wallingford Red Cross Chapter for many years, past president of Parents Without Partners, and a Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict.
He is survived by a daughter, Cheryl Smith of Wallingford; three sons, George M. Vertucci Jr. and Aaron L. Vertucci Sr., both of Wallingford and Wade E. Vertucci of Hamden; six grandchildren, April and Sean Smith, Michael, Olivia, Alexis and Aaron L. Vertucci Jr.; and his loving companion, Lee Franco of East Haven, with whom he resided.
Friends may call at the Celentano Funeral Home, 424 Elm St., New Haven, Tuesday (TODAY) from 4 to 8 p.m. and are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial in Blessed Sacrament Church, Circular Ave., Hamden, Wednesday at 9 a.m. Burial, with military honors, will be in All Saints Cemetery, North Haven.


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