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Beatrice Wedlock LaGrua

Beatrice Wedlock LaGrua, 80, died on Thursday 22 March 2001 at Mariner Health Care at Pendleton in Mystic, where she had been staying for the past two weeks.

Mrs LaGrua, daughter of Louis and Olive Wedlock, was born in Pawcatuck on 30 July 1920. She attended Stonington High School, which she graduated from in 1937.

She married Joseph LaGrua, brother of Maurice LaGrua, in Yonkers on 14 July 1940. Joseph LaGrua died on 3 September 1993. Mrs LaGrua worked at the Doubleday Publishing Company in Garden City NY for 10 years, and later at the Internal Revenue Service Center in Andover MA. She retired to Stonington from Wakefield MA in 1983.

Mrs LaGrua is survived by a daughter, Judith Ann Hanigan of Greenwood Lake NY; a son James J. LaGrua of Marshall NC; and two sisters, Dorothy Carpenter of Perryville RI and Doris M. Bradway of Monrovia CA.

Mrs LaGrua was buried in St Mary Cemetery and memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, 150 Eugene O'Neill Drive, New London CT 06320.

Mildred V. (York) Watrous

Mildred V. (York) Watrous of Stonington died on Tuesday 20 March 2001 at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London.

Mrs Watrous was born in North Stonington on 6 August 1910, the daughter of Clayton and Sarah York. Her husband was the late William E. Watrous. Mrs Watrous worked as an executive secretary for the American Velvet Company in Stonington Borough for several years and after that at the Mystic Seaport. She was a member of the AARP and the Humane Society of America.

Mrs Watrous is survived by three grandchildren, William "Bill" LeClair of Peace Dale; Edward LeClair of Queens, New York; and Jenni LeClair of El Cajon CA; and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by one son, Henry E. LeClair; three brothers; and three sisters.

Donations in Mrs Watrous' memory may be made to the Humane Society of America, 701 Russell Road, Newington CT 06111.

Dennis G. Williams

Dennis G. Williams, 63, of Stonington, died Monday 12 March 2001 at the Westerly Hospital.

Born on 16 September 1937 in Dover NJ, he was the son of Grifford and Mildred Parker Williams.

Mr Williams graduated from Blair Academy in Blairstown NJ in 1956 and in 1960 from the University of Bridgeport. He served in the US Army from 1961 to 1963. From 1964 to 1993 he worked as an art teacher at the Clark Lane Middle School in Waterford CT and was recently working at Wal-Mart in Westerly RI. He was also a track coach at the Clark Lane Middle School, a baseball coach for the Pawcatuck Little League and a director of the Stonington Youth Soccer League.

Mr Williams is survived by a son, Todd D. Williams of Tallahassee FL; a daughter Abby W. Levasseur of North Berwick ME; a sister Sharon Turk of Ashland OH; and his former wife Katherine Edgar Williams of Groton CT.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Stonington Ambulance Corps, PO Box 424, Stonington CT 06378.

Margaret Tykosh Woycik

Margaret Tykosh Woycik, 79, of Old Mystic, died Sunday 4 March 2001 at Mariner Health at Pendleton in Mystic CT. Born on 4 July 1921 in Duryea PA, she was the daughter of John and Barbara Tykosh. On 28 April 1950 she married Francis Woycik in Plainfield. He died on 9 March 1999.

Mrs Woycik worked at the American Velvet Company in Stonington and Sirtex Printing in Old Mystic till her retirement. She was a communicant of St Patrick Church, Mystic.

Mrs Woycik was Democratic Registrar of Voters for the Town of Stonington for 35 years and was a member of the Democratic Town Committee for 25 years. She was also a member of the Democratic Woment's Club.

She is survived by a son, Walter Woycik, of Old Mystic; three daughters, Maryann Martinelli of North Stonington; Theresa Gillis and Ann Marie Lotring, both of Stonington; a sister, Eleanor Marshburn of Moosup; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The funeral took place on Friday 9 March 2001 at 10 am at St Patrick Church, Mystic.

Helen Devine Tanner

Helen Devine Tanner, 94, died at Mystic Manor on 26 February 2001. The daughter of Martin T and Kate Uniac Devine, she was born in Westerly on 28 September 1906. She married John J. Tanner, Sr, who predeceased her.

Mrs Tanner was a communicant of St Mary Church, Stonington, and was known as the "sunshine lady" of the Stonington Community Center.

She is survived by two sons, John J. Tanner Jr of Westerly and Thomas E. Tanner of Lady Lake FL; a daughter, Frances Tanner-Cook of Groton; a sister, Anna Freitas of Coventry RI; 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two daughters, Kathryn "Rene" Fauquet and Patricia Serra Andrews; and a grandchild, Diana Cook.

A funeral mass was held at St Mary Church in Stonington Borough on 1 March 2001.

Kevin George Rogers

Kevin George Rogers, 58, of Stonington, died at home on Saturday 24 February 2001. He was born on 29 September 1942 in New Haven CT.

Mr Rogers graduated in 1965 from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis MD. That same year, on 18 December, he married Susan Burns in West Haven.

Mr Rogers' naval career was spent in the Submarine Service. He served aboard the USS Entemador, the USS Sea Devil, the USS James Polk and the USS Alexander Hamilton. He was commanding officer of the USS Greenling.

Mr Rogers was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Medal with Bronze Star and the Sea Service ribbon.

After his command, Mr Rogers went to the Naval War College in Newport RI and earned a master's degree in international relations at Salve Regina College in Newport. He spent his post-command years at NISC, Suitland MD and at the Pentagon. After retiring from the Navy, he worked at Foxwoods Casino as a Poker Room Shift Manager.

A member of St Thomas More Church in North Stonington, Mr Rogers was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a past member of the Naval Academy Alumni Association and the Connecticut Chapter of the Alumni Association. He was also a charter member of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Stacey Rogers, of San Francisco and Boston; a son, Kevin Patrick Rogers, of Stonington; and a sister, Sheila Dean, of Milford CT.

The funeral is scheduled for 9 am on Tuesday 27 February 2001 at the Mystic Funeral Home, Route 1, Mystic CT, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 am at St Thomas More Church, 87 Mystic Road, North Stonington.

Donations in Mr Rogers' memory may be made to the WARM Shelter, Inc., 56 Spruce Street, Westerly RI 02891.

John Winnicki

John C. Winnicki, 49, of 30 Margin Street, Westerly RI, died Friday 16 February 2001 at Westerly Hospital. He was born 2 July 2 1951, the son of the late Henry Winnicki and Dorothea M. Harman.

He was the head waiter at Boom Restaurant in Stonington Borough.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a sister, Jean Helms of Oak Island NC.

Donations in Mr Winnicki's memory may be made to Hospice Care of Rhode Island, 143 Main St, Wakefield RI 02879.

Paul Bergel Sr

Paul Francis Bergel Sr, 90, of Briar Patch Road, died on Wednesday 9 May 2001 at Mariner Healthcare at Pendleton in Mystic. A lifelong resident of Stonington, Mr Bergel was the son of Paul E. Bergel and Evelyn Pereira-Perry Bergel.

Mr Bergel attended local schools and graduated from Stonington High School in 1929. In World War II Mr Bergel was stationed at Fort Terry NY, where he worked in the Civil Service as a diesel mechanic.

He married Marie "Annie" Boisvert Dick in 1947 in New London. She died on 9 July 1986.

Mr Bergel worked as a rigger and later as a maintenance department at Electric Boat in Groton up to his retirement in 1975. He perviously worked as a commercial fisherman and a hook man at the Stonington Ice Company. Mr Bergel was a practiced hunter and trapper.

He is survived by two sons, Paul M. Bergel of Westerly RI and Paul F. Bergel Jr of Stonington; two stepsons, James Dick of North Stonington and John Dick of Florence NC; a sister, Dorothy Cravinho of Stonington; five grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; and 11 step-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Mr Bergel was predeceased by a stepson, Thomas Dick, and a stepdaughter, Janet Dick. A private funeral service was held in Mystic and burial took place in River Bend Cemetery, Westerly.

Gifts in Mr Bergel's memory may be made to the Southern New England Fisherman's Memorial Fund, PO Box 90, Stonington CT 06378.

Reverend Douglas Harwood

The Reverend Douglas Harwood, 90, pastor emeritus of the United Church of Stonington died on Saturday 21 April 2001 at Fairview, Odd Fellows Home of Connecticut.

Born in New London on 7 September 1910, Rev. Harwood was the son of Emily Huntington and Ernest Moore Harwood. In 1936 he married Marjorie Young Harwood at the South Congregational Church in New Britain CT. Mrs Harwood died in 1988. Rev. Harwood then married Marian C. Hall Harwood, who survives him.

Rev. Harwood graduated from New Britain High School in 1928 and earned a bachelor's degree from Yale University in 1933 and a bachelor of divinity degree from Yale Divinity School in 1936. Rev. Harwood served in the US Army in World War II as a chaplain from 1942-1945 in Europe. He attained the rank of captain, with five battle stars.

Rev. Harwood was ordained a minister on 8 May 1939 in the South Congregational Church in New Britain. His first church was in Spring Valley NY. After his Army service, Harwood returned to parish ministries in 1946, serving at the Lovell United Church and the Federated Church in Lewiston ME. He then returned to Connecticut to serve the United Church on the Green in New Haven and the United Congregational Church in Oakville. He finished his full-time pastoral service at the United Church of Stonington, where he retired in 1975 to become pastor emeritus. He later moved to East Lyme.

Rev. Harwood was a former Boy Scout and an avid stamp collector.

In addition to his wife, Rev. Harwood is survived by two sons, Douglas J. Harwood of Fairfax VA and John Harwood of Newbury MA; three grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren. In addition to his first wife, Rev. Harwood was predeceased by two brothers, Ernest Monroe Harwood Jr and William Harwood; and a sister Elizabeth Bartlett.

A memorial service was held at the United Church of Stonington on Saturday 28 April 2001

Gloria Helen Reid Fidrych

Gloria Helen Reid Fidrych, 78, of Stonington, died of cancer on Thursday 19 April 2001 at The Westerly Hospital, Westerly RI.

Born on 28 March 1923, in Westerly, she was the daughter of the Walter and Amelia Lawrence Reid. In 1942 she graduated from Stonington High School. On 24 April 1943, she married Edward Fidrych in Mystic CT. She worked as a teacher's aide in the Stonington school system and was a talented seamstress.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Karen Tozier of Waterville, Maine; two sons, John “Jack” Fidrych of North Stonington and Karl Fidrych of Providence; a brother, William Reid of Leominster, MA; and five grandchildren. She was predeceased by three brothers, Donald, Jack and Walter Reid; and her stepfather, John Rix.

A graveside service was held on Saturday 21 April 2001 at the Stonington Cemetery, North Main Street, Stonington.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Westerly Hospital Foundation, 26 Wells Street, Westerly RI 02891.

William Dumke Sr

William Edner Dumke Sr, 71, of Stonington, died Thursday 12 April 2001 at home.

Husband of Patricia Dumke, Mr Dumke was a graduate of Colgate University in Hamilton NY and received an MBA from Columbia University in New York City. Mr Dumke served in the United States Air Force.

For the last 25 years of his professional life, he was vice president and chief financial officer of Henningsen Foods Inc in White Plains NY

In addition to his wife of 45 years, he is survived by five children, William Edner Dumke Jr, John Ralph Dumke, Andrea Lanning McDonald, Leslie Elizabeth Dumke, and Sarah Ryder Dumke; a brother James Ralph Dumke; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on Saturday 14 April at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale NY. Burial was in River Bend Cemetery in Westerly.

Memorial donations may be made to The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Alexander Brown

Alexander Tener Brown, 78, of Walpole NH, formerly of Stonington and Ledyard, died Thursday 12 April 2001 at Mount Ascutney Hospital in Windsor VT.

Born on 9 October 1922 in East Orange NJ, Mr Brown was the son of Frances Tener Brown Muir and William Thayer Brown, Jr.

Mr Brown attended Fessenden School, the Hotchkiss School and graduated from Yale University, where he rowed on the heavyweight varsity crew. He was captain of the crew team in 1947.

After his first year at college, Mr Brown joined the American Field Service to drive ambulances for the British Eighth Army in the Lebanon, North Africa and Italy. In 1944 he joined the US Marine Corps. He returned to Yale the following year and graduated in 1947.

Mr Brown worked at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and as a stockbroker. He was director of personnel at the Children's Hospital in Boston MA and later did public relations for Outward Bound.

A talented athlete, Brown was a skier, tennis player, golfer and sailor. He crewed on Newport-to-Bermuda races and on the inaugural Trans-Pacific race to Hawaii. He was a member of several yacht clubs, including the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion MA and the Wadawanuck Yacht Club in Stonington.

In addition to his wife Carol Blomquist Brown, Mr Brown is survived by a daughter Frances Brown Holmes of Farmington CT; two sons William T. Brown of Farmington CT and Alexander B. Brown of Albuquerque NM; a stepdaughter Sydney Masters Durieux of New York City; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday 17 April 2001 at Sage Chapel at Northfield-Mt Hermon School in Northfield MA. Memorial contributions may be made to the Class of 1941, Hotchkiss School, Lakeville CT.

Janice Burns

Janice Rzeczkowski Burns, 64, of Stonington, died on Wednesday 4 April 2001 in Hilton Head, SC.

Born on 4 October 1936, she was the daughter of John and Louise Brennan Rzeczkowski. On 11 May 1957 she married William J Burns in St Michael Church, Providence RI.

Mrs Burns was a communicant of St Mary Church, Stonington.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons. William J. Burns Jr of Pensacola FL; Brian Burns of Kansas City KS; and Robert Burns of Newport RI; two daughters, Kerry Ann Reyna of League City TX; and Karen Gaines of Lavergne TN; a brother, Richard Rzeczkowski of Providence RI; and 12 grandchildren.

The funeral will take place on Tuesday 10 April 2001 at Mystic Funeral Home, followed by a funeral mass at St Mary Church at 10 am. Burial will take place in St Ann's Cemetery in Cranston RI.

Mary Grillo

Mary Elaine "Lainnie" Tate Grillo, 56, of Stonington, died Wednesday 4 April 2001 at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, where she had been a patient for about a week.

Born on 30 September 1944, in Westerly, she was the daughter of Carl G. Tate Sr. and Mary Cross Tate of Westerly. On 23 April 1966 she married Joseph Grillo at St. Mary Church, Stonington.

Mrs Grillo was a past member of the Ashway Grange No. 50. Mrs. Grillo had taught Sunday School and served as a nursery attendant at St. Mary School.

In addition to her mother and husband, she is survived by a son, Michael Grillo of Hope Valley, RI; a daughter, Julie Richards of Pawcatuck; two brothers, Carl J. Tate Jr of Arlington TX and Arthur A. Tate Sr of Pawcatuck; two sisters, Dorothy Algier of Florida and Westerly and LuFern Hudson of Westerly.

A funeral service was held on Saturday 7 April 2001 at Mystic Funeral Home.

Contributions in Mrs Grillo's memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 238 West Town St, Norwich CT 06360, or the Community Cancer Center, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, 365 Montauk Ave., New London 06320.

Russell Beattie

Russell Beatie, 72, died of cancer on Saturday 24 March 2001 at home in Stonington.

Born in Hamden CT, he was the son of Frank Dalton Beattie and Edith Quigley Beattie. He attended Hamden schools and served in the Merchant Marine. Mr Beattie was a professional carpenter and was also an avid angler and sailor.

Mr Beattie is survived by four daughters, Valerie Evans-Freke of Tuxedo Park NY; Robin Jarry of Hope ME; Deborah Beattie of West Haven CT; and Laurie Beattie of East Haven CT; a brother, Frank Beattie of Clinton CT; a sister, Jean O'Connell of Stonington; and seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister Barbara Terriel.

A memorial service was held at the West Haven Funeral Home, 662 Savin Avenue, West Haven CT.

A celebration of Mr Beattie's life will be held at 2 pm on 21 April at his home.

Beatrice Wedlock LaGrua

Beatrice Wedlock LaGrua, 80, died on Thursday 22 March 2001 at Mariner Health Care at Pendleton in Mystic, where she had been staying for the past two weeks.

Mrs LaGrua, daughter of Louis and Olive Wedlock, was born in Pawcatuck on 30 July 1920. She attended Stonington High School, which she graduated from in 1937.

She married Joseph LaGrua, brother of Maurice LaGrua, in Yonkers on 14 July 1940. Joseph LaGrua died on 3 September 1993. Mrs LaGrua worked at the Doubleday Publishing Company in Garden City NY for 10 years, and later at the Internal Revenue Service Center in Andover MA. She retired to Stonington from Wakefield MA in 1983.

Mrs LaGrua is survived by a daughter, Judith Ann Hanigan of Greenwood Lake NY; a son James J. LaGrua of Marshall NC; and two sisters, Dorothy Carpenter of Perryville RI and Doris M. Bradway of Monrovia CA.

Mrs LaGrua was buried in St Mary Cemetery and memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, 150 Eugene O'Neill Drive, New London CT 06320.

Mildred V. (York) Watrous

Mildred V. (York) Watrous of Stonington died on Tuesday 20 March 2001 at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London.

Mrs Watrous was born in North Stonington on 6 August 1910, the daughter of Clayton and Sarah York. Her husband was the late William E. Watrous. Mrs Watrous worked as an executive secretary for the American Velvet Company in Stonington Borough for several years and after that at the Mystic Seaport. She was a member of the AARP and the Humane Society of America.

Mrs Watrous is survived by three grandchildren, William "Bill" LeClair of Peace Dale; Edward LeClair of Queens, New York; and Jenni LeClair of El Cajon CA; and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by one son, Henry E. LeClair; three brothers; and three sisters.

Donations in Mrs Watrous' memory may be made to the Humane Society of America, 701 Russell Road, Newington CT 06111.

Dennis G. Williams

Dennis G. Williams, 63, of Stonington, died Monday 12 March 2001 at the Westerly Hospital.

Born on 16 September 1937 in Dover NJ, he was the son of Grifford and Mildred Parker Williams.

Mr Williams graduated from Blair Academy in Blairstown NJ in 1956 and in 1960 from the University of Bridgeport. He served in the US Army from 1961 to 1963. From 1964 to 1993 he worked as an art teacher at the Clark Lane Middle School in Waterford CT and was recently working at Wal-Mart in Westerly RI. He was also a track coach at the Clark Lane Middle School, a baseball coach for the Pawcatuck Little League and a director of the Stonington Youth Soccer League.

Mr Williams is survived by a son, Todd D. Williams of Tallahassee FL; a daughter Abby W. Levasseur of North Berwick ME; a sister Sharon Turk of Ashland OH; and his former wife Katherine Edgar Williams of Groton CT.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Stonington Ambulance Corps, PO Box 424, Stonington CT 06378.

Margaret Tykosh Woycik

Margaret Tykosh Woycik, 79, of Old Mystic, died Sunday 4 March 2001 at Mariner Health at Pendleton in Mystic CT. Born on 4 July 1921 in Duryea PA, she was the daughter of John and Barbara Tykosh. On 28 April 1950 she married Francis Woycik in Plainfield. He died on 9 March 1999.

Mrs Woycik worked at the American Velvet Company in Stonington and Sirtex Printing in Old Mystic till her retirement. She was a communicant of St Patrick Church, Mystic.

Mrs Woycik was Democratic Registrar of Voters for the Town of Stonington for 35 years and was a member of the Democratic Town Committee for 25 years. She was also a member of the Democratic Woment's Club.

She is survived by a son, Walter Woycik, of Old Mystic; three daughters, Maryann Martinelli of North Stonington; Theresa Gillis and Ann Marie Lotring, both of Stonington; a sister, Eleanor Marshburn of Moosup; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The funeral took place on Friday 9 March 2001 at 10 am at St Patrick Church, Mystic.

Thomas Costa

Thomas M. Costa, 62, of Reading, MA, formerly of Stonington, died Thursday 19 July 2001 at Fair Oaks Hospital in Fairfax, VA, where he had been admitted Wednesday.

Born on 21 July 1938, in Stonington, he was the son of Thomas Costa and Mildred Card Costa of Pawcatuck. He graduated from Stonington High School in 1956. He was an engineering aide in the research and development department at Electric Boat in New London. He had been a general building contractor in the Stonington area and was currently employed by the Herman/Stewart Construction Co. of Massachusetts, serving as the construction superintendent on a project in Fairfax, VA.

Mr Costa served with the Air Force in Germany in 1961-62. He was a past grand knight of the Nina Council No. 43, Knights of Columbus, in Stonington and a member of the Nina Assembly 4th Degree and the Portuguese Holy Ghost Society in Stonington Borough.

In addition to his wife Marjorie, he is survived by his mother, Mildred Card Costa; two daughters, Noreen Costa of Plantstville and Kathleen Costa of Hermosa Beach, CA; and a son, Thomas W. Costa Jr of Stonington.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place on Monday 23 July 2001 at 10 am at St. Mary Church, Stonington, with burial in St. Mary Cemetery.

W. Stuart Leech, Jr

W. Stuart Leech, Jr of Williamsport PA, formerly of Stonington, died Monday 2 July 2001 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville PA.

The son of Myrtle Halton Leech and W. Stuart Leech Sr, he was born in Mt Vernon NY. On 30 April 1960 Leech married Carolyn Bryfogle. Mr Leech attended local schools in Bronxville NY and graduated from Stanton Military Academy in Stanton VA and Columbia University in New York.

Mr Leech served in the submarine division of the US Navy during the Korean War. In 1993, he retired as president of Underwater Construction Corp in Essex CT.

Mr Leech was a 25-year-long member of Calvary Church in Stonington and a former member of the East Haddam Fish & Game Club in Haddam and the Wadawanuck Club in Stonington.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Marine Captain Wilson S. Leech III or Oceanside CA and Daniel Paul Leech of San Diego CA.

Chester McDonough, Jr.

Chester Haley Joseph “Slugger” McDonough Jr, 68, of Amarillo, Texas, formerly of Stonington, died Monday 25 June 2001 at the Amarillo Department of Veteran Affairs Health Center, where he had been hospitalized since 30 May.

Mr McDonough, the son of the late Chester H.J. and Adeline Santos McDonough, was born in Stonington on 14 August 1932. In 1951 he graduated from Stonington High School. As a young man, Mr McDonough was an avid swimmer and skier. Mr McDonough served in the US Navy in the Korean War. He worked as a maitre d'hôtel in several restaurants in the southwestern United States.

McDonough is survived by two brothers, William B. "Butch" McDonough of Stonington and Russell McDonough of Noank; and a sister, Alicia Sylvia of Poughkeepsie, NY.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10.30 am Wednesday 18 July 2001 at St Mary Church in Stonington Borough.

Beatrice Lopez

Beatrice Lord Lopez, 78, of Pellegrino Road, Stonington, died Friday 29 June 2001 at The Westerly Hospital. The daughter of William and Susan Gardner Lord, she was born in Voluntown CT on 16 May 1923.

She graduated from Stonington High School in 1941. On 1 August 1949 she married John Pershing Lopez in Mystic. He died on 26 October 1989.

Mrs Lopez attended the University of Connecticut and Eastern Connecticut University. She taught at Mystic Oral School for 25 years before retiring in 1978. An avid golfer, Mrs Lopez was a member of the Pequot Golf Club and had been runner-up in the club gold championship. She was also a member of the Westerly Bowling League, the Ladies of the Cloth and a member of the Road Congregational Church, where she was a deacon and a choir member. Mrs Lopez was also an artist and an ardent UConn women's basketball team fan.

Mrs Lopez is survived by a son, William Lopez, of Stonington; a daughter, Christine Lopez, of Stonington; two sisters, Catherine Kulaga of Quiambaug and Susan Syren of Ashaway RI; and two grandsons, John T. Lopez and Michael J. Lopez. She was predeceased by a sister, Laura Houghtaling.

Funeral services are planned for Tuesday at the Congregational Church in Stonington at 1.30 pm. Burial will take place in Elm Grove Cemetery, Mystic.

Contributions in Mrs Lopez's memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 238 West Town Street, Norwich CT or to the John Lopez Memorial Library, c/o Road Congregational Church, 903 Pequot Trail, Stonington CT.

Adeline Fantone Arvidson

Adeline C. Fantone Arvidson, 87, of Marlin Drive, died Thursday 28 June 2001 in her son's house in Mystic. The daughter of AMericus and Nellie Deigal Fantone, she was born on 26 June 1914 in Glastonbury CT. In 1938 she married Stanley Arvidson in Massachusetts. Mr Arvidson died in 1968.

Mrs Arvidson worked as a customer service representative at the former Hartford National Bank in Stonington Borough for more than 15 years. Later she worked for antiques dealer Marguerite Riordan for more than 14 years. She was active in Girl Scout and Red Cross blood drives.

Mrs Arvidson is survived by a son Peter Arvidson of Mystic; a sister, Vivian Matava, of East Hartford CT; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Janet H. Cielowski.

A memorial mass was celebrated at St Mary Church, Stonington Borough, on Tuesday 3 July 2001, with a private burial in St Mary Cemetery.

Contributions in Mrs Arvidson's memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of Southeastern Connecticut, 403 North Frontage Road, Waterford CT 06385-4349.

Antone Rego

Antone Rego, 77, formerly of Pawcatuck, died on Saturday 20 October 2001 at the Westerly Health Center after a long illness. Born on 30 November 1923 in Fall River MA, he was the son of Frank and Maria Roderick Rego.

In 1956 he married Maria R. Rego in Sao Miguel, in the Azores. Mrs Rego died in November 1991. Mr Rego worked for 24 years at the former American Velvet Company in Stonington as a shearing machine operator. He was a communicant of St Michael the Archangel Church in Pawcatuck and a member of the Portuguese Holy Ghost Society in Stonington Borough.

A graveside service is planned for Tuesday 23 October at 10 am in Stonington Cemetery, North Main Street, Stonington.

Elise McStea Whitney

Elise McStea Whitney, 87, of New York City, formerly of Stonington, died Sunday 7 October 2001 at the Schumacher Nursing Center in White Plains NY.

Born on 23 March 1914 in New Orleans LA, Ms Whitney was the daughter of Nelson M. and Marguerite Palmer Whitney. She is survived by a nephew, George Whitney, of Amagansett NY and Kiln MS; and a niece, Laura Williams of New Orleans.

Burial took place on Thursday 11 October 2001 in Stonington Cemetery.

Joshua Michael Piver

Joshua Piver, 23, of New York City, formerly of Stonington, is presumed to have died in the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on 11 September 2001.

Born on 25 June 1978, Mr Piver was the son of Michael and Susan Piver, of Stonington, and grandson of Edward and Dorothy Piver, also of Stonington. Edward Piver is the Wetlands Enforcement Officer of the Town of Stonington. Joshua Piver attended Stonington High School, where he received honors in all four years and from which he graduated in 1996. A varsity soccer player for Stonignton High School, he had worked summers at Dodson's Boatyard in Stonington. Following high school, he attended the University of Vermont. After college he went to work in June 2000 for Tradespark, a subsidiary of the bond-trading firm Cantor Fitzgerald, with offices on the 105th floor of the north tower of the World Trade Center. Mr Piver brokered pollution credits for companies.

In addition to his mother and father, and his paternal grandparents, Mr Piver is survived by his sister Erika, who works in the guidance department at Robert E Fitch High School.

A memorial service for Mr Piver was held on Saturday 29 September 2001 at 12.30 pm at Calvary Church, Stonington Borough. A Memorial Fund in Mr Piver's name has been established under the auspices of Calvary Church. Contributions to this fund may be made to Calvary Church, Josh Piver Fund, 27 Church Street, Stonington CT 06378. A scholarship fund in Mr Piver's name is also being supported by a benefit to be held at the B F Hoxie Fire House in Mystic CT on Sunday 14 October 2001 from 2.30 to 5.30 pm and featuring entertainment by the Cartells, a local band. For more information on this benefit or to donate, please call the Mystic Chamber of Commerce at 860-572-9578.

Fioranna Lonergan

Florianna Giordani Lonergan, 90, of Coveside Lane, formerly of Glenwood Avenue, New London, died on Monday 17 September 2001 at the Westerly Hospital in Westerly RI. Born on 3 August 1911, in Quincy MA, she was the daughter of Settimo and Marietta Augestini Giordani.

On 3 September 1942, in New London, she married Robert C. Lonergan, who died on 26 April 1972. Mrs Lonergan graduated from the Mt. Sinai School of Nursing in 1933.

A registered nurse, she also worked as a former director of infectious diseases at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London. She was in addition a licensed realtor, and worked for several real estate agents in the area.

Mrs Lonergan was a volunteer for many years at the Mystic Seaport Museum and was a communicant of St Mary Church in Stonington Borough.

She is survived by a son, Robert C. Lonergan of Birmingham AL; a daughter, Mary Deidre Florianna Lonergan Mantzaris of Old Mystic; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by four brothers and four sisters.

A Mass of Christina Burial was celebrated at 10 am on Thursday 20 September 2001 at St Mary Church in Stonington Borough, followed by burial in St Mary Cemetery in New London.

Donations in Mrs Lonergan's memory may be made to the Disaster Relief Fund, American Red Cross, 150 Eugene O'Neill Drive, New London CT 06320.

Phebe Reynolds

Phebe Eleanor Root Reynolds, 91, of Stonington, died at home on Monday 10 September 2001 at home.

Born on 11 November 1909, in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of Frank C. and Ella M. B. Root. On 22 May 1937 she married Dr Whitman M. Reynolds, who died in 1997.

Mrs Reynolds was raised in Detroit, Michigan, and later moved to Greenwich, Connecticut. She graduated from Greenwich Academy in 1928.

After studying in Bath, England, and New York, Mrs Reynolds pursued a career in the theatre during the 1930s. She appeared in several plays in New York, including Moon Over Mulberry Street opposite Jose Limon, and Cornell Wilde. She also had a radio program on NBC, with Rosa Rio as her accompanist, and was a member of the Cleveland Playhouse.

She volunteered at several organizations in Greenwich. She taught physical education at Greenwich Academy and was also president of its alumnae association. She was a member of the Indian Harbor Yacht Club and the Second Congregational Church of Greenwich.

In 1968, Mrs Reynolds and her husband retired to Stonington, after having spent summers in North Stonington for several years. She was a member of the Wadawanuck Yacht Club, and the United Church of Stonington. Mrs Reynolds enjoyed reading, bowling, and sailing.

She is survived by two daughters: Judith Reynolds Shaw of Cambridge MA and Marjorie R. Robson of Wellington, New Zealand; a son, Jeffrey R. Reynolds of Missoula, MT; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at 2 pm Saturday 15 September at the United Church of Stonington, 67 Main Street, Stonington Borough.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of Southeastern Connecticut, 403 North Frontage Road, Waterford CT 06385-4349.

Maria Silveira

Maria I. Silveira, 58, of Oak Drive, died Monday 27 August 2001 at home after a lengthy illness. Ms Silveira was born on 30 August 1942, in Faial, the Azores. She was the daughter of Maria Ramos Silveira of Stonington and the late Augusto Silveira. She married Roger Collel on June 10, 2000.

Mrs Silveira worked at The William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich for 10 years before her illness. She was a communicant of St Mary Church in Stonington Borough and a member of the Our Lady of Fatima Society.

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by a son, Michael Roderick of Narragansett, RI; a daughter, Mary Ann Cheatham of West Palm Beach, FL; a brother, Joseph Silveira of Pawcatuck; and five grandchildren. She was predeceased by a brother, Manuel Silveira.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday 29 August at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Church in Stonington. Burial was in Stonington Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 238 West Town St, Norwich CT 06360.

Trowbridge Strong

Trowbridge "Toby" Strong, 75, died on Friday 20 July 2001 at home in Old Black Point, East Lyme CT.

The son of L. Corrin and Alice Trowbridge Strong, he was born in 1925 in New York City. In May 2001, he married Marion Howe Bigelow Strong, of Stonington, where he joined her to live. He had been married before to Alice Wadsworth Strong, who died in 1998.

Mr Strong was a longtime summer resident of the region and moved to the coast permanently following the death of his first wife. He graduated from Westminster Academy in Simsbury CT in 1943 and from Bowdoin College in 1949. In World War II he served in the US Army Air Force.

Mr Strong, who grew up in Washington DC, had a great interest in boating, acquired perhaps from his boyhood summers on Gibson Island in Maryland. He was a founder of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and a generous donor to help with the preservation of the Pataguanset Marsh and Long Ledge in East Lyme.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, M. Corrin Strong of Geneseo NY, and James W. Strong of Narbeth PA; three daughters, Susan S. Kelley of Geneseo NY, Sarah S. Lomax of Niantic CT and Alice S. Cleary of Rosemont PA; two brothers, Henry Strong of Washington DC and Peter Strong of Stratton VT; and ten grandchildren.

Donations in Mr Strong's memory may be made to Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut, Inc, PO Box 902, Uncasville CT 06382-0902 or the Community Cancer Center of Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, 365 Montauk Avenue, New London CT 06320.

Nathanael Asa Jankovich

Nathanael Asa Jankovich, 25, died Saturday 21 July 2001 at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London.

The son of Eleanor Brennan, formerly Jankovich, of New London and George W. Jankovich of Stonington, Jankovich was born Aug. 8, 1975. A musician, Jankovich graduated from Fitch Senior High School. In addition to his parents, his maternal grandmother, Doris Brennan of New London, survives him.

A memorial service was held at 7 pm Wednesday 25 July 2001 at Born Again Ministry, 50 Fort Hill Road, Groton.

W. Stuart Leech, Jr

W. Stuart Leech, Jr of Williamsport PA, formerly of Stonington, died Monday 2 July 2001 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville PA.

The son of Myrtle Halton Leech and W. Stuart Leech Sr, he was born in Mt Vernon NY. On 30 April 1960 Leech married Carolyn Bryfogle. Mr Leech attended local schools in Bronxville NY and graduated from Stanton Military Academy in Stanton VA and Columbia University in New York.

Mr Leech served in the submarine division of the US Navy during the Korean War. In 1993, he retired as president of Underwater Construction Corp in Essex CT.

Mr Leech was a 25-year-long member of Calvary Church in Stonington and a former member of the East Haddam Fish & Game Club in Haddam and the Wadawanuck Club in Stonington.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Marine Captain Wilson S. Leech III or Oceanside CA and Daniel Paul Leech of San Diego CA.

Chester McDonough, Jr.

Chester Haley Joseph “Slugger” McDonough Jr, 68, of Amarillo, Texas, formerly of Stonington, died Monday 25 June 2001 at the Amarillo Department of Veteran Affairs Health Center, where he had been hospitalized since 30 May.

Mr McDonough, the son of the late Chester H.J. and Adeline Santos McDonough, was born in Stonington on 14 August 1932. In 1951 he graduated from Stonington High School. As a young man, Mr McDonough was an avid swimmer and skier. Mr McDonough served in the US Navy in the Korean War. He worked as a maitre d'hôtel in several restaurants in the southwestern United States.

McDonough is survived by two brothers, William B. "Butch" McDonough of Stonington and Russell McDonough of Noank; and a sister, Alicia Sylvia of Poughkeepsie, NY.

A memorial Mass was celebrated at 10.30 am Wednesday 18 July 2001 at St Mary Church in Stonington Borough.

Harold Robinson

Harold M Robinson, 86, of Stonington, died on Wednesday 23 January 2002 at The Westerly Hospital. The son of William and Julia McGowan Robinson, he was born in Stonington on 13 November 1915. On 5 July 1945 he married Edna Lewis in Stonington. She died in January 1995.

Mr Robinson attended Stonington High School, where he played football. He served in the US Army in World War II from 1942 to 1945 in the Philippines.

Mr Robinson worked as a machinist at the Atwood Machine Co and later went into maintenance, becoming a plumber, rigger and carpenter. Returning to Atwood after the war, he remained with the company as it changed first to Plax then to Monsanto, from which he retired in 1977. After his retirement he worked part-time at Skipper's Dock and the Harbor View Restaurants.

He was a communicant of St Mary Church, Stonington, and a lifetime member of the Portuguese Holy Ghost Society, the Hugo A Simonelli Post, VFW, in Mystic, the Harley P Chase American Legion Post in Stonington, and the Steamer Engine Company of The Stonington Borough Fire Department. He was a member for 30 years of the Westerly Lodge of Elks.

Mr Robinson is survived by a son, William, of Pawcatuck; a daughter, Susan Gaston, of Stonington; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St Mary Church, Stonington Borough, on Saturday 26 January 2002.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Stonington Ambulance Corps, P O Box 424, Stonington CT 06378.

George B "Jerry" Turner

George B "Jerry" Turner, 58, of Stonington, died from cancer.on Tuesday 22 January 2002 at Pendleton Health Care in Mystic. The son of Howard M and Helen (Bartholomew) Turner, he was born in New London on 8 January 1944.

Mr Turner attended Pine Point School in Stonington, Winchendon School in Winchendon NH and received his BA from Burdett College in Boston MA. He married Ainslie Anderson in Andover MA on 4 May 1968. The couple bought the former Harbor View Restaurant in Stonington that same year and it became one of the premier restaurants in New England. Skippers Dock restaurant was opened in 1984. The Turners sold the Harbor View in 1989 and, in 1997, they opened the Quiambaug House Restaurant. In 1999, the Turners returned to Stonington, where they reopened Skippers Dock Restaurant, which remains open.

Mr Turner was a member of the Ram Island Yacht Club, the Off Soundings Club and the Connecticut Restaurant Association. He also enjoyed following the Boston Red Sox baseball team.

In addition to his wife, Mr Turner is survived by a son, Alex, of Stonington; a daughter, Brie Tanner, of Longmont CO; a brother, Mark Turner, of Noank; and one sister, Sarah T Miniken, of Bethesda MD.

A memorial service will be held at the Mystic Congregational Church on Friday 1 February at 2 pm. Contributions in Mr Turner's memory may be made to the Stonington Free Library, POB 232, Stonington CT 06378.

John E Dodson Jr

John Esser Dodson Jr, 66, of Brisbane, Australia, died on 19 November 2001. Born on 24 September 1935, he was the son of John and Evelyn Mott Dodson. He was a graduate of the Choate School and attended Lehigh University.

Mr Dodson served in the US Navy from 1956 to 1959.

Mr Dodson had been an engineer in Brisbane and was vice president of Dodson Boatyard in Stonington Borough from 1960 to 1964. He is survived by his wife, Theresa Dodson of Balmoral, New South Wales, Australia; a daughter, Aimee Dodson Curtis; and three sons, John, Peter, and Joshua, all of New South Wales, Australia.

Memorial services were held on 21 November 2001 in The Chapel, Hemmant Cemetery, New South Wales.

Paul Louis Moody

Paul Louis Moody, 81, of Stonington, died on Friday 18 January 2002 at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven CT. The son of Wilson Arnold and Audrey Bloom Moody, he was born on 13 July 1920 in Cleveland OH.

Mr Moody graduated from South High in Cleveland in 1938 and joined the US Navy on 16 September 1940. He served aboard the USS Nashville and the USS Tarazed before entering the Navy's Submarine School in Groton, where he graduated from in 1943. He served aboard the USS Whale during World War II. When the Whale was decommissioned, he served aboard the USS Haddock, the USS Toro and the USS Baya.

Mr Moody married Cannie Pettingille Collins on 25 January 1946 in Noank.

Mr Moody worked as an instructor at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center and later at the US Submarine Base in Groton CT. He retired into the Fleet Reserve in September 1960 with the rank of chief engineman. Following his naval service, he worked at Stonington Lumber Company until his retirement in 1982.

A member and trustee of the United Church of Stonington and a member of the Men's Club, Mr Moody was also a member of the Fleet Reserve Association and the James W Harvey American Legion Post in Stonington.

In addition to his wife, Mr Moody is survived by a son, Gary, of Sedona AZ; two daughters, Nancy Hobart of Stonington and Joyce Moody of Famington NH; two grandchildren, Daniel Hobart of New York City and Susan Hobart of Tempe AZ; a brother, David Moody of Winston-Salem NC; and a sister, Alma Deluzin of Oakwood OH.

Funeral services were held on Monday 21 January 2002 at the United Church of Stonington at 11 am and burial took place in Stonington Cemetery.

Contributions in Mr Moody's memory may be made to the United Church of Stonington, 67 Main Street, Stonington CT 06378.

John Lester Lathrop

John Lester Lathrop, 78, of Titusville FL, formerly of Stonington, died Monday 14 January 2002 at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville FL. The son of Harry Lester Lathrop and Grace Amy Frink Lathrop, he was born on 8 March 1923 in Norwich CT.

Mr Lathrop graduated in 1942 from Stonington High School and later married Beverly Lathrop.

He served from 1943 to 1945 with the US Marine Corps in World War II, flying fighter planes, F4U Corsairs, for which he earned three Air Medals, two Presidential Citations, and one Unit Citation. Recalled to active duty during the Korean War, he served as a transport pilot in R4U-Flying Boxcars from 1951 to 1954, retiring as a major.

Mr Lathrop owned the John L Lathrop Real Estate and Insurance Co on Flanders Road in Stonington for over 35 years. He and his wife were active in many civic and community organizations. He was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church in Stonington Borough, where he served on the Vestry for two terms, one as assistant treasurer, and on the Altar Guild as co-director with his wife. He was also a member of the Stonington Grange, the Stonington Historical Society, the Stonington Village Improvement Association, the Westerly Historical Association, the Hugo Simonelli Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the James W Harvey Post of the American Legion. He was a charter member of the Mystic Marine Aquarium, a past chairman of the Republican Town Committee, a past director of the Mystic Community Center, a found and past president of the Stonington Chamber of Commerce, and president of the Stonington Community Center during the time funds were being raised for the present building.

In 1999, Mr & Mrs Lathrop moved to Titusville FL.

In addition to his wife, Mr Lathrop is survived by two daughters, Nancy L Chambers of Belle Harbor NY, and Peggy L Knets of Groton; a son, John W Lathrop of Wallingford CT; two brothers, Charles of Titusville FL and Edwin of Sebastian FL; a sister, Amy J Bolin of Oceanside GA; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Donations in Mr Lathrop's memory may be made to Calvary Church Outreach Fund, 27 Church Street, Stonington CT 06378 or to the Stonington High School Class of '42 Library Fund, 176 South Broad Street, Pawcatuck CT 06379.

Albert R Bessette

Albert R Bessette, 79, of Stonington, died on Sunday 13 January 2002 at Pendleton Health Care in Mystic after a long illness. The son of Arsene and Rose Martin Bessette, he was born in Stonington on 30 May 1922. On 7 August 1948 he married Maryann Stewart. Mr Bessette attended Stonington schools and graduated in 1940.

Mr Bessette worked at Hamilton Standard Propellers in Pawcatuck before joining the US Army in 1944, at which time served as a rifleman with the 328th Regiment of the 26th Yankee Division in Third Army under General Patton. Following the war's end, Mr Bessette served as a military policeman in Vienna, Austria. He was awarded the Infantry Combat Badge and the Purple Heart.

Mr Bessette and his brother, Henry, owned and operated the Stonington Auto Station from 1947 to 1965. He worked for Shannon Motors until 1983. He worked for the Stonington Borough Highway Department until his retirement in 1986.

Mr Bessette was a member of the Stonington Ambulance Corps, which he was president of for more than 20 years. He was also president of the Stonington Fire District for 30 years. He was a life member, treasurer and oldest active member fo the Pioneer Hook and Ladder Company of the Stonington Borough Fire Department. He had recently been honored for 50 years of service by the Company.

Mr Bessette was a member of the James W Harvey Post of the American Legion, the Portuguese Holy Ghost Society, and the New London County Ostomy Association. He was also active in the Boy Scouts of America.

A communicant of St Mary Church in Stonington Borough, Mr Bessette was a church usher for 40 years.

In addition to his wife, Mr Bessette is survived by three sons, Robert, Mark and Thomas, all of Stonington; two daughters, Eleanor Stargardter of Coventry CT, and Patricia Fletcher, of Weatherford TX; two sisters, Theresa Fallon of Pawcatuck, and Rita Leary of Windsor Locks CT; and 12 grandchildren.

He was predeceased by two sisters, Blanche Stillman and Mary Sylvestre; and four brothers, Eugene, Lionel, Henry and Edward.

A funeral mass was celebrated at St Mary Church, Stonington, on Thursday 17 January 2002, and burial took place in St Mary Cemetery.

Contributions in Mr Bessette's memory may be made to the Stonington Ambulance Corps, POB 424, Stonington CT 06378 or to the Bryan Bessette Scholarship Fund, c/o Stonington Youth Services, 166 South Broad Street, Pawcatuck CT 06379.

Josephine Tilney

Josephine Toy Collins Tilney, 96, of Bloomfield CT, formerly of Stonington, died on Saturday 12 January 2002 at Caleb Hitchcock Health Center in Bloomfield.

The daughter of Frederick Starr and Josephine Seymour Toy Collins, she was born in Hartford CT on 5 July 1905. She attended the Oxford School in West Hartford and graduated from Miss Porter's School in Farmington CT. She also attended the Boston School of Art. She lived mostly of her life in Cheshire and Stonington, where she was an artist.

Descended from Richard Lyman, Mrs Tilney was a member of The Descendents of the Founders of Hartford. She was also a member of the Colonial Dames of America and the Stonington Historical Society.

Mrs Tilney is survived by a son, Timothy Collins Tilney of Newark DE; a half-brother, Atwood Collins II of Bloomfield CT; and four grandchildren. Burial took place at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford.

Donations in Mrs Tilney's memory may be made to the Duncaster Expansion Plan, 40 Loeffler Road, Bloomfield CT 06002 or to the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of Connecticut, 211 Main Street, Wethersfield CT 06109.

Mary Sylvestre

Mary Bessette Sylvestre, 86, of Stonington, died Friday 11 January 2002 at her home. Her family was with her at her death.

The daughter of the late Arsene and Rose Martin Bessette, Mrs Sylvestre was born in Stonington on 14 May 1915

She married Lionel Sylvestre on 25 May1940 at St Mary Church in Stonington Borough. Mr Sylvestre died in October 2000.

Mrs Sylvestre worked at the former Atwood Machine Co in Stonington and was a communicant of St. Mary Church in Stonington.

She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Linda Sylvestre, of Pawcatuck, George and Brenda Sylvestre, of Mystic, and Roger and Mary Sylvestre, of Wallingford; five daughters and three sons-in-law, Jeannette and Howard Eldridge of Pawcatuck, Lora and Peter Brodeur of Westerly, Irene and Joseph McKernan of Pawcatuck, Margaret Costa of Pawcatuck, and Elaine Fallon of Hudson MA; one brother, Albert Bessette of Stonington; two sisters, Theresa Fallon of Pawcatuck and Rita Leary of Windsor Locks; 23 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a sister, Blanche Stillman, and four brothers, Eugene, Lionel, Henry and Edward Bessette.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday 15 January 2002 at St Mary Church, Stonington Borough, at 10 am. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery.

Contributions in Mrs Sylvestre's memory may be made to The Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut, PO Box 902, Uncasville CT 06382-0902.

Millie Kupidlowski

Millie Nardone Kupidlowski, 80, died on Thursday 10 January 2002 at the Westerly Health Center after a brief illness.

The daugher of Rocco and Adeline Antonino Nardone, Mrs Kupidlowski was born on 18 May 1921 in Westerly. On 25 November 1978 she married Alfred H Kupidlowski at St Mary Church, Stonington Borough.

Mrs Kupidlowski attended local Westerly schools. She worked at the Bostitch Company and later at JC Penney Co in Westerly. She was also a busdriver for the Stonington school system. She was a member of St Mary Church, where she was a longtime member of the choir. She and her husband had been active in variety shows in Stonington Borough and worked with the Teen Times radio show on WERI.

In addition to her husband, Mrs Kupidlowski is survived by a son, David Kupidlowski of Carpenteria CA; a stepson Robert Kupidlowski of Woonsocket RI; three sisters, Mary Manette, Gilda Ahern and Louise Fusaro, all of Westerly; a brother, Ralph Nardone of Cheverly MD; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

She was predeceased by two sisters, Palma Patterson and Constance Bontempo; and a brother Girard Nardone.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at St Mary Church, Stonington Borough, on Wednesday 16 January 2002 at 10 am. Burial will be in St Mary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St Mary Church, 95 Main Street, Stonington CT 06378.

Marshall Noble

Marshall Hays Noble, 78, of Pawcatuck, died on Wednesday 9 January 2002 at the Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, New London.

Born on 22 February 1923 in Mansfield LA, he was the son of Col Howard F and Susan Nabors Noble. He was a graduate of Culver Military Academy and Princeton University. He did graduate work at Yale and Cornell Universities.

On 1 July 1976 he married Carolie Woods in Washington DC.

Mr Noble served with the Army Special Forces in World War II. After the war, he was a career Foreign Service office, posted to southeast Asia. He also served as deputy chief of mission in Luxembourg. He later did admission counselling for applicants to the State Department.

Mr Noble was treasurer of the former Stonington Visiting Nurses Association, and treasurer and president of the Wadawanuck Yacht Club in Stonington.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two stepsons, Valentine Hollingsworth III of Dover MA and Arthur W Hollingsworth of Dallas; three stepdaughters, Tracy Hollingsworth of Alexandria VA, Dr Helen M Hollingsworth of Wayland MA and Laura H Hollingsworth of Farmington; and three granddaughters.

Funeral services were held at Calvary Church, Stonington, on Saturday 12 January. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Cancer Center, c/o Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, 365 Montauk Avenue, New London CT 06320, or the Visiting Nurse Association of Southeastern Connecticut, 403 North Frontage Road, Waterford CT 06385.

Elizabeth Fairbrother

Elizabeth Groton Fairbrother, 59, of Canterbury CT, died on Wednesday 2 January 2002 at the William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich after a 20-year struggle with cancer.

Mrs Fairbrother graduated from Williams Memorial Institute in New London and in 1966 received a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from the University of Rhode Island, where she did further graduate work, as well as at Temple University.

Mrs Fairbrother was one of the original teachers of the Head Start program at the University of Rhode Island and also taught kindergarten in both Stonington and Westerly public school systems. She later taught at The Rectory School for a year. Mrs Fairbrother in her youth was an avid equestrienne and showed prize-winning heifers at the Eastern States Exposition. She also enjoyed tennis and swimming.

Mrs Fairbrother married Charles W. Fairbrother on 15 January 1970. Moving to Canterbury in 1975, she became involved in a variety of civic and community affairs. She was a member of the Canterbury Historical Society, for which she was curator of archives and chair of its Municipal Historian Committee, and was instrumental in getting Canterbury Green on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2000 she received the ANECIIS Regional Heritage Award. She was also a member of the Arthur Basto Archaeological Society, the Wadawanuck Club of Stonington and the Plainfield Historical Society, where she was awarded a Preservation award.

In addition, Mrs Fairbrother did volunteer work at the Prudence Crandall Museum; the Killingly Historical Society; the Norwich office of the American Cancer Society. In 1995 she received the American Cancer Society's Courage award presented to her by Connecticut Governor John G Rowland.

Mrs Fairbrother is survived by her husband; her parents, John and Betty Groton of Stonington; two sons, Charles B Fairbrother and John H G Fairbrother, both of Canterbury; a brother and sister-in-law, John and Alice Groton, of Stonington, and goddaughters and nieces Sara and Sophie.

Contributions in Mrs Fairbrother's memory may be made to the WW Backus Hospital, Oncology Department, 326 Washington Street, Norwich CT 06360.

Catherine Voorsanger

Catherine Voorsanger at her lecture at the Stonington Free Library

Catherine Hoover Voorsanger, 51, of New York City and Stonington, died at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York of complications from melanoma on Monday 24 December 2001.

The daughter of Beatrice B. Slater and Robert C Hoover, Mrs Voorsanger was born in 1950 in Oakland CA. She attended the Katherine Delman Burke School and Smith College, from where she received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in art history in 1972. She earned a doctorate degree in art history from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 2001. From 1972 to 1979 Mrs Voorsanger worked as an assistant curator and then curator at the California Historical Society in San Francisco. During this time, she was a protÈgÈe of the San Francisco art critic Alfred Frankenstein.

In 1979 Mrs Voorsanger moved to New York where she became a senior researcher for the painting collection of New York City, during which time she initiated a site review and conservation inspection of approximately 300 19th-century works in public buildings located throughout the city.

Mrs Voorsanger joined the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1983, where she was Associate Curator at the American Wing, where, in 1991, she assumed responsibility for furniture after 1825, including in the Frank Lloyd Wright Collection. Her many activities in the area of post-Federal American decorative arts, including extensive research on John LaFarge's stained glass and the American Aesthetic Movement, allowed her to undo the stereotype of uniformly heavy and dark 19th-century American furniture.

In 1994 she organized, with Alice Cooney Freilinghuysen and Katherine S Howe, an exhibition on the work of the well-known American cabinetmakers entitled "Herter Brothers: Furniture and Interiors for a Gilded Age." She had previously overseen research, assisted in object selection and contributed to the catalogues for "In Pursuit of Beauty: Americans and the Aesthetic Movement" (1987) and "American Paradise: The World of the Hudson River School" (1988). Her Dictionary of Architects, Artisans, Artists and Manufacturers in the Aesthetic Movement has become, according to the New York Times, "a standard reference in the field."

With John K Howat, former chairman of the department of decorative arts at the Metropolitan, Mrs Voorsanger organized "Art and the Empire City: New York, 1825-1861". The catalogue for this exhibition won the New York State Historical Society's Henry Allen Moe Award for art-historical writing. This was also the first exhibition catalogue to be presented among the New York Public Library's annual Books to Remember list of 25 noteworthy publications.

Mrs Voorsanger is survived by her husband, Bartholomew of New York and Stonington, her mother of San Rafael CA and father, her sisters Molly de Montmarin of Paris and Whitney Hoover, and brothers Robert C Hoover II, Samuel S Slater, and John S Hoover.

A memorial service in New York City is planned for Friday 11 January 2002 at 11.30 at the Unitarian Church of All Souls,1157 Lexington Avenue, at 80th Street. A Stonington memorial service is planned for the spring.

Donations in Mrs Voorsanger's memory may be made to a new Fellowship Fund established in the Art History Program at the Graduate Center, City University of New York with an emphasis on the decorative arts in the name of Dr Catherine Hoover Voorsanger. Information on this fund is available from Mr Larry Cowen at CUNY at 212-817-7132.

Raymond Robinson

Raymond Robinson, 77, of Stonington, died on Tuesday 18 December 2001 at the Westerly Health Center.

Born in Westerly on 8 May 1924, Mr Robinson was a son of William and Catherine Toon Robinson. He married Marjorie Nado Robinson, who survives him.

Mr Robinson had worked at the Bradford Dyeing Association, where he was a superintendent at the time of his retirement in the 1980s. Mr Robinson was a US Army veteran of World War II, where he served in the Pacific.

In addition to his wife, Mr Robinson is survived by a son, Neil Robinson and a daughter Tracy O'Lari, both of Stonington, and two grandchildren.

Lucy Minucci

Lucy Vincent Minucci, 84, died on Monday 17 December 2001 at the Nutmeg Pavilion in New London, where she had been hospitalized for the past two and a half years.

Born in Stonington on 29 June 1917, she was the daughter of John and Maria Maderia Vincent. She attended local schools and on 23 September 1955 she married Attilio Minucci in Portland.

Mrs Minucci worked for 37 years as an assembler by the Bostich Co of Pawcatuck and East Greenwich RI. She retired in 1975.

Mrs Minucci was a communicant of St Thomas More Church in North Stonington.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a stepson, Richard Buckley of Gales Ferry; four sisters, Lenia Vincent and Rose Raffo, both of Stonington, Gloria Ross of Belfast ME and Catherine Chapman of Groton; and two brothers, Roger Vincent and Arthur Vincent, both of Westerly. She was predeceased by a brother John and a sister Stella Delicato.

A memorial mass was celebrated on Friday 21 December 2001 at St Thomas More in North Stonington and burial took place at St Mary Cemetery in Stonington.

Contributions in Mrs Minucci's memory may be made to St Thomas More Church, 87 Mystic Road, North Stonington CT 06359.

Anna Medeiros

Anna Berson Madeiros, 34, of Austin, Texas, died on Sunday 16 December 2001. Born in suburban Atlanta on 13 October 1967, she was the daughter of Renny and Gail Berson of Marietta GA. She graduated from Osborn High School and the University of Georgia, where she earned a degree in international business. Ms Madeiros worked as a quality assurance analyst.

In addition to her parents, Mrs Medeiros is survived by her husband, Michael Medeiros of Austin TX; a daughter, Rebecca Gayle Medeiros of Austin; two sisters, Carolyn Mentel of Stephenson MI and Jennifer Vankirk of Canton GA; her maternal grandmother, Dorothy Melle of Naples FL; her paternal grandfather, Dorothy Berson of Punta Gorda FL; and her mother- and father-in-law, Eve and Arthur Medeiros, of Stonington.

Funeral services were held on 22 December 2001 in Marietta GA. Burial was in Cheatham Hill Memorial Park in Marietta.

Contributions in Mrs Medeiros' memory may be made to the Trust Account for the Benefit of Rebecca Gayle Medeiros, c/o The Savings Institute, 530 Stonington Road, Suite 101, Stonington CT 06378.

Susan Stillman

Susan L. D'Amico Stillman, 43, of Westerly and formerly of Stonington Borough, died Sunday 16 December 2001 at home.

Born on April 24, 1958, in Westerly, she was the daughter of Marie DelVescio Painter of Virginia Beach, Va., and the late William D'Amico. She attended Stonington High School, where she won the Presidential Physical Fitness Award.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her fiancÈ, Eric Harrington of Westerly; a daughter, Alaina Stillman of Groton; three brothers, William D'Amico of Middlebury, Steven D'Amico of Bolton, and Clifford D'Amico of Westbrook; and two sisters, Maria Hogan of Virginia Beach, Va., and Denise Gengarella of Westerly.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday 19 December 2001 in Westerly

Patronella Squadrito

Patronella “Pat” Swizdun Squadrito, 96, of Mystic, formerly of Stonington Borough, died Friday 30 November 2001 at the Mary Elizabeth Nursing Center, where she had been admitted on Wednesday.

Born on 25 August 1905, in Lithuania, she was the daughter of the late Frank S. and Anna Pocis Swizdun. Mrs. Squadrito came to the United States in 1913. She was a graduate of Stonington High School, when it was in Stonington Village, and St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in 1928.

She married Cornelius Squadrito on 10 October 1932, at St Patrick Church in Mystic. Mr Squadrito died in 1976. Mrs Squadrito worked as a registered nurse at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford and she. worked with Miss Sliney in Stonington, to develop the Stonington Visiting Nurse Association. She had also been an active member of the Borough School P.T.A.

Mrs Squadrito was a communicant of St Mary Church in Stonington Borough. She is survived by a son, Neal Squadrito of Mystic; a daughter, Barbara Squadrito of Mystic; a brother, Frank J. Swizdun of Mystic; and a sister, Ann S. McKinney of St Clare Shores MI.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday 3 December 2001 at 10 am at St. Mary Church in Stonington and burial took place in St. Mary Cemetery.

Lucy Despard

Lucy Brooke Edwards Despard, 73, of New York and Stonington, died Thursday 29 November 2001 at her house in Stonington.

The daughter of Edward M. and Delia Brown Edwards, Mrs Despard was born on 29 December 1927, in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania . She married Clement Lyndon Despard on 1 September 1974 in New York City.

Mrs Despard was a book editor for 17 years for Foreign Affairs Magazine, published by the Council on Foreign Relations, in New York City. She retired in 1993.

She was a member of the Wadawanuck Club in Stonington and a board member of the Arthur Penn Foundation Book Awards.

Mrs. Despard had an avid interest in literature, poetry and gardening.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a brother, Timothy Edwards, of Pennsylvania.

The funeral service and burial are private.

Luigi Pellegrino

Luigi D. “Lou” Pellegrino, 72, of Stonington, died Thursday 29 November 2001 at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London. He was born on June 2, 1929, in Stonington, the son of the Luigi and Anna Benincasa Pellegrino. He married Blanche Jerabek of Stamford, on 12 October 1957, in Pound Ridge, NY. Mr Pellegrino graduated from Stonington High School in 1947. He attended the University of Connecticut, and Chillicothe Business College in Missouri. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War, stationed in Japan with the Intelligence Unit. He also served at Langley Field in Virginia.

For many years, Mr. Pellegrino was a sales representative for food brokers, both retail and wholesale. He was a former member of the Mystic Lions Club, and a member of the Knights of the Grip, a sales organization.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Jay Pellegrino of Stonington; and two sisters, Pasqualina “Pat” Reale of Pawcatuck, and Gabriella Carrity of East Haven.

Burial was in Elm Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Mr Pellegrino's memory may be made to the Community Cancer Center Development Fund, c/o Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, 365 Montauk Ave., New London CT 06320.


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