Louis (Lou) J. Annino of East Berlin, CT and Clermont, Florida passed away into eternity on May 10, 2022 with his beloved family at his side.
Born and raised in Middletown Connecticut, he was the son of Louis J. Annino Sr. and Florence Rose Troy Annino.
A streetwise self-made entrepreneur, Mr. Annino was the founder and owner of Access Transportation Solutions in Glastonbury until his retirement in 2015.
In earlier years, he also operated Ambulances, Limousines, Taxi Cabs, and School buses throughout the greater Hartford area.
He was the founding member and a past president of the Hartford Area Limousine Operators. He sat on various EMS Councils when Connecticut was developing its current EMS system.
While he spent his entire adult life in different forms of transportation, his first passion always remained the safe Transportation of School children with special needs.
He sat on ad-hoc committees for the Department of Motor Vehicles which helped to develop many practices that govern the transportation of Connecticut’s school children.
His dedication to safe school transportation, led to him being asked to serve as a State of Connecticut delegate for Special Needs Student transportation. Lou sat on the board for the National Congress on School Transportation in 2010 and 2015.
With a passion for classic cars, Lou was a proud owner of a 1970 442 Olds “his baby”, which he kept in mint condition. He was an active member of the New England Oldsmobile Club and the National Oldsmobile Club of America.
Most importantly, Lou was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. He leaves behind his loving wife Donna, his beloved daughters Holly Annino Green and husband Garfield of Clermont, Florida; Brande Davidson and husband Lance of Vancouver, Canada, Sharlene Thomson and husband Gene Thomson of Cochrane, Canada, and stepson Guybert (Tig) Sirois of St. Joseph, Canada. His beloved granddaughter he called Pumpkin Makayla Madison Green of Clermont Florida, and grandsons Gunnar Foster and Hunter Thomson of Cochrane, Canada, and his loyal dogs Chumlee and Bailey.
Lou leaves behind his only sibling John Annino and wife Jo-Anne of Newington, Connecticut, extended family throughout the USA and Canada.
Also remembered are his dearest and closest friends Pamela Myjak of Rockfall CT and Donald Procko of Mason’s Island Mystic, CT.
It was Lou’s wish that any memorial tributes be made in the form of donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Autism Speaks Organization, or Shriner’s Hospitals.
The funeral will be held on Thursday, May 19th at 9 a.m. from 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 Wednesday, May 18th from 5 to 7 p.m.
Josephine (Marino) D’Antonio widow of Amerigo (Luke) D’Antonio passed away on May 1, 2022, after a long life, well lived.
Josephine was born on August 20, 1925 in Melilli, Sicily to Luigi and Anna (Pitruzzello) Marino. At 41/2 years old, she came to America and lived in Middletown, CT ever since.
On November4, 1943 she married Amerigo (Luke) D’Antonio, who predeceased her in 1992.
Josephine is survived by her daughters Linda Raffa and Sister Annette D’Antonio, MPF, granddaughters Stefanie and Gretchen and great-grandson, Amare Adjekum.
Besides her parents and husband, Josephine was predeceased by her brother Frank Marino and his wife Mary, her brother Phillip and his wife Connie, her sister Maria Catalano, and son in law, Frank J. Raffa.
At Josephine’s request, there are no calling hours and no flowers. If you choose, you may make a donation to St. Sebastian Church, to East Shoreline Catholic Academy Scholarship Fund (62 Cedar St., Branford), or to the charity of your choice. She would really like for you to live your life with love and kindness for all, as she lived hers.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 6th at St. Sebastian Church. Due to COVID 19 concerns, burial is private and there will be no family gathering at this time.
Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St., Middletown is in charge of arrangements.
Michael Belzo, age 58, passed unexpectedly passed away on April 21st at Hospital of Central Connecticut. He is survived by his Wife Robin Belzo, his Father Michael Belzo, his sister Cindy, his sons Stone, Hunter, Josh, and Nick. His daughters Stephanie and Shauna. And his grandkids Olivia, Tristan, Devon, Cainen, and Nicholas jr. He was born on October 22, 1963 in Washington DC to the parents of Michael and Shirley Belzo. He lived in Meriden throughout his childhood, Middletown for 27 years and then finally residing in New Britain. He was the route manager at Best Cleaners, he was also coaching football at New Britain High School and was heavily involved in youth sports and mentoring kids. He was an amazing man who loved his family and he loved his wife Robin and his passion was his children and making sure that they got everything they possibly needed and more.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, April 28th at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, 544 Main St, New Britain. Burial will be at a later date. Friends may call at the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St, Middletown, on Wednesday, April 27th from 5-7 p.m.
Rocco Labbadia, 85, of Middletown, husband of Virginia (Marino) Labbadia, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 27. Born on August 13, 1936 in Lenola (Province of Latina), Italy. Son of the late Giovanni and Alessandra (Spirito) Labbadia. Rocco came to the United States from Italy in 1956 and resided in Middletown where he met his wife of 64 years while riding a bus on their way to work. A parishioner of St. Sebastian Church and member of its Holy Name Society, a member of the Middletown Italian Society and the Lenolese Society of Farmington.Rocco enjoyed gardening and making wine and sharing with his friends and family.Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Louis Labbadia (Corrine) of Wallingford; a daughter, Theresa Labbadia of Middletown; Grandson, Christopher Brainard (Kelly Roccapriore) of Higganum, and granddaughter, Rachel Brainard of Massachusetts. He is also survived by a brother, Vincenzo and sister-in-law, Alessandra Labbadia; a Sister Evelina and brother-in-law Paul Antogiovanni of Middletown; a sister Maria and Brother-in-law Robert Woike of Cromwell; Sister-in-law, Wanda Labbadia of Portland and brother-in-law, Rosario DiMauro of Middletown. Predeceased by sister, Mary DiMauro, brother, Arthur Labbadia and infant brother, Roberto.The family would like to thank Dr. Robert Fales, Dr. John and Wadsworth Glen and staff for all the good care that Rocco received.The funeral will be held on Friday (April 1) at 9 a.m from 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 Thursday (March 31) from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Sebastian Church, 155 Washington St, Middletown, CT, 06457.
Sebastian Anthony Randino, 89, of Middletown, beloved husband of Nancy (DelRosso) Randino for sixty-five years, passed away on Saturday, March 19th at Middlesex Hospital. Born in Middletown, he was the son of the late Sophio and Maria (Rio) Randino, both of Sicily, Italy.
Sebastian, known to most as Randy, lived in Middletown his whole life, was a member of Saint John's Church and a veteran of the Korean War serving in the United States Air Force. He worked for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and retired from there in 1993. Randy was a member of the Elks and VFW and in his spare time enjoyed woodworking, fishing, and playing pool.
Along with his wife, he is survived by his two sons, Keith Randino (wife Cheryl) of Tolland and Mark Randino (partner Michelle Berlinghoff) of Portland as well as two grandsons Kevin Randino (wife Brittany) of Ellington and Kyle Randino (wife Julie) and great-grandson Daniel Randino of Vernon along with nieces and nephews; several other great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren through marriage.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his two sisters, Angela Tyrseck, Lucy Bombaci and his brother Vincent Randino.
The funeral will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, friends may make donations in Sebastian's memory to the Alzheimer's Association or the charity of their choice.
The Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St., Middletown is in charge of arrangements.
Concettina (Connie) Bartolotta, 92, of Middletown, wife of the late Salvatore Bartolotta passed away at her home on Tuesday. Born on October 17, 1929 in Middletown, daughter of the late Louis and Lucietta (Campisi) Garofalo. She was a lifelong resident of Middletown and a member of St. Sebastian Church. Connie is survived by her loving family, a daughter and son-in-law Judy and Bill Tokarz of Middletown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday (February 10) in St. Sebastian Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield. The Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St, Middletown, is in charge of arrangements.
Rosanna Airo, 74, of Middletown, wife of the late Sebastiano A. Airo, passed away on Sunday, January 30th in Middletown. Born on October 22, 1947 in Melilli, Sicily, Italy, daughter of the late Salvatore and Giuseppina (Termine) Liistro. She had been a resident of Middletown most of her life and was a member of St. Sebastian Church. Rosanna is survived by her loving family, three sons, Angelo and daughter-in-law Tina Airo of Southington, Riccardo R. and daughter-in-law Jacqueline Airo of Middletown, and Salvatore Airo of Middletown. She is survived by two sisters, Enza and brother-in-law Salvatore Italia of Middletown, Loredona and brother-in-law Daniel Marina of Italy, as well as a brother, Luigi and sister-in-law Debra Liistro of Middletown, and brother-in-law Joseph and sister-in-law Josephine Airo of Middletown. She is also survived by six grandchildren Rosanna, Sebastian, Avianna, Angelo, Lexie, and Anthony, and a great-granddaughter Violetta, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, February 3rd at 10 a.m. in St. Sebastian Church. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield.
The Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St, Middletown, is in charge of arrangements.
Donald Ezra Secore, 86, formerly of Middletown, CT, passed away peacefully on Sunday (January 23, 2022). Born on February 5, 1935 in Plattsburg, NY, son of the late Edward and Ella Secore. Donald was predeceased by his wife of 47 years Ramona, brother Earl, sister Thelma and his grandson Christopher. He is survived by his loving family, four sons and daughters-in-law Donald J. Secore of Middletown, Kevin Secore of Cromwell, Kenny and Terrie Secore of Cromwell, Danny and Janice Secore of Middletown; 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Donald grew up in a small blue collar mining town in Lyon Mountain NY. After high school he enlisted in the US ARMY and served his country during the Korean war. Later he relocated his family to Middletown, CT. He was employed at Colt Firearms on the night shift and worked in the construction field during the day. He taught us the value of hard work, honesty and family. He enjoyed watching his sons play baseball and weekend family outings to the local park. He also enjoyed camping, traveling in his RV, playing card games and country music. Even with his gruff demeanor and say exactly what I’m thinking approach there was a softer caring man and for those fortunate enough to break through that shell they got to know the kind hearted person that he was deep inside. Donald was a friend to many and will be truly missed.
A private family celebration will be held in lieu of a service due to the wishes of our father.
Funeral arrangements are private and under the direction of the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St., Middletown.
With heavy hearts we announce the passing of husband and wife, Antonio Scionti, 87 and Maria Scionti, 83 of Middletown, CT on January 15, 2022. They both passed peacefully at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, CT.
Antonio was born on August 25, 1934 and Maria was born on October 5, 1938 both in Melilli, Sicily, Italy. They are both survived by their son Joseph Scionti and wife Pinuccia of Wethersfield, CT. Daughter Angela Sciucco and husband Sal of Middletown, CT and daughter Rosalba Chiulli of Middletown, CT.
Antonio’s sister Adele Voli of Boynton Beach, FL. Maria’s brother Giovanni Carta of Montreal, Canada and sisters Angela Carta and Giuseppe Carta of Melilli, Sicily, Italy. They were both loved by 9 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Antonio’s passion was gardening, canning his sauce, peppers, olives, eggplant and making his wine to share with their family and friends. Married for 65 years they enjoyed family visits and did everything together until the end.
We would like to thank Dr. Michael Good and the North 2 Department at Middlesex Hospital for everything they have done.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, January 21st, at 10 a.m. in St. Sebastian Church. Burial will be in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield. The Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St, Middletown, is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks, that you consider making a donation in memory of their name to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
John F. Campbell, 92, of Middletown, passed away peacefully in his home of 54 years on January 8. Born in Jamaica, Queens, son of the late Patrick and Mary (Barrett), he was raised in New York. He was predeceased by Ann, his loving wife of 54 years. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1951 and served during the Korean War until his honorable discharge in 1957. John then went back to work for NAPA, where he worked until his retirement in 1992, and where he forged life-long friendships. He moved his family to Middletown, CT in 1967, and was very involved in the lives of his four children, including volunteering as a little league coach. John was known for his easy-going demeanor and his good humor. He was a wonderful man, a great father, and was immensely loved and cherished by his family and everyone he met. During his retirement years, John enjoyed life by traveling and spending time with his children and his beloved grandchildren. A devout Catholic throughout his life, John was a parishioner of St. Pius X in Middletown for many years. John leaves four children, Carol Daly and her husband Jim of Palm Bay, FL, John and his wife Heidi of Madison, Tom and his wife Lynn of Farmington, and Joe of Lebanon; 8 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday, January 12th 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 with full military honors will be in the State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, January 12th from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in John’s name may be made to St. Pius X Parish, 310 Westfield Street, Middletown, CT 06457.
Irene Battistini of Middletown , passed away peacefully at home on January 7 from a long illness. She was 77 and lived a full life. Irene was born in 1944 and grew up in Southington with her brothers Joe and Robin. For many years she was a delivery driver for Purolator and later in life transported senior citizens for the town of Cromwell. Irene was a lover of all animals especially dogs and horses. She owned several horses in her life and helped to rescue and place many dogs, making sure they went to good homes. If there was ever an animal in distress, Irene would be the first to stop and help. In addition to the countless dogs Irene found homes for, she also cherished time with her own dogs over the years, including Emma, Loui, Abby, Princess, and most recently... Cooper. Cooper was a constant source of love and companionship through the final years of Irene's life. Irene was predeceased by William Battistini, her beloved husband of 47 years. We want to extend a special thanks to Irene's neighbor Lisa who cared for Irene and enabled her to live at home during her illness. There will be a private service celebrating Irene's life. Memorial donations can be made in Irene's name to the animal charity of your choice. The Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St. Middletown, is in charge of arrangements.