Here are some random obits, from trips I made to CT visiting family, hope to add more at a later date.
Transcribed by Terasa Ahlgren
, age 82, of Trumbull, beloved wife of the late Aldo J Broccoli, died Thurday, October 28, 1999, in Maefair Health Care Center. Born in Bridgeport on March 29, 1917 she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Frances Malis Krupski and had been a resident of Turmbull for may years. Survivors include her devoted childre, Linad Krok and her husband, Edward of Shelton, Claudia Konopka, and her husband, Edward, of Turmbull, David Broccoli and his wife, Carol of Stratford; eight grandchildren; a sister, Adele Jarusinsky of Stratford; and several nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to go directly to St Michael The Archangel Church on Monday at 10am. where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Entombment in St Michael's Garden Mausoleum. Calling hours on Sunday from 1:30-5pm in the Commerce Hill Funeral Home, 4798 Main Street (on the Trumbull line)
, of Southbury (formerly of Bridgeport), died Staurday, September 18, 1999, in her residences, after a brief illness. Miss Butensky was born in Bridgeport, daughter of the late Morris and Ethel (Gomberg) Butensky, and had attended Rider College of Trenton, NJ. She was a former administrative assistant of the New York Public Library, and had been associated with the American Jewish Committee. She was a caring, compassionate person, and is survived by her sisters and brother-in-law, Ruth and Attorney Albert Weinstein of Southbury, Rae Butensky of Fairfield, Natalee Burr of Bridgeport, aunts, uncles, cousins and firends. Services were held on Sunday at Aguday Achim Cemetery in Fairfield. Memorial contributions may be made to the Southbury Visiting Nurse Hospice Program, or to Animal Welfare Organizations. The Abraham L Green and Son Funeral Home was in care of the arrangements.
, age 78 of Bridgeport, died Friday, November 26, 1999, at St Vincent's Medical Center, following a lengthy illness. Born in Delray Beach, FL, she was the daughter of the late Elias and Mattie Ivy. Brazil was a Connecticut resident for over 50 years, residing in both Norwalk and Bridgeport. She is survived by her husband, George Carey of Bridgeport; son Lawrence Carey of Danielson, CT; daughters, Delphine Jones of Middletown, CT and Allison Carey of Stratford, CT. She was predeceased by eight siblings, there are three surviving siblings, a brother, Elfedy Ivy of Delray Beach, FL, and two sisters, Hazel Clem of Norwalk and Vela Gaines of Bridgeport; a granddaughter; several nephews, grand-nephews, nieces and grand-nieces. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, 8pm at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church 1100 Park Avenue, with the Rev Dadiv O Miller offficiating. Interment on Friday at 10am in Maple Grove Memorial Park Cemetery, Easton. Friends may call Thursday from 6pm until time of the service at the church. Arrangements by Morton's Mortuary, Inc. 25 Margaret E Morton Lane, Bridgeport.Chip), age 35, of Bridgeport, died Thursday, in the city. Arrangements will be announced later by Morton's Mortuary Inc., 25 Margaret E Morton Lane, Bridgeport. (October 31, 1999)
age 84, of Stratford and Florida, died Tuesday, November 30, 1999 in her residence after a long illness. Mrs. Coleman was born in Bridgeport, daughter of the late Mas and Fannie Frank. She was a member of the Cong B Nia Israel, and a life member of the Jewish Home for the Elderly. Mrs. Coleman was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence J Coleman, and a daughter, Susan Coleman Vincent. She is survived by he son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Linda Coleman of Trumbull; her sister, Selma Schwarz of Florida, her grandchildren, Rebecca Coleman of New York, lStacey Coleman of Trumbull, Jason Vincent and his wife, Jennifer of Monroe, and her nieces and mephews. Services will take place, Wednesday at 2pm at B Nai Israel Cemetery on Kings Highway in Fairfield. The Abraham L Green and Son Funeral Home, Fairfield is in care of the arrangements., entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, November 30, 1999. Complete arrangements to be announced by George J Peterson Funeral Home, 1041 Nobel Avenue, Bridgeport.
, age 81 of 15 Blackshill Road, Shelton, entered into rest Wednesday, December 1, 1999, in Griffin Hospital, Derby. She was the devoted wife of Willie Cooper of Shelton. Her funeral arrangements are incomplete. The Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Road, Shelton has been entrusted with the arrangements., of Danbury, died Thursday at her home at 7 Locust Avenue. She was the wife of the late Robert W Dillon. She was born in Danbury on Sept 27, 1917, a daughter of John & Lenore (Stearn) Lawlor. She was born, lived and died at her home on Locust Avenue. Mrs. Dillon was a graduate of Danbury High School and a 1938 graduate of the Danbury Hospital School of Nursing. She was employed as a private dury registered until the time of her retirement. Mrs. Dillon was a lifetime member of St Joseph Church in Danbury; a Senior Volunteer for the Western CT Chapter of the American Red Cross; a member of the Danbury Hopital School of Nursing Alumni Association; and a member of the Thursday Bridge Club. She is survived by two sons, William M Dillon of Kent and Thomas J Dillon of New York City; a daughter, Linda (Dillon) Iribarren of Danbury and Newpport, RI; and a son-in-law, Jamie Iribarren of Danbury and Newport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 8:45am at St Joseph Church. Burial will follow in St Peter Cemetery. Friends will be received Friday from 4-7pm at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St, Danbury. October 15, 1999
, of Trumbull, died October 30, 1999, in Bridgeport Hospital. Mrs. Eisenman was born in Boston, Mass, and was an area resident for the past 50 years, having spent 30 years in Trumbull. She was a retired mailroom supervisor at Fairfield University, Fairfield, Conn. She was a WW II Army vereran of the Woman Army Air Corp. Mrs. Eisenman was a member of the Word of St Theresa, the League of St Joseph's Manor, a fromer member of the Mothers Club of St Charles Church, Bridgeport, Conn and the Bellarmine Guild of Farifield Prep. She was the widow of Karl Eisenman. Survivors include three sons, Patrick and his wife Eileen of Turmbull, Kevin and his wife, Donna of Stratford and Gerard Eisenman of Trumbull. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 9am in the Cyril F Mullins Trumbull Funeral Home, 399 White Plains Road, and at 10am in St Theresa Church Main Street, Trumbull. Interment in St Michael's Cemetery, Stratford, Conn. Friends may call on Monday from 4-8pm.
(Koundry) age 70, of Stratford, beloved wife of Stanley Grabiec, died Friday October 29, 1999, in Milford Health Care. Mrs. Grabiec was born on November 16, 1928, in Bridgeport, daughter of Rose (Yanzo) Koundry, and the late Joseph Koundry, and was a lifetime area resident. In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by her three children, Mark Grabiec, Kenneth Grabiec and his wife, Sheryl, and Mary Ellen Tomas and her husband, Andrew, all of Stratford; four brothers, Joseph Koundry and Paul Koundry, both of Stratford, Walter Koundry of Bridgeport and Edward Koundry of California; two sisters, Dorothy Denton of Stratford and Mary Ann Guilfoil of Mississippi; three grandchildren, Michelle Tomas, Rachael Grabiec, and Joshua Grabiec; several nieces and nephews and the many residents, parents and friends of Ella T Grasso Regional Center. She was predeceased by a daughter, Cathy Grabiec, and a brother, Richard Koundry. Friends are invited to attend the funeral service on Monday, November 1, 1999, at 9am from the William R McDonald Funeral Home, 2591 Main Street, Stratford, and at 10am in Holy Name of Jesus Roman Catholic Church for a funeral Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Easton. Friends may call Sunday from 4-8pm in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mrs. Grabiec may be make to the Ella T Grasso Regional Center, 300 Amory Road, Stratford, CT 06614, age 79, of New York, formerly of Bridgeport, died Wednesday, October 27, 1999, at his home in NY. Born in NY, Charles spent a number of years in Bridgeport prior to moving back to NY. He served his country in the Army during WW II and was honorably discharged. His most recent employment prior to retiring was a truck driver for the Hunt's Point Market. Survivors include a brother, Michael Diaz of Bridgeport, three sisters, Angelina Grace of Bridgeport, Josephine Young of NY and Dominga Cooper of FL; 38 nephews and nieces. Funeral services will be held Monday 11 am in the chapel of Morton's Mortuary, Inc. 25 Margaret E Morton Lane, Bridgeport with Bishop Curtis Mouning officiating. Interment in the State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown with full military honors. Friends may call Monday from 10am until time of the service., age 98 of New Haven Avenue, Milford, beloved daughter of the late Daniel and Margaret Coughlin Haley, died Wednesday, October 27, 1999 in Mediplex of Southern Connecticut, Milford. She was born May 27, 1901 in Milford, CT and was a lifelong resident of Milford. Miss Haley was a secretary for the former Rostank Manufacturing Co. of Milford until retiring. She is survived by two nephews, Robert E Gannon of Destin, FL and Daniel J Auburn So. of Shelton. She was predeceased by a brother, Daniel F Haley and two sisters, Catherine A Gannon and Anna Auburn, Services will take place Tuesday at 8:15am from the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, on the Green, Milford with a Mass of the Resurrection at 9am in St Mary Church, Milford. Interment in St Mary's Cemetery, Milford., age 67, of Fairfield, died October 29, 1999, in Bridgeport Hospital. Mrs. Heid was born in Ashland, Kentucky and was an area resident for many years. She was a retired bookkeeper. Mrs. Heid was the widow of Arthur Heid. Survivors include her brother, Lowell and his wife, Marilyn Barker of Trumbull; her two sisters, Mary and her husband, Robert Shacoski and Margaret and her husband, Edwin Deveny, all of Shelton; her two step brothers, Joseph Bike of Pennsylvania and John and his wife, Maureen Bike of Tuscon, Arizona; her three stepsisters, Veronica Kutzscher of Derby, Caroline Collins of Trumbull and Catherine and her husband, Lidio Raffaeli of Stratford.She was also survived by many nieces and nephews including, Michael, Kyle, Brian, and Liz Barker, Laura Shacoski and Jenifer and Danny Deveny. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11 am in the Cyril F Mullins Trumbull Funeral Home, 399 White Plains Road, with the Rev John K Russell officiating. Interment in Mountain Grove Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday from 4-8pm.age 86, of Stratford, son of the late Frank and Mary Bilek Bopeck, died peacefully on Friday, October 29, 1999 in Bridgeport Hospital. Born May 19, 1913 in McAdoo, PA. he was a resident of Stratford for many years. He was a retired tool setter for Remington Arms Co., for 32 years and was a member of the Remington Road and Gun Club in Lordship. Stanley was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Leona Worek Hopeck; brothers, George, John and Joseph and sister, Julie. Survivors include his son, Gerald Hopeck and his wife, Lucille of Stratford; a granddaughter, Barbara Janulis and her husband, Peter of Fairfield, a grandson, Gerald Hopeck Jr. of New Britain; a sister Stephanie Babon and her husband, Stanley of Hazelton, PA; and a brother, Edward Hopeck of McAdoo, PA; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 8:15am in the Adzima Funeral Home, 50 Paradise Green Place, Stratford and at 9am in St Mark's Church with a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be in St John's Cemetery, Monroe. Friends may call on Monday from 4-7pm.
, age 45 of Sherman, Conn., formerly of Ridgefield, wife of Colburn D Jones; sister of John Rose Jr., of Milford and Judy Romano of Norwalk. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 11 am at the Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, Ridgefield. Friends will be received directly after the service. Contributions in her memory may be made to the New Fairfield-Sherman Animal Welfare, POB 8232, New Fairfield, CT 06812 or the American Cancer Society, 372 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897 Arrangements by Kane Funeral Home, Ridgefield, CT
, age 67, of Danbury, died on Tuesday at Danbury Hospital. Ms. Knapp was born on Long Island, NY March 22, 1932, a daughter of the late Donald A and Hazel (Peters) Richards. She moved to the Norwalk area with her family as a young girl, and had been a resident of Danbury since 1958. She was the former proprietor of the Pembroke Day Nursery for 18 years, and later was a manager for McDonalds Restaurant, North Street, Danbury, until her retirement in 1995. Enjoying wildlife and gardening as a hobby, Mrs. Knapp was also employed part time at Halas Farm Market in Danbury for the last four years. She is survived by two daughters, Cynthia "Missy" Cote, and Robin L Lee, both of Danbury, and four grandsons. Ms. Knapp was predeceased by her son, Mark Knapp. Funeral services are private and at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 40 North St., Danbury, CT 06810. The Hull Funeral Home, Sixty Division Street, Danbury, is in charge of arrangements. (October 15, 1999)
age 65, of Fairfield, President and Owner of Bilko Associates, a business brokerage consultion firm, died on Thursday, October 26, 19999, in Carlton Chronic and Convalescent Hospital, Fairfield. Born in Springfield, Mass, Mr. Keith had been a Fairfield resident for the last 33 years. He was graduate of Mount Herman School in Northfield, Mass. and received his Bachelor in Science Degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, prior to establishing Bilko Associates, Mr.Keith was a management consultant for IBM, Pete Marwick & Mitchell and Merrill Lynch. He was a member of the Patterson Club. Survivors include his beloved wife Donna Purrington Keith of Fairfield; three children; David A Keith of Bridgeport, Jeffrey S Keith and his wife Karin of Fairfield and Lynne Keith McDonald and her husband Jeffrey of Andover, Mass; four grandchildren; David Jr., Casey, Colleen and Madison; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Donald and Ruth Purrington of Shelton; and several nephews. He was predeceased by his brother John F Keith. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Tuesday, November 2,1999, at 11:30am in the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, 1045 Old Academy Road, Fairfield with the Rev David Rowe and Alida Schuchert officiating. Private burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery. Calling hours have been omitted. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Swim Across America c/o Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 633 3rd Avenue, 28 Floor, New York, NY 10017 Attn: Sue Shea. The Spear Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield is is charge of arrangements. age 80, of 17 Meeting House Lane, Shelton, entered into rest on Thursday, October 28, 1999 in her home. She was devoted wife of Hubert Loso. She was predeceased by her first husband, Jacob Mackniak. She was born in Derby on February 14, 1919, daughter of the late William and Elena Boinay Calderwood and was a lifelong Shelton resident. She is the beloved mother of Jack Macknaik and his wife Louise and Edward Mackniak and his wife Elizabeth, stepmother of Thomas, Richard, Stephen Loso, and Barbara McDougall and sister of Marion McCarthy of Shelton. Her funeral will leave the Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Road, Shelton on Monday at 9:45am for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30am in St Lawrence Church. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday from 3-6pm. Memorial contributions may be made to St Lawrence Church Building Fund, 505 Shelton Avenue, Shelton CT 06484 or through the funeral director.
age 82, formerly of Fairfield, died October 28, 1999 in Travares, FL. Mrs. Matto was born in Bridgeport and had been lifelong area resident prior to moving to FL. She was a very active volunteer for area organizations including, The Red Cross, United Church of Christ Women's Guild, YWCA, University of Bridgeport Scholarship Committee, Fairfield PTA for five schools and Greater Bridgeport Symphony. Julianna leaves her son George S Matto, three grandchildren, Georgiana Wright, David M Matto and Jennifer L Matto. Two great-grandchildren, Brandon Patterson Wright, and Julianna Evely Wright, and a niece, June (Zimany) Delinicki. Predeceased by her husband Stephen G Matto, JR. Friends may greet the family on Monday 8am to 10am at the Lesko Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road in Fairfield Center. A prayer service will begin at 10am with the Rev Betsy Reed Officiating. Interment in Mount Grove Cemetery will follow., age 75, of Stratford, beloved wife of James M McDonald Sr., died Friday, October 29, 1999, in Bridgeport Hospital. Born in Canton, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late William and Alice Meier York. A resident of Stratford for over 53 years, she was a retired bookkeeper for M& M Fence Co. where she worked for over 35 years. She was a member of the Our Lady of Grace Senior Citizens and Social Club as well as the Baldwin Center and Baldwin Senior Citizens. Survivors in addition to her devoted husband James, a son, James M McDonald, Jr., and his wife Sharlene of Trumbull; grandchildren, Greg M McDonald and his wife, Patricia of Stratford, Lori Mc Donald of Trumbull; a brother, William York and his wife, Betty of Stratford; a sister, Margaret Arszyla and her husband, Joseph of Bridgeport; a sister-in-law, Shirley York of Milford; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Harold York. Friends are invited to go directly to Our Lady of Grace Church in Stratford on Tuesday at 10 am, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Trumbull. Calling hours Monday from 4-8 pm in the Commerce Hill Funeral Home, 4798 Main Street, Bridgeport (on the Trumbull Line). If desired, in lieu for flowers, donations may be made to the Norma Pfriem Brest Care Center in memory of Catherine.
, age 93 of Bridgeport, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, October 26, 1999, in St Vincent's Medical Center. He was born on April 20, 1906 in Albany, Ga to the late Reverend Louis Mosely and Patsy Jackson-Mosely. He was a resident of Bridgeport for over 55 years. He became a member of Mount Aery Baptist Church and was ordained as a Deacon in 1960 under the leadership of Reverend A C Bass. He was a member of the male chorus and gospel choir. He also worked on the Kitchen Committe and a community program. He was employed at the Bridgeport Brass company for 25 years. He also worked as a security guard for the Bridgeport Housing Authority. Survivors include on daughter, Paula Watkins; on sister, Mozella Raniey; two nephews, Ocie Lowe Jr., and Melvin Lowe Sr; two nieces, Evelyn Turner and Betty Sattiwhite and three grandchildren. Demetruis J., Janna and Maurice. He also natured Delores Crawley and a godson, Reverend Matthew McDonald. He was predeceased by a son, Demetruis Ellis. Funeral services will be on Tuesday, November 2, at 11am at the Mt. Aery Baptist Church, 73 Frank Street, Bridgeport, Reverend Anthony Bennett, officiating. Friends may call on Monday, November 1, from 6-8 at Mt. Aery Baptist Church. Interment will be held at Mountain Grove Cemetery. Arrangements entrust to Baker-Isaac Funeral Home, 985 Stratford Ave Bridgeport.
, age 70, of Lehigh Acres, Fl, and formerly of Monroe, died Wednesday, October 13, 1999. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church and a member of the American Legion Post #323, both of Lehigh Acres. She well be lovingly remembered by her three sons, James, John and Jeff Ferrell, all of Stratford; two daughters, Jane Duva of Shelton and Joani Graves of Lehigh Acres; one brother; three sisters, 10 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. A memorial mass will be held Wednesday, November 3, at 11am at Holy Name Jesus Church, Barnum Avenue Stratford. Interment will be private., former resident of Fairfield, CT and longtime resident of Lost Tree Village, North Palm Beach, FL, died Wednesday October 27, 1999. Born in Bridgeport in 1915, he was a graduate of Brown University's Class of 1938. During WW II, he served in the US Navy and achieved the rank of lieutenant commander. Mr. McLaughlin was predeceased by his wife 59 years, Sybil Bowen McLaughlin. He is survived by son, Edward B McLaughlin; a daughter, Meredith H McLaughlin; a nephew; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service will he held at a later date. Contributions may be made in Mr. McLaughlin's memory to Brown University, PO Box 1976, Providence, RI 02912, age 71 of Bridgeport, died suddenly on Friday, October 29, 1999, at Milford Hospital. Born in Bridgeport, he was a son of the late Clarence and Philomena Pirozzolli Pacelli, and was a lifelong city resident. At Central High School, he was an outstanding football player, and he served in the United States Army during WW II. Mr. Pacelli was a retired forman for Terminal Transport Systems, which was formerly Pacelli Brothers. Survivors include his wife, Catherine DeStasio Pacelli, two sons, Bruce Moran of Milford and Marc Pacelli and his wife Karla of Bridgeport, a daughter, Lisa Pacelli of Bridgeport, a brother Clarence (Babe) Pecelli and his wife Lorraine of Trumbull, two grandchildren, Jordan and Hailey, and several cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to meet directly in Saint Margaret Shrine Chapel, Bridgeport on Monday, November 1, 1999 at 10am for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment with Military Honors in Maple Grove Memorial Park. Friends may call at the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull, Sunday 3-7pm., age 83, of Fairfield, beloved husband of the late Mary Baldelli Piccini, died Thursday, October 28, 1999, in Astoria Park. Born in New Have, Mr. Piccinin was a Fairfield resident for twenty years and Boynton Beach, FL for twenty years, before returning to Fairfield in 1997. He was a machinist at Bullards, an owner of a Bridgeport business for twenty years, and a member of the Subalpino Club. Survivors include his loving daughter, Mary Ann Sirianni and her husband, Anthony of Fairfield; two grandchildren, Maria Strong and her husband, Ben of Maryland and David Sirianni of Los Angeles, Calif; a sister, Elisa Gallo of Boynton Beach, FL; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his daughter, Lucille Piccini; sister Lena Gaul and brother Frank Piccini.Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 8:45am from the Redgate-Hennessy Funeral Home, Main Street and Gorham Place, Trumbull and at 9:30am in Our Lady of Assumption Church with a mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be in Lawncroft Cemetery. Friends may call Monday from 4-8pm. Those who so desire, may make contributions in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 372 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897.", age 25 of Bridgeport, entered into eternal rest on October 28, 1999. Complete arrangement to be announced by George J Peterson Funeral Home, 1041 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, age 51, entered into eternal rest on Friday, October 29, 1999, in Bridgeport Health Center. Born in Bacolonets, P.R., he was an area resident for 20 years. Survivors include his wife, Maria Rosairo, a son Alpidio Rosario; three brothers, Ruben and his wife Mirian Rosario, Alfredo and Saul Rosario; one sister, Migdalia Prez; a very devoted aunt, Carmen Galarsa; a special nephew, Saul Rosario Jr; and several other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephew and other family members. Funeral services will he held on Monday at 8pm in the George J Peterson Funeral Home, 1041 Nobel Avenue, Bridgeport. Friends may greet the family at 6pm until time of service. Interment on Tuesday, November 2, 1999 at 10am in Park Cemetery, Bridgeport. Arrangements entrusted to George J Peterson Funeral Home.
age 91, of Monroe, beloved husband of the late Susan DiCeco Scanzillo, died Thursday, October 28, 1999, in St Vincent's Medical Center, following a brief illness. Born in Bridgeport on September 27, 1908, he was the son of the late Joseph and Marie Sebastiano Scanzillo. He was a longtime Bridgeport resident before moving to Monroe 20 years ago. Mr. Scanzillo was a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY and earned master's degrees from New York University and Fairfield University. He worked as a mathematics teacher for the Bridgeport Board of Education at Central and Harding High Schools for 45 years before retiring in 1977. Mr. Scanzillo was a member of the fairfield Amateur Radio Association and the Bridgeport Retired Teachers Association. He is survived by a devoted sister, Lena Scanzillo of Bridgeport; a brother-in-law, Joseph DiCecco of Bridgeport and a sister-in-law Kay Sweger of Shelton; nephews, Jack Piccolo and his wife, Barbara, of Newtown, Frank Cortigiano and his wife, Mary Ellen, of Trumbull and Robert Sweger of Huntington; nieces, Nancy Cedrone of Huntington; Kathy Dominguez and her husband, Manny of bridgeport; Natalie Stevens and her husband Robert of New Mexico and Mary Louise Roje and her husband Fred of Florida. Besides his wife, he was predeceased by a sister, Fannie Scanzillo Buono. A memorial Mass will be celebrated in St. Jude Church, 707 Monroe Turnpike, (RT 111) Monroe, on Tuesday at 9am. The Spadaccino Funeral Home, 499 Washington Avenue, Bridgeport is in charge of arrangements. of Bridgeport, entered into rest on October 29, 1999. Complete arrangements to be announced by the George J Peterson Funeral Home, 1041 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport.
age 85, of 40 Chapel Street, Derby, entered into rest on Saturday, October 30, 1999, in the Griffing Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter P Tontini. She was born in Ansonia on June 13, 1914, daughter of the late Giovanni and Adelina Letizi Ragaini and was a resident of Ansonia before moving to Derby 40 years ago. Mrs. Tontini was a seamstress for Berger Brothers in New Haven for over 10 years until her retirement. She was a member of the Adriatic Marchigian Auxiliary, Central Subupi Club and was active in the Ansonia Cub Scouts. She was the loving mother of Paul A and wife, Jean Tontini of Seymour, Violet and husband, Gerald Pernigotti of Derby, sister of August Tagaini of Ansonia, Octavio and Pasquale Ragaine, both of Seymor, Anne Uluski and Zena Fasciano, both of Ansonia, Mary Macri of West Haven and Evelyn Dorosh of Beacon Falls; proud grandmother of 9 grandchildren and a great-grandson. She was predeceased by a son, Walter P Tontini Jr; daughter, Gloria Bradshaw, brother Sigilfredo Ratganin; sister Mafalda Ragaini. The funeral will leave the Edward F Adzima Funeral Home, 253 Elizabeth Street, Derby, on Tuesday at 9:15am Mass of Christian Burial at 10am in St Jude's Church. Burial will follow in Mt. St. Peter's Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday from 4-8pm
, age 79 of Fairfield died Tuesday, September 14, 1999 in the 3030 Park Avenue, Bridgeport Medical Center. mr. Weston was a life long resident of Bridgeport and Fairfield. He was a Professional Photographer with a Studio on Main Street in Bridgeport for forty years. Mr. Weston was an active member of the Professional Photographers of America, Inc. and some of his portrait work was acquired by the association for it's permanent loan collection. He was also a member of the Connecticut Professional Photographers. Mr. Weston was a WW II Army Air Force Veteran. Survivors include his wife, Theresa A Weston of Fairfield, two sons, Bradford V. Weston and his wife Shellwyn of New York, New York and James F Weston of Seymour, Connecticut; one granddaughter, India Alexandra Weston of New York, and several nieces and nephews. A memorial Mass was held on Saturday, September 18, 1999 at 12noon in St. Pius X, Fairfield. Burial was private in Oaklawn Cemetery, Fairfield. If desired, contributions in Mr. Weston's memory may be made to the American Cancer Society. The Spear Funeral Home, 39 S Benson Rd, Fairfield was in charge of arrangements.
, age 72, of Bridgeport, beloved husband of Lucy A Santone Wood, died on Friday, October 29, 1999, in St Vincent's Medical Center. Born in Bridgeport, he had been a lifelong resident. Mr. Wood was a WW II US Navy veteran having served abroad the USS Mount McKinley. He participated in the Pacific Theatre, American Campaign, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign and the Philippine Liberation. Mr. Wood was a former manager at Singer Sewing Machine Co. He was retired from St. Vincent's Medical Center where he had been employed as a security officer. He was a former member and coach at the Orcutt Boy's Club, participating as a player and coach for the Orcutt State Team. Mr. Wood had been the coach, manager and president of the Park City Little League for many years. In addition to his wife, survivors include one beloved son, James W Wood and his wife, Eve of Shelton, two brothers, Thomas Wood and Hugh Wood; one sister Anne Crenwick; two grandsons, James C Wood and Thomas G Wood; and several nieces and nephews. He had been predeceased by two brothers, Peter and George Wood, and one sister, Isabel Renzulli. Friends are invited to attend the funeral on Tuesday, November 2, 1999 at 9:30am DIRECTLY at St Joseph Church, 50 Fairmont Place, Shelton with a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment with military honors in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. At the family's request, calling hours have been omitted. In lieu of flowers, those who so desire may make memorial contributions to the SHS Diamond Club Dugout Fund, 120 Meadow Street, Shelton, CT 06484. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pistey Funeral Home, 2155 Main Street, Stratford.
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Obituaries and death notices are the only two official forms of notification available when someone passes away. The difference between the two is that obituaries tend to be longer than death notices, and include more information. The information might include a more or less complete list of surviving family members, and personal and professional details about the deceased. Some obituaries read like a full life story, in fact. Death notices, on the other hand, are short and state the date of birth and death, and possibly information about any funeral service; they are largely record keeping documents.
Given their detailed nature, obituaries can then be a significant source of information in all kinds of historical research, and they are also invaluable for family trees. Obituary searches, however, are hardly ever quick, unless you know everything there is to know about an ancestor, which kind of defeats the purpose in the first place, don't you think?
Newspapers in Connecticut naturally carry an obituary section, and public libraries often keep detailed, extensive collections of back issues, so they are your primary source of information. Another source is nationwide online databases, some of which are big enough to accommodate the information you are looking for.
If what you need is a proof of someone's death, you don't even need to browse newspaper archives for obituaries. What you need is to contact the Connecticut State Department of Public Health, which keeps death records from 1897 to the present day. The Department also has death indexes from 1949 to the present. If you know where the death occurred, you can request a copy of the death certificate from the town official in the respective location. If you are not sure about the place, you can write to the central State Vital Statistics Office. It's worth noting that approaching the town record custodian will be much quicker in most cases -- processing time for vital record requests to the state office varies between six and eight weeks.
Another thing to bear in mind if you need a copy of a death certificate is that you can freely get one as long as you are over the age of 18. Unlike in many other states, you don't need to prove blood relationship, though you have to mention if there is one on the application form, along with the reason you are requesting the record. The copy you will get will include the cause of death, but it will not include the social security number of the decedent. Copies with social security numbers are only granted to a limited number of eligible parties; these include the surviving spouse, next of kin, funeral directors, and government agencies.
If you don't have the information necessary to make a successful request for a death certificate, then you may want to seek the assistance of library staff. Document searches are just part of the job for librarians and they have been specifically trained to conduct them. If you lack such training and don't have much of a background in research, this would be your best choice.
The Connecticut State Library, for one, holds all vital records issued prior to 1897, so if the information you are looking for is older, the CPL should be your first stop. The library also has a collection of census data, Civil War service records, and vital records, comprising information not just from the Vital Statistics Office, but also from church registers, newspapers, and probates. There are also vital records that have been derived from private writings, dating back centuries. While some of this information is available online in the form of detailed indexes, most is in paper form only and can only be viewed on site.
Smaller libraries could also be helpful, as they keep collections of back issues of local newspapers, and it is local newspapers that are more likely to carry an obituary that would not appear in large-circulation editions. Some local libraries offer a searchable obituary index containing data from several local newspapers. The Ferguson library in Stamford, for instance, has a search tool for obituaries published in one of seven local papers, with the total time period that they cover spanning from 1830 to present day. Another local library, in New London, boasts the full record of the New London Day paper, so if you are looking for an obituary likely to have appeared in it, this is the place to go.
In some ways, therefore, local libraries can be even more useful for the obituary searcher than more central or statewide ones. But libraries don't have all of their collections online and if you are pressed with time, heading to the net instead might be your best bet. There are many databases and most of them, unfortunately, don't really contain much information. Even so, there are a few that might prove helpful.
These include GenealogyBuff, where you can either make a name-based search, or browse 257 obituary collections from the state of Connecticut. Another extensive collection of obituaries is available at Obituary Central. Again, there is a direct search option along with a county-based collection of obituaries. Another option is searching the Connecticut Death Index, which covers 1949-2001.
In a further reminder that local may be better than central, when it comes to obituary searches, there are a lot of obituary information sources online on the county and town level. These include funeral homes that issue obituaries or daily service notices, county obituary collections, and the archives of local papers. Most local papers have only a short list of the latest obituaries in their digital version, but they certainly keep archives, which, although they may not be available online, should be accessible in person.
Patience is essential when embarking on an obituary search, especially if you don't have much information about the person to start with. Before you start looking for the obituary, you will have to gather all the details that would make finding it easier, and this frequently takes time. But given the ample information resources both online and offline, an obituary search is by no means an impossible mission.
Newspaper in Bridgeport, Connecticut
The Connecticut Post is a daily newspaper located in Bridgeport, Connecticut. It serves Fairfield County and the Lower Naugatuck Valley. Municipalities in the Post's circulation area include Ansonia, Bridgeport, Darien, Derby, Easton, Fairfield, Milford, Monroe, New Canaan, Orange, Oxford, Redding, Ridgefield, Seymour, Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport and Wilton. The newspaper is owned and operated by the Hearst Corporation, a multinational corporate media conglomerate with $4 billion in revenues. The Connecticut Post also gains revenue by offering classified advertising for job hunters with minimal regulations and separate listings for products and services.
The paper has a weekday circulation of 53,866, a Saturday circulation of 41,768, and a Sunday circulation of 80,840, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulation, behind the Hartford Courant (264,539) and the New Haven Register (89,022). It is southwestern Connecticut's largest circulation daily newspaper. The paper competes directly with the Register in Stratford, Milford, and portions of the Lower Naugatuck Valley. Since June 2017, the Post and the Register have been under common ownership, with management led first by Hearst Connecticut Media Group president Paul Barbetta and since May 2019 by his successor Mike Deluca.
The publisher is Mike Deluca who is also the president of Hearst Connecticut Media Group. Recent editor James H. Smith departed abruptly on June 26, 2008. No reason was given to staff, but Smith later attributed his departure to "mutual agreement." Smith had attempted to take the newspaper in a different direction, stressing slice-of-life style features and enterprise and investigative work while downplaying court/police coverage. In recent years he avoided layoffs despite economic pressures, opting instead to offer buyouts and drastically cut the freelance budget. In October 2019 Wendy Metcalfe was named editor-in-chief of Hearst Connecticut Media on the abrupt ouster of Matt Derienzo.
The Post employs seven editors within their departments including a digital news editor, sports editor, arts & entertainment editor, business editor, features editor, editorial page editor and photo editor. These editors work along with the managing editor and two assistant managing editors to build the newspaper daily.
The Post's coverage area presents problems as Bridgeport, Connecticut's largest city, is a poor and mostly minority area, while the surrounding eastern Fairfield County and western New Haven County area is affluent and mostly white. Consequently, while the Post does provide solid coverage of Bridgeport, most of the paper is composed of local stories regarding the surrounding towns.
The newspaper was formerly the morning Bridgeport Telegram and evening Bridgeport Post before consolidating into a morning publication. The Bridgeport Telegram ran from at least 1908 to 1929 and again from 1938 to 1990. Until the mid-1980s the Post was published as an afternoon paper and the Telegram was the morning paper.
In 1981, a Post wire service editor died at his desk while a Girl Scout troop was touring the newsroom.
In 1986, a young staffer at the Post office dropped his coat with a handgun in it, and accidentally shot a bullet into the ceiling. The man had become a drug dealer on the side and was arrested in the lobby for selling cocaine by an undercover police officer working as a janitor at the building.
In 2017, the Post's offices moved from 410 State St. to 1057 Broad St. The Post had been operating at the State Street location since 1928. The change in office space was made after deciding to downsize after most of the staff had moved to Hearst Connecticut Media's headquarters in Norwalk, CT. Only 20 employees made up of local reporters, editors and photographers work at the new location.
The Post was formerly owned by Thomson Corporation, a national newspaper chain. In 2000, Thomson agreed to sell the Post for $205 million to MediaNews Group, based in Denver, Colorado, which also owned newspapers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
On August 8, 2008 the Hearst Corporation acquired the Connecticut Post (Bridgeport) and www.ConnPost.com, including seven non-daily newspapers, from MediaNews Group, Inc., and assumed management control of three additional daily newspapers in Fairfield County, including The Advocate (Stamford), Greenwich Time (Greenwich), and The News-Times (Danbury), which had been managed for Hearst by MediaNews under a management agreement that began in April 2007. Overall, the company publishes 24 dailies and 56 weeklies across the country.
The Hearst Corporation also has ownership in global financial services, cable channels A&E, History, Lifetime and ESPN, television stations, including WCVB-TV in Boston, and over 300 magazines.
In 2010, the Connecticut Post launched a complete re-design which included a new font and re-designed Connecticut Post header.
Some significant stories the Post has broken include former Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim's bribery scandal and former Bridgeport Mayor John Fabrizi's admission of using cocaine.
In 2008, under Smith's leadership, the Connecticut Post received its first Newspaper of the Year Award from the New England Newspaper Association.
Comedian and actor Richard Belzer, a Bridgeport native, was a paperboy and later a staff reporter for the Post, before pursuing his career as an entertainer.
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Obituary: Robert K. Renkowsky, 80, of Bridgeport
Bob worked 40 years for Sikorsky Aircraft, was a U.S Army Vietnam veteran and was an active member of the American Legion Post 177.
Obituary: MaryAnn Skurja, 91, formerly of Bridgeport
MaryAnn worked numerous jobs in the area, loved music and dancing and was always devoted and dedicated to her family.
Obituary: Edward T. Bugyi Jr, 75, of Bridgeport
Ed proudly served in the U.S. Army and worked as a chef for private clubs and at the Algonquin Club for many years.
Anna Avalone Malinowski - Obituary
Best Known as "Mama" from Vazzy's Restaurant, Beloved Mother & Grandmother
JOHN S. ZALESKI, Community Contributor
Obituary: Karlis Eltermanis, 35, of Bridgeport
Karlis, a skilled roofer and carpenter, was an avid motorcycle and car enthusiast.
Obituary: Kenneth E. Corby Sr., 76, of Bridgeport
Ken, a dedicated family man, was a U.S. Army veteran and a retired tool and die maker for Sargent Manufacturing Co.
Obituary: Craig Brown, 59, of Bridgeport
Craig, an avid jazz enthusiast, worked for Sikorsky Aircraft and was a decorated U.S Marine.
Obituary: David A. Barber, 73, formerly of Bridgeport
A veteran who worked for SNET, he ran Dave's Café, was a reader of military history, and had a from-the-factory '70 Chevy Nova until 2017.
Obituary: Louis Leroy Maiers, 88, of Bridgeport
Louis, a devoted family man, owned and operated his car detailing business, proudly served in the U.S. Navy and was a boxing enthusiast.
Obituary: John F. Therina, 76, of Bridgeport
John was a proud U.S. Army veteran and a retired Stratford Police officer with 37 years of service.
Obituary: Obituary: Ann M. Lumas, 93, formerly of Bridgeport
Ann, a dedicated cook, baker and quilter, enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
Obituary: Christine "Chris" Norma DelGrego, 66, of Bridgeport
Chris, known for her lively and colorful spirit, was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
Obituary: Luis Rafael Valentin, 64, of Bridgeport
Luis, a loving and devoted family man, worked as a screen printer at Bridgeport Screen Printing for many years.
Obituary: William Robinson Kirkby, 81, formerly of Bridgeport
William, known for his friendly personality and clever sense of humor, was a decorated member of the Connecticut State Police.
Obituary: Michael Anthony Manente, 54, of Bridgeport
Michael, a loving husband and selfless man, worked as a painter and was passionate about fishing, sports and his kitty, Misty.
Obituary: Amado Perez, 76, of Bridgeport
Amado, a devoted and proud father and grandfather, worked as a prototype specialist for the space shuttle program at United Technologies.
Obituary: Mary-Jo (Kulikowski) Kostro, 64, of Bridgeport
Mary-Jo always had a zest for life and was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother. She also enjoyed animals and the outdoors.
Obituary: Barbara M. Golub, 90, of Bridgeport
Barbara was known for her generous smile, her wry sense of humor, her dignity and tell-it-like it-is attitude, and the twinkle in her eyes.
Cody-White Funeral Home, Community Contributor
Obituary: Tony F. Caramanica, 42, of Bridgeport
Tony, an avid fan of digging for gems, rocks and minerals, worked as a Landscaper for Monet Landscaping of Bridgeport/Monroe for many years.
Obituary: Maida Ellen (Chopik) Mayernick, 65, of Bridgeport
Maida impacted the lives of many while working for the Diocese of Bridgeport for many years at St. Ambrose and St. Raphael schools.
Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, Connecticut) Newspaper Obituaries (1947 - Current)
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For a successful search of Connecticut Post obituaries, follow these tips:
- Use information from more recent ancestors to find older relatives.
- Try searching by initials. Many old Connecticut Post obits used initials instead of full names.
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By implementing these strategies, you can go deeper with your research and uncover the ancestors you never knew you had. It’s also ideal for fact-checking, as many obituaries weren’t necessarily created with 100% accuracy.
How to Find Connecticut Death Notices in the Connecticut Post
Finding death notices in the Connecticut Post can be another vital source of genealogical research. But what’s the difference between a death notice and an obituary?
Although some people use the terms interchangeably, they’re actually two different things. Obituaries describe the person, who they are, and what they did in their lives. Death notices, on the other hand, are formalized reports of someone’s death.
Family members would have published death notices in the Connecticut Post to detail the person’s name, age, residence, and any information about the funeral service. As family members typically wrote these, they tend to be relatively accurate.
Death notices can help extract more information about an ancestor and uncover where they happen to be buried. So, how do you look up local death notices and sift through hundreds of years’ worth of history? If you want to find death notices alongside Connecticut Post obits, follow these tips:
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- Connect other family members mentioned in the death notice to confirm whole sections of your family tree.
The Connecticut Post records are invaluable sources of historical information about local people. We make it easy for you to search, discover, and share your family’s untold story.
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