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Obituaries

Obituaries are listed by most recent and can also be found through the Middletown Press and Hartford Courant.


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CHARLES LOMBARDI
Charles Francis Lombardi Sr., 87, husband of the late Marie (Svihovec) Lombardi passed away on October 8, 2017. Son of the late Augustino and Mary (Bellomo) Lombardi. Charlie grew up in Wallingford and later moved to Middletown. Charlie was an active member of the Knights of Columbus Pinta #5, where he was a past grand knight. Charlie was also a member of the Christopher Columbus Assembly 1858 and the B.P.O.E. Elks Club 771 of Middletown. Charlie retired from Wallingford Steel. Charles is survived by his son Charles Jr. and his wife Sharon of Wallingford, and his son Edward and his wife Alberte of Essex. He is survived by six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Charles is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Carmela Bates and her husband Wayne Bates. The funeral will be held on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. from the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St, Middletown, followed by a mass of Christian burial in St. Pius X Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the family plot in Pine Grove Cemetery, Middletown. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Pius X Church, 310 Westfield St, Middletown, 06457. 


VERONICA TIRONE
Veronica (Zampini) Tirone passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, October 5, 2017. Born in Middletown on November 6, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Rocco and Anna (Caliendo) Zampini. She attended St John's School and graduated from Middletown High. She was a parishioner of St. Pius X Church and was involved in various church activities such as the Rosary Altar Society during the 70's and 80's. She was employed for many years at Rapidprint. She is survived by her husband, the love of her life for 66 years, William Tirone; her daughter and son-in-law, Ann Marie and Paul Kokoszka of Middletown; her son William R Tirone and his husband Mark Hartsock and grandsons Christopher and Eric Tirone of Florissant, MO and Ian Tirone of Kansas City, MO, as well as many nephews and nieces. She was pre-deceased by a sister, Columbine and a brother Joseph Zampini. Friends may offer condolences on Wednesday, October 11th from 5-7 PM at the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St, Middletown. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday, October 12th at 10 am at St. Pius X Church, 310 Westfield St, Middletown followed by burial in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Middlesex Hospice Unit, c/o Development Office,, 55 Crescent St., Middletown, CT 06457. 


ROBERT EDWARD COLEMAN
Robert Edward Coleman, 91 of Port Saint Lucie, FL, husband of Rachael Ann (Bump) Coleman passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at his home.
Robert was born on October 29, 1925, son of the late Richard and Ellen (Johnson) Coleman in Middletown, CT. He graduated from Suffield Academy in 1943, enlisted in the United States Navy in 1944. After being honorably discharged for a medical condition, He played centerfield for the New York Giants in 1948-1949. He came home to Middletown to help his father and brother with the family business, Coleman Bros. Shows, a traveling carnival that his father Richard started in 1916. He became president of the company and with the involvement of his entire family, Coleman Bros. Shows continues to operate over 100 years later. He married Rachael Ann Bump Of Ivoryton, CT on January 21, 1950 and together they had five children, eight grandchldren and three great-grandchildren. He retired to his winter home in Port Saint Lucie, FL in 2012 where he lived out the remainder of his life. His accomplishments include induction into the American Legion Hall of Fame, President of the Outdoor Amusement Business Association and Lifetime Membership to the Elks Club and the 100 Club, among others.
He was preceded by his daughter Julie Ann Coleman; his brother Francis J. Coleman and his sister Lucille Coleman Sheehan. He is survived by his loving family: son Robert Edward Coleman Jr. and his wife Linda Carta Coleman; his son Timothy Joseph Coleman and his wife Arlene Scott Coleman; his daughter Mary Ellen Oakes and her husband Anthony Vincent Oakes and his daughter Melissa Ann Coleman; his grandchildren Kelly Ann Coleman, Robert Joseph Coleman, Timothy Richard Coleman, Rachael Tonia Oakes, Anthony Vincent Oakes Jr., Kristy Lee Coleman, Keely Shea Oakes and Julia Rhiannon Brodzinski and his great-grandchildren Britney Marie Coleman, Gavin Richard Coleman and Mackenzie Lynn Coleman.
The funeral will be held on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 10 a.m. in St. Pius Church for a Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be in the family plot in the Indian Hill Cemetery, Middletown. Friends may call at the Coughlin Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St., Middletown, on Thursday evening from 5-8 p.m.
Memorial donations can be made to the Aspca at Aspca.org


PHYLLYIS SOKOLOSKI
Phyllis K. Sokoloski, 84, of Middletown, wife of the late Arthur Sokoloski, died on September 4 in Middletown. Born on April 3, 1932 in Island Pond, VT, daughter of the late Arthur and Theresa (Hicks) Langmeid. Phyllis had been a resident of Middletown most of her life. She retired in 2012 from Standard Knapp after 48 years. Phyllis is survived by her loving family, two sons Dale Sokoloski, Arthur Sokoloski both of Middletown, a daughter Sharon Sokoloski of Middletown, a brother, Gene French of California, a grandson Sean Sokoloski, and a great-grandson Anthony Maguire. She is predeceased by a brother Mayland Langmeid, and two sisters Ione May Langmeid and Lillian Mary Langmeid.
Calling hours will be held on Monday (Sept 25) at the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St, Middletown, from 5 to 7 p.m. Burial will be in the State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown, at a later date.


LEONARD ANTONE SILVIA
Leonard Antone Silvia, age 91, died peacefully on August 20, 2017 at the Wadsworth Glen facility surrounded by his wife Marie (Goudzenko) Silvia and family. He was born July 8, 1926 in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, older brother of.Clarence, who survives him and son of the late Antone and Edith Silvia. He graduated from Dartmouth Massachusetts High School, attended the University of Bridgeport, and served in the U.S. Army. After his service, he worked for the family construction business, Elmwood Construction Co., followed by a longer career as a manager at Balf Construction Co. He was the devoted husband to Marie for 63 years. They raised their six children in Newington, Connecticut, all of whom survive him: Carol Silvia, Leonard Silvia, Jr. (Hollie), John Silvia (Paul Di Vito), Nancy DeMaio, Kathy Semeraro and Joan Silvia. His grandchildren Melissa, Alicia, Michael, Mark, Matthew, Leonard, Courtney and Skyler and four great-grandchildren also survive him. After retiring Leonard and Marie enjoyed several decades living in Colchester, Connecticut and Lake Hayward, which is still celebrated as a family retreat. He was an avid gardener, hobbyist, Yankees fan and UConn women's basketball fan. He received boundless pleasure while hosting family gatherings at Lake Hayward and caring for his grandchildren. He will be missed terribly and will be remembered for his devotion to family. In lieu of flowers or charitable donations you can honor Leonard by extending a kindness to someone in need. A memorial mass will be held on Monday, August 28th at 10 am in St.Mary of Czestochowa Church, Middletown. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. There are no calling hours.

JEANNE IRMA OPPELT

Jeanne Irma Oppelt, née Dontigney, died in Middletown late Sunday night, September 3, 2017, six days premature of her 100th birthday. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she moved to Middlefield, Connecticut in the 1920’s, where she grew up and attended school. Jeanne was a graduate of Middletown High School, class of 1935, despite almost causing an explosion when mixing volatile chemicals during chemistry class during her Junior year. She was married to Gordon Oppelt for 57 years, until his untimely death in 1992. Known for her candidness, she frequently caused bursts of laughter and delight from all friends and family. Professionally, she worked and excelled as a Postal Clerk for the United States Postal Service in Middlefield, CT. She is well known at the Middlesex YMCA, where she swam bi-weekly for over 50 years, and currently holds the unofficial record for most all-time laps swam. Jeanne was a powerful, pragmatic, and independent woman who always knew what she wanted. She held a great intensity for life and always managed to show those in her life love—albeit “tough love.” She is survived by an eclectic group of family members and will be remembered as a loving Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, and Wife. She leaves a devoted son William J. Oppelt who cared for her over the past ten years; a daughter Orianne Barnowski; and a grand-daughter who she raised Sharon Forbes Noble. Other grandchildren include Jill Bigelow, Henry Barnowski, Jared Oppelt, and Sarah Oppelt.  She also leaves 5 great-grandchildren. Her influence on her family is undeniable, and she will be exceedingly missed.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 1pm in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 130 South Street, Cromwell.  Burial will be in the family plot in Middlefield Cemetery.  There are no calling hours.  The Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown is in charge of arrangements.  In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to the Middlesex YMCA located at 99 Union Street, Middletown CT, 06457.

 

JOSEPHINE DERITA
Josephine C. DeRita, 88, of Sisk St, Middletown, wife of Anthony DeRita, died on Sunday at Middlesex Hospital. Born on June 13, 1929 in Melilli, Italy, she was the daughter of the late Salvatore and Rose (Garofalo) Cimino. Josephine was a 1947 graduate of Weaver High School and had lived in Middletown most of her life. She was a member of St. Sebastian Church. Josephine lived for her family, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends. She was an avid Yankees fan (Don't ever call her on the phone when a game was on.) Besides her husband, she is survived by her loving family, a son and daughter-in-law Peter and Krystyna DeRita of Venice, Fla., a daughter Grace Amadeo of Middletown, a brother Frank Cimino of Manchester, three grandchildren Jimmy, Anthony, Nichole and husband Jesse, a great-grandchild Christian, and also several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St, Middletown, followed by a mass of Christian burial in St. Sebastian Church at 12:30 . Burial will be in the family plot in St. Mary Cemetery, Portland, at a later date. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 p.m.


MARIANNA MARCHESE
Marianna Marchese, 102, wife of the late Agostino Marchese, of Liberty St., Middletown passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, July 16th in her home. She was born on June 26th, 1915 in Melilli, Italy. Daughter of the late Francesco and Giuseppa (Milardo) Liseo. Marianna is survived by her son and daughter in law, Frank and Ann Marie Marchese of Middletown; her daughter in law Lina Marchese of Melilli; 8 grandchildren: Rose, Agostino, Vincenzo, Joanna, Massimo, Maryellen, Sergio, and Dino, as well as 19 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her children Giuseppe Marchese, Pinuccia Marchese, and Maria Stella Liseo; her brother Sebastiano Liseo and grandson Joseph Liseo. Marianna was a member of St. Sebastian's Church and a committee member of the Franciscan Third Order. She was employed by the Naomi Corp., retiring in 1980. She loved spending time with her family and friends. The funeral will be held on Friday at 9 a.m. from Coughlin Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St., Middletown followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Sebastian's Church. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian's Cemetery, Middlefield. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers those who wish may make a memorial donation to St. Sebastian's Church, 155 Washington St., Middletown, CT 06457. The family would like to share their gratitude for the care from Middlesex Hospice and Hospital Homecare. Special thanks to Millicent Malcolm APRN, Susan Nebala RN, and her caregiver, Nigora.

SALVATORE PASSAMANO
Salvatore J. Passamano 78, husband of 25 years to Christine ( Butova ) Passamano died on May 21, 2017 in Chesapeake, Va. Born on June 8, 1938, son of the late Louis and Jennie (Pagano) Passamano. Besides his wife Salvatore is survived by his loving family; two sons and daughters-in-laws: Michael and Rose Clifford of Virginia and John and Pat Clifford of MA; two daughters and sons-in-laws: Shannon and Aaron Brinkman of Lebanon and Gina and Stephen Richie of East Haddam; three sisters Joanne Massey of Cromwell, Dottie Passamano of Middletown, Betty and brother-in-law Fred Terasi of Middletown; five grandchildren, one great granddaughter, his favorite aunt Ann, and also several nieces and nephews. A memorial mass will be held on Wednesday, June 21st at 7 p.m. in St. Sebastian Church.



ROSE FAZZINO
After a lifetime of devotion to her family and friends, Rose [DiMauro] Fazzino, a truly gentle and loving soul, passed away at home on May 9, 2017 surrounded by family. Rose was born on November 7, 1933 in Melilli, Sicily to the late Vincenzo and Carmelina (Fazzino) DiMauro. As a young child, she experienced the occupation of Sicily by the Fascist regime including a vivid description of a visit by Mussolini to her small town and the subsequent liberation by Allied forces. Memory of those dark times would foster her great support for her new country as she became a proud US citizen. She would meet and marry the love of her life, Frank Fazzino, in Melilli, Sicily and emigrated to the United States in 1950, settling in their new home, Middletown CT. With Rose's and Frank's help they were able to bring over her mother, father and other family members to begin a new life together. Rose worked at EIS in Middletown for many years and maintained many long term friendships long after she retired. For a time, she had her routine at the YMCA, volunteering at numerous schools church and civic events including the St.Sebastian's Feast and making perogies with the St Mary's ladies every spring for the Easter holiday. Her culinary skills, well-honed by her Mom, created amazing dishes of seafood, pastas, soups, pizzas and a large array of ethnic specialities and desserts that were works of art. Rose was a strong, loyal woman of great character and with Frank raised two daughters that they were both extremely proud of. Her intelligence, sound reasoning and excellent judgement of character would serve her well in her life. The loss of Frank in 1983 was a difficult time for Rose but his passing put her on a new path where she blossomed into an industrious businesswoman buying and managing numerous real estate investments for over thirty years on her own. Her kind words and always good nature were the keys to her success as everyone always felt better after speaking to Rose. Everyone always had a kind word about Rose. She was one of those unique individuals that was too good to be true but true she was. Rose leaves behind devoted daughters Paula Halloran (James) and Lina Kronenberger (Brian) and her three cherished grandsons, Brian Jr., Jason and Frank. Rose also leaves behind her beloved sister Lucia and Gerald Guarino and her brother Joseph and Lucy DiMauro and brother-in-law Paul and Barbara Fazzino, as well as a host of loving and wonderful nieces and nephews with whom she shared much joy in this life. She was pre-deceased by her sister Concetta (Sebastian) Milardo, her two sisters-in-law Jane (Sebastian) Magnano, Anna (Salvatore) Santapaola,brother-in-law Joseph (Mary) Fazzino, father-in-law Antonino (Paolina Melluzzo and Angelina LoGuidice) Fazzino. Her family wishes to extend their heartfelt love and thanks to Rose's caregivers Ewa, Maria, Sophie, Julie and Middlesex Hospice. In leiu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the St.Sebastian Church Renovation Fund, 155 Washington St. Middletown, CT. The funeral will be held on Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St, Middletown followed by a mass of Christian burial in St. Sebastian Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. 

PINARD, ALICE
Alice Pinard, 99, of Middletown, wife of the late Albert Pinard entered into eternal peace on Friday, April 14, 2017 in Middletown, CT.  Alice was born on December 28, 1917 in Fall River, MA, daughter of the late George and Alice Letendre.  Alice is survived by two sons, Donald and wife Barbara of Wethersfield and George of Oregon; a brother Henry Letendre of Fall River MA; grandchildren Steve, Bill, Bob, Pam, Lisa, Lori, Joe, Donna; many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.  Alice was predeceased by her son Albert.

 Alice loved spending time with her family and friends. She was very loved by all of her family but especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren and a lot of great memories were made with them. Her sense of humor was contagious.  She was a ray of sunshine to so many people, not just her family. She loved going out dancing with her husband in their younger years. She will be greatly missed by many.

 Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street,  Middletown, followed by a mass of burial at St. John’s Church at 10:00 a.m.  Burial will follow at the family plot in St. John’s Cemetery, Middletown. 


CAREY, BRIAN

Brian Carey, 63, of Northhampton, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends. He is survived by a daughter, Heather Carey, and a granddaughter, Kayla Bucholz of Middletown, CT. He also leaves behind a sister, Judy, and niece Maureen. Please join us to celebrate the life of Brian on Thursday, April 20th from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St, Middletown. There is also a celebration of life happening on Sunday, April 23rd from 2 p.m.-6:30 p.m. in Florence, Massachusetts. Text (413) 586-0562 for more info.


GUARINO, DIANE (BOTTI)
Diane Botti Guarino, wife of the late Gerald Guarino of Higganum, passed away peacefully on March 29, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Middletown CT on November 7, 1956 to the late Rocco Botti and June Tallmadge Botti. Diane was a 1974 Graduate of Mercy High School and a 1978 Graduate of Quinnipiac College where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She later received her Associates Degree in Nursing from Capitol Region Community College. Diane began as a mental health worker at CVH and worked her way up to the Director of Nursing and Chief of Patient Care Services. She retired after 36 years of service.

Diane was an avid lover of the beach and enjoyed spending time at Chalker Beach in Old Saybrook, Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island and St. Thomas. She also was an avid lover of Sunflowers and enjoyed birdwatching. She loved swimming, reading and baking with her granddaughter, who was the light of her life. She will be remembered for her honesty, generosity, strength and compassion.

She is survived by her devoted daughter, Alyssa Guarino and her fiancé Joseph Stahl from Higganum, loving stepdaughter Amanda Guarino Pittman and her husband Shawn from North Carolina, cherished granddaughter, Arabella Alexander, from Portland. She is also survived by her siblings Donna Moody, Debra and Duane Camp, David and Lori Botti and numerous nieces nephews, cousins and extended family. She will be sorely missed by many thoughtful, caring and loyal friends she’s made through the years. In addition to her husband she was predeceased by her beloved son, Chase Guarino of Higganum.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, April 8
th, 2017 at St. Pius X Church on Westfield St., Middletown, at 12 o’clock noon. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St, Middletown, is in charge of arrangements. 

GIULIANO, SALVATRICE C.
Salvatrice Carmelina “Lina Campacasa” (Aresco) Giuliano of Middletown, CT, died peacefully on February 3, 2017 surrounded by family at Middlesex Hospice. She was born in Melilli, Sicily, Italy on November 27, 1925 to Giuseppe and Maria (Cupone) Aresco. Lina was predeceased by husband Sebastiano (Barilla) Giuliano and 7 siblings. She leaves behind a son John (Janet), daughter Lynn Marie (Paul), sisters Giovanna Aresco Gentile and Candida Aresco Rubino both of Melilli. She was the proud Nonna to 5 grandchildren (their spouses) and 5 great grandchildren and also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and friends. Lina worked for many years at Lynn Grace, Safeway, and Raymond Engineering. Lina was also a member of many civic and religious organizations. Lina, husband and son immigrated to the United States in December 1955. She was very proud of becoming an American citizen, showing this by crocheting blankets and American Flags for sick and disabled veterans and newborn caps for Middlesex Hospital’s newest arrivals. Lina’s grandchildren will fondly remember staying up late with her to watch WWF’s Saturday Night’s Main Event, The Golden Girls, Empty Nest, Fantasy Island and Saturday Night Live. They will also fondly remember her many surprises. Lina loved her family immensely and they will miss her just as much, including her wonderful cooking and being threatened with wooden spoons when they misbehaved. The family finds consolation knowing she is now reunited with her beloved husband and her grand dog, Tonka. The family would like to sincerely thank Waters Edge and Middlesex Hospital and Hospice staff for their wonderful care throughout her later years. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you instead donate to Middlesex Hospital Hospice, the
American Heart Association or an organization of your choice that supports immigrants and their rights. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. Pius X Church, Middletown. Burial will be private in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield. Friends may call at the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St, Middletown on Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 p.m.

SARAKA, MAUREEN A.

Maureen A. Saraka, 49, of Middlefield Street, Middletown, beloved wife of James Saraka died on Saturday at the Middlesex Hospital.  Born on December 15, 1967 in Middletown, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Elizabeth (Troy) Sheehan.  Maureen had been a lifelong resident of Middletown and a 1985 graduate of Mercy High School.  She had been employed by Liberty Mutual Insurance as a Claims Supervisor and a member of St. Pius X Church.  She had a love for all animals, especially horses.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her loving family two daughters Emily Saraka and Katie Saraka, both of Middletown, a brother, Joe Sheehan of North Carolina, a sister Patricia Cann of Middletown also several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held on Thursday  at  9 am from the Coughlin - Lastrina Funeral Home 491 High St. Middletown followed by a mass of Christian Burial in St. Pius X church. B urial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery Middlefield.   Friends may call at the funeral home on  Wednesday evening from  5  to  7 pm. 




GRACE, RAYMOND LAWRENCE

Raymond Lawrence Grace, Jr., 89, of Middletown, passed away on January 14, 2017. Born September 12, 1927, in Middletown, he was the son of the late Raymond L. Grace and Mary Catherine Grace.

Raymond was a Veteran of the United States Navy and Army and served as a member of the 223rd Infantry in the Korean War.  He was a member of the American Legion and V.F.W.

Raymond taught for most of his career in the Rocky Hill School District, retiring in 1988 (Griswold Middle School at the time).  He is remembered for assigning lots of homework!  Ray and his wife Marie traveled extensively during their retirement, often bringing home unique gifts and keepsakes for their family.  Raymond was an avid coin collector and was sure to thoroughly inspect each family member’s spare change for collectibles.  He enjoyed gardening, followed by a glass of Merlot (“red medicine.”)

Raymond is survived by his daughter Patricia Grace Bartek of Essex, CT; a brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Janet Grace of South Windsor, two granddaughters, Elizabeth Bartek and her husband Ben Wetmore, and Ashley Harris and her husband Adam.  Raymond was predeceased by his wife, Marie; his daughter, Rhea Grace; and his son-in-law, John Bartek.

Burial will be private at the request of his family. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Amazing Grace Food Pantry, c/o St. Vincent De Paul Place, P.O. Box 398, Middletown, CT 06457. Services entrusted to Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, Middletown, CT.

MURRAY, JAMES F.

James F. Murray, 86, of  Court St., Middletown died on Monday at Hartford Hospital. Born on April 13, 1930  in Middletown, son of the late James and Mary ( Sheehan ) Murray.  He was a 1948 graduate of Middletown High School where he was very active in many sports.  James had been a  resident of  Portland before moving to  Middletown.  He served in Germany as part of the U.S. Army, returning to Middletown in 1954 where he worked with his father as a mason for many years. He also worked for Pratt & Whitney and retired after  30 years. After his retirement he took up a part time job with the Chamber of Commerce where he would communicate with  Middletown Main Street merchants and businesses on a personal level.  He was referred to as the Mayor of Middletown.  He was also a member of the  Ancient  Order of Hibernians of  Middletown where he was  honored as Irishman of the Year in 1988.    He was also a lifelong member of St. John Church, Middletown. James  enjoyed a trip to Ireland  with his brother Jack and nephew John to see where his family was from.  James is survived by his loving family:  2 daughters Lisa and son in law William Buggie of  Cromwell, Sheryl Major and son in law Lee Sparks of  East Hartford, 2 brothers Richard Murray  and Dennis  Murray both of Middletown, a sister Eileen and brother in law Lyle Mark of  MA,  4 grandchildren whom he loved dearly: Justin, Gina, Ryan, Reed, and also several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brother and sister in law Jack and Ann  Murray.

The funeral will be held on Monday at 9 a.m. from the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St., Middletown followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St.John's Church, Middletown at 10 a.m.  Burial will be in St.John's Cemetery, Middletown with full military honors.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 5 until 7 p.m.  

ROSA, PIETRO (PETER)

Pietro (Peter) Rosa, 68, of Middletown, beloved husband of 51 years to Kathleen (Dominick) Rosa, died on Thursday at  Middlesex Hospital.  Born on February 8, 1948 in Melilli, Italy, he was the son of the late Giuseppe and Carmelina (Pizzo) Rosa.  Peter had been a resident of Middletown most of his life and was the owner of Rosa Construction Co. in Middletown for 40 years.  He was also a member of St. Sebastian Church. 

Besides his wife, he is survived by his loving family; a son, Peter Rosa of Middletown, a daughter, Shelley Rosa of  Middletown, three brothers: Salvatore and sister in law Enza Rosa of Middletown, Carmelo and sister in law Georgiana  Rosa of Higganum, Antonio and sister in law Janice Rosa of Middletown, two sisters: Sebastiana and brother in law Joseph  Fargione of Middletown, Mary Latina of  Middletown, a grandson, Peter Rosa, as well as several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.  

The funeral will be held on Wednesday at  9am from the Coughlin- Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown followed by a  mass of Christian burial in St. Sebastian Church at 10 am.  Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from  5 to 7 pm.

 

 

SAMBOR, ANNA MARIA

Anna Marie Sambor, 87, of School Street, Middlefield, wife of the late Michael Sambor, died on Friday at the Middlesex Hospital. Born on June 27, 1929 in Middletown, she was the daughter of the late Frank J. and Anna (King) Harris.  Anna had been a life long resident of Middlefield and a member of St. Colman's Church, Middlefield.  Anna was a retired school bus driver for District 13 for many years.

She is survived by her loving family; a daughter Susan Borsoi of Middlefield, two sons Michael Sambor and Scott Sambor, both of Middlefield, and seven grand children, one great grandchild, as well as several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held on Tuesday, December 27, at 10 am in St. Colman's Church, Middlefield.  Burial will be in the family plot in Middlefield Cemetery, Middlefield.  There will be no calling hours.  Those who wish may make memorial contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research, P.O.Box 50, Memphis, TN 38105.  The Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown is in charge of arrangements.

 

PATTERSON, RICHARD G.
Richard G. Patterson, who was born on August 15, 1942, died on July 7, 2016. A lifelong resident of Stamford, he was predeceased by his parents Agnes (Dora) and George Patterson.

Mr. Patterson was in the Army from 1964 through 1967. He served in Viet Nam with Company A 92nd Aviation Battalion of the 173rd Airborne Brigade.  He was retired from Omega Engineering of Stamford. 

Interment will be on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the State Veterans Cemetery, 317 Bow Lane, Middletown, CT 06457. There will be no calling hours. Funeral Services will be arranged by Coughlin Lastrina Funeral Home.

 

 

LENARES, GERTURDE ‘TRUDY’

Gertrude 'Trudy' Lenares, 83, of Middletown, beloved wife of Sebastiano 'Sam' Lenares, died on Sunday in Middletown. Born on September 20, 1933 in Kensington, she was the daughter of the late John and Gertrude (Gilbert) Schultz. She had been a resident of New Britain prior to moving to Middletown many years ago. She was also a member of St. Sebastian Church.

Trudy is survived by her loving family: two daughters, Trudy Barr of Old Lyme and her significant other, Maurice Gariepy, Paulina and son in law Matthew Ayotte of Cromwell; three brothers Walter Schultz of Berlin, Jack Schultz of Indiana, and Rick Schultz of Colorado; four sisters, Carol Bessette of Oneco, Amy Peterson of Columbia, Mary Flanagan of Southington, and Naomi Garrutti of Middlefield; six grandchildren, Luke, Jake, Lindsay, Sarah, Jason, and Sebby as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sons Sammy Lenares and Corey Lenares, and a son in law, John Barr.

The funeral will be held on Saturday at 11 am from the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown, followed by a mass of Christian burial in St. Sebastian Church at 12pm. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday evening from 5 to 7pm. Those who wish may make memorial donations to Middlesex Hospice Unit c/o Development Office, 55 Crescent Street, Middletown, CT. 06457. 

 

LISEO, JOSEPH SALVATORE

Joseph Salvatore Liseo of Cromwell, beloved husband of Teresa (Cabral) Liseo, passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at Hartford Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born on June 25, 1971, in Middletown, son of the late Salvatore and Maria Stella (Marchese) Liseo. Besides his wife, he is survived by his two daughters, Julia and Jenna; his beloved dog Coby; his two sisters and brother-in-laws, Rose and Dave Doolittle of Middletown, and Joanna and Michael Mercaldi of East Hampton; his grandmother, Mariannina Marchese of Middletown; brother and sister-in laws Antonio and Maria Cabral of Newington; and his uncle and aunt/Godparents, Frank and Ann Marie Marchese of Middletown, as well as many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sister Rosa. Joe has worked his entire career at Aetna. He has volunteered countless hours as a beloved coach to several of the Cromwell soccer teams and to the Cromwell Outboard Association. His passions included: going to Rush concerts, boating, watching Quinnipiac University and Whalers hockey games, car racing, watching his favorite sports teams, and especially spending time with his family and friends.

The funeral will be held on Monday at 9 A.M. from the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown followed by a mass of Christian burial in St. Sebastian Church at 10 A.M. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 5-7 P.M. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a memorial donation to the scholarship fund for Julia and Jenna Liseo, 8 Dairy Lane, Cromwell, CT. 06416

  

ZIMMITTI, CARMELO ERNESTO

Carmelo Ernesto Zimmitti of Middletown passed away on October 13, 2016 with his loving family by his side after a brief illness.  Carmelo was born on June 17, 1937 in Melilli Sicily.  He was the son of Adelaide Amandorla and Salvatore R. Zimmitti.  He is survived by his devoted wife of 55 years Alfia (Effie) Marino Zimmitti.  Besides his wife Effie, Carl leaves behind his four children, Adele Rosa (Carmelo), Marian Carrillo (Oscar), Salvatore R. Zimmitti, Frank Zimmitti (Carrie) and his beloved grandchildren who called him “Nonno”, Allegra Rosa, Carmelo J. Rosa III, Diego Carrillo, Mario Carrillo, Amalia Zimmitti and Matteo Zimmitti.  Carmelo also leaves behind four siblings, Nella Mazzotta of Catania, Italy, Elvira Catalano (Attilio) of Middletown, CT., Giuseppe Zimmitti (Anna) of Melilli, Sicily and Ella Dering of Lancaster, PA. and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was pre-deceased by nephew David Catalano.

Carl immigrated from Italy in 1960 and soon after helped established “Rosario Zimmitti & Sons Mason Contractors ” and later was the sole proprietor of “Zimmitti Masonry, Inc.” for many years until 1981, when he joined the Bricklayers & Allied Craftsman Local Connecticut Masons.            

Mr. Zimmitti was a member of St. Sebastian’s Church, and the Italian Society, Inc. of Middletown since 1960. In his younger years Carmelo enjoyed soccer, running, bowling and car racing. Upon retirement, Carmelo became an avid gardener and also enjoyed summer car trips to Atlantic City, New Jersey with his wife Effie. 

Carmelo was extremely proud of his Sicilian heritage and instilled these values in his loving family.

The funeral will be held on Monday at 9am at the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown, CT followed by a mass of Christian Burial in St. Sebastian’s Church at 10am.  Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian’s cemetery in Middlefield.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.  Those who wish may make memorial donations to St. Sebastian’s Church Renovation Fund, 155 Washington Street Middletown, CT. 06457.

 

 BOTTI, JUNE (TALLMADGE)
June (Tallmadge) Botti, wife of the late 
Rocco Botti, passed away peacefully on October 5, 2016 surrounded by her loving family.  Born in Hartford, CT on April 18, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Wallace and Frances Tallmadge.   June grew up in Hartford, but lived in Middletown all of her adult life.  In her younger days, June was a talented violinist, dancer and acrobat, performing at many venues in the state.   June was a devoted wife and mother.  She was an avid seamstress, making beautiful dresses, coats, and crocheted afghans.  She was also a Girl Scout Leader for many years and a long time member and Recording Secretary of the St. Pius X Church Rosary Altar Society.   She continued to enjoy swimming up until last January.  She cherished the many years she spent summers with family at Chalker Beach in Old Saybrook.   June enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, Amanda, Chase, Alyssa, Dana, Kyle, Jasmine, Kate, Megan, Mallory and Danny, and great-grandchildren Arabella, Blake, Max, and Nico. She was known as Grandma Barbie because she was always impeccably dressed. June will be long remembered for her kindness, compassion, and generosity.  June is survived by her children and their spouses: David Botti and his wife, Lori; Debra Camp and her husband Duane; and Donna Moody all of Middletown; her daughter Diane Guarino of Higganum.  She leaves behind nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. June was recently predeceased by her grandson, Chase Guarino of Higganum.  She will also be missed by her friends and extended family. 

The funeral will be held Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St, Middletown.  A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Pius X Church on Westfield St., Middletown.  Friends may call at the funeral home on from 4-7 pm.  The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to all of the remarkable staff at the Middlesex Hospital Hospice Unit for their compassion and skillful care.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Middlesex Hospice Unit c/o Development Office, 55 Crescent Street, Middletown, CT 06457


McDONOUGH, ADELE D.

Adele Daley McDonough, 86, of Middletown, beloved wife of the late John H. McDonough, died Sunday at Middlesex Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was born on March 6, 1930 in Jersey City, New Jersey, the daughter of the late Harold and Grace (Corby) Daley. She moved to Middletown as a child and lived there for over eighty years. She was a member of St. John Church and graduated from St. John School and Middletown High. Adele worked for the Southern New England Telephone Company for over thirty-eight years and later came out of retirement to work at Middlesex Mutual Assurance. She was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and was the first woman to be named Irish Person of the Year by the Middletown Chapter, a lifetime member of the Irish American Home Society in Glastonbury, a member of the Benevolent Order of the Elks Auxiliary, and a lifetime member of the SNET Telephone Pioneers. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her brother James Daley and by her longtime companion Michael Murray. She is survived by her son Shaun McDonough of Middletown, daughter Sharyn McCann and her husband James of Glastonbury, her granddaughter Caitlyn McCann Wong and her husband Eugene of Jersey City, NJ, her granddaughter Kara McCann Haladyna and husband Timothy of Charlottesville, VA and her great grandson Bennett James Haladyna of Charlottesville. In addition, she is survived by her brother Thomas Daley and wife Cathie of Portland, her sister Judith Benson and husband John of Tolland, her sister Agnes Franks of Kennesaw, GA, her brother Gerald Daley and wife Diane of Middletown, and her sisters-in-law Marie Daley of Middletown, Mary Turner of Westwood, MA, Margaret Hawley of West Newton, MA, plus many nephews, nieces and cousins. Adele lived life to the fullest and enjoyed dancing and the occasional Manhattan. The real joy of her life in her later years was her two granddaughters, Caitlyn and Kara, and most recently, her great grandson, Bennett James Haladyna. A special thanks to all the staff at Apple Rehab in Middletown for all their assistance over the last two and one half years. The funeral will be held on Thursday, 9:00 a.m. from the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St., Middletown. Followed by a mass of Christian burial in St. John’s Church, Middletown at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in the family plot in St. John’s Cemetery, Middletown. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 5-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association CT Affiliate Inc., 300 Research Pkwy., Meriden, CT 06450.


ANNINO, JR., JOHN LOUIS

John Louis Annino Jr., 85, of Middletown, husband of the late Regina (Cartinelli) Annino, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday.  He was born on June 21, 1931 and was the loving son of John Louis and Mary (Misenti) Annino.  He graduated from Middletown High School, Class of 1949, and worked at the family business Annino’s Grocery Store on Grand Street where he was known as Junior or Archie. He retired from Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in 1993.  He was an avid fisherman and fan of the Boston Red Sox and UCONN Women's Basketball.  He cherished the times spent with his family and friends at Chapman Beach.  He was a man of great faith and a lifelong parishioner of St. Sebastian Church.  He was a longtime member of the Italian American Civic Order of Middletown.  He will be remembered for the compassion he showed to all animals. 


He was a devoted father and uncle and is survived by his daughter Sandra M. Annino of Diamond Bar, California, his son John Louis and daughter-in-law Sally (Sachse) Annino III of Middletown, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and Shirley St. Germain, a close friend.  He was predeceased an infant son John Mark Annino, a sister Rose Marie Annino Paguni, and brothers Louis John Annino and Sebastian Michael Annino. 

 

The funeral will be held on Friday at 11:30am from the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown followed by a mass of Christian burial in St. Sebastian Church at 12:30pm.  Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 5-7pm. 

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to all of the remarkable staff at the Middlesex Hospital Hospice and Palliative Care for their compassion and skillful care.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Middlesex Hospice Unit c/o Development Office, 55 Crescent Street, Middletown, CT 06457.

 

 

MILARDO, THEODORE

Theodore 'Ted' S. Milardo, 83, of Melbourne, FL, beloved husband of 54 years to Josephine (Garofalo) Milardo died in Florida on Saturday.  Born on April 13, 1933 in Middletown, he was the son of the late Salvatore and Sebastiana (Airo) Milardo.  Ted lived in Portland for 32 years before moving to Melbourne, FL 16 years ago.  He was a veteran serving in the U.S. Army and retired from Wesleyan University as a carpenter.  Ted was a member of St. Sebastian Church and the BPOE Elks #771.  Ted and Josephine did everything together and for each other and she was his best friend.  He loved spending time and being with his family, always putting his family first.  As a carpenter he was a perfectionist working on projects, he enjoyed being outside, and he also loved cars.  

 

Besides his loving wife he is survived by his beloved family, a son Theodore and daughter in law Elizabeth Milardo of Higganum; two daughters, Michelle Milardo Frank and son in law Richard Frank of Kensington, Tracy Milardo Walsh of Melborne, FL; a sister, Concentina Milardo Gaffney of Westbrook, seven grandchildren, Jena Milardo, Ryan Walsh, Christopher Milardo, Daniel Milardo, Matthew Walsh, Richard Frank, and Gianni Frank; as well as several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his siblings Carmelo, Frances, and Carmelo.   

 

The funeral will be held on Friday at 9 am from the Coughlin - Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown, followed by a mass of Christian burial in St. Sebastian Church at 10 am.  Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday morning from 8:30 am to 9:30 am.

 

 

STUBBINGS, ANITA

Anita T. Stubbings, 81, of Barbara Road, wife of the late Burton D. Stubbings, died Wednesday at the Middlesex Hospital.  She was born March 10, 1935 in Avon and was the daughter of the late Ernest and Mary (Franconi) Tarca. She was a graduate of Mt. St. Joseph's Academy.  Anita loved being surrounded by her family and cooking for everyone, she was avid Red Sox fan and was lovingly called "mom" by many.

 

Anita was the owner of the former Forest City Cleaners in Middletown for 35 years.  Anita is survived by her loving family; a son Daniel B. Stubbings of Colchester, Neva J. Stubbings of Middletown, and Nora J. Mularski of East Haddam, a brother Ron Tarca of New Hartford, two grandsons Justin Mularski and William Mularski, two great-grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews. 

 

Friends may call at the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown on Monday evening from 5-7pm.  Funeral services and burial will be private.  Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Middlesex Hospice Unit c/o Development Office 55 Crescent Street, Middletown, CT 06457.

 

HANSON, PHYLLIS EILEEN (GALVIN)

Phyllis Eileen (Galvin) Hanson of Lake Wylie, South Carolina and formerly of Durham, Connecticut passed away peacefully on July 20, 2016.  She was born on August 7, 1926.  Phyllis is survived by three sons Robert McNiff of Panama, Donald Hanson of Maine and Drew Hanson of Texas as well as one sister Eleanor Ward of North Carolina.  Phyllis is also survived by grandchildren Ian, Eileen and Charleen McNiff, Cortnee Rushlow, Ryan Nielsen, Jason & Justin Hanson, Don Hanson II & Felicia Harris, Kayna & Dustin Hanson as well as many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.  She was predeceased by a son Charles McNiff of Connecticut, a daughter Donna Hanson Nielsen of South Carolina, a granddaughter Kedra Hanson of Texas and her former husband Donald Hanson of Durham, Connecticut.  She will be dearly missed by all.  She retired in 1989 after a long career at Middlesex Hospital and enjoyed retirement in Arizona and Florida.  Relatives and friends are invited to a graveside service at Mica Hill Cemetery in Durham, Connecticut on Monday July 25, 2016 at 12:00pm.  In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200 Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.  The Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown is in charge of arrangements. 

 

GUARINO, CHASE CARMEN

Chase Carmen Guarino, 31, of Higganum, CT passed away suddenly on July 13, 2016.   Chase was born in Middletown, CT to Gerry and Diane Guarino on November 8, 1984. Chase graduated from Haddam-Killingworth High School and studied Construction Management at University of Maine. He ran his own landscaping business for many

years. He was athletic and enjoyed playing basketball and rugby. He enjoyed spending his days at the Haddam Meadows on his jet-ski, working outside, skiing. He will always be remembered for his laugh and big smile. He is proceeded in death by his father Gerald J. Guarino. Chase is survived by his mother Diane Botti Guarino, two sisters Amanda Guarino Pittman and Alyssa Guarino, daughter Arabella Alexander, grandmother June Botti and numerous aunts, uncles, and many cousins. He will also be missed by many friends. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Arabella Alexander’s college savings account. Checks can be made out to Thrivent Mutual Funds with “Arabella Alexander” in the memo line and mailed to Thrivent Financial, 934 Terryville Ave, Bristol, CT 06010.   A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 21st at 10am in St. John Church, Middletown.  Burial will be at the convenience of the family.  There are no calling hours.  The Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

HELLER, DAVID

David “Gramps” Heller – East Hampton – David Philip Heller, 76 of East Hampton, died peacefully and in comfort Sunday, June 26th 2016 in Middletown after a brief illness. Dave was born August 18th, 1939 in Allentown, PA, the son of Philip O. Heller and Thelma (Wertz) Heller.

 

After graduation from Allentown High School in 1957, Dave enlisted in the U. S. Army where he proudly served his country. He was based in Germany during the cold war period where he learned the language and culture of his ancestors.  With his tour complete, he moved to Manchester CT. He was employed by Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and attended NCR (National Cash Register) where he learned computer programming in the two popular languages being used at the time. He remained at P&W as a programmer for twenty-seven years.

 

Dave is survived by Marilyn R. Heller of Wethersfield.  He is also survived by two lovely daughters. Lanie C. Heller-Murray and son-in-law John K. Murray of East Greenwich, RI and Christie L. Helm and son-in-law Arron E. Helm of Raleigh, NC.  His grandson, Maxwell David Heller and granddaughter, Avrie Elise Helm are the treasures that made Dave smile at the mention of their names. Every time he left them, he looked forward to seeing them again. He was so proud to be their “Gramps.”  Dave is survived by his sister Nancy A. Gerhart of Columbia MO and brother Gregory S. Heller and sister-in-law Mary Rose Heller of Hellertown PA.  His brother-in-law Norman Gerhart preceded him in death.

 

Dave enjoyed hearing about the families and activities of his out of state nieces, Debbie, Patti, Susie and Jenny.  Dave was a quiet, reserved man, but surprisingly outgoing when you knew him. His hobbies were collecting coins, baseball cards and stamps. He was an avid Civil War and World History student all his life.  He focused on the Boston Red Sox during baseball season. Up to his last few days he was cheering on the Red Sox, hoping they’d pull out of the current slump!

His family would like to thank the Athena Hospice team and Wadsworth Glen for their care and support of Dave. The Hospice goals of “comfort with dignity” are not just words, but a reality. He was appreciative of all who cared for him at WG.

 

A private memorial service will be held by his family in Allentown, PA where internment will be with his family members. Dave will be missed dearly.  Dave was a supporter of several Veterans Organizations, if inclined, make a memorial contribution to Adopt a Platoon, Disabled American Vets etc.

The Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown is in charge of arrangements.

 

CORSINO, ANTONINO

Antonino   Corsino, 84, of Middletown beloved husband of   Concetta  ( Caminito ) Corsino  died on Friday at the Wadsworth Glen  Health Care.  Born on January 30, 1932 in Melilli, Italy, son of the late Sebastiano and Giuseppa (Fargione) Corsino.  Antonino had been a resident of Middletown most of his life. He was the happiest when he was surrounded by his famil.  He had been employed by the City of Middletown Public Works Dept. for 30 years retiring in 1997.  He was a member of St. Sebastian Church and The Middletown Italian Society where he enjoyed an expresso and read the Progresso newspaper. He also loved watching his favorite soccer team Inter. Besides his wife he is survived by his loving family  a son and daughter in law  Salvatore and Rosalba Corsino  of  Portland, a daughter and son in law Josie and Peter Ceulemans of East Haddam, two sisters Concettina Pitruzzello of Middletown,  Lucia Pitruzzello of Melilli, Italy, two grandsons Anthony and his wife Julie Corsino of Berlin, Marco and wife Laura Corsino of Tolland, also several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by 4 brothers Paolo, Franco, Salvatore, Luigi and a niece Angela Spada. The funeral will be held on Tuesday at 8:30 am from the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St. Middletown followed by a mass of Christian burial in St. Sebastian Church at 10 am. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery Middlefield. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday morning from 8:30 am to 9:30 am. Many thanks to Mariana at Wadsworth Health Care for her compassionate care.

 

RUSSO, GIOVANNA

Giovanna (Filingeri) Russo, 82, of Middletown, wife of the late Felice Russo, quietly passed away on Wednesday, June 8.  Born on January 31, 1934 in Melilli, Italy, daughter of the late Biagio and Carmelina (Romano) Filingeri.  Giovanna had been a resident of Middletown for 60 years and was a true old-world Italian who was devoted to her family.  Giovanna is survived by her loving family four children; Connie, Lina, Seb, and Bruce, a brother, Frank Filingeri, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; also several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by two sisters, Sebastiana and Maria, most recently a grandson David. The funeral will be held on Friday at 9 am from the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St. Middletown followed by a mass of Christian burial in St. Sebastian Church at 10 am. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery Middlefield.  Friends may call at  the funeral home on Friday morning from 9 am to 9:30 am. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Alzheimers Association 2911 Dixwell Ave. Suite 104 Hamden, Ct. 06618

 

GALLITTO, LETIZIA

Letizia Gallitto, 94, of Grove Street, Middletown, wife of the late Mario Gallitto, died on May 2nd in Middletown.  She was bron on April 12, 1922 in Melilli, Italy and was the daughter of the late Rosario and Lucy (Cardella) Carta.  She had been a resident of Middletown most of her life and a member of St. Sebastian Church.  Letizia is survived by several nieces and nephews.

 

The funeral will be held on Saturday at 10am in St. Sebastian Church.  Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield.  There are no calling hours.  The Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

MILARDO, ALFRED A.

Alfred A. Milardo of Henderson, Las Vegas, NV, Formerly of Middletown, husband of Ann (Suncha Son) Milardo, died on April 26th.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday at 10am at St. Sebastian Church.  Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield.

 

 

KING, GEOFFREY MARSHALL

Geoffrey Marshall King, 54 of Middletown, Connecticut, died peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.  Geoff was born on February 6, 1962 in Milford, CT to Ian George King and Elaine Ann Jagielski.  Geoff attended Daniel Hand High School and lived most of his life in Madison and on the Connecticut shoreline.  Over the years, he worked as a carpenter, worked on boats and was most recently employed by AT&T.

 

Geoff was predeceased by his mother, Elaine, and his cousin, Bob Piser.

In addition to his father, Geoff is survived by his siblings, Deirdre King-Hooge, Bruce King, Susan King, Ian King and Taylor King, stepmother, Sharon King, niece Elaine Pick, nephews Eric Pick and Finn King, maternal uncle Edward Jagielski and cousins, Nancie, Jim and Janet Piser, Matthew, Tom, Brian, Tracey and Renee Jagielski.

 

There will be no calling hours and services will be private.  Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

DeMELIS, ERNESTINA (TINA)
Ernestina (Tina) DeMelis, 81, of New Smyrna Beach, FL, died April 11.  She was born in Alanno, Italy on November 28, 1934 and was the daughter of the late John and Antoinetta (DiDomizio) DeMelis. 

Tina came to the United States when she was 15 years old, where her family settled in Middletown and she then graduated from Middletown High School.  After starting her family and working, she went back to school to earn her associates degree from Middlesex Community College and then went on to earn a degree in business from the University of New Haven where she made the dean’s list each semester.  With hard work and a brilliant mind for business, she started Kayat Engineering in Madison in the late 1970’s, a worldwide, high-tech packaging company.  As the business grew in success, Tina and her company moved to Florida.  In 1998, she retired and sold her business.   After her retirement, she met her long-time companion, Donald Davis and his loving family.  While known for her success in the world of business, Tina was also known for her passion for travel, gardening, cooking, and knitting and crocheting.  In being such a determined woman, there was nothing she didn’t succeed with when she put her mind to it and she did it all with grace and dignity as she inspired women everywhere that they can do anything if they work hard. 

Besides Donald, Tina leaves behind her loving family, a son, Sebastian Lastrina of Middletown, a daughter, Tina (Lastrina) Pierdinock of Kingston, MA, six grandchildren; Tara Salvadori of Kensington, Stacey Czepiel of Middletown, Krista Lastrina Matthews of Middletown, and Kelsey, Stephanie, and Christian Pierdinock of Kingston, MA; as well as her seven cherished great-grandchildren, Lena, Ava, Jesse, Alessandra, Joel,  Liana, and Payton; her sister, Natalie Fasciani of Cromwell as well as several nieces and nephews.  She was pre-deceased by her brother, Mario DeMelis.

The funeral will be held on Monday at 9am from the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown, followed by a mass of Christian burial at 10am in St. Sebastian Church.  Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 5-7pm.   

 

QUINN, FATHER BRUCE, O.F.M. CAP.

The Capuchin Franciscan Friars of the Province of St. Mary mourn the death of their brother Fr. Bruce Quinn, who passed away on April 6, 2016 in Middletown, CT at the age of 84.

 

Arthur J. Quinn, son of Arthur A. Quinn and Margaret Rose Doran, was born on April 10, 1931 in Balboa, Canal Zone, Panama in Central America. He attended St. Mary Academy, Colon, Panama [1936-41]; St. Joseph School, Astoria, NY [1941-45] and Glenclyffe High School, Garrison, NY [1945-49].

 

Arthur entered the Capuchin Franciscan Friars at St. Felix Friary, Huntington, IN on August 31, 1949 receiving the name “Bruce” where one year later professed first vows on September 1, 1950. “Frater” Bruce completed his undergraduate studies at Mary Immaculate Friary, Garrison, NY where his professed solemn vows in 1953.

 

Father Bruce completed his theological studies at Mary Immaculate Friary [1953-58] and was ordained to the priesthood on June 22, 1957 at Sacred Heart Friary, Yonkers, NY. For the next 58 years, Father Bruce would serve the People of God as missionary, parochial minister, chapel associate, hospital chaplain, formator and nurse.

 

Following ordination, Fr. Bruce began his career at Our Lady of Sorrows in the lower east side of New York where he served as a parochial assistant [1958-64] and returned later [1967-70] when he began his studies in Spanish. Touched by a missionary spirit, Father served in Yemen Arabia [1964-67] and Honduras Central America [1970-74] where he founded Casa Maria, a clinic in Honduras which still functions today.

 

Following his return from the missions he served as a parochial assistant at St. John the Baptist, NYC [1974-76]. From 1971 to 1987 and again 1992-1996 he ministered as a chapel associate at St. Francis Chapel in downtown Springfield, MA. Father received a nursing degree from Springfield Technical Community College in 1979 in anticipation of returning to the life of a missionary.

 

Father cared for the sick and dying for many years serving as a hospital chaplain residing at Lourdes Residence, Stamford, CT [1987-92 and 1996-97]. For nearly 20 years Fr. Bruce resided at St. Pius X, Middletown and served the people of the area as hospital chaplain, visitor to nursing homes, parochial assistant, friend and example to the Capuchin Franciscan fraternity of St. Pius X.

 

Father Bruce was survived by his mother Margaret Rose; his two brothers James A. Quinn and Thomas J. Quinn and their families.

 

Wake: Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home-491 High Street-Middletown, CT 06457 Friday, April 8, 2016 from 2-4:00 p.m. & 7-9:00 p.m. [Vigil at 8:45 p.m.]. There will also be a viewing at the Church: Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Funeral: St. Pius X Church-310 Westfield Street-Middletown, CT 06457 at 11:00 a.m. Luncheon will follow at the St. Pius X Formation Center.

 

Interment: Capuchin Friars Cemetery-110 Shonnard Place- Yonkers, NY 10703 approx. 3:00 p.m. followed by refreshments at St. Clare Friary, Yonkers, NY.

 

 

DiCLEMENTE, DOMINICK

Dominick DiClemente, affectionately known as Dom and Mr. D, passed away peacefully March 30, 2016 at the age of 75.  He was born on November 4, 1940 in Middletown to the late John and Maria (Rosa) DiClemente.  Dominick worked as a police officer for the City of Middletown and as a shipping and receiving clerk for Standard Knapp in Portland.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

 

Dominick is survived by his loving wife of 42 years Maria and his sons Jeffrey and Jason; all of whom reside in Cromwell.  He also leaves behind his beloved grandson Jacob who held a very special place in his heart.  He was predeceased by his brothers, Giacomino DiClemente and Anthony DiClemente.

 

All are welcome to celebrate Dominick’s life.  Funeral services will be held on Monday at 10am in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, followed by a reception.  There are no calling hours.  In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to a charity of your choice in Dominick’s name.  The Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

BRIGANTI, GIUSEPPE (JOSEPH)

Giuseppe (Joseph) Briganti, 77, of  New Britain Ave , Berlin, beloved husband of Santina (Musumeci) Briganti, died on Sunday at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain.  He was born on January 27, 1939 in Sortino , Italy and was the son of the late Angelo Briganti and Maria Marturano.  Guiseppe arrived in the United States in 1958 and resided in Newington for most of his life before moving to Berlin .  He had retired in 1994 from the GE Company after many years.  He also had a real estate license and was formerly employed by the Dorio Century 21 Company and was currently employed by the Realty Three company.  He was also a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Newington . 

 

Besides his wife, he is survived by his loving family, a son, Angelo Briganti of New Britain; two daughters, Susan and son-in-law Frank Quaranta of Newington and Josephine Briganti of Cromwell; a brother, Vincent and wife Nancy Marturano of Easton, MA; a sister-in-law, Maria Birritteri of New Britai; four grandchildren, Daniel, Marissa, Michael, and Christopher; as well as several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a sister, Connie Manuele.

 

The funeral will be held on Friday at 10:30am from the Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Avenue, Newington, followed by a mass of Christian burial at 11:30am in the Church of the Holy Spirit.  Burial will be in the family plot in St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain .  Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 5-8pm. 

Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

BUCCHERI, MARIA

Maria Buccheri, age 75 passed peacefully on March 24, 2016 at Saint Francis Hospital.  She was the beloved wife of Angelo A. Buccheri.  They shared 46 beautiful years together.  Born in Floridia in Sicily, Italy, she was the daughter of the late Sebastiano and Salvatrice Bazzano. She was a member of Saint Ann’s Church in New Britain.  Maria spent most of her years as a homemaker.  She was an incredible mother to her 2 daughters and grandmother to her 5 grandchildren.  To be at Maria’s kitchen table was to virtually be in Sicily.  Her homemade sauce is forever impressed in her family’s memory.  She found her true calling in life as “Nonna” and was most proud of her grandchildren, who she practically raised as her own.  She was the protective matriarch of the family and will never be forgotten.

 

Besides her husband, Angelo, she is survived by her daughters Angela Buccheri-Duran and husband Eddie Duran of Newington and Silvana Buccheri Genovese and Joe Genovese also of Newington. She was the greatest “Nonna” to her 5 grandchildren; Joseph and Angelina Genovese as well as Olivia, Jonmichael and Lexie Duran.  She was predeceased by her father-in-law Antonino Buccheri and is survived by her mother-in-law Salvatrice Buccheri.  She was the youngster of 5 children.  She is survived by her 3 brothers and their wives; Pasquale Bazzano of Hartford and Concetto Bazzano, Carmelo Bazzano, and 1 sister, Guiseppa Bruno in Italy.  Additionally, she is survived by her brother-in-law Vincent Buccheri and the late Palma Buccheri of Berlin.  She was known as “Zia” to the many nieces and nephews that loved her so much.  She will be profoundly missed and always remain in the hearts of everyone she touched.

 

The funeral will be held on Wednesday at 10am from the Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonaire Avenue, Newington followed by a mass of Christian burial at 11am in St. Ann Church, 47 Clark Street, New Britain.  Entombment will be in St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 5-8pm.  

Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

CAREY, RAYMOND M.

Raymond Michael Carey, 85, of Middletown, son of the late Michael and Mary (Duggan) Carey, died peacefully on March 26, 2016, surrounded by his family. Born in 1930 in Bridgeport, CT, Ray was the youngest of three sons. A member of the class of 1955 at Fairfield University, he distinguished himself as the salutatorian speaker at his graduation. In addition to his academic achievements, he contributed to the University community as a member of the glee club, and frequently shared fond memories of his solo performance at Carnegie Hall. Following his graduation, he taught high school English and Latin in public and private schools in Connecticut.  After the birth of his fourth daughter, Ray earned his Doctor of Law degree from UConn School of Law in 1970. Shortly after passing the CT Bar exam, Ray became the first full-time public defender for Middlesex County. He remained with the Office of the Public Defender, eventually becoming Chief Public Defender, until his retirement in 1989. He continued to work as a defense attorney for another decade.  Ray was an active member of the St. Pius X parish in Middletown for over 30 years, serving as a lector and Eucharistic Minister.

 

He was predeceased by Mary Jane (Corrigan), his beloved wife of nearly 50 years. Also predeceasing him  were his two brothers, Edwin Carey and William Carey. He is survived by his four daughters, Elizabeth Carey of Broad Brook; Madeleine Glynn of Pawley’s Island, SC;  Maureen Lefevre of Cromwell; and Margaret Clifford of Wilbraham, MA. He also leaves behind ten grandchildren: Gregory and Alexander Dyson;  Andrew, Evan and Haley Gregware; Manon and Jules Lefevre; and Megan, Matthew and Allison Clifford.

 

The funeral will be held on Thursday at 9am from the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown followed by a mass of Christian burial in St. Pius X Church at 10am.   Burial will be in the family plot in West Cemetery, Cromwell.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 5-7pm. 

 

MONARCA, GIUSEPPE (JOSEPH) FRANCIS

Giuseppe (Joseph) Francis Monarca, 54, of Rocky Hill, husband of Lonelle (Gill) Monarca passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Wednesday, March 23, 2016.  Joseph, known by most as Joe or Pippo, was born in Melilli, Sicily and moved to Middletown, CT when he was five years old.  He was the son of Vincenza Monarca and the late Ottavio Monarca.  Joseph was one of the strongest people alive.  He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend.  He fought Leukemia for nine years and never wanted anyone to know about it because he did not want this disease to stop him from living his life and he did not let it.  He was a man who lived life to the fullest, listening to anyone’s worries, solving their problems, and always finding a way to turn anything into a laugh.  He worked for most of his life as a hairdresser with his sister Rina by his side turning the salon into his very own comedy hour.  Joseph and Lonelle had such love for one another; they were often caught leaving notes for each other even if they were spending only a few hours apart. 

 

Besides his wife of almost 28 years, Joseph is survived by his four children Nicolette, Dominique, Ottavio (Max), and Mikaila Monarca; his sisters Filomena Monarca; Nella Wilson and her four daughters; Rina Monarca, her husband Roland Chinatti, and their two sons. Joseph was predeceased by his brother-in-law Daniel Wilson.

 

The funeral will be held on Tuesday at 11:30am from the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown followed by a mass of Christian burial in St. Sebastian Church at 12:30pm.  Burial will be private in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday evening from 5-7pm.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Joseph’s name may be made to his favorite charity, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 2151, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38101-2151.

 

 

FAIRCHILD, JON S.

Jon S. Fairchild, 54, of Durham, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 21st surrounded by his family. He is survived by his children Cailee and Michael Fairchild of Haddam, his parents Jean and Roger Fairchild of Durham, his brother and wife, Mark and Teri Fairchild of Durham, his brother Chris Fairchild and girlfriend Karen of Madison, girlfriend Holly Pearce of Durham, and his nieces and nephews.

 

Jon was born on July 20th, 1961, grew up in Durham and later moved to Higganum/Haddam where he lived for many years. He attended Vinal High School and passionately worked as a tool and die maker for most of his life. He enjoyed riding his Harley and working with his hands. Jon took great pleasure in being a parent, participating in his kid’s activities as much as he could. He spent many hours at the baseball and lacrosse fields supporting his children. Aside from coaching Little League, Jon was a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan.

 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11am in the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown.  Burial will be private at a later date.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday morning from 9:30am until the time of the service.  Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Middlesex Hospice Unit, c/o Development Office, 55 Crescent Street, Middletown, CT 06457.

 

 

SZENTKERESZTHY, GIZELLA

Gizella Szentkereszthy, 84, of Rose Circle, Middletown, wife of the late Bela Szentkereszthy, died peacefully on Monday at Middlesex Hospital after a long battle with cancer. She was born on August 17, 1931 in Budapest, Hungary.  Gizella had been a resident of Torrington before moving to Middletown and was a member of St. Pius X Church. Gizella is survived by her loving family, a daughter and son in law, Mary and Michael Godbout of Middletown and a granddaughter, Lauren Godbout of Middletown.  

 

The funeral will be held on Monday, March 28, at 9:30am from the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St. Middletown followed by a mass of Christian Burial in St. Pius X Church at 11am.  Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain at a later date.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday morning from 9:30am to 10:30am.  Those who wish may make memorial donations to the American Cancer Society P. O. Box  188 North Haven, CT. 06473.

 

 

MURACA, SR., GABRIEL J.

Gabriel J. Muraca, Sr, 98, of Fairview Ave, Middletown, husband for 70 years of Frances (Martorana) Muraca passed peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, February 23, in Middletown.  He was born on October 6, 1917 in N.Y., N.Y., son of the late Joseph and Flavia (Aceria) Muraca.  He was the seventh of nine children, the last surviving member of his family. 

 

He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Gabriel and Margaret Muraca of Island Pond, VT, three daughters, Rosana Muraca of Hartford, Paula Muraca of Middletown, and Florence Muraca of Middletown; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren, also several nieces and nephews. 

 

He served in the US Coast Guard during WWII.  He lived in Middletown most of his adult life.  He worked as an auto-mechanic for more than 30 years with a second part-time job as a movie projectionist at the former Capital Theater.  As a member of St. John's Church, he was involved in Boy Scouting.  In the past, he was also a member of the Elk's B.P.O.E. #771. 

 

The   funeral will be held on Saturday, March 5th at 9:30 am from the Coughlin - Lastrina Funeral Home 491 High St. Middletown followed by a mass of Christian Burial in St. John Church, Middletown at 11 am.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday morning from 9:30 am to 10:30 am.  Burial will be in the family plot in Indian Hill Cemetery Middletown at a later date.   

 

 

HALO, JULIA

Julia F. Bishop-Hahlo, one extraordinary human being, a resident of her beloved Middlefield, CT, saw her last earthly sunrise yesterday, passing from our midst to new life in the early hours of February 23, 2016.  Yes, Julia, we know you hate that we described you as “extraordinary”!  We do know what you want us to write.  You’ve told us a dozen times: 

 

“I’ve had a wonderful, amazing life.  I love my life and I would stay if I could.  I have a wonderful, loving husband, Gerard James Hahlo (aka Jerry), who means more to me than life itself.  I am greeted every day with the unquestioning love of my furry children Jesse (aka Jesse James) and Cassidy (aka Butch Cassidy of the Sundance Kid), Noah, and Jack (and I hold dear the memories of all of our prior furry little ones).  I was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Bertha (d. 1985) and Harvey (d. 1970) Bishop (parents who loved me – probably more than I ever understood when I was young).  My siblings and their spouses – Janice and Bob McKelvey of Forked River, NJ; James Bishop of Tallahassee, FL; Sue and Jack Lewkowitz of Alpharetta, GA, Genevieve Bishop, Joan Malara, and Christine O’Rourke, all of Long Beach Island, NJ; Irene (d. 2014) and Steve Saulsbery, of Albany, NY, and Harvey Bishop, of Waretown, NJ – have been a constant, a truly precious part of my world for nearly 62 years.  My husband’s siblings, Peggy Majeski and Cathy Hahlo are also dear to my heart.  My nieces and nephews – Samantha Conti, Kim McKelvey, Kate Frey, Jimmy Bishop, Michelle Bishop, John Lewkowitz, Sarah Lewkowitz, Amanda Mason, Michael O’Rourke, Aaron O’Rourke, Daniel Elacqua, Rachel Saulsbery, Gabby Saulsbery, Becky Bishop and Harvey Bishop, along with their spouses and their children, and my husband’s niece Michelle Adessa  –  each one of you has added beautiful moments to my memories.  One truly extraordinary person, my niece Breanna Christine O’Rourke, touched my life in a very special way with her decision to live each moment with intention, passion, truth, and joy.  Aunts, uncles, and cousins:  You know I’ve loved you all!” 

 

And yes, Julia, we know you would add that you truly loved your work – caring for the most fragile of newborns at Yale-New Haven Hospital for nearly 27 years and attending to the needs of their parents, that you were gifted with incredible and loving friends and professional colleagues, that you loved beautifying our world through your work with the Mid-Lea Garden Club of Middlefield, and that you were graced with faith and blessed to be part of the wonderful faith community at Epiphany Episcopal Church in Durham, CT.  You would say that you found profound meaning in your work with the Premature Life Transitions Project which supported families of your beloved babies in YNH’s Newborn Special Care Unit.   You would add that you were honored to serve on the Board of the Honduras Children’s Project.  You would repeat (as you have many times before) the utterly surprising statement that you were blessed by cancer (despite its incredible challenges) because it gave you time to appreciate life and because it surrounded you with kind, caring and good people of all backgrounds and cultures. 

 

While most of us find it easy to pick up and thrive on negative news and attitudes, you, Julia, were inclined to see the good, to find the beautiful, and to lean toward forgiveness.  And still, somehow, you would deny that you are extraordinary.  There is simply no denying it, Julia! You were a neighborhood ambassador, a champion of the most fragile, a true friend of those grieving, a person of unapologetic faith, and an extraordinary human being.  We were gifted with your love and blessed by your example.  You have changed us forever.

 

Julia would like all who remember her to (seriously) consider making a donation of blood in her memory.  Julia would also appreciate donations to the Honduras Children’s Project, 602 Blue Hills Road, Durham, CT  06422.  Donations to the Honduras Children’s Project can also be made at http://www.honduraschildrensproject.org.   Celebrations of Julia’s life are being planned, and all who knew and loved her are invited to participate.  Information regarding those celebrations will available by email to jbhmemorial@gmail.com.

 

The Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St., Middletown is in charge of arrangements. 

http://www.honduraschildrensproject.org.   Celebrations of Julia’s life are being planned, and all who knew and loved her are invited to participate.  Information regarding those celebrations will available by email to jbhmemorial@gmail.com.

 

 

INGLIS, SR., JAMES E.

James E. Inglis Sr., 77, of Middletown, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away Friday night at his home surrounded by his loving family after a long, courageous battle with ALS.   

He is survived by his wife of 53 years Joan (Passinese) Inglis, his three children Susan Ferraiolo and her husband Richard of Middletown, Lynn DeTour and her husband Jon Paul of Old Lyme, and James Inglis Jr. and his wife Vernessa of Middletown.  He also leaves behind his brothers and their spouses William and Micki Inglis, Thomas and Patricia Inglis, and Joseph and Sandra Inglis all of Middletown and his sister Elizabeth and her spouse Robert Hetrick of Portland.  He is also survived by his ten grandchildren Caitlin, Nicholas, and Matthew Ferraiolo, Zachary, Olivia, and Myla DeTour, Daren Walls, Antonio, Shinea, and Shinequa Inglis, four great grandchildren, and his beloved dog Martha.  He is predeceased by his parents Genevieve (Garrity) Inglis and John Inglis.  

 

James was a member of St. Mary of Czestochowa Parish, a United States Army veteran and the founder of Lynn Welding Co., Inc. in Newington. He was a member of the Elks Club B.P.O.E. #771 and the John Paul II Council #14017 of the Knights of Columbus.  He was an avid fly fisherman, an antique car collector, and the owner of several winning racehorses. 


The family would like to thank the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, Dr. Charles Whitaker and the ALS staff, the VA in Newington and West Haven,  Dr. Robert Fales, Father Russell Kennedy, the Middlesex Hospice nurses and staff, and Kris Kulmacz his home health aide.


Friends may call at the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown, on Tuesday, February 23rd from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, February 24th at 9:00 a.m. from the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, followed by a mass of Christian burial at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary of Czestochowa Church, 79 South Main Street, Middletown.  Burial with full military honors will be held at Calvary Cemetery, Middletown.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Connecticut chapter of the ALS Association, 4 Oxford Road Milford, CT 06460 or to the Hospital for Special Care, 2150 Corbin Avenue New Britain CT, 06053. 

 

 

 

SBALCIO, JOSEPHINE

Josephine Sbalcio, beloved daughter of the late Sebastian and Lucy Sbalcio, peacefully passed from this life surrounded by her loving family.

 

Josephine was born in Middletown and was a lifelong resident.  A graduate of Middletown High School, Josie accepted a position at the Travelers Insurance Company as a reinsurance analyst and remained with the company for thirty-five years. She took an early retirement to care for her mother. Josie was patient, loving and compassionate during the many years that she provided full time care until her mother passed.

In her early years Josie enjoyed traveling with her sister, Ann, and dear friends, Esther, Rosie and Fina Puglisi.  The world travelers visited England, France, Italy, Scotland, Wales, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Switzerland, Germany, Monte Carlo – and the countries they loved, they visited more than once.  Josie enjoyed the beaches of Hawaii and Bermuda and never said no to a drive to the Connecticut shores for a picnic. The many pictures that recorded these adventures showed a vibrant, always stylishly dressed, beautiful woman enjoying the moment.

 

Although she never married, Josie had a large family to care for and be loved by. She always enjoyed making special dishes for family gatherings.  Her specialty vegetable casseroles were made to the delight of her nephews David and Stephen. If niece Dawn was working in the area, her kitchen was always open for lunch. She enjoyed taking the bus to Hartford for a shopping trip with her niece, Susan.  Many years later she provided after school care with special foods and games that Grandnephew Christopher would enjoy. She treasured visits with Grandnephew Matthew and Grandniece Stephanie. Listening to her young Grandnephew Georgie tell stories would bring a smile to her face. When her health began to fail, she sat in the midst of the family and just listen to the goings on with a smile. Just enjoying being there.

 

In 2009, Josie and Ann, made One MacDonough Place their home.  Josie made new friends and rekindled friendships with residents who had been school mates. She enjoyed the lovely setting, the garden, the porch, and the loving and compassionate staff. Tea with lemon cookies were a favorite time of the day. She agreed that it had been a fine choice to spend her last years here.

 

Josephine leaves to mourn her passing, her sister and life-long companion, Ann; her brother Sebastian and sister-in-law Rose from East Hampton; her nephew Stephen and wife Dawn from Portland; her nephew David and wife Jennifer from California; her niece Susan Koulisis and her husband Alex from Stafford; her nephew Sebastian and wife Lois from Rocky Hill; her nephew Thom from New Jersey; her nieces Karen Gibbs and Ronnie Brunker from New Jersey. Grandnephews Matthew, Christopher and Georgie Koulisis and Grandniece Stephanie Polzella.  She was predeceased by her bothers and sisters-in-law Salvatore and Marion and Joseph and Millie.

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The funeral will be held on Thursday at 9am from the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home 491 High Street, Middletown followed by a mass of Christian burial in St. Sebastian Church at 10am.  Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday morning from 9am-9:30am.

 

 

ROSANO, JOSEPHINE B.

Josephine (Bombaci) Rosano, 92, of Haddam, passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home with whom she resided on January 24, 2016.   Born on 04/25/1923 and raised in Middletown, by her parents, the late Francesco and Josephine (Russo) Bombaci.  For the past six years, she has lived with her daughter/caregiver Linda Jones.  Josephine was a State of Connecticut employee; she was in the purchasing division for 19 years.  Her passion was cooking, along with baking as she was an avid and wonderful cake decorator. Her specialty was always her Italian cookies and candies.  She loved holidays with her family at her daughter’s home.  She loved being at her cottage at “Soundview” in Old Lyme every summer.  Josephine was a member of St. Sebastian’s Church in Middletown and a member of the St. Theresa’s Guild.  She saw this church being built when she was only ten years old.  

 

She leaves her daughters, Linda (Rosano) Jones and her caring and loving son-in-law, David who predeceased her; and Catherine (Rosano) Trowbridge and son-in-law Art and 2 sisters- Anna Lisitano and Lena Campagna. She also leaves 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her 5 brothers- James, Michael, Louis, Salvatore and Frank Bombaci and a sister Philomena (Bombaci) Perruccio. Thank you to Middlesex Hospital Hospice, Dr. Zeidler and all the Caring Angels from MH Hospice who took wonderful care of my mother.

 

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, at 9 a.m. from the Coughlin Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St., Middletown. Followed by a mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Sebastian’s Church. Burial will be in the family plot in St.Sebastian’s Cemetery, Middlefield. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 5-7 p.m.

 

 

MILARDO, LUCILLE A.

Lucille ( Aresco) Milardo, 88, widow of Joseph E. Milardo Sr. died peacefully on Sunday January 17, 2016.  Lucille was born and raised in Middletown where she resided all of her life. She was home and family oriented and took great pleasure in preparing traditional Italian recipes for everyone's enjoyment. After graduating from Middletown High School, Lucille was employed by EIS Break Parts and then the Park Hanafin and Standard Motors Companies, initially in assembly operations, but retired as a production supervisor after 43 years of service.  Lucille was a devoted parishioner of St. Sebastian Church and very active in the grammar school PTA, performing in church annual "Minstrelaires" musical reviews, and organizing fund raising projects and the annual "Carnivale" festivals. She began her 60th year as Feast worker pinning money on St. Sebastian's statue in the North End neighborhood processions the 1940's. She worked side-by-side in the feast office with her late husband for well over 40 years until illness prevented her participation.  

 

Lucille is survived by her son, Attorney Joseph E. Milardo Jr. and his wife Glenda of Middletown, a granddaughter Kristen (Milardo) Barrett and her husband Christopher, three great grandchildren: Jackson, Piper, and Shane Barrett all of North East, Maryland. She is also survived by a younger sister Josephine (Aresco) Sinatro of West Hartford and many nieces and nephews, grandniece and grandnephews.

 

The funeral will be held on Thursday at 11:30 am from the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home 491 High St. Middletown followed by a mass of Christian burial in St. Sebastian Church at 12:30 pm. Burial we in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery Middlefield. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests consideration of a donation to the St. Sebastian Church Renovation Fund 155 Washington St. Middletown, Ct. 06457.

 

 

KELLY, CAROLINE MARIE

Caroline Marie Kelly, 95, died peacefully on Wednesday January 6, at Middlesex Hospital surrounded by her loving nieces and nephews. Caroline was a life-long resident of Middletown and active member of St. John Church where she participated in the important life events of her family.

 

Caroline is survived by the children of her late sister Dorothy Russell: Julie Vernik, Leroy and Diane Russell, William and Diane Russell, Caroline and James Messina, Bonnie and Raymond Koba, and Brian and Rebecca Russell, as well as their 18 children to whom she was a loving and generous second mother and grandmother. She is also survived by her sister in law, Theresa Kelly and the children of her late brothers: Stephen and Jan Kelly, Cheryl Walker, Deborah and William Maguire; Jackie and Robert Mazzaglia, Marlene and Larry Kaydas, and Brian and Christine Kelly. She retired from Pratt and Whitney in North Haven after a 35 year career. Caroline loved the theatre, show tunes, vacationing with her family and she was an avid movie buff. She took great pride in her Irish heritage, the accomplishments of her family members and in the contributions of her family to building St. John Church. Caroline is predeceased by her siblings, Christopher, Dorothy (Russell), Raymond and John Kelly and their spouses.

 

The funeral will be held on Saturday at 9:30 am from the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown followed by a mass of Christian Burial in St. John Church, Middletown, at 11am. Burial will be in the family plot in St. John Cemetery, Middletown. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30am. Those who wish make memorial donations to St. John Church Renovation Fund, 19 St. John Sq., Middletown, CT 06457. All are asked to wear something green in Caroline’s honor.

 

 

DICKINSON, ERNEST G., III

Ernest G. Dickinson, III, 84, of Liberty St., Middletown, husband of the late Mary Lou (Butler) Dickinson, died on Tuesday in Middletown. Born on May 19, 1931 in Middletown, son the late Ernest and Mary (Turning) Dickinson. Ernest had been a life long resident of Middletown. A veteran of the Korean Conflict serving in the U.S. Army. Ernest retired from Hartford Hospital as an accountant after many years of employment.

 

Ernest is survived by his loving family; a son, James Dickinson of Middletown, a daughter, Mary Ellen Dickinson of Middletown. 3 brothers, Richard Dickinson, Burton Dickinson, William and sister-in-law Gloria Dickinson, all of Portland. 2 sisters June Baber of Portland, Laura and brother-in-law Anthony Bystrek of Portland. Also several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a son, Bruce Dickinson.

 

Funeral services will be held on Friday in the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home 491 High St. Middletown at 10 am. Burial with full Military Honors will be in the State Veterans Cemetery Middletown. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday morning from 9 am until the time of the service. Those who wish may make memorial donations to St. Jude Children Research P.O. Box 50 Memphis, Tn. 38105.

 

 

COTTER, SANDRA K.
Sandra K. Cotter, 71, of Middletown died on Tuesday December 8th at the Portland Convalecent Home.  She was the daughter of the late James and Catherine Taber and was born in Cranston, RI and attended schools in New Britain.  She was a graduate of Pulaski Senior High School.  Sandra had worked at the Middlesex Memorial Hospital in Middletown and retired from the State of Connecticut Department of Public Safety in Meriden.

 

She is survived by her son and daughter in law, John and Mary Cotter of Middletown, son in law, Michael Seabock and grandson Levi Seabock of New Hartford, two granddaughters, Christina Cotter of Cranston, RI and Cassandra and her husband Timothy Irish, and great-granddaughter Evangeline Irish of Narraganssett, RI, and a brother, James Taber of Virginia.  She is predeceased by a daughter, Catherine Seabock.

 

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, December 17th at 1pm in St. John Cemetery, Middletown.  There are no calling hours.  The Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown is in charge of arrangements.



KUKOR, PATRICIA A.
Patricia A. Kukor 58 of Portland, CT died on Tuesday, November 24 at the UCONN Health Center. Born on October 20, 1957 in New Brunswick, N.J., daughter of Jessie (Filoramo) Kukor and the late William J. Kukor. Patty was an exceptionally loving daughter, sister, aunt and cousin. She was warm and passionate about life with a truly contagious laugh. Patty was a special person who touched every one she encountered. At her work as a school social worker she was fiercely dedicated to her 'kids'; she was endeared and highly respected by her colleagues and friends. She earned her bachelor's degree from Boston College and her MSW from UConn. She was a member of the National Association of School Social Workers and CT Association of School Workers.

 

In addition to her mother, Patricia is survived by her loving family -- brother John and sister-in-law Nancy of Long Island, N.Y., sister Rosanne and brother-in law Greg Poorten of Leland, North Carolina, nephews Christopher, Thomas, Emery, and niece Annalise and cousin Jackie.

 

The funeral mass will be held on Saturday at 10 am in Holy Family Parish (St. Ladislaus) 215 Somerset St. New Brunswick, N. J. Burial will be in Franklin Memorial Cemetery 1800 Route 27 North Brunswick, N.J. Friends may call at the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home 491 High St. Middletown, CT, Friday 2-7 pm. A prayer service will be conducted at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be sent to The Academy of Mount Saint John School, 135 Kirtland St., Deep River, CT. 06417 


CORSINO, LUIGI
Luigi Corsino, 78, of High St., Middletown beloved husband of Rita (DiPietro) Corsino died on Tuesday at his residence surrounded by his family. Born on April 13, 1937 in Melilli, Italy, son of the late Sebastiano and Giuseppa (Fargione) Corsino. Luigi had been a resident of Middletown most of his life. He had retired from Wesleyan University in 1998 after 33 years of service. A member of St. Sebastian Church and the Middletown Italian Society.

 

Besides his wife Luigi is survived by his loving family; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Sebastian and Blanche Corsino of Middletown, Rick and Franca Corsino of Middletown. A brother, Antonino Corsino, of Middletown, 2 sisters, Concetta Pitruzzello of Middletown, Lucia Pitruzzello of Italy, a sister-in-law Nella Marchese, 5 grandchildren; also several nieces and nephews.

 

The funeral will be held on Friday at 9 am from the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St., Middletown followed by a mass of Christian burial in St. Sebastian Church at 10 am. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery; Middlefield. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 5 to 7 pm. 


RENOCK, PAULA M.
Paula M. Renock, 56, of Hinsdale, NH, formerly of Middletown, died October 22, 2015 at home in New Hampshire after a courageous battle with cancer.  Paula is survived by Betsy Hutchins, her lifetime partner of 26 years, of Hinsdale NH, who meant the world to Paula. Paula was the daughter of Frances (Franco) Renock of Middletown, CT and the late Walter Renock.  Paula lived in Vermont, and then New Hampshire, since graduating from High School and appreciated nature and outdoor activities.  She rescued dogs through the years and they became a part of her family.  She loved being involved for many years in the antique business with Betsy. And more than just enjoying, collecting and selling Native American crafts, she loved Native American culture.

 

She is also survived by her brother John Renock and sister-in-law, Pamela of Syracuse, NY, brother Richard Renock of Middletown, CT, niece Rachel Renock, nephew Jason Renock, aunts, an uncle and numerous cousins as well as members of the Hutchins family, and wonderful friends including Cheryl Wallace and Kathy Timbury.

 

Graveside services will be held on Monday the 26th at 12:30 pm in Saint Sebastian's Cemetery, Middlefield.  The Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown, is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

FAZZINO, ROSE MARIE (MILARDO)

Rose Marie (Milardo) Fazzino, 74, of Middletown, passed away peacefully on Wednesday (September 2). She was predeceased by her loving husband, Salvatore C. Fazzino. Born on September 10, 1940 in Middletown, daughter of the late Nicholas and Angelina (Monarca) Milardo. A member of St. Sebastian Church. Rose Marie graduated from Middletown High School in 1958, and remained loyal friends with many of her classmates. She worked in banking, volunteered with many different organizations through the years. But her greatest love was her family; she loved cooking for her family, going to see her children and grandchildren in games, concerts and recitals.

 

Rose Marie is survived by her loving family, Lynn Marie Campbell and husband Thomas of Farmington, RoseAnn Vaughan and husband Kenneth of Middletown, Sebastian Fazzino and wife Lorraine of Charlotte, NC., Salvatore N. Fazzino and wife Jennifer of Fanwood, N.J. Rose Marie was a proud grandmother of ten, Christopher, Brian, & TJ Campbell, Ronald, Kenneth Jr. and Stephen Vaughan, Nicholas Fazzino, and Matthew, Alex and Mary Katherine Fazzino. A sister-in-law, Connie Milardo, a brother, John Milardo, a sister-in-law, Janet Milardo, as well as many nieces and nephews, cousins, and many friends. Predeceased by her brother, Joseph Milardo. 

The funeral will be held on Saturday at 9 am from the Coughlin - Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St., Middletown followed by a mass of Christian Burial at 10 am in St. Sebastian Church. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday evening from 5 to 7 pm. Donations in memory of Rose Marie can be made to St. Sebastian Church, 155 Washington St., Middletown, CT 06457 or to WJMJ Catholic TV & Radio, 15 Peach Orchard Rd., Prospect, CT 06712

 

 

PARNASSO, ANGELA

Angela Parnasso 76 of Loveland St. Middletown wife of the late Sebastiano Parnasso died on Thursday in Middletown. Born on October 3, 1938 in Melilli, Italy daughter of the late Sebastiano and Rosaria (Pizzo) Pitruzzello. Angela had been a resident of Middletown most of her life, a member of St. Sebastian Church.

 

Angela is survived by her loving family; 2 sons, Anthony Parnasso and his wife Janet of Cromwell, Aldo Parnasso and his wife Melinda of Middletown; A daughter Brunella Pugliares and significant other Giuseppe D’Amico of Middletown; 6 grandchildren Jessica, Robert, Francesca, Stefano, Olivia, Amanda; a great -granddaughter Gianna.

 

The funeral will be held on Tuesday at 9 am from the Coughlin- Lastrina Funeral Home 491 High St. Middletown followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 am in St. Sebastian Church. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery Middlefield. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Those who wish may make memorial donations to St. Sebastian Church 155 Washington St. Middletown, CT 06457.

 

 

DeRAFFAELE, LUCY

Lucy Florence DeRaffaele passed, per her wishes at her home, on August 27th surrounded by her loving family.  She was born in Middletown on April 10, 1921 to Rosario Salonia and Carmelina (Rizzo) Salonia.  She was a homemaker, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. 

 
Lucy is survived by two daughters, Diane Merenda of Glastonbury and Joann DeRaffaele aka (Ricci) of Portland, eight grandchildren, Will Gahan of East Hampton, Christopher Gahan of Boston, Jay Merenda and Lisa of Delaware, Kara Merenda Colletti and Kevin of South Glastonbury, Rachel Ricci Drake and Christian of East Berlin, Joseph DeRaffaele and Ryan DeRaffaele of Enfield, Crystalyn Woodward and Shaun of Manchester; thirteen great grandchildren, Cameron and Olivia Colletti, Ruby and Griffin Merenda, Jacoby and Lila Drake, Gregory Woodward, Ryan Jr. Angelina, Gabriella, Christopher, Sara and Sophia, two Sisters Janet Rustic of Wethersfield and Anne DeJenzano of Tampa, Florida as well as many nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her loving husband Joseph DeRaffaele, son Christopher DeRaffaele, and daughter Dolores DeRaffaele Gahan, brothers Joseph Salonia, Philip Salonia, James Salonia, Ross Salonia, sisters Joann Salonia, Constance Salonia, Rachel Casserino & Maria Salonia.

Lucy was a loving caring person who became on one's favorite list by bringing her sweet, humorous and loving spirit to those that crossed her path.  Lucy began attending Middletown Schools in the mid 1920's. Surviving the Great Depression, she displayed her fortitude throughout her life even to the very end of it. Greatly revered by her children and grandchildren, she was the cherished and admired matriarch of the family. Her loving and lifestyle example will live on in their hearts forever and will be greatly missed by all. 


A heartfelt thank you to care-givers Mariah Moore and Nanette Burbank, Middlesex Memorial Hospital Hospice Unit, Hospice at home staff and Family Practice and all others involved with her care. 

The funeral will be held on Monday at 9am from the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown, followed by a mass of Christian burial in St. Sebastian Church at 10am.  Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 5-7pm.  Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Middlesex Hospice Unit c/o Development Office, 55 Crescent Street, Middletown, CT 06457.

 

 

SPADA, MARCELLA

Marcella (Pazzetta) Spada,widow of Joseph Spada and longtime Middletown resident passed away peacefully Monday 24, 2015 at Wadsworth Glen.  Marcella was born in Rome, Italy on August 26, 1915.  She was the daughter of the late Vincenzo and Maria Teresa (Franchini) Pazzetta. Marcella was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

 

She is survived by her son and daughter in law Vincent and Barbara Spada of Tewksbury MA, her son and daughter in law Joseph and Martha Spada of Southington and daughter in law Barbara Spada of Cromwell. Marcella cherished her six grandchildren and theirspouses; Joseph D Spada, Matthew Spada,  Elise Lee and her husband Kristopher, Paul Spada, Gina Andrews and her husband Jordan and Marcy Bryan and her husband Sean. She is also survived by her four great grandchildren; Colton and Haylee Andrews and Connor and Aiden Bryan and several nieces and nephews in Rome & Sicily, and including Vincenzo & Tina Santacroce and family of Middletown.  In addition to her husband and parents Marcella is predeceased by her beloved son Louis Spada and her sister Alda and her husband Carmello and her brother Vincenzo Pazzetta.

Marcella worked as a seamstress at the Carmelo Coat Factory company for many years.

The family wishes to express their gratitude for the compassionate care Marcella received from the dedicated staff at Wadsworth Glen, especially Mary Monarca.

 

The funeral will be held on Thursday at 11 am at the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home 491 High Street, Middletown followed by a mass of Christian Burial in St. Sebastian Church at 12:30pm.  Burial will be in the family plot in Rose Hill Memorial Park, Rocky Hill.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday morning from 11am to 12 noon.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, PO Box 650309 Dallas TX 75265 – 0309 or a charity of the donor’s choice. 

 

 

BONVOULOIR, GEORGE

George Bonvouloir, 83, of Plaza Drive, Middletown, husband of Betty (Nomeland) Bonvouloir, died on Wednesday in Middletown.  Born on May 5, 1932 in Hartford, son of the late Felix and Ella (Pfurr) Bonvouloir.  George was a resident of Middletown most of his life.  He had been employed by Pratt &  Whitney for many years, retiring in 1994.  A member of Faith Lutheran Church, Middletown.  George enjoyed watching the Red Sox, UConn Basketball and was an avid bowler.  

 

Besides his wife George is survived by his loving family, three sons Emery Bonvouloir of Ashford, Emil Bonvouloir and Eric Bonvoulor both of Middletown, a daughter Ella Nadeau of Concord, North Carolina, nine grandchildren, nine great grandchildren also several nieces and nephews. 

 

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 10am in Faith Lutheran Church, 300 Washington Street, Middletown.  Burial will be in Indian Hill Cemetery, Middletown.  Friends may call at the Coughlin -Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown on Tuesday evening from 5 to 7pm.

 

 

MAGNANO, JOSEPH S.

Joseph S. Magnano,88, of Farm Hill Road, Middletown, formerly of Florida, husband of Joan (Lastrina) Magnano, died on Tuesday at the Apple Rehab Center.  He was born on November 4, 1926 in Middletown and was the son of the late Rosario and Josephine (Scianna) Magnano.  He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the US Navy, after which, he graduated the New Haven Culinary School.  He then worked for Pratt and Whitney, where he retired in 1988.  He was also a member of St. Sebastian Church, Middletown.  You could always find Joe riding his bike, watching football in his favorite recliner, or collecting golf balls in his back yard in his Florida home.  But most of all, Joe loved spending time with his family and eating the most delicious food, prepared by his wife, Joan. 

 

Besides his loving wife, he leaves behind his loving family, his two sons, Robert Magnano and Rich Magnano, both of Middletown, two daughters, Diane Boothroyd of Georgia and Doreen Parise of Kensington, also one sister, Mary Ann Reid of Stratford, as well as 8 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

 

A memorial mass will be held on Wednesday, August 19th at 7pm in St. Sebastian Church, Middletown.  Burial will be in the State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown at a later date.  There are no calling hours.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association CT, Affiliate, Inc. 300 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT 06450.

 

 

LOMBARDO, MARIA

Maria (Panto) Lombardo of Jonesborough, TN, beloved wife of the late Paolo Lombardo, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, July 31st.  She was born on February 26, 1929 in Priolo, Sicily and was the daughter of the late Giovanni and Maria Panto.  She came to Middletown in 1974 where she worked as a dietary aid at the CT Valley Hospital until her retirement in 1990.  She was a member of St. Sebastian Church.  She later moved to Jonesborough, TN and was lovingly nursed at home by her daughter-in-law, Shannon during the last three years of her life. 

 

Maria is survived by her three daughters, Caterina Vitanza and her husband, Salvatore, Giovanna Mammano and her husband, Nunzio of Sicily, Anna D’Angano and her husband, John; a son, Biagio Lombardo and his wife Shannon of TN; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Maria was blessed to have lived to meet her great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Thomas, born on June 7, 2015.  She was pre-deceased by a daughter, Santina and two sons, Giovanni and Santo.

 

The funeral will be held on Wednesday at 11am from the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown, followed by a mass of Christian burial in St. Sebastian Church at 12:30pm.  Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday morning from 11am-12pm. 

 

 

ZABROWSKI, ANGELA M.

Angela M. Zabrowski of Broad Street, Middletown, died on Wednesday at her residence.  Born in Middletown, she was the daughter of the late Sebastian and Nellie (Salonia) Grimaldi.  Angela was a life-long resident of Middletown and a member of St. John Church, Middletown.

Angela is survived by her loving family, a grandson Shane and his wife Heather of Washington state.  She was predeceased by her son Edward Scott and a brother, Albert Grimaldi.

The funeral will be held on Monday at 9 am from the Coughlin - Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown followed by a mass of Christian Burial in St. John Church at 10 am.  Burial will be in the family plot in St. John Cemetery, Middletown.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday morning from 9 am to 9:30 am.  Those who wish may make memorial donations to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 188 North Haven, CT 06473.

 

 

REDDY, VIRGINIA

Virginia (McVey) Reddy, beloved wife of the late William R. Reddy passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 12th surrounded by her loving family.  She was born on March 23, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY and was the daughter of the late Henry and Mildred McVey.  She was a resident of Middletown for the past 65 years.  She was a stay-at-home mother, raising her three daughters.  She was a long-time member of the Mothers of Twins Club of Middletown.

 

She leaves behind her three daughters, Susan Reddy of Middletown, Carol and Nicholas Rago of South Glastonbury, and Karen and William Salwocki of Newington, her eight grandchildren, Denise Bradley, Jacqueline Bradley LaRue, Nicholas Rago, Melissa Rago, Timothy Rago, William Salwocki, Joseph Salwocki, and Noelle Salwocki, as well as her five great-grandchildren Nathaniel Spencer, Abigail LaRue, Sophia LaRue, Nicholas Rago, and Penelope Gauthier.  She also leaves her sister, Joan Pizza of Roanoke, VA.  In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Henry McVey and her grandson, Christopher Rago.

 

Graveside services will be held on Thursday at 10:30am in the State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown.  Friends may call at the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown on Wednesday evening from 5-7pm.  

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at the Apple Rehabilitation Center in Middletown for their loving care over the past several years.  Those who wish to make a donation are asked to consider giving to the Apple Rehabilitation Center c/o The Recreational Fund, 600 Highland Avenue, Middletown, CT 06457.

 

 

BROOKS, JEANNE HUBBARD

Jeanne Hubbard Brooks, 94, died Saturday, July 11, 2015, at Wadsworth Glen in Middletown.

 

Jeanne was predeceased by her parents Inga Martell Hubbard and Raymond E. Hubbard, her husband Louis M. Brooks Jr., brothers Raymond E. Hubbard, Jr. and Warren  H. Hubbard. She leaves sister-in-law Gertrude S. Hubbard, nephews Jason and Adam Hubbard all of FL, niece Elizabeth H. Trench and husband, Michael of Indiana. From Middletown she leaves niece Leslie H. Johnson and husband Keith, nephews Raymond E. Hubbard III and Wayne M. Hubbard. Stepdaughter Barbara Brooks Fraser and husband Bob of Vero Beach, FL, step grandchildren Kimberly Fraser Sweet of Old Saybrook, Kara Fraser Ferraro of Port St. Lucie, FL, Kris Fraser Austin of Winter Springs, FL and E. Robert Fraser Jr. of West Palm Beach, FL are also left to mourn her loss. 

Jeanne was retired from the Davison Art Center at Wesleyan University and enjoyed boating with her husband on Long Island Sound and they were active members of the Middletown Yacht Club. Jeanne enjoyed making sterling silver jewelry and various art endeavors her entire life. For many years she delivered Meals on Wheels. Jeanne’s main interest was her family and spending time with them.

  

Graveside services will be held on Friday at 10 in Riverview Cemetery, Essex.  The Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

PETRITUS, EDWARD J.

Edward J. Petritus, 93, a long-time resident of Middletown, passed away Friday, July 10. Born in Scranton, PA, Edward attended Penn State University where he played football and baseball. He moved to CT and worked as a Federal Bank Examiner for 42 years. He and his loving wife, "Dottie" enjoyed traveling in Europe, skiing, and golf and became Floridian "Snow Birds" in their later years.  Edward joined the U.S. Navy during WWII and was an active member of the American Legion in Middletown. 

 

He leaves behind Dorothy, his loving wife of 57 years, his daughter Laurene and husband Ejaz Ahmed, his granddaughter Jessica Petritus and mother Beth Petritus of Manchester.  Edward will reunite with his predeceased son, Jeffrey.  Special thanks to the Middlesex Hospice staff, especially Rachael, Amber, Ruth and his good friend, Bismark. 

 

A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, July 18 in St. Pius X Church at 11am.  Burial will be private in the State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown.  Memorial donations may be made to Middlesex Hospice Unit c/o Development Office, 55 Crescent St. Middletown, CT 06457.   The Coughlin - Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St. Middletown is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

KING, GEORGE ADRIAN

On June 18th, George Adrian King, 88, of Middletown learned whether there really is life after life.  He is survived by his sons, John and Peter of Remsen, NY and Manhattan, and by his brother David of Tucson.  His wife of 51 years, Eleanor (Schlechter) King was killed by a careless driver in 2001.  Since 1971, George served on the Westfield Fire District Commission and since 1999 on the Middlesex Land Trust Board.  After retiring from Aetna Life and Casualty in 1989, he volunteered for some years with the National Executive Service Corps, for 15 years with American Red Cross, and in 2003 joined the Acquisition and Loan Committee of the New Britain Museum of American Art. 

 

A memorial mass will be held at St. Pius X Church, 310 Westifled Street, Middletown at 11am on Saturday, June 27th.  Burial will be in the family plot in Minor Cemetery, Middletown.  The Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 HighStreet, Middletown is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

DeMELIS, MARIO A.

Mario A. DeMelis, 82, of Margarite Road, Middletown, died on Tuesday at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born on February 2, 1933 in Alanno, Italy and was the son of the late John and Antonietta (DiDomizio) DeMelis.

He had been a resident of Middletown most of his life and also served in the Korean conflict in the US Army. Mario was a home builder throughout the state of Connecticut and continued remodeling homes until the time of his illness. He had a passion for life and always enjoyed helping others.

 

Mario is survived by his loving family, a son John DeMelis of Middletown and two daughters, Lisa Scianna of Middlefield and Lori Ann DeMelis of Merritt Island, Florida. He also leaves behind two sisters, Natalie Fasciani of Cromwell and Tina DeMelis of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, five grandchildren, John Mario and Matthew DeMelis, Melissa, Marc, and Laura Scianna, also several nieces and nephews, as well as his long-time companion, Lillian.

 

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11am in the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 5-7pm, as well as Friday morning from 10am until the time of the service. Burial will be private in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Section of Anatomy, PO Box 208062, New Haven, CT 06520-8062.

 

 

MUSUMECI, VINCENZA “JENNIE”

Vincenza "Jennie" (DiMauro) Musumeci, 94, of Middletown, Ct, died peacefully on June 2, 2015.
Jennie was a kind soul, beautiful woman and loving mother, sister and wife, predeceased by her beloved husband of 63 years, Giuseppe.  They adored one another and dedicated their lives to their family who were raised observing their strong work ethic and the importance of family.  Vincenza was an excellent cook who enjoyed serving her family in her small apartment in Middletown's North End or in the yard under the grapevine.  Born in Middletown, on February 27, 1921 and raised in Melilli, Sicily before returning to America in 1947, she was the daughter of Rosario and Maria DiMauro. 

 

She is survived by her loving children: three daughters and sons-in-law, Sandy and Dale Aldieri of Middletown, Ann Marie and Robert Rogers of Middletown, Nella and Dick Rose of Lady Lake, Florida; a son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Jeri Musumeci of Boynton Beach, Florida; three sisters, Mary Imme, Rose DiMauro and Angelina Bartolotta; one brother, Rosario DiMauro; predeceased by a son, Rosario and her siblings Sebastiano DiMauro, Anna Alecci, and Giuseppina Russo.  She is also survived by her adoring grandchildren Jennifer, Jonathan and Marissa Aldieri, Danielle Rancourt, Debbie Lalonde, Kevin Rogers, Brian, Scott and Joseph Musumeci, Gina Musumeci Werner, Stephen, David and James Rose and her great grandchildren Jackson Lalonde, Shayna & Owen Rogers, Thomas Joseph Rancourt, Mikayla, Shealyn, Thomas, Ella, Gianna and Giulia Musumeci, Erica, Andrea, Emily and Kevin Rose. She is also survived by many nephews and nieces.

The funeral will be held on Friday, June 5th at 9 am from the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Sebastian Church at 10am.  Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetary, Middlefield.  Friends and family may call at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 5 - 7 pm. Those who wish may make memorial donations to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 60 Walnut Street, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 in memory of Vincenza Musumeci.
Vincenza's family wishes to thank the staff at Water's Edge Center For Health and Rehabilitation in Middletown who have cared for her over the past four years.  

 

 

LAPUT, JR., EDWARD S.

Edward S. Laput, Jr., 72, of Colchester, husband of Bonnie Bombaci Laput for over 49 years, passed away on Sunday May 10, 2015.  He was born on April 13, 1943 in Meriden CT to the late Edward S. and Eileen (Hinman) Laput.  He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and attended Ward’s School of Electronics and the University of Hartford.  Ed worked for Algonquin Gas Transmission Company/Duke Energy for 26 years and retired as an Area Superintendent.  He was also a member of the Call Before You Dig Board of Directors.

 

Ed was a loving husband and an amazing father.  His family was always his first priority.  He coached Colchester Little League and Pony League baseball for 11 years and he was an assistant Scoutmaster for 11 years. 

 

His interest in Genealogy brought him to the Godfrey Memorial Library in Middletown, CT, where he became a volunteer and a member of the Board of Trustees.  His passion became the cemetery project known as the Ed Laput Collection; an effort to document and photograph every headstone in every cemetery in the State of Connecticut.  Ed’s goal for the project was to help other people, and his happiness came from knowing that his efforts preserved history and made it easier for relatives to locate their ancestors' final resting places.  With the help of Gene Gumbs and a group of dedicated volunteers, over 975 cemeteries have been completed.

 

He is survived by a son Steven Laput and his wife Charlotte of Southington and a daughter Nicole Laput Sblendorio and her husband Sam of Haddam.  He leaves his sisters Frederica Zalewski and Denise Laput of Middletown, a niece Michelle Pallotti of Suffield, and special friends Kathleen Didato Kovel, William Kovel and Louis LaPila.

 

The funeral will be held on Wednesday at 9am from the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown followed by a mass of Christian burial at St. Pius X Church at 10am.  Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 5-7pm.  Memorial contributions may be made in Ed’s name to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Avenue, 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851 or the Godfrey Memorial Library, 134 Newfield St, Middletown, CT 06457.

 


FAZZINO, SALVATORE C.

Born June 3, 1939 in Syracuse, Sicily, Italy; he died on May 6, 2015. He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Rose Marie (Milardo) Fazzino, and his four children, Lynn Marie Campbell and husband Thomas of Farmington, Connecticut, RoseAnn Vaughan and husband Kenneth of Middletown, Connecticut, Sebastian Fazzino and wife Lorraine of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Salvatore N. Fazzino and wife Jennifer of Fanwood, New Jersey. Sal was the proud grandfather of 10, Christopher, Brian & TJ Campbell, Ronald, Kenneth Jr. and Stephen Vaughan, Nicholas Fazzino, and Matthew, Alex and Mary Katherine Fazzino. He was the youngest son of the late Sebastian and Rosa Fazzino. He was predeceased by his siblings, Joseph Fazzino, Jenny Marino- Daniele, Anna Vinci, Lucy Sardo, Condida Vinci, and their spouses. He is survived by his sister, Carmelina Fiorella of Melilli, Italy. He leaves behind many nieces and nephews.

 

Sal graduated from Middletown High School in 1958, and from the University of Connecticut in 1962 with a BS in Civil Engineering and later received his Master Degree. He served with the Army Corp of Engineers for four years and then served as North Haven’s Town Engineer for 18 years. He then became the Director of Public Works for the City of Middletown for 22 years. He was a member of the North Haven Jaycees and the Middletown Rotary Club. He was a member of St. Sebastian’s Church. He had a lifelong enthusiasm for gardening, engineering, and UCONN sports, but most of all, he loved his family.

 

The funeral will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street in Middletown, followed by a mass of Christian Burial at St. Sebastian Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery in Middlefield. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Donations in memory of Salvatore can be made to St. Sebastian’s Church, 155 Washington St. Middletown, CT 06457 or to WJMJ Catholic TV & Radio, 15 Peach Orchard Rd., Prospect, CT 06712

 

 

RIVERA, MIRIAM

Friends and family are welcome to attend calling hours for Miriam Rivera on Friday, April 24 from 3-7pm at the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home.  Services and burial will be private.

 

 

ROSS, MELVIN R.

Friends and family are welcome to attend calling hours for Miriam Rivera on Monday, April 27 from 11-11:30am at the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, to be followed by a graveside service with full Military honors in the State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown.

 

 

ZADROGA, JEANNE (FLANNIGAN, MULHOLLAND)

Jeanne Zadroga of Niantic died on January 26, 2015.  She was born in Portland on February 26, 1928 and was the daughter of the late John Flannigan and Diana (Begley).  Jean was retired from CT Valley Hospital and Riverview Hospital. 

She is survived by three children, Patricia Mulholland of Florida, Richard Zadroga and his wife Lisa Nielson of Tolland, and Robert Zadroga of Niantic with whom she made her home.  Also, five grandchildren; William Mulholland and his partner Laura Kelly of Pennsylvania, Jean Marie Mulholland of New London, Darlene Holloway and her husband James of Groton, Ian and Amy Zadroga of Tolland; also three great-grand children, Lucas Mulholland of Pennsylvania, Sebastian and Sophia Holloway of Groton, one brother, James Flannigan and his wife Janet of Middletown.  She was pre-deceased by her son, William Mulholland and two brothers, John and Harold Flannigan, also a beloved companion, “Rocky” the greyhound for nine and a half years, until his death in December 2013.  Many thanks to Michael and Donna, Carlene and Charles, Debbie and Barry for all their help. 

 

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, April 25th at 10am in the family plot at St. Mary Cemetery, Portland.  Family and friends are welcome to attend.  The Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown is in charge of arrangements. 

 

 

CECCHINI LOGANO, LOUISE

Louise Cecchini Logano, 93, most recently of Mooresville, NC, died peacefully at her home on Friday, April 10, 2015. She was born in Middletown, CT on Jan 17, 1922 the daughter of Cesare and Catherine (Lisi) Cecchini. Louise grew up in the North End of Middletown where she attended St John's School. Before graduating high school Louise left school to nurse her ailing mother. During World War II she worked in one of the many factories in Middletown helping to support the war effort. After the war, she met and won the heart of Salvatore (Butch) Logano, and they were married on October 25, 1947 in Middletown. They were married for 62 years and resided in Portland, CT. Salvatore founded, owned and operated S. Logano Waste Removal and Louise was by his side, helping manage the business for many years. Louise was a communicant at St Mary's Church of Portland and was actively involved with the St Mary's Guild. She also had volunteered at Middlesex Memorial Hospital and at the Newington Children's Hospital. Louise's greatest joy in life was raising her family. She reveled in the accomplishments and achievements of her sons and their families, and of her many nieces and nephews. Having learned at such a young age to sacrifice and care for others, it was natural for her to love and support all her family and friends.

 

Louise leaves behind a wonderful legacy for her children and grandchildren; son Robert Logano and his wife Karen Paradee Logano of Cape Coral, FL, and their three children; Matthew of Boston, MA, and Carissa and Brianna of Fort Myers, FL and son, Thomas Logano and his wife Deborah Biduk Logano of Concord, NC; and their children Danielle, of Charlotte, NC and Joseph and his wife Brittany of Cornelius, NC. Louise is also survived by a wonderful extended family and many caring friends. Louise was predeceased by her husband, Salvatore; brothers, Charles Cecchini, Alphonse Cecchini and John Cecchini and sisters Molly Monte and Florence Russo. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Louise's memory be made to the American Cancer Society , 825 Brook St, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. 


The funeral will be held on Wednesday at 1 PM from the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St., Middletown. Followed by a mass of Christian Burial in St.Mary's Church, Portland at 2 PM. Burial will be in the family plot in the Swedish Cemetery, Portland. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 5 to 8 PM.

 

 

DUNN, RICHARD P., SR.

Richard P. Dunn, Sr, 77, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 27. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 40 years Constance (Scata) Dunn. Richard was born on July 19, 1937 in Middletown, son of Walter and Pauline Dunn. He was blessed with a large and loving family.

 

He is survived by his children, Patty and Bill Edgerly of Middlefield, Elizabeth Dunn and Tod Raynor of Middlefield, Paula and Peter Barnett of Higganum and Richard Dunn, Jr of Old Saybrook. He had five grandchildren: Nicole Vanecek, Todd and Chelsey Sikora and Matthew and Megan Barnett; as well as his great grandson, Colton Sikora. Richard also shared many happy years with his best friend, constant companion and fiancée, Sharon Pacifico. He is survived by his sister Eileen and George Scherber of Chester as well as Artie and Debbie Scata of Meriden, Joseph and Linda Scata of Windsor and Phyllis Sundell of Portland and several nieces and nephews. Richard retired from the City of Middletown after 37 years and worked his way up to be the Fleet Service Manager for the Department of Public Works at City Yard. He was known for his ability to fix anything. He received recognition from the Mayor for his efforts during the flood of 1992. Richard had a passion for racing and drove modified stock cars locally for over 20 years. He was best known as Dick Dunn #3 Waterford Speedbowl legend and was track champion several times. He was a long time member of St. Pius X Church. He enjoyed spending time at the family cottage in Old Saybrook.

 

The funeral will be held on Monday at 11 am from the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown followed by a mass of Christian burial at St. Pius X Church at 12 noon. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 5-8 pm. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Middlesex Hospice Unit, c/o Development Office, 55 Crescent Street, Middletown, CT 06457.

 

 

BAFUMI, SEBASTIANO

Sebastiano Bafumi of Melilli, Italy, husband of Rosetta Bafumi died on March 3rd in Melilli, Italy.  He was born on March 4, 1946 and was the son of the late Pietro and Nella (Giurintano) Bafumi. 

 

He is survived by two sons, Piero Bafumi and Carmelo Bafumi, a daughter and son-in-law, Andonela and Guiseppe, a grandson, Emanuelle, all of Italy, two brothers, Carmelo Bafumi of Middletown, Guiseppe Bafumi of Melilli, Italy, a sister, Marianina of Melilli, Italy, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins both in the U.S. and Italy.

 

A memorial mass will be held on Wednesday, April 8th at 7pm in St. Sebastian Church, at the request of his brother Carmelo Bafumi.

 

 

McCARTHY, PRISCILLA

Priscilla (Hannon) McCarthy, 79, beloved wife of 54 years to Timothy McCarthy of Wheeler Hill Drive, Durham, passed away on Friday.  She was born on November 12, 1935 in Middletown and was the daughter of the late Philip and Frances (Sullivan) Hannon.Priscilla grew up in Middletown and graduated from Middletown High School in 1956.  She and Timothy made their home and raised their family in Durham.  She was a long time employee Daigle Tax Associates of Portland, a past Girl Scout leader for her daughters’ troupe, and a past EMT for the Durham Volunteer Ambulance Corp.  She was also a talented pianist, had a love for her Bernese Mountain Dog, Mickey, and as a grandma, she knit the best sweaters.  She was a kind, sweet soul who helped everyone.  She was loved very much and will be dearly missed.

 

Besides her husband, she is survived by her loving family; Brian and Sue McCarthy of Durham, Kevin McCarthy of Maryland, Laurie McCarthy of Middletown, Patricia Herrington and her husband Darryl of Middlefield, Kathleen McCarthy of Middletown; grandchildren, Grai and Ash Bluez, Aaron Gowor, Sarah and Hannah Gonlis, Gage and Olivia Herrington, and Mana and Isabella Gioco.  She also had a great-grandson, DJ Bluez.  She also enjoyed a life-long friendship since childhood with Gert Tanski and Pat Kobylenski. 

 

The funeral will be held on Monday at 9am at the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown followed by a mass of Christian burial in St. John Church, Middletown at 10am.  Burial will be in the family plot in St. John Cemetery, Middletown.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday morning from 9am to 9:45am.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the CT Humane Society Animal Shelter, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.

 

 

DeRISO, MARY

Mary (Palmer) DeRiso, 74, formerly of Middlefield, wife of the late Leroy DeRiso, died on Tuesday, March 17 at the Silver Springs Care Center in Meriden.  Mary was born on March 1, 1941 in Olmestedville, N.Y., daughter of the late Rusell and Eleanor (Hammond) Palmer.  

 

Mary is survived by her loving family, a daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and William Paradis of Old Saybrook, five brothers, Roy Palmer, John Palmer, Paul Palmer, Chester Palmer, Dan Palmer all of New York four, sisters Joyce McCall, Anna Palmer, Cathy Persons, Lynda Shanley all of New York, four grandchildren, Brendan DeRiso, Michael Paradis, Nicholas Paradis, Katelynn Dotson and her husband, Todd, four great grandchildren, Tristan DeRiso, Aiden DeRiso, Meredith Dotson, Henry Dotson also several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 am at the Coughlin- Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown.  Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday morning from 10 am until the time of the service.

 

 

LaROSA, ASSUNTA R.

Assunta  R. "Sue" ( Rinaldi)  LaRosa  90 of Portland, formerly of Middletown and Meriden, beloved wife of the late Frank LaRosa, died Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at the Middlesex Hospital.  Assunta was born in Middletown, daughter of the late Umberto and Anna (Acquarula) Rinaldi. She was a member of St. Pius X church.

 

Assunta is survived by her two daughters, Theresa A. Dauphin and her husband Alan of Spofford, N.H. and Elizabeth Celella and her husband Lawrence; two grandsons, Ryan Fleming of CT and Alan F. Dauphin and his wife Kelsie of Derby, VT, and her great-grandchildren, Caleb, Aliya and Alan "AJ" Dauphin also of Derby, VT.  Predeceased by four brothers; James Rinaldi, Giro Rinaldi, Pat Rinaldi, her twin brother Salvatore Rinaldi and a sister Connie Fazzino. 

 

A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, March 21 at 10 am at St. Pius X Church. Burial will be at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Middlesex Hospice Unit c/o Development Office 55 Cescent St. Middletown, Ct. 06457. The Coughlin- Lastrina Funeral Home 491 High St. is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

MARSELLI, SISTINO F.

Sistino F. Marselli, 92, of Four Rod Road, Berlin, formerly of Middletown, husband of the late Anna (Siecienski) Marselli, died peacefully by his daughter's side on Tuesday, March 17.  He was born on March 1, 1923, in Middletown and was the son of the late Fiorindo and Mary (Trolio) Marselli.

Known as "Stino," he had been a life-long resident of Middletown and a member of St. Pius X Church.  He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Army, after which he had worked at Standard Knapp where he retired as a foreman after 43 years.  In his free time, he enjoyed gardening, fishing, had a love for birds, and was an avid UConn Women's Basketball fan.

He is survived by his loving family, two sons--John Marselli of Middletown and Mark Marselli of Guilford and his wife, Tracy; a daughter, Mary Monarca Webb of Berlin, and her husband, Homer Webb; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews; and his sister-in-law, Corrinda Marsilli. He was predeceased by his daughter, Christine Marselli-LaRosa, the wife of Dan LaRosa; two brothers, Daniel Marselli and Francis Marsilli; and two sisters, Philomena D'Amato and Florence D'Amato.

The funeral will be held Friday at 9 am from the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown, followed by a mass of Christian Burial in St. Pius X Church at 10 am.  Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield, with full Military Honors.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 4 to 7 pm.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Christine Marselli LaRosa Scholarship Fund, LaRosa Lane, Middletown, CT. 06457,  attn: Jodi Bransfield.

 

 

FOOTIT, III, JAMES H. 
James Henry Footit III, 81, passed away on March 10, 2015. He was born July 31, 1933, the son of the late James and Cecilia (Burke) Footit.

 

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Madeline “Dolly” (Mosca) Footit; his sister MaryJane Murray of Manchester; his children Kathleen Kowalsky of Glastonbury, Christine Mousa of Henderson NV, James Footit of Scottsdale, AZ , Jeffrey Footit of Middletown; his daughter-in-law Teresa Footit and his 6 grandchildren: Kathryn Kowalsky, Austin Mousa , Alexandra Mousa, Brisa Footit, James Footit Jr, and Anthony Footit and several nieces and nephews. 
He was a graduate of Middletown High School and served our country in the US Army. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Forest City Council #3, American Legion Post #75. He enjoyed his job at Southern New England Telephone for 38 years before his retirement in 1992. You blessed each of our lives through your presence. Your memory will be carried in our hearts. 

The funeral will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. from the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St., Middletown. Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St.John’s Church, Middletown, at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the State Veteran’s Cemetery, Middletown with full military honors. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: The 
American Diabetes Association CT Affiliate Inc., 300 Research Pkwy., Meriden, CT 06450 or to: Middlesex Hospice Unit, c/o Development Office, 55 Crescent St., Middletown, CT 06457.



CONNIE GEREMIA
Our Beloved Connie ( Imme ) Geremia, 96 formerly of Millbrook Road, Middletown , wife of the late Albert Geremia, passed away Monday, February 23,2015 at  Middlesex Health Care Center.  Connie was born November 20, 1918 in Middletown, daughter of the late Nicholas and Emanuella ( Romano ) Imme. Prior to her retirement, she was employed at Goodyear Rubber Company,and then Pratt & Whitney, as a welder.

She is survived by her devoted daughters and son-in-law, Judy McGrath and her husband John of Middletown, and Cheryl Cammarota of Middlefield;  five adoring grandchildren, Todd McGrath and wife Maryanne, of Middletown. Scott McGrath and wife Mary Rose McGrath  of East Meadow, New York, Sean McGrath and wife  Patty of Wethersfield, Matthew Cammarota and wife Maria of  Wallingford, and Carrie Reny and husband Gerald  of Middletown, and eleven loving great  grandchildren, Alexander, Christopher, Kayla, John, Nicholas, Victoria and Julianna McGrath, Mateo and Maribella Cammarota and Sophia and Stella Reny.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brother, Sebastian Imme,and sisters Carol Imme, Mary Pandolfo, and her son-in-law, Frank Cammarota. 


The family wishes to extend its heartfelt gratitude to the compassionate and dedicated staff from the East and North Wings of Middlesex Health Care Center in Middletown. Special thanks go out to the Recreation Department staff where Connie spent every afternoon listening to her music. 

The funeral will be held on Saturday at 8:30 am from the Coughlin - Lastrina Funeral Home 491 High St. Middletown followed by a mass of christian burial in St. Colman Church at 11 am. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery Middlefield. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday morning from 8:30 am to 10:15 am. 
In liew of flowers, friends may make contributions in Connie's memory to the Wallingford Emergency Shelter in Wallingford, Ct. at www.wallingfordshelter.org,or checks can be mailed to Wallingford Shelter, P.O.Box 1747, Wallingford, Ct. 06492; or to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital by calling 1-800-822-6344 or mailing your donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O.Box 1000, Dept. 142 Memphis, TN 38148 and referring to Tribute #37773580


CORLEY, KAREN ROSE CONKLIN 
Karen Rose Corley (Conklin), 57, of Middlefield, passed away on Saturday February 14, 2015. She was born in New Britain, CT, on June 15, 1957, to Charles and Faith Conklin. She married David W. Corley on June 22, 1976.

 

She is survived by her husband, David; children, Charles, William, Lori, and Thomas; grandchildren, Faith, Thomas, Juliette, and Liliana; sister Andrea; brothers, Jim and Roger; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Charles, mother, Faith, and younger brother, David. Karen was raised in Newington and graduated from Newington High School. A long-time resident of Middlefield, Karen remained an active member of the community through organizations such as the Durham Fair and Tops. Her love of silly hats was rivaled only by her love for her children and grandchildren, an affection that she carried into her professional life by tending to the needs of others. 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11am at the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown. Burial will be at a later date in the Middlefield Cemetery, Middlefield. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday morning from 10am until the time of the service.



GRACE, MARIE S.
At the age of 82, on the afternoon of February 12, 2015, Marie Shekosky Grace, beloved wife of 60 years to Raymond Grace, Jr., passed away with her family by her side. Marie was born February 8, 1933 and lived in the Middletown, CT area for many years. Marie taught in Regional School District #13 for 31 years and is remembered fondly by her students. She and her husband traveled extensively during their retirement, often bringing home unique gifts and keepsakes for their family. She was an avid reader, enjoyed cooking and baking, and spending time with her family.

 

In addition to her husband, Marie is survived by her daughter Patricia Grace Bartek of Essex, CT; two brothers, James Shaw of San Marcos, CA, and Francis Shekosky and his wife Natalie of Middletown, CT; a sister, June Dressing of Clinton, CT; two granddaughters, Elizabeth Bartek and her fiance Ben Wetmore, and Ashley Harris and her husband Adam; several nieces and nephews; and in-laws Bill and Janet Grace of South Windsor, CT. Marie was predeceased by her daughter, Rhea Grace and her son-in-law John Bartek.

Burial will be private at the request of her family. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Amazing Grace Food Pantry, c/o St. Vincent De Paul Place, P.O. Box 398, Middletown, CT 06457. Services entrusted to Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, Middletown, CT.

 


RAFALA, LIDIA M.
Lidia M. Rafala, 84, of West St., Middletown, wife of the late Joseph Rafala, died on Wednesday in Middletown. Born on June 16, 1930 in Melilli, Italy daughter of the late Carl and Anna (Tosto) Pitruzzello.  Lidia had been a resident of Middletown most of her life and a member of St. Sebastian Church.

 

Lidia is survived by her loving family, a son, Sebastian Rafala of New York City, 4 daughters, Ann Tanasi, Linda McCarty, Joanne Coligan, Carmen Cannata, all of Middletown, a brother Nick Pitruzzello of Middletown, a sister Adel DiMauro of Italy. 4 grandchildren, Alysia, Joseph III, Eleanor, Michele. 2 great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Gabe; also several nieces and nephews.

 

The funeral will be held on Saturday at 9 am from the Coughlin - Lastrina Funeral Home 491 High St. Middletown followed by a Mass of Christian burial in St. Sebastian Church at 10 am. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday evening from 5 to 7 pm.

 

 

FRAYNE, THOMAS D.
Thomas D. Frayne of Aspen Drive, Middletown died on Saturday, January 10th.  Born on August 10,1949 in Middletown, he was the son of the late Thomas E. and Mary E. (Kearns) Frayne.  He was a lifelong resident of Middletown and attended local schools.  

He was a Vietnam Veteran serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the Light Guided Cruiser U.S.S. Little Rock CLG-4 and a member of the U.S.S. Little Rock Association, American Legion Middletown Post 75, Middletown Vietnam Veterans Association, Ancient Order of Hibernians Middletown Division, Polish Falcons Nest 519.  He was also the Senior Repair Engineer at MTU Aero Engines North America for the past 17 years, as well as working on various projects at Pratt and Whitney in East Hartford.  

 

Thomas is survived by his loving family; 3 sons, Colin Frayne of Middletown, Jason Darrow of Milford, Justin Darrow of Middletown and 3 grandchildren as well as his best friend of many years  Richard Byxbee, whom he met serving in Vietnam.  

 

The funeral will be held on Wednesday at 10 am in the Coughlin - Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown.  Burial with full military Honors will be in the State Veterans Cemetery Middletown.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 5 to 7 pm.  

 

 

MURPHY, ELLEN BIGHINATTI
Ellen Murphy, loving mother and devoted Nona passed away on November 20.  By her side were her loving son and daughter. Ellen was born in 1931 to Benvenuto and Margaret Bighinatti in Middletown and grew up as a child on Newfield Street, where family and friends came from all over to attend gatherings and parties throughout the years. Ellen graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1949 and raised her family in Middletown until moving to Florida in 1993. Her passion were her family and friends and she was much loved by all.  Her favorite past time was shopping and there was no one better at getting the "best deal". She helped raise her granddaughter and Tessa will miss her Nona dearly. 

She is survived by her loving son, Thomas Murphy, loving daughter Sharon Murphy Marinelli and granddaughter, Tessa Marinelli. She leaves behind her brother, Ben Bighinatti and family. She also leaves behind several special cousins who grew up as "sisters" in Newfield. Ellen was predeceased by her brother, Louis Bighinatti. The Murphy family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers.  She was the best "Ma" and we all have a special angel watching over us in heaven.

The funeral will be held on Saturday, December 6th at 9am from the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown followed by a mass of Christian burial in St. Sebastian Church at 10am.  Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday morning from 9am-9:30am.  


CLEW, HARVEY TAYLOR
Harvey Taylor Clew, 80 years old, of Haddam, CT died of a brain hemorrhage  Wednesday night, November 19, 2014, at Hartford Hospital. Harvey Clew was the son of William J. Clew, former managing editor of The Hartford Courant, and Mona (Gallivan) Clew, former junior high teacher in the Middletown School District. He was a retired United States Foreign Service Officer who served in London, Beirut, Lebanon, Lagos, Nigeria, Belize, Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. He met his wife of 43 years, Joy (Lee) Clew, on an ocean liner going to his first diplomatic posting in Cape Town, South Africa in 1963.  Prior to his thirty years as a diplomat, Harvey was a reporter for three and a half years for The Washington Star in Washington, D.C. covering events such as the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy.  Harvey served as a 2nd selectman in Haddam as a member of the Region 17 School Board.  He also served on the Mid-State Regional Planning Association, was President of the Haddam Historical Society, and President of the Foreign Affairs Retirees of New England. He was an environmentalist who worked diligently to protect open spaces in Connecticut. He recently joined the successful fight to preserve land for a state wildlife refuge along the Connecticut River across from the Goodspeed Opera House. 

Harvey attended St. John’s Elementary School and graduated from Middletown High School, class of 1952. In high school he was on the swim and football teams and served as Mayor of Middletown for a Day. He graduated from Wesleyan University, class of 1956. Immediately upon graduating from college he entered the United States Army where he served for three years in counter intelligence in Germany.

 

He is survived by his wife, Joy, of Haddam, CT; son, Timothy W. Clew of Warren, CT; daughter, Carole Clew Elms of New York, NY, their spouses and five grandchildren; his twin sister, Carole Clew Hoey of Middletown and Haddam, CT; his brother, William T. Clew of Webster and Worcestor, MA, a former managing editor of the Sunday Telegram in Worcestor, MA; his sister, Elizabeth (Betsy) Clew Kampmeinert of Pittsburgh, PA, two brothers-in-law, three nieces and one nephew. 

 

The funeral will be held on Monday at 9am from the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown, followed by a mass of Christian burial in St. John's Church, Middletown at 10am.  Burial will be in the family plot in St. John's Cemetery, Middletown.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 5-7pm.  Donation in lieu of flowers may be made to Cure Alzheimer's Fund, 34 Washington Street, Suite 200, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481.  

 


LISEO, MARIA STELLA 
Maria Stella Liseo, of Bellevue Terrace, Cromwell, beloved wife of Salvatore Liseo, passed away on Thursday, November 6, 2014, at Hartford Hospital. She was born on January 9, 1939, in Melilli, Italy, daughter of Mariannina Marchese of Middletown and the late Agostino Marchese. 

Besides her husband and mother, she is survived by her children: Rose McCormack (and Dave) of Middletown, Joanna Mercaldi (and Michael) of East Hampton and Joseph Liseo (and Teresa) of Cromwell; a brother Frank Marchese (and Ann Marie) of Middletown, seven grandchildren: Lauren, Matthew, Anna, Alyssa, Angela, Julia and Jenna, as well as many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her brother, Giuseppe Marchese (Lina and family, who still reside in Melilli). Stella was a member of St. Sebastian’s Church, President of the Franciscan Third Order and a committee member of the Funeral Reception. She retired from Cromwell Middle School in 2004. She loved spending time with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren. 

The funeral will be held on Tuesday, November 11, at 9am from the Couglin-Lastrina Funeral Home on 491 High Street, Middletown, followed by a Mass of Christian burial in St. Sebastian’s Church at 10am. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian’s Cemetery, Middlefield. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Monday, November 10, from 5-8p.m. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a memorial donation to St. Sebastian’s Church, 155 Washington St., Middletown, CT 06457. 


SCOTTI, JOSEPHINE A. 
Josephine A. Scotti 94 of Newfield St. Middletown daughter of the late Louis A. and Vi Ida (Baiardo) Scotti died on Friday in Middletown. Josephine retired from Emhart Co. in Berlin in 1982. 

A member of St. Pius X Church. She loved all animals expecially her dogs and cats, also she enjoyed working in her vegetable / flower gardens. Josephine is survived by her loving family: a sister, Mary S. Chmura of Middletown, a special niece, Dodie Boedicker of Elmira, N.Y., a special nephew, Robert Chmura. Josephine is predeceased by 6 brothers and 4 sisters Joseph, Alexander, Amadeus, John, Aldo, Robert, Ester Botti, Yolanda DiBernadino, Elizabeth Salafia, Eleanor Clebowicz. 

The funeral will be held on Friday at 9 am from the Coughlin- Lastrina Funeral Home 491 High St. Middletown followed by a mass of Christian Burial in St. Pius X church at 10 am. Burial will be in the family plot in Calvary Cemetery Middletown. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday morning from 9 am to 9:30 am. 

 

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