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Mark T. Lynskey

September 25, 1952 - February 20, 2018

Mark T. Lynskey, 65 of Westbrook, CT died on Tuesday (February 20, 2018) after a valiant battle with lung cancer. He was born in Hartford, CT on 9/25/1952, the son of Betty Lynskey and the late Thomas Lynskey. Mark is survived by his children, Tom (Jess Lanzi) Lynskey, Shauna (Jordan) Fischer, Jaimie Lynskey and her fiancé John Maiorino, and his two beloved grandsons, Aiden Fischer and Devin...
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Marcia Lamphier Pond

October 28, 1929 - February 18, 2018

Long time Essex resident Marcia Lamphier Pond, wife of the late William (Bill) Pond died peacefully at her home in Essex on Feb 18th. Born in 1929 in New Britain, Connecticut Marcia was the daughter of the late Mr. Edwin P Lamphier, Jr. and Daisy (Fournier) Lamphier. She graduated from Green Mountain Junior College and went on to a career with the State of Connecticut ending her career as...
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Theresa J. MacDonald

October 10, 1959 - February 15, 2018

Theresa (Russell) MacDonald, 58, of Deep River, passed away unexpectedly on February 15, 2018. She was smart and sweet with a heart of gold and will always be remembered for her beautiful smile and wonderful laughter. She was born in New London, CT on October 10, 1959, growing up in Essex, CT. As well as Essex, Theresa spent many summers at the family cottage in Mumford Cove in Groton, CT. She...
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Helen Hofer Petzoldt

August 4, 1926 - February 13, 2018

Helen Hofer Petzoldt of Old Saybrook CT passed away peacefully on February 13, 2018. She was born August 4, 1926 in Beaver Falls, NY. She spent her childhood there, where she met and married the love of her life, Edward Petzoldt. He predeceased her. Helen baked perfect apple pies and delicious brownies. Her fudge was matched by none. She embraced her roles in life as a wife, mother,...
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Jeannette Jones Pollard

February 19, 1927 - February 8, 2018

Jeannette Jones Pollard, beloved wife of William Appleby Pollard, died on February 8, 2018 at home in Essex, CT surrounded by her family. Born in 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jeannette was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Wandesford Jones. She graduated from Pembroke College and Brown University in 1948 and worked briefly in publishing. In 1986, Jeannette and Bill moved to Essex...
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William "Bill" E. Patten

April 10, 1925 - February 7, 2018

William E. Patten, age 92, of Killingworth passed away peacefully on February 7, 2018. He was born in North Haven, CT on April 10, 1925 to the late Chesley and Gladys Patten. He leaves his wife of 70 years, Margery Boyce Patten. He is survived by six children, Bonnie Pudem (Roger Pudem) , Ted Patten (Phil Kehres), Skip Patten (Dan Warner), Scott Patten, Paul Patten (Robin Patten), and Rob...
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Antoinette "Toni" DiMauro Angersola

August 14, 1922 - February 1, 2018

Antoinette "Toni" (DiMauro) Angersola, age 95, entered the realm of Heaven on Thursday morning February 1, 2018 in Chester. She was the beloved wife of Ernest Joseph Angersola of Chester. Toni was born on August 14, 1922 in Portland and made her foster home with Charles and Mammie Helander. A resident of Chester since 1934, Toni and Ernest were married at Saint Joseph's Church there in 1950. She...
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John Cogan "Jack" Murphy , Sr.

February 14, 1925 - January 29, 2018

John Cogan "Jack" Murphy Sr., passed away peacefully at home on Monday, January 29th. He was born February 14, 1925, the son of Albert and Mildred (Barske) Murphy. He served in World War II with the US Navy Sea-Bees earning multiple medals. He was predeceased by his four siblings, Robert, Albert (Bud), Patricia, and Mary. He had a long career at Jenkins Valves in NYC. He is survived by his wife...
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Samuel Byron Perry

July 14, 1964 - January 23, 2018

Samuel Byron Perry, 53, of Middletown, CT joined the angels in Heaven on January 23, 2018. He was born July 14, 1964 in Groton, CT, the youngest of 6 children of Brewster and Eileen "Sammy" Perry. Sam spent his early years in Ivoryton, CT and in 1972 moved with his family to California where he enjoyed 12 years living in the San Diego area. He excelled at swimming at the Local YMCA and competed...
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Walter Henry Kensel

June 10, 1933 - January 23, 2018

Walter Henry Kensel, 84, of Chester, died January 23, 2018 at Middlesex Hospital after a long illness. Walt was born in Deep River, son of the late Franklyn & Jessamine (Dickinson) Kensel. Walter worked for Tilcon as a truck driver for 25 years retiring in 1994, was a member of the American Legion Post #61, Teamsters Local #443, NRA member, retired member of both the Chester Hose Co. and the Deep...
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Barbara M. Wells

July 26, 1936 - January 17, 2018

Barbara M. Wells, 81, of Chester, passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. She was the wife of the late Harry A. Wells. They were married in September of 1953 and Harry predeceased her on March 12, 1992. Barbara was born in Bridgeport on July 22, 1936 the daughter of William and Mildred (Jorgensen) Maxwell. They resided in Essex where she was instrumental in...
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Corrine Louise Hunter

October 22, 1929 - January 15, 2018

Mrs. Corrine Hunter, 88, passed peacefully with her family by her side on January 15, 2018 at St. Raphael's Hospital in New Haven CT. Corrine Hunter was born at St.Raphael's Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut on October 22, 1929 to the proud parents of Ida (Jensen) and Conrad Kilberg of West Haven, CT. Corrine dedicated herself for many years to training horses, some of which made it to the...
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Marian Kendall "Betty" Lilly

February 25, 1920 - January 11, 2018

Marian Kendall "Betty" Lilly passed away peacefully in her apartment at Chester Village West in Chester on January 11, 2018. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Roger M. Lilly in 2005. Betty was born in Ft. Lewis, Washington on February 25, 1920 into a US Army family and never left the Army. With her physician father, she lived in many parts of the U.S and also spent three years in the...
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Edward E. Barry

October 3, 1962 - January 11, 2018

Edward E. (Ted) Barry, age 55 of Essex, Connecticut went home to the Lord on Thursday, January 11, 2018 in the loving care and presence of his wife of 28 years, Laura (Laurie) Barry. Ted was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts but lived most of his early life in Hingham, Massachusetts. Ted attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Russian History. He...
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Joan P. Pacelle

May 25, 1932 - January 10, 2018

Joan P. Pacelle, 85, of Essex, passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at home. She was born in New Britain, the daughter of Frank and Eleanor Zink, and graduated from New Britain High School. She attended the University of Connecticut, where she met John, her beloved husband of 54 years, who died in 2010. After graduating from the first class to attend UConn's school of physical therapy, she...
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Roberta Bradford Hopkins Mendlovitz

August 13, 1933 - January 5, 2018

Roberta Bradford Hopkins Mendlovitz died peacefully at her home in Haddam, Conn., on Jan. 5, 2018. She was surrounded by love and her family. Roberta was born Aug. 13, 1933, to Melvin and Winifred (Lair) Hopkins in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. Roberta was a 4th generation "Islander" on Martha's Vineyard. Her family left the island when she was in 10th grade and relocated to Braintree, Mass.,...
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Arthur G. Paul, Jr.

September 1, 1926 - January 1, 2018

Arthur G. Paul, Jr., age 91, the beloved husband of the late Sally R. (Greene) Paul, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Monday, January 1, 2018 at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. Art had been a resident of Chesterfields Healthcare and was a longtime resident of Deep River. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island on September 1, 1926 the son of Arthur G. and Edith G. ...
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Salvatore Joseph Bartolotta, Sr.

October 12, 1932 - December 31, 2017

Salvatore Joseph Bartolotta, Sr., age 85, beloved husband of Theo-Nancy (Thomas) Bartolotta and longtime resident of Deep River passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at his residence. He was born in Middletown on October 12, 1932 the son of Anthony Joseph and Josephine (Augeri) Bartolotta. Sal served his country proudly during the Korean War as a member of...
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David Huntington Gates

November 11, 1929 - December 28, 2017

David Huntington Gates, age 88, of Clinton passed away on Thursday morning, December 28, 2017 at Yale-New Haven Health, Saint Raphael Campus in New Haven. He was born on November 11, 1929 in Norwalk, the son of Reverend Edmund Jayne Gates and Marjory Covell (Coley) Gates. He attended DeVeaux Episcopal Military School in Niagara Falls, New York and graduated from Syracuse University. David proudly...
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Polly McEldowney Lynch

June 28, 1925 - December 17, 2017

Polly McEldowney Lynch, age 92 of Chester, CT, formerly of West Hartford, CT died peacefully at home on December 17, 2017. Surrounded by many family members, she died with the dignity and grace she exemplified her entire life. She was born in New York City June 28, 1925 to Pauline Connor McEldowney and Howard Vanderlip McEldowney. She was a graduate of the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA and of...
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James F. Byrne

August 19, 1940 - December 12, 2017

Essex – James Francis Byrne, 77, died Tuesday, 12 December, 2017 following a short illness. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Christina Storm, his daughter Elizabeth Byrne, two sons, Preston J. Byrne and James R. Byrne, his sister, Katherine O'Keefe, three grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and loving in-laws Leslie Cerio, Al Marulli, and Christopher and Matthew Jordan Storm. Born...
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Madeline M. (Malchiodi) Burrows

May 5, 1938 - December 10, 2017

Madeline M. (Malchiodi) Burrows, 79, passed away on December 10, 2017 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. Beloved mother of Francis E. Bleau Jr. of Old Saybrook. Madeline was born in Middletown, daughter of the late Emil and Esther (Graziano) Malchiodi. She loved nature, sunny days and the summer months, and also had a great love of music. She was devoted to her son and sisters whom she leaves...
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Andrew Jaworski

June 11, 1984 - December 7, 2017

Andrew Jaworski, 33, died peacefully in his sleep on December 7, 2017. He made the world a better place with his compassion, his creativity, and his genuine desire to bring others joy. He was a loving son, doting brother, patient mentor, and brilliant creative talent. He is survived by his parents, Margaret McCarthy of Old Saybrook ,CT and David Jaworski of Morehead City, NC, and his brother,...
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Jeffery Lee "Jeffro" Cook

March 25, 1951 - December 4, 2017

Jeffery Lee Cook ("Jeffro"), a lifelong resident of Killingworth passed away at home on December 4, 2017 at the age of 66. Jeff was born to Winnie and Lee Cook on March 25, 1951. He graduated from the Morgan School in 1969 and promptly enlisted in the United States Navy. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and honorably served his country on the U.S.S. Newport News CA-148. Jeff worked for the...
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Paul F. Freudenstein

December 21, 1950 - December 2, 2017

Paul F. Freudenstein, 66, of Chester, CT, died Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Yale New Haven Hospital. Mr. Freudenstein was born on December 21, 1950, the son of late Lydia (Markham) Freudenstein and Frederic Freudenstein. He was a loving brother to his two sisters. He grew up in Waterford, graduated from Waterford High School, and served in the US Army. He married his wife, Sandra (Rose)...
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James Edward Stawarky, Sr.

May 31, 1930 - November 30, 2017

James Edward Stawarky, Sr., 87, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, died peacefully surrounded by his family in his home on November 30, 2017. The memory of his beautiful life will be forever cherished by his wife of 61 years Dorothy Ann Kotulich Stawarky; children, Jo Ann Stawarky Anderson, husband Joel, of Litchfield, NH and children Nate Anderson and Sarah Larrow, Jane Stawarky...
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Benjamin William Grant III

August 21, 1944 - November 26, 2017

Benjamin William Grant III, 73, of Deep River, CT., passed on November 26, 2017 at St. Vincent's Hospital in Bridgeport, CT. surrounded by his family. Ben led a full life of many accomplishments. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and was a descendant from a family that has served in every major military action in this country's history since the Revolutionary War. He was a...
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Amy (Riggio) McDougall

September 14, 1968 - November 26, 2017

Amy (Riggio) McDougall, 49, of Shirley, MA, formerly of Essex, CT, wife of Brian McDougall died at her home on November 26, 2017. Amy is also survived by her daughter Lila, her parents Tom and Louise Riggio, her brother TJ and his wife Sally as well as 3 nieces and 1 nephew. Amy graduated with honors from the Westminster School in Simsbury and the University of Connecticut in Storrs. Private...
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Frederick Peter Haeni

October 4, 1941 - November 26, 2017

Frederick Peter Haeni, 76, of Deep River, Connecticut, passed away peacefully at home on 11/26/2017, after a long battle with cancer. Pete is survived by his wife, Jane; his sons, Christian (Amanda) and Jeffrey (Julie) and his grandchildren, Kaia, Nicolas, Laurel, and Georgia. Pete was born and raised in New York City and spent summers on Long Island. There he developed his love for the...
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Catherine S. "Kay" Budney

March 22, 1925 - November 15, 2017

Catherine S. "Kay" Budney, age 92, a lifelong resident of Deep River passed away on Wednesday morning, November 15, 2017 at the Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. She was the beloved wife of the late Victor J. Budney who passed away on March 10, 2011. Kay was born in Deep River on March 22, 1925 the daughter of John J. and Antonina (Brose) Stopa. Kay was employed for over 20 years at Whelen...
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David Alfred Stadalnik

June 29, 1940 - November 10, 2017

David Alfred Stadalnik, age 77, of Old Saybrook, formerly of Ivoryton, passed away on Friday, November 10, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Nancy (Lindner) Stadalnik for 52 years. He was born on June 29, 1940 in New Haven to Alfred F. and Marion (Dzindzaleta) Stadalnik. David was a native of Branford and will be remembered as a great athlete, having a tremendous sense of humor, and being the...
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Lois B. Matthews

May 14, 1925 - November 7, 2017

Lois Matthews, age 92, of Westbrook passed away on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. She was born in Hamden on May 14, 1925 the daughter of John and Anna Brown. Lois was predeceased by her husband Albert Matthews, four sisters and three brothers. Lois leaves behind her daughter, Jody McKee, son-in-law Peter, grandson Matthew, and several nieces and nephews. Lois had a great love for life and people. She...
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Clifford O. Allen

May 7, 1927 - November 6, 2017

Clifford O. Allen, age 90, a longtime resident of Old Saybrook passed away surrounded by his loving family on Monday evening, November 6, 2017 at his residence. He was the beloved husband of Virginia (Everitt) Allen who he married on January 31, 1953 in Deep River. Cliff was born in Norwich on May 7, 1927 the son of Walter and Florence (Remmick) Allen. He was a proud veteran of World War II...
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Wayne D'Amico

April 26, 1967 - November 4, 2017

Wayne D'Amico, age 50, of Ivoryton, CT, beloved father, husband and friend, passed away on Nov 4th surrounded by his loving family after a difficult and courageous battle with cancer. Wayne loved his family. He took care of everyone. He was the rock. His children are a testament to his love and devotion. He always put others above self. He adored his wife, Betsy, as he always referred to her as...
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Jeanette Jackson Dodd

May 17, 1934 - November 3, 2017

Jeanette Jackson Dodd, age 83, a longtime resident of Chester passed away surrounded by her loving family on Friday, November 3, 2017. Jeanette was the beloved wife of Charles Dodd, Jr. for 64 years. She was born in Allagash, Maine on May 17, 1934 the daughter of Aaron Jackson, Sr. and Melissa (Thibodeau) Jackson. Jeanette was a member of The United Church of Chester. She loved fishing, knitting...
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Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" LaMark

November 17, 1947 - November 2, 2017

Jacqueline Marie LaMark, age 69, of Chester passed away peacefully at her residence surrounded by her family on Thursday evening, November 2, 2017. She was the beloved wife of Jeremiah "Jerry" T. LaMark. Jackie was born in Middletown on November 17, 1947 the daughter of John and Josephine (Fillippi) Coole. She was a Licensed Practical Nurse working at Essex Medical Group. She retired in 2006....
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Travis W. Smith

February 23, 1989 - October 29, 2017

Travis W. Smith, 28, passed away peacefully in the late hours on Sunday, October 29th. Born on February 23, 1989 to parents Marian Smith of Higganum, and Robert Smith of Ivoryton, Travis resided and attended public schools in both towns before graduating from Haddam-Killingworth High School in 2009. He was married to Leah Miner in 2013 and is the loving father of two beautiful children, Dylan and...
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Edward James McLaughlin

September 14, 1934 - October 28, 2017

Edward James McLaughlin, 83, of Ivoryton, CT died at Connecticut Hospice on October 28, 2017 after a brave battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of the late Rose A. McLaughlin, a father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and uncle. Born in Brooklyn, New York on September 14, 1934, he was the son of the late Josephine and Charles McLaughlin and had been a resident of Ivoryton...
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Sandra L. Sumner

February 8, 1950 - October 25, 2017

Sandra L. Sumner, age 67 a lifelong resident of Chester passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, October 25, 2017 at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown after a long battle with cancer. Sandra leaves behind her husband of 45 years Robert R. Sumner and her daughters, Kara White and her husband Shamar and Kristina Sumner. She was born in Middletown on February 8, 1950 the daughter of Dorothy ...
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John "Jack" Charles Meyer

August 8, 1945 - October 17, 2017

Jack Meyer (John C. Meyer) passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Tuesday morning October 17th at his home in Chester. Born on August 8, 1945 he was originally from Hazardville and Enfield and has resided in Chester for the last 38 years with his loving wife Madaline (DeGeorge) Meyer who he met while proudly serving in the United States Coast Guard based out of New York. Together...
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Geraldine M. "Geri" Ficarra

August 2, 1949 - October 12, 2017

Geraldine M. Ficarra, 68, of Essex, died October 12, 2017 at her home. Known to her friends and family as Geri, she was an ardent Francophile, fluent in French and Italian. A Boston University graduate, she spent her junior year at the Sorbonne, immersing herself in French language and culture. She lived in Boston for a number of years before moving to Connecticut in 1980. Soon after, she was...
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Mel P. Cartoceti

August 8, 1951 - October 12, 2017

Mel Cartoceti, 66, of Killingworth, passed peacefully on October 12, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in New Haven, CT on August 8, 1951. He was the son of Norine and the late Amadio Cartoceti. Mel was the devoted and loving husband of Fran (Valentino) Cartoceti for 41 years. He is survived by his beloved daughter Marissa and son-in-law Adam Lehmacher of Hadlyme, CT; son Andrew...
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Pauline (Wright) Everett

November 17, 1935 - October 7, 2017

Pauline (Wright) Everett of Killingworth passed away Saturday, the 7th of October 2017 surrounded by her loving family. She was married to the love of her life, William Everett Sr. for nearly 64 years. Pauline was born in Chester, Connecticut to Ruth Atwood and Densmore Wright where she married and raised her five children. She is predeceased by her mother, father and brother Bob. During Pauline...
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Stephen Putney Munn

July 1, 1942 - October 1, 2017

Stephen Putney Munn of Hobe Sound, Florida, passed away at his summer home in Old Saybrook, Connecticut on October 1st surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 1, 1942 in Bay Shore, New York, the son of Allen Munn, who passed away shortly after his birth; he was raised by Catherine (Putney) Munn, his strong and devoted mother. He graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy in 1960, St....
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Stephen Byrne Spires

December 1, 1940 - September 23, 2017

Stephen Byrne Spires, 76 of Ivoryton passed away on Saturday evening, September 23, 2017 at the Gladeview Healthcare Center in Old Saybrook. Steve was married almost 50 years to the love of his life Suzanne (Marchetti) Spires. He was born on December 1, 1940 in Berks County, Pennsylvania the son of Stephen T. and Bernice (Byrne) Spires. After graduating from Youngstown University in Ohio he...
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Alan A. Mariani

January 27, 1944 - September 17, 2017

Alan A. Mariani of Old Saybrook, formerly of Deep River died peacefully at home on September 17, 2017. He was born January 27, 1944 in Waterbury, to the late Americus and Josephine Mariani. Alan attended Crosby High School in Waterbury before attending Saint Francis College in Biddeford, ME. He took over his family business, Connecticut Centerless Grinding after spending a few years in NYC...
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Howard Richardson

May 3, 1926 - September 15, 2017

Howard L. Richardson, 91, of Old Saybrook, passed away peacefully at home on September 15, 2017. He was born and raised in West Hartford by his parents Herbert H. and Phyllis (Reynolds) Richardson. Howard was predeceased by his brothers Herbert Jr., Alden, Robert and his sister Helen Bonander. He is survived by his wife Nadine (Merwin), two sons Carl and Paul all of Old Saybrook and his daughter...
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Rosemarie Werner

July 26, 1924 - September 15, 2017

Rosemarie Werner, age 93, passed away peacefully on September 15, 2017, at The Gables in Guilford. Rosemarie worked for 30 years as a tax examiner for the State of Connecticut. She was a long-time resident of Clinton before moving to Old Saybrook in 2004. Rosemarie loved anything pink. As a child she wore a pink hair ribbon and she earned the name "Pinky." She also had a love for music and...
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John Albert Johns

October 10, 1930 - September 3, 2017

John Albert Johns, 86, of Essex, passed away on September 3rd, 2017 at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford. He was married for 60 years to the love of his life, Betty Johns, who predeceased him only 18 days earlier. John was born in the family homestead on Main Street Essex on October 10, 1930 and remained a lifelong resident of the town. He was married to Betty Johns on July 27, 1957. After...
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Gail Louise Willis

June 20, 1939 - August 30, 2017

On August 30, 2017 our beloved wife and mother, Gail Louise Willis, after a lengthy illness stepped from her home in Deep River, CT into the presence of her Lord whom she had come to know and love. We are certain that though she and her beloved husband, George, missed celebrating their 60th anniversary by three days, she is now whole and celebrating her life in Heaven, eagerly looking forward to...
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Wonda E. Bessette

April 13, 1960 - August 27, 2017

Wonda E. Bessette, 57, of Old Saybrook and a former resident of Deep River passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at the Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. She was the beloved mother of Leo Gilbert of Old Saybrook, Heather Gilbert of Groton and Natasha Gilbert of Clinton, as well as a devoted Grandmother to Andrew Cooper, Jacob Gilbert, Destinty, Savannah...
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John Louis "Jack" Laterra, Jr.

January 22, 1950 - August 24, 2017

John Louis "Jack" Laterra, Jr., age 67, a former longtime resident of Old Saybrook passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Touchpoints Rehabilitation at Manchester in Manchester. Jack was the beloved husband of the late Lauren "Laurie" (Castanza) Laterra who predeceased him on July 23, 2013. Jack was born in Norwich on January 22, 1950 the son of Mary (Valaski) Laterra of Waterford...
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Gerhardt "Gary" S. Sigersmith

September 4, 1956 - August 20, 2017

Gerhardt "Gary" S. Sigersmith, 60, of Ivoryton, passed away suddenly on August 20, 2017 at Yale- New Haven Hospital. Gary was born in New Haven, CT, son of the late John & Dorothy(Abel) Sigersmith. He was an avid fisherman and sports lover, he made many friends and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Gary worked 33 years with the Laborers Union #547. Gary is survived by his son...
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Abraham Alphonse Soudan

January 17, 1981 - August 18, 2017

Abraham Alphonse Soudan was born January 17, 1981 in Savannah, Georgia. He died suddenly Friday, August 18th in Meriden, CT. He is survived by his maternal grandmother, Polly Lynch, his mother Daya Soudan (and Terry Anderson), his father Ken Soudan (and wife Debbie), his sister Star Rueckert (and husband Chris and children Avery and Spencer), his sister Vanessa Soudan (and Ezequiel Galan), two...
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Gladys (Fogg) Nelson

November 11, 1923 - August 16, 2017

Gladys (Fogg) Nelson, 93, of Old Lyme passed away peacefully at Bride Brook Health & Rehabilitation Center in East Lyme on August 16, 2017 following a brief illness. She was born in Meriden, CT, grew up in Jewett City and West Hartford. Later, she raised her family in Windsor with husband, Clifford Nelson, before moving to Old Saybrook in 1977. Gladys and Cliff eventually moved to Old Lyme in...
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Jeff Jay Brenneman

January 11, 1973 - August 15, 2017

Jeff Brenneman, 44, died peacefully on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. Jeff was born January 11, 1973 in Bad Axe, Michigan. He moved with his family to Connecticut in 1980 and has lived here ever since. Jeff leaves behind his parents, Jay and Mary Brenneman, his brother Doug, sister-in-law Bonnie, their daughters Reagan, Anne, and Ella, and his beloved daughter Maddison, who he cherished more than...
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Elizabeth Mae "Betty" Johns

May 29, 1938 - August 15, 2017

Elizabeth Mae (Miller) Johns "Betty", 79, of Essex, passed away on August 15, 2017 surrounded by her husband of 60 years and her 5 children after losing her brief but aggressive battle with cancer. Betty was born in New London, CT on May 29, 1938 and raised in Old Lyme. She was married to John Johns on July 27, 1957. Betty worked as an aid at the Essex Rest Home and as a sales associate at The...
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Alice Elizabeth (Matzko) Smith

January 28, 1941 - August 8, 2017

Alice Elizabeth (Matzko) Smith, 76, of Deep River, passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Chesterfields Health Care Center in Chester. She was the youngest of five siblings born to John and Dorothy Matzko of Springfield Massachusetts. She graduated from the New Britain General Hospital School of Nursing in 1961 and went on to have a career in nursing at New Britain General Hospital for 38 years....
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Martha Willerton Bruce

August 8, 2017

Martha Willerton Bruce died two days after her 98th birthday at The Haven in Pineville, North Carolina. Born in 1919 in Houghton Michigan, she grew up on a farm in Ithaca New York and graduated from Cornell University in 1940. She held a master's degree from The University of Connecticut. Her beloved parents, Arthur Barrett and Mabel Miller Willerton, sisters Helen and Marjorie and brothers...
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Paul T. Pulcini

April 13, 1935 - August 7, 2017

Paul T. Pulcini, 82, of Deep River died after a long illness, August 7, 2017 at Middlesex Hospital surrounded by his family. Devoted husband for 56 years to Theresa (Shumbo) Pulcini. Paul was born in Deep River, son of the late Dominic P.& Mary (Piampino) Pulcini, he graduated from Valley Regional High School and served our country with the U.S. Army, 2nd Battalion, 11th Armored Calvary Regiment...
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Varick (Rick) Dey Harrison

March 29, 1930 - August 6, 2017

Essex, CT Varick (Rick) Dey Harrison, died August 6, 2017. Born in Glen Ridge, NJ, he was youngest son of Benjamin V. Harrison, Jr. and Mildred Westover. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Benjamin V. Harrison, III and sister Louise H. Lindgrove. After graduation from the Hill School he attended Yale University finishing Cum Laude. After Yale, Rick served as a young Lieutenant...
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Robert James Finch

June 29, 1956 - August 6, 2017

J. Robert Finch, 61, of Old Saybrook passed away on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family. Bob was born on June 29, 1956 in White Plains, New York to Mary (Guinane) and George Finch. He graduated from Old Saybrook High School in 1974, and the UCONN School of Pharmacy in 1979. He worked as a pharmacist for almost 40 years and owned/operated Old Lyme Pharmacy for nearly 30...
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Howard J. Sampson

February 27, 1940 - August 5, 2017

Howard J. Sampson, Jr., 77, of Westbrook, passed away on August 5th after a long illness. He was born in Brockton, Mass. and moved with his family to Deep River in 1945. After graduating from Valley Regional High School, he married Sara Jane Ryon of Chester. After their first son was born in 1960, they moved to Cape Cod where Mr. Sampson worked as a carpenter and contractor. In 1964, the...
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Alma G. Weaver

September 22, 1921 - August 3, 2017

Alma G. Weaver, 95, of Ivoryton and Haddam, CT passed away peacefully on August 3, 2017. She was the devoted wife of the late Walter Weaver. Alma was also predeceased by her brother Joseph Guidi and her loving son, Michael Weaver.Alma spent most of her years working in the office at Pratt Read, retired and then worked for Sam and Janet at Riggio's Garden Center. One of Alma's greatest legacies...
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Andrew K. Spaulding

November 12, 1968 - August 2, 2017

Andrew K. Spaulding, 48, of Deep River, CT, beloved son of Ken and Penny Spaulding passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Andrew was born in Portsmouth, VA on November 12, 1968. He grew up in Fair Haven, NJ. After High School, he joined the Navy and served proudly in Operation Desert Storm. He graduated from the University of Connecticut, where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon...
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Thomas P. Gerhart, Jr.

June 21, 1946 - July 29, 2017

On July 30th , Thomas Gerhart, age 71, passed away after a hard-fought battle with Parkinson's disease. Mr. Gerhart was born June, 21st, 1946 in Olean, New York. He serviced his country with honor in the US Army in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969. On May 16, 1991, he married Elizabeth Bugbee, and together they raised two daughters, Amber and Jessica Gerhart. They were also blessed with two...
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Nellie Rose Tiezzi

January 19, 1922 - July 25, 2017

Nellie Rose Tiezzi, 95, of East Haddam and formerly of Chester passed away on Tuesday morning, July 25, 2017 at Chestelm Health & Rehabilitation Center in East Haddam. She was the beloved wife of the late Peter J. Tiezzi, Sr. who predeceased her in 2004. She was born in Guilford on January 19, 1922 the daughter of Fred and Mabel (Miller) Dudley. In Nellie's younger years she loved to play bingo...
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Josephine Czapiga Glowac

July 19, 1928 - July 18, 2017

Josephine (Czapiga) Glowac, 88, a lifelong resident of Deep River passed away on Tuesday evening, July 18, 2017 at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. She was the beloved wife of the late Napoleon Stanley Glowac. He predeceased her on December 25, 1996. Josephine was born in Deep River on July 19, 1928 the daughter of Lawrence and Helen P. (Grzech) Czapiga. She had been employed at the former...
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Mary Catherine Forster

March 13, 1915 - July 17, 2017

Mary C. Forster of Griswold, CT passed away peaceably on July 17, 2017. Born in Middletown CT on March 13, 1915. That's me at my 100th birthday party. Cheese and crackers that was the best celebration ever. And now two years later, I'm off on another adventure. I have had a wonderful life, but now its time for me to go. My life was ideal. I was the only child of William and Katherine Collins....
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Ronald F. Bangs

October 30, 1952 - July 17, 2017

Ronald F. Bangs, 64, of Deep River passed away unexpectedly on Monday evening, July 17, 2017 at Yale-New Haven Hospital as a result of a bicycling accident in Deep River. Ron was born in Middletown the son of Arthur F. Bangs, Sr. and Evelyn Agnes (Mowry) Bangs. He been a resident of Deep River since 1983 and was formerly of Ivoryton. Ron was a graduate of Valley Regional High School in Deep...
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Kathleen "Kathy" Bello Wells

February 22, 1966 - July 16, 2017

Kathleen Bello Wells, 51, of Lyme, died unexpectedly on Sunday, July 16, 2017. Kathy was the beloved wife of Steven Wells. She was born February 22, 1966, in Amityville, New York, the daughter of George Bello and Gloria Busby Bello. Kathy had a successful career at Xerox, where she has been employed for the last 20 years. Kathy enjoyed spending time with her family and dogs, traveling, biking,...
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Thomas J. Darmofal

February 8, 1952 - July 7, 2017

Thomas Joseph Darmofal, 65, of Las Vegas, NV passed away peacefully on July 7, 2017. Born in New Britain, February 8, 1952, he was the son of the late Helen (Dzikot) Niedzwicki and Joseph Darmofal. Tom grew up in New Britain graduating from Pulaski High School. He served his country honorably and with distinction in the U.S. Navy for seven years as a Torpedoman's Mate at Naval Submarine Base,...
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Dorothy Elizabeth Waker Christensen

July 13, 1927 - July 6, 2017

Dorothy Elizabeth Waker Christensen, 89, formerly of Old Saybrook CT, died on July 6, 2017, of natural causes in Newport Beach CA. She was the widow of Alfred Christensen Jr. and is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Alfred Christensen III and Lani Christensen, two grandsons, Jack and Sam Christensen, her sister, Emilie Macgregor, her sister-in-law, Barbara Waker and several nieces and...
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Patricia Anne (Mitchel) Foster

March 27, 1933 - July 1, 2017

Patricia Anne (Mitchel) Foster, 84, of Essex, Connecticut, passed away peacefully on Saturday July 1, 2017, at home. She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on March 27, 1933, daughter of William A and Florence (Carlson) Mitchel. She was predeceased by her parents and one brother, William C Mitchel. She is survived by her sons, William and Andrea (Mrazik) Foster of Chester, Mark and Wendy ...
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Kenneth A. Benjamin

April 30, 1926 - June 30, 2017

Kenneth Allie Benjamin of Essex died June 30, 2017 at the age of 91. He was born on April 30, 1926 to A.C. Benjamin and Myrtle Miller Benjamin in Canton, Ohio and spent most of his youth in Little Falls, New York. Ken demonstrated his flair for engineering at an early age (8) when he and a friend next door set up a telegraph wire across the driveway to communicate in Morse code. It was an...
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Richard Joseph "Richie" Cohen

May 4, 1960 - June 29, 2017

Richard Joseph "Richie" Cohen, 57, of Higganum passed away surrounded by his loving family on Thursday evening, June 29, 2017 at Hartford Hospital in Hartford. He was the beloved husband of Karin (Wright) Cohen. Richie and Karin were married in Glastonbury, on February 18, 1995. He was born in Hartford on May 4, 1960. He was a member of the Class of 1978 at William H. Hall High School in West...
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Janet M. Hess (McDonald) "Jan" Crozier

January 27, 1944 - June 26, 2017

Janet M. Hess Crozier (McDonald), 73 of Old Saybrook, former Acton Public Library Director, passed away at Middlesex Hospice on June 26, 2017. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 27, 1944, daughter of the late John J. and Ruth E. (Loring) McDonald. Jan was employed at the Acton Public Library for over 34 years. She served as director from 1992-2010. She served the Old Saybrook...
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Philip G. Putnam

October 5, 1940 - June 25, 2017

Philip Graves Putnam of Essex, Connecticut, died June 25th, at the age of 76, after a long illness. He is survived by his daughters Andrea Putnam and Tesa Silvestre, his granddaughter Zoey Putnam Boyd, and sister Lynne Putnam. Philip was born in West Reading, PA, the son of Otto and Sarah Putnam. He spent his early years in Shillington, West Reading and Wyomissing, PA, graduating from Wyomissing...
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Susan Ellen Greenberg

January 10, 1961 - June 25, 2017

Susan Ellen Greenberg, 55, beloved mother of Sydney and Rylan, passed away at Hartford Hospital on June 25th from medical complications while battling breast cancer. She was born in Castro Valley, CA and grew up in Manchester, CT where she graduated from Manchester High School. She later moved to Brooklyn, N.Y. to attend college, then to Manhattan, and presently resided in Rocky Hill, CT. She...
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Robert W. Pratt, IV

March 11, 1931 - June 12, 2017

Robert W. Pratt, IV of Essex, Connecticut passed away peacefully on June 12. He was 86. Bob, son of the late Robert W. Pratt, III and Caroline R. White was raised in Warwick Neck, Rhode Island where he acquired a lifelong love of sailing. He attended the Moses Brown School until he moved with his family to San Antonio, Texas following his junior year in high school. He graduated from the...
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Alan D. Spargo

July 22, 1933 - June 8, 2017

Alan David Spargo, 83, longtime resident of Old Saybrook, died June 8, 2017 at Apple Rehabilitation in Old Saybrook. Loving husband of Barbara (Belgrade) Spargo. Al was born in New Haven son of the late William J. & Elizabeth (Dugan) Spargo. Al graduated from West Haven High School, received his BA degree from the University of New Haven, his MBA from Rensselaer Institute and his JD from...
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Ronald R. Baldi

April 5, 1938 - June 8, 2017

Ronald R. Baldi 79, of Old Saybrook passed away after a brief illness at Yale- New Haven Hospital on June 8, 2017 He was born in Hartford, April 5, 1938, son of the late Raymond J. Baldi and Yolanda (Gabianelli) Baldi ,he leaves behind several cousins, family and many friends. Ron graduated Old Saybrook High School in 1956, he worked as a union mason for several years before becoming Highway...
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John H. McNally

April 1, 1928 - June 4, 2017

John H. McNally, age 89, a longtime resident of Chester passed away on Sunday evening, June 4, 2017 at The Connecticut Hospice in Branford. John was the beloved husband of Lorraine (Hall) McNally. He was born in Ellington, Connecticut on April 1, 1928 the son of the late Francis E. and Rose (Hellandbrand) McNally. John had been a resident of Chester for the last 60 years and prior to that he had...
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William Kent "Bill" Healy

July 5, 1930 - May 31, 2017

William Kent "Bill" Healy, 86, died on May 31, 2017 in Essex, Connecticut. Born and raised in New Haven, CT, he was the son of Ruth Allen Healy and Kent Tenney Healy. Bill lived in Connecticut for most of his life, as well as on Block Island, Rhode Island. He was educated at the Foote School, the Loomis School and Cheshire Academy, before earning his BA from Yale in 1952; and served in the US...
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Stanley Van Vliet "Van" Lyman

August 21, 1925 - May 27, 2017

Stanley Van Vliet Lyman, 91, of Essex, formerly a resident of Old Lyme and Basking Ridge, NJ, passed away on May 27th at Middlesex Hospital, Middletown, CT. of complications from a fall. "Van", to all who knew him, was born on August 21, 1925 in Westfield, NJ, the son of the late Guy Stevens Lyman and Janet Cornwall Van Vliet. He was a direct descendent of Richard Lyman, one of the first settlers...
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E. Peter Schellens

May 9, 1922 - May 26, 2017

E. Peter Schellens passed away peacefully on May 26th at his home, South Cove Farm, in Essex, CT. He had celebrated his 95th birthday on May 9th. Born in 1922 in Montreal, Canada to Eugene Levering and Dorothy MacClenathan Schellens, Pete grew up in Ridgewood, NJ and attended Riverdale Country Day School in New York. He received his B.S. degree in Naval Architecture from the University of...
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John C. Aronson

September 18, 1963 - May 26, 2017

John C. Aronson, 53 , of Higganum died unexpectedly May 26, 2017 at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. Beloved husband of Lisa (Allan) Aronson and devoted and loving father to both Reagan & Delaney Aronson. John was born in Middletown, son of the late Walter R. & Sara (White) Aronson. John is also survived by his sister Karen van der Horst (Robert) of Old Saybrook, his brother Robert (Yasmin)...
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Christopher Scott Winkler

May 25, 2017

Christopher S. Winkler, age 49, passed away on May 25, 2017 at home after a brief illness. Chris was a graduate of Saint Johnsbury Academy, followed by attending Wentworth Institute. He then joined the U.S. Marine Corp and studied Aircraft Flight Mechanics. Chris was a combat veteran of Iraq and Somalia military actions. He was a proud Marine and served with distinction, receiving a special...
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Delores E. "Dodie" Holland

May 24, 2017

Delores E. "Dodie" Holland, formerly of Torrington and Essex, died peacefully at Aaron Manor in Chester of natural causes on May 24, 2017. Delores graduated from Torrington High School and was an avid tennis player earning many trophies. As a young women she worked at Veribest, a well known ice cream parlor owned by her father, located at 1 Main Street, Torrington, until it was swept away by the...
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John C. Greene

December 22, 1919 - May 23, 2017

John C. Greene, age 97, passed away at The Saybrook at Haddam on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 where he had been a resident for the past three years. John was the beloved husband of Elizabeth A. "Betty" (Morley) Greene, they were married at Westover Field on October 21, 1944. Betty predeceased John on December 16, 2010. He was born on December 22, 1919 in Fall River, Massachusetts the son of John S. and...
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Harvey Edward Redak

October 3, 1938 - May 22, 2017

Harvey Edward Redak, 78, of Vero Beach, FL and Chester, CT, formerly of West Hartford, CT, died after a long courageous battle with cancer on Monday (May 22, 2017) at his home in Chester. He leaves to mourn his death and treasure the many loving memories his wife, Justine Tobis, his brother Daniel G. Redak of Old Saybrook, his nieces and nephews and his many cousins around the world. He was...
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Frederick V. Carnevale

July 29, 1932 - May 18, 2017

Frederick Victor Carnevale, age 84, passed away peacefully at Essex Meadows on May 18, 2017 following a short illness. Fred was born July 29, 1932 to Vito and Carmela (Traverso) Carnevale of Methuen, Massachusetts. Fred attended Edward F. Searles High School where he met his beloved wife Jane (Lavin), whom he married in 1953. Fred was extremely proud of having served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to...
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George Lawrence Moore Rambeau

June 19, 1937 - May 16, 2017

George Lawrence Moore Rambeau, loving husband of Nancy McCarthy Rambeau, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 19th, 1937, the first son and second child of Lawrence Decatur Rambeau and Elizabeth Spencer Sheetz Rambeau. He died at home on 16 May 2017 after an illness of some length in Ivoryton, Connecticut where he had lived for many years. Mr. Rambeau attended the public schools in...
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Estelle L. Leitner

August 11, 1922 - May 16, 2017

Estelle I. Leitner, age 94, of Westbrook passed away on Tuesday morning May 16, 2017 at The Water's Edge Health and Rehabilitation Center in Middletown. She was the beloved wife of the late John Leitner who predeceased her on March 14, 2009. Estelle was born in Deep River on August 11, 1922 the daughter of Fred and Sybil (Jones) Lebert. She had been a resident of Westbrook since 1953 and was a...
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George Carey Matthiessen

August 15, 1928 - May 15, 2017

George Carey Matthiessen, a longtime Connecticut resident, died May 15 at his home in Chester. Born August 15, 1928 on Fishers Island, N.Y., Carey was the son of Erard A. and Elizabeth Carey Matthiessen. He graduated from Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, received his bachelor's degree in English from Princeton, and his PhD in marine biology from Harvard University. Carey served as a naval officer...
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Sheryl M. Gross

May 4, 1950 - May 15, 2017

Sheryl M. Gross, known to most as Sherri, 67, of Ivoryton, CT passed away on Monday, May 15, 2017 in New Haven surrounded by family after a long illness. She was born May 4, 1950 in New Haven, CT to Robert and Virginia Ketchale. She grew up in Guilford, graduated from Guilford High School and married her husband, Brad. They settled in Ivoryton where she raised her daughter and son, which would...
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James "Jim" Holbink

August 28, 1951 - May 11, 2017

James "Jim" Holbink, age 65, of Chester, passed away on Thursday evening, May 11, 2017 at the Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. Jim was the beloved husband of Barbara (Maldonado) Holbink. He was born in Ansonia on August 28, 1951 the son of George and Sally (Bodiak) Holbink. Jim had been a resident of Chester since 1982. He was a Civil Engineer who worked at the State of Connecticut Department of...
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Charles Allan Borchert

December 15, 1923 - May 5, 2017

Charles Allan Borchert, a longtime Connecticut resident, died May 5, 2017, at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Born December 15, 1923, he was the son of the Late Reverend Walter F. Borchert and Madeline Andrews Borchert. Allan graduated from the Loomis School in Widsor and received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University. He was proud to have served in the Navy in World...
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Catherine W. Wind

April 9, 1917 - April 28, 2017

Let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man," said the poet Samuel Walter Foss. These words describe the life of Catherine Wineski Wind who left us on April 28, 2017 just 19 days after celebrating her 100th birthday. Friends and family gathered with Nanny Wind at Essex Meadows on April 9th to celebrate the life of this amazing lady. Her home at 76 Main Street in Ivoryton...
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Olin W. Murphy, III

November 1, 1953 - April 23, 2017

Olin W. Murphy,III, 63, of 9 Saunders Drive, Niantic, CT, husband of Kathleen (Brunoli) Murphy, died peacefully at home on Sunday, April 23, 2017. He was born in Winsted, CT. on November 1, 1953, son of the late Olin W. and Edith (Cartmell) Murphy. He is survived by his two sons and daughters-in-law, William and Heather Murphy of Paso Robles, California, and Brendan and Tara Murphy of Torrington,...
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