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October 18, 2001

John W. Neal, Jr.

The Keenan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for John W. “Bill” Neal, Jr., 89, of 174 Center St., who died Oct. 7. He was the widower of Maude Spencer Neal. He was a retired route salesman for Continental Baking Co.

He leaves a daughter, Sally Bowen of West Haven; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Connecticut Hospice, 110 Double Beach Road, Branford 06405. Burial was private.

Constance T. Guarino

The Waters Funeral Home of Concord, New Hampshire was in charge of arrangements for Constance T. Guarino, 85, of Fay Street, who died Oct. 3. She was the widow of Louis Guarino. She worked for the Hospital of St. Raphael and the New Haven Orthopedic Surgeons Practice.

She leaves a daughter, Constance Chase of CA; sons Gary Miller of West Haven and Paul Miller of Wallingford; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her first husband, George G. Miller.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 10 Ferry St., Suite 419, Concord, NH 03301.

Paul E. Uscilla

The Porto Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Paul E. Uscilla, 64, of 170 Union Ave., who died Oct. 6. He was a painter for Orchard Painting in New Haven and more recently with the Porto Funeral Home.

He leaves daughters Debra-Jean and Paula Uscilla, both of West Haven and sons Gary Uscilla of Cheshire, Michael Uscilla of Wallingford and Shawn Uscilla of West Haven. Burial was private.

Donna E. Polino

The West Haven Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Donna Evers Polino, 44, of 25 Ownly Avenue, who died Oct. 6. She was a waitress at Turk’s Restaurant in West Haven.

She leaves a daughter, Lisa Paterson of West Haven; a sister, Linda Mislow of North Haven and three grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Evers and a brother, Harry Evers. Burial was private.

Lillian F. Roche

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Victory Church for Lillian Foss Roche, 72, of 17 Highland Ave. Ext., who died Oct,. 8. She was the widow of Thomas N. Rocke. She was a retired trust department manager for the New Haven Savings Bank.

She leaves a brother, Lawrence Foss of Phoenix, AZ. She was predeceased by brothers Benjamin, Gerald and Dana Floss, and sisters Mary Wolfe, Bertha Taft, Anna Pekari, Helen Fleece and Dorothy Frietag.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Hospital of St. Raphael Foundation, 1450 Chapel St., New Haven 06511. Burial was in St. Lawrence Cemetery. The Keenan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Linda M. Conroy

The Sisk Brothers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Linda M. Conroy, 46, of Forest Terrace, who died Oct. 8. She was a daughter of Helen Horvat Grenier of Hamden.

She also leaves sons Joseph J. Conroy of Hamden and Ryan M. Conroy of West Haven and a daughter, Megan M. Conroy of West Haven. She was predeceased by a sister, Gail R. Casotti and her stepfather, Edmund A. Grenier.

Marion F. DiGioia

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Michael’s Church for Marion Fusco DiGioia, 80, of Bentley Gardens, formerly of Gilbert St., who died Oct. 9. She was the widow of Mario DiGioia. She was a retired bookkeeper for the city of New Haven’s credit union and Macabees Insurance Co. She leaves several cousins.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Leukemia Society, 300 Research Parkway, Suite 310, Meriden 06450 or the American Red Cross, 703 Whitney Ave., New Haven 06511. Burial was in St. Lawrence Cemetery. The Iovanne Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Daphne I. Carr

The Curvin K. Council Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Daphne Irene Carr, 39, of Antrim St., who died Oct. 10. She was the daughter of Usha and Shirley Irene Carr of West Haven. She was a medical secretary for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Besides her parents, she leaves a son, Ulysses Lee Carr of West Haven; a brother, Usha Carr, Jr. of West Haven; her maternal grandmother, Rev. Carrie Gray of New Haven and her paternal grandmother, Sarah Carr Hunter of New Haven. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.

Michael A. Carrano

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Victory Church for Michael A. Carrano, 75, of Beatrice Drive, who died Oct. 9. He was the husband of Dolores Yaccarino Carrano. He was a retired service manager for Montesi Motors. He was an Army veteran.

Besides his wife, he leaves a son, Robert M. Carrano of Branford; a sister, Phyllis Carrano of West Haven; a brother, Anthony Carrano of Milford; and a granddaughter. He was predeceased by a sister, Madeline Carrano, and brothers, Ralph and Andrew Carrano. Burial was in St. Lawrence Cemetery. The West Haven Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy L. Zampa

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Anthony’s Church for Dorothy Levi Zampa, 70, of 237 First Ave., who died Oct. 9. She was the widow of Gino Zampa. She was a retired sales clerk for Racebrook Pharmacy.

She leaves daughters Dorene Conlan and Debra Zampa, both of West Haven and Nell Hooker of Norwalk; a son, Robert Zampa of Cheshire; a brother, Robert Levi of New Haven; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Gene Zampa.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Father Michael J. McGivney Center for Cancer Care, 1450 Chapel St., New Haven 06511. Burial was private. The West Haven Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Viva L. Longe

The Beecher & Bennett-Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Viva LaFountain Longe, 89, of 403 Painter Drive, who died Oct. 9. She was the widow of Chester A. Longe. She had worked in the dietary services department at the Hospital of St. Raphael for 11 years, and also was a cook at the former Methodist Church Home in West Haven.

She leaves a daughter, Diane Tuderios of Idaho; a son, Chester Longe Jr. of West Haven; a brother, Nathan LaFountain of VT; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by sisters Dorcas Farrar, Bernace Manning and Hilda McMahon; and brother, Gordon LaFountain.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 89 Center St., West Haven 06516.

Flossie Becton

The Curvin K. Council Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Flossie Becton, 66, of Ashford St., who died Oct. 10. She was the wife of Joseph Becton. She was a teacher for the New Haven Board of Education until retiring.

Besides her husband, she is survived by sons Andre C. Dupree of West Haven, Gary Lance Dupree of Atlanta and Joseph Bruce Becton of New Haven; a stepdaughter, Lula Yates Robinson of New Haven; 11 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. She was predeceased by a brother, Fred D. Wilson, Jr.

Lucy M. Miller

The New Haven Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements for Lucy M Miller, 78, of 307 Park St., who died Oct. 10. She leaves sons Thomas E. and Edward D. Miller of West Haven; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford 06405.

October 11, 2001

Arthur F. Mauzaka

A service was held at Trinity Lutheran Church, New Haven, for Arthur F. Mauzaka, 78, of Ocean Avenue, who died Sept. 29. He was the widower of Helen Boschen Majzaka. He was a retired machinist for the Aerial Lift Co., and previously was a toy train builder for the former A.C. Gilbert Co. He was an Army Air Forces veteran.

He leaves a daughter, Janet Mauzaka Brophy of West Haven; sisters Olga Mentz and Edith O’Neil of Wallingford, and Ruth Garrity of Texas; a brother, Walter Mauzaka of Woodbridge; and two grandchildren. He was predeceased by brothers August, Ewald, and Albert Mauzaka. Burial was in Beaverdale Memorial Cemetery with full military honors. The Keenan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mortimer L. Smith, Jr.

A funeral office was celebrated at St. John’s-by-the-Sea for Mortimer L. Smith, Jr., 78, of 75 Ivy St., who died Sept. 29. He was the husband of Ethel Carter Smith. He was a retired methods analyst for the former Western Electric Co. He was an Army veteran.

Besides his wife, he leaves daughters Rindy S. Hardy of Cheshire and Barbara S. Klatzin of West Haven; a son, John L. Smith of West Haven; brothers Russell smith of New Haven and Robert Smith of North Haven; and five grandsons. He was predeceased by a sister, Lona Taylor.

Memorial donations may be made to St. John’s-by-the-Sea Church, Mort Smith Memorial Maintenance Fund, 546 Ocean Ave., West Haven 06516.

Burial was in Kings Highway Cemetery with full military honors. The Keenan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Peter Gwiazdowski IV

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Louis Church for Peter P. Gwiazdowski IV, 20, of 311 Kelsey Ave., who died Oct. 2. He was the son of Peter P. and Deborah Gwiazdowski III of West Haven. He was a junior at the University of Connecticut, majoring in information technology. Besides his parents, he leaves a brother, Paul M. Gwiazdowski of West Haven; his paternal grandmother, Helen Gwiazdowski of Norwich and his maternal grandparents, Frances and Gordon Martel of Michigan. He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Peter P. Gwiazdowski Jr.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Peter P. Gwiazdowski IV Business Scholarship Fund, UConn, P.O. Box 552, Storrs, 06268. Burial was private. The West Haven Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth M. Hamilton

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Garbriel’s Church for Elizabeth McLafferty Hamilton, 76, of Tuthill St., who died Oct. 4. She worked for the Burndy Corp in Milford for many years.

She is survived by daughters, Margaret Zarnetsky of Milford and Elizabeth “Betty” Hamilton of West Haven; sons, David Hamilton of Guilford and Robert Hamilton of Colorado; brothers Robert and Gerard McLafferty, in Scotland; and four grandchildren. A sister, Margaret McLafferty and brothers Neil and William McLafferty predeceased her.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 538 Preston Ave., P.O. Box 1004, Meriden 06450-1004; or to Connecticut Hospice Inc., 100 Double Beach Road, Branford 06405. Burial was private. The Cody-White Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Helen S. O’Mara

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. John Vianney Church for Helen Smith O’Mara, 75, of 151 Leete St., who died Oct. 5. She was the wife of William J. O’Mara.

She also leaves a daughter, Kathleen O’Mara Prentiss of North Haven; sons William O’Mara, Jr., of Florida, and Michael, George, and John O’Mara of West Haven; a sister, Lucille Monde of Windsor Locks; brothers Msgr. Alfred D. Smith of New Jersey, Edward and George Smith of West Haven, and Frank Smith of North Carolina; 12 grandchildren and a great-grandson. She was predeceased by a sister, Marion Harian Wright.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2911 Dixwell Ave., Suite 104, Hamden 06518. Burial was in St. Lawrence Garden Mausoleum. The Keenan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

October 4, 2001

Edward J. Brady

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Louis Church for Edward J. Brady, 75, of 70 Tuthill St., who died Sept. 26. He was the husband of Anne Smith Brady. He retired as a supervisor of structures from Amtrak after 40 years of service to the New York, New Haven and Hartford, Penn Central, and Amtrak Railroads. He was a Navy veteran.

Besides his wife, he leaves daughters Maureen Brady Sheriden of Mass., Sr. Patricia Brady, ASCJ of FL, and Kathleen Brady Carboni of North Haven; sons Edward J. Brady III of West Haven and Kevin Brady of Hamden; sisters Sr. Mary Teresa Brady and Sr. Mary Virginia Brady, both of White Plains, NY; and five grandchildren. He was predeceased by two grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 300 Research Parkway, Meriden 06450. Burial was in Mt. St. Peter Cemetery. The West Haven Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Linda J. Bonaldo

The West Haven Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Linda J. Bonaldo, 50, of Hemlock St., who died Sept. 24. She was the wife of Arthur J. Bonlado.

She leaves a daughter, Lori Bonaldo of Cleveland and four grandchildren. Burial was private.

Stanley R. Gomlin

The Hamden Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Stanley Ramanus Gomlin, 95, of Sandquist Circle, who died Sept. 25. He was the husband of Victoria “Vicky” Pasko Gomlin. He retired after 45 years from the former New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad.

Besides his wife, he leaves a daughter, Sandra Gomlin Ineson of West Haven and two grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Jenny Passick and brothers, Henry, Narcy, Ted and John Gomlin. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Jack Mangrum

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Stanislaus Church for Jack Mangrum 77, of 287 W. Spring St., who died Sept. 24. He was the husband of Wanda Mangrum. He worked for Atlas Moving & Storage for many years before retiring.

Besides his wife, he leaves a sister, Vesti Hillis, in North Carolina. Burial was in St. Lawrence Cemetery. The J. Markiewicz & Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Merritt R. Norton

The West Haven Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Merritt R. Norton, 95, of 84 Park Terrace Ave., who died Sept. 24 He was the husband of Jennie “Dot” Link Norton. He was a mail sorter for Railway Mail Service before retiring. He was an Army veteran.

Besides his wife, he leaves a daughter, Janet Ryan of Arkansas, and two grandsons. He was predeceased by a sister, Olive Mix. Burial with full military honors was in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Rosemary A. Gorry

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Victory Church for Rosemary A. Gorry, 62, of Homesteader Lane, who died Sept. 27. She retired in 1989 from SNET where she worked for 33 years.

She is survived by a brother, Jack Gorry of Carmel-By-The-Sea CA; and a sister, JoAnn Lorenzo of West Haven.

Memorial contributions may be made to West Haven Pound Pals Inc., 299 Union Ave., West Haven 06516. Burial was in St. Lawrence Cemetery. The Keenan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Anthony Apicella

A graveside service was held for Anthony Apicella, 80, formerly of Colonial Boulevard, who died Sept. 27. Before his retirement, he was a custodian for the West Haven public school system for many years. Prior to that, he worked for the former Eastern Machine Screw Co., and Eastern Industries.

He is survived by sisters, Edith D’Angelo, Raphaela “Rae” Brindisi and Yolanda Ponzo, all of West Haven. Burial was in St. Lawrence Cemetery. The Maresca & Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

January 31, 2002

Grace Kusmit

The West Haven Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Grace Kusmit, 79, of 14A Bayshore Drive, who died Jan. 14. She was the wife of Leo Kusmit. She was retired from Academic Industries.

Besides her husband, she leaves daughters Regina Abrams of CA, Leona Kurmit of West Haven; a son, Thomas Kusmit of New Haven; brothers Anthony Salvati of North Haven and Mike Salvati of FL, and four grandchildren. She was predeceased by brothers James, Salvatore and Fred Salvati. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Chester Dowgiallo

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Peace Church for Chester I. Dowgiallo, of 670 Second Ave., who died Jan. 16. He was the widower of Ilse Luh Dowgiallo.

He is survived by a son, Alexander Dowgiallo of RI; and one grandson. He was predeceased by brothers Vincent, Albert and Thomas Dowgiallo. He was an Army veteran and retired from the Bridgeport Post Office in 1995 after 37 years of service. Burial was in St. Lawrence Cemetery. The Keenan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

William E. Hoffman

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. John Vianney Church for William E. Hoffman Sr., 75, of 86 Atwater St., who died Jan. 15. He was the husband of Jennie Bokowski Hoffman. He was a retired New Haven firefighter and also was a supervisor for Marlin Firearms.

Besides his wife, he leaves sons William E. Hoffman Jr. of East Haven, Robert T. Hoffman of Hamden and Edward N. Hoffman of New Haven; daughters Elaine Parrington of Guilford and Lynne Scarpa of Killingworth; a stepdaughter, Dawn Manzi of Branford and five grandchildren. Burial was in All Saints Cemetery. The Keenan Funeral Home was in charg eof arrangements.

Vincent G. Gallagher

The West Haven Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Vincent G. Gallagher, 75, of 200 Oak St., who died Jan. 19. He was the widower of Elizabeth B. Morgan Gallagher. He was a retired truck driver for National 101 in Bridgeport. He was a Navy veteran.

He leaves a son, Vincent G. Gallagher, Jr. of Columbus, GA. Burial was private.

Wayne A. Lovig

The Beecher & Bennett-Seth Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Wayne A. Lovig, 57, of 293 Park St., who died Jan. 18. He was the husband of Lena Rogers Lovig.

He is survived by four step-daughters; Linda Clark of New Britain, Donna Butts of Hamden, Carol Butts and Sandy Butts both of West Haven; three step-sons, William Bentley of New Britain, Donald Butts and William Butts of West Haven; sisters, Sharon Lynn and Sheila Pearson of West Haven; a brother, Kurt Lovig of East Haven; and 14 grandchildren. Burial was private.

Ethel B. Lynch

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Paul’s Church for Ethel Behnke Lynch of 65 Baggott St., who died Jan. 17. She was the wife of Captain Robert T. Lynch.

She is survived by sons Richard D. and John M. Lynch of West Haven; daughters Barbara L. Corso of East Haven and Susan L. Bowen of North Haven; a sister, Ruth B. Payne of West Haven; 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a brother, Richard L. Behnke, and a sister, Janette B. Criscuolo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford 06405. Burial was in Beaverdale Memorial Park. The Monahan, Cox, Smith & Crimmins Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Clifford S. Beebe

The West Haven Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Clifford S. Beebe, 84, of 171 Lamson St., who died Jan. 21. He was the widower of Louise Cavallaro Beebe. He was a retired engineer for the New England Trap Rock He was an Army veteran.

He leaves sisters Esther Grass of Wallingford and Ethel Marshall, in Pennsylvania; and brothers Wesley Beebe of Cheshire and William Beebe of Branford. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Annette S. Passafiume

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Victory Church for Annette Scarpone Passafiume, 81, of 94 Jessie Drive, who died Jan. 22. She was the widow of Carl A. Passafiume.

She leaves sons Joseph J. Passfiume of Stow, MA, and Carl E. Passafiume of West Haven; sisters Mary Scarpone and Rose Onofrio of West Haven and three grandchildren. She was predeceased by sisters Fannie Perillo and Ann Scarpone.

Memorial gifts may be made to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double beach Road, Branford 06405. Burial was in St. Lawrence Cemetery. The Porto Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Duane R. Shepard

The West Haven Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Duane R. Shepard, 68, of 124 Richards St., who died Jan. 21. He was the husband of Elizabeth Zabawar Shepard. He was a retired labor relations supervisor for Metro-North Railroad. He was a Marine veteran.

Besides his wife, he leaves a daughter, Paige S. Turman of New York City; sons, Michael D. Shepard of Orange and David G. Shepard of New York City; and three grandchildren.

Memorial gifts may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 300 Research Parkway, Meriden 06450. Burial was private.

William P. Holmes

The Porto Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for William P. Holmes, 86, of 45 Cynthia Drive who died Jan. 23. He was the husband of Mary Walker Holmes. He was a retired tool and die maker for Alinabal Corp. of Milford. He was an army veteran.

Besides his wife, he leaves daughters Beverly Monds of GA, Sandra Thompson of New Haven, Wendy Carballo of West Haven and Tamara Dennis of West Haven; a sister, Clara Gross of NJ; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Gloria Thomas. Burial was in Woodland Cemetery in Stamford.

Lala Richter

The West Haven Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Lala Richter, of Bassett St., who died Jan. 23. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Emma R. Blanch and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, William Blanch.

Donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Assoc., 2911 Dixwell Ave., Hamden 06518. Burial was in Beaverdale Memorial Park. 


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