Honoring Our Friends

The purpose of this page is to honor those friends and colleagues who have passed on.  Please send any information of this nature to me at psweeley@att.net so that we may keep members updated on news of their former co-workers.

Sad News: Patricia (Pat) Small (ret. 1995)

Patricia Ann Small, formerly of Fairfield, CT and Ossipee, NH, passed away after a short illness on April 9, 2016 in New London, CT.  Pat was born in Nashua, NH on January 14, 1937, the daughter of the late John and Anna (King) Small.   She attended high schools in Babylon NY, Hempstead, NY, Ludlow, VT, and graduated from Middleborough High School, MA in 1954.   Pat earned her B.S. from the University of New Hampshire in 1958 where she excelled in athletics.  She played field hockey, basketball and tennis.  She completed a Masters Degree at Danbury State College in 1962, followed by her 6th year at the University of Oregon in 1966.  Patricia taught in Danbury, CT for two years before moving to Fairfield, CT where she taught for 35 years at Roger Ludlowe/Fairfield High School and coached field hockey (211-80-64) (State Champions 1977) and tennis (193-60).

Pat was recognized for honors including induction into the Connecticut High School Coaches Association for tennis (1975), field hockey (1984), and the CHSCA Hall of Fame (1989). In 1993, Pat was honored by New Agenda Northeast for her dedication to women’s athletics. Following in her father’s footsteps, she was inducted into the UNH Wildcat Winner’s Circle Hall of Fame in 1995.

For 18 years at Camp Arcadia in Casco, ME. Pat was a counselor, taught tennis, and led hiking trips.  Her love of the outdoors took her mountain climbing in Alaska, skiing in the Alps, and hiking in her beloved White Mountains.  Her summer residence became Shapleigh, ME where she loved to canoe and read books on the deck on Mousam Lake.  She will always be remembered for her many collies all named Tau!

Pat is survived by siblings John William Small (Bess) of Rocky Hill, CT; Ann Lander of Old Lyme, CT; Ken Small (Michael Principi) of Ft Lauderdale, FL and Ogunquit, ME; Karyl Lynch (Dave Cormier) of Tucson, AZ and Cape Neddick, Me; Wendy Wannop (John) of Woodstock, VT.  Nieces and nephews include Janet Fox (Dan) of Wethersfield, CT; Karl Lander (Erin) of Seattle, WA; Melissa Wannop (Jaime Sawler) of Stratham, NH; Bob Wannop (Sarah) of Charlotte, VT; Brian (Allison) of St. George, VT; Jeffrey Wannop (Kelly) of New York, NY, and also nine great nieces and nephews.

The family is thankful for the care and support that Pat received while living at Atria Crossroads Place and to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital.

A celebration of Pat’s life will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2016 on Shapleigh Common, Shapleigh, ME.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Pat’s memory may be made to The Town of Shapleigh with a notation to help maintain and preserve ‘Shapleigh Common’, PO Box 26, Shapleigh, ME 04076 or to The Town of Shapleigh Library, PO Box 97, Shapleigh, ME 04076.

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Sad News: Georgia Kilpatrick

Georgia Kilpatrick (retired 1998)

Georgia (Babey) Kilpatrick, age 74, of Shelton, formerly of Trumbull, died on Friday, April 15, 2016 at St. Vincent Medical Center.

Georgia was born in Bridgeport to the late Stephen and Pauline (Feltovic) Babey. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Richard Wheeler Kilpatrick.

Mrs. Kilpatrick had taught Spanish for the Town of Fairfield for thirty-six years. She earned a BS degree from Southern Connecticut State University, an MA sixth year from Fairfield University and a 7th year degree in Latin American Studies from Sacred Heart University.

She had no immediate survivors but many dear and devoted friends for whom she was most grateful.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 11:30 am DIRECTLY at St. Catherine of Siena Church officiated by Rev. Robert V. Biroschak. Interment will follow at Lawncroft Cemetery, Fairfield. There will be no calling hours as per Georgia's request. In lieu of flowers, Georgia asked that you consider making a donation to the charity of one's choice .  See more, and leave condolences  at: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/ctpost/georgia-kilpatrick-condolences/179662049?cid=full  

Mary-Ann Conner (ret. 2009 as ESL teacher in High Schools)

 

Mary-Anne Nufrio Conner, age 64, of Shelton, devoted wife of James A. Conner, passed away suddenly on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at St. Vincent's Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. Born on March 7, 1952 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, she was a daughter of the late V. Anthony and Mary J. Cusumano Nufrio. Mary-Anne attended Mother Seton Regional High School in Clark, New Jersey graduating with honors. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Spanish Education from Fairfield University and returned there for her Master's Degree in Bilingual Bi-Cultural Education. She received a Seventh Year Degree in the Arts.

 

Mary-Anne was employed by the Fairfield Public School system for thirty-five years. She was a stellar Spanish instructor, enhancing students' cultural knowledge by taking them on trips abroad. She also designed the English as a Second Language program at the high school. Mary-Anne's devotion to her career was evidenced by her ESL students calling her "Mom". She remained connected to many students after her retirement in 2009.

 

A true performer, she was an accomplished singer and dancer and demonstrated her innate ability as she performed with her sister via the Charles Lowe Review in New York. Most recently, she performed with the Trumbull Senior Center Smile A While Club entertaining in various venues. Mary-Anne adored attending Broadway shows. She loved to spend time with her other Tias, Zinga Ladies and many other close friends. She loved playing bunco, cruising with her family and friends, traveling to Disney, and cheering for the New York Yankees. Her exceptional talent photographing special memories with her family and friends was noteworthy.

 

Above all, she was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin and friend. Her vibrant personality, caring manner and graceful countenance welcomed all. She treasured all the time spent with her family, especially her grandson. The memories, love laughter, and her zest for life that she shared with everyone will continue to live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved her. She will be truly missed.

 

In addition to her devoted husband of 39 years, James, survivors include two loving sons, James Conner and his wife Carissa of Fairfield and Brett Conner and his wife Nicole of Oxford, a cherished and adored grandson, Jace Conner; a sister Bernice Nufrio Drozd and her husband Richard of Linden, NJ; nieces, Lindsey and Erica Drozd; aunts, Gloria Nufrio and Agnes Imbriaco and her husband Val of New Jersey; sisters-in-law, Lois Kaminski and her husband Frank of Tallahassee, FL and Wanda Thomsen and her husband Jonny of Deltona, FL, as well as several nieces and nephews and many dear friends.

 

Funeral services will take place on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull, and at 11:00 a.m. in St. Lawrence Church, Shelton for a Mass of Christian Burial. Entombment will follow in Lawncroft Cemetery, Fairfield. Relatives and friends may greet the family on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. For those desiring to make memorial contributions, a scholarship fund will be established in Mary-Anne's honor. Donations can be mailed to the Mary-Anne N. Conner Scholarship at The High School Scholarship Foundation of Fairfield Inc., P.O. Box 682, Fairfield, CT 06824.

 

Carl P. Gendron (ret. 1985 as Science Teacher Andrew Warde H.S.)

Carl Philip Gendron, 85, of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire passed away February 16, 2016 at his home after a brief courageous battle with cancer. He was the son of Elton and Hulda, born in Berlin, New Hampshire, February 8, 1931. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joyce Laura(Anderson); three children and their spouses: Carl (Lisa) of Cheshire, CT; Craig(Karen) of Stratham, NH; and Erika Blocher(Frederic) of Wolfeboro, NH; two grandsons, Keith and Kevin four granddaughters, Lindsey, Courtney, Laura and Jill; 5 sisters, Theresa Lessard, Verlie Rajaniemi, Kelly Shemp, Ellen Jane Kaufman and Julia Hodgdon and numerous nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his parents and brother David and sister Pearl Fortier. Carl served in the army during the Korean conflict until 1955 when he was discharged as a private first class. He attended Plymouth State Teachers College. Carl went on to a sixth year program at University of North Dakota. He began his life-long teaching career as a high school science teacher in Fairfield Ct. He retired after 30 years in1984 and moved to Freedom New Hampshire. He became actively involved in the community serving on the planning and zoning board of Freedom NH. Later he became active in the Episcopal Church in Tamworth NH. He loved gardening and enjoyed using his fresh produce in his recipes. He enjoyed the outdoors, he loved fly-fishing, camping, hiking and skiing. He passed these passions on to his children and grandchildren. The family will be having a celebration of his life in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire on March 5,2016 from 12 to 4 at 45 North Wolfeboro Road. His ashes will be interred in his beloved White Mountain Region of NH. Memorial donations may be made to St. Andrews in the Valley Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 436 Tamworth NH. 03886.

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Mary Lou Foerth (ret. 1985 teaching 1st grade at Dwight)

Mary Louise Foerth, age 86, died on December 28th of complications related to Alzeimer's disease. She was born in Bridgeport and lived most of her life in Fairfield before moving to Stratford. She was the beloved daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph T. Foerth and the sister of the late Patricia Foerth Oburchay. Mary Louise was predeceased by brother-in-law Bernard Oburchay and a nephew. She is survived by three nieces, several grandnieces and grandnephews. 
Miss Foerth graduated from Central Connecticut College and received a M.A. degree from Fairfield University. She taught for 34 years in Fairfield Public Schools. She graduated from Lauralton Hall as did her mother and sister. A lifelong supporter of her alma mater, she served as president of the alumni association and was a recipient of the Lauralton Hall Claven Award.
Miss Foerth was an active member of St. Mark parish. She served as a Eucharistic minister, did volunteer work at St. Mark School and was also a board member of St. Mark Ladies Guild. As a resident of Oronoque Village for many years, she chaired various committees. She was a member of the Oronoque Country Club, the Gaelic American Club and the Bridgeport Art League. Mary Lou enjoyed painting, sewing and traveling the world.
A memorial service will be held at St. Mark Church, Stratford, in Spring 2016. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Mark Church or Lauralton Hall in Milford.
Published in Connecticut Post on Jan. 3, 2016

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Edie Millward (ret.1985 teaching grade 5 at Riverfield)

MILLWARD, EDITH Edith A. Millward died at Havenwood in Concord, NH, on October 15, 2014. She was born October 27, 193l at Worcester, MA. the daughter of Arthur H. and Esther M. (Sohlstrom) Millward. “Edie” graduated from Thayer Academy at Braintree, MA. and earned her bachelor’s degree cum laude from Radcliffe College and was a Ford Foundation Scholar at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She also received an advanced degree from New York University. She was a John Hay Fellow at the University of Colorado. Edie entered the teaching field as an elementary teacher at Fairfield, CT. and during her 32 years of teaching had been both a teacher and principal there. She also taught classes at the college and post college level as well as courses for the Audubon Society. She loved traveling and had traveled extensively in the United States and had traveled to England and Wales several times. Edie retired from teaching in 1985 and moved to Wolfeboro, N.H. with her long time friend and co-teacher, V. Elaine Auderer. She summered at her home on Lake Wentworth and served as secretary of the Lake Wentworth Association for several years. She was a member of The First Baptist Church and served several years as a member and secretary of the Church’s Administrative Council. Edie was the sister of the late Dorothy V. Sloan (Mrs. Merrill Sloan) formerly of Weymouth, MA. She is survived by two nieces, Laurel Anderson (Mrs. Donald Anderson) of Braintree, MA. and Holly Haslett (Mrs. Richard Haslett) of Monroe, N.C. She is also survived by two grandnieces, Heather Alexanian and Linnea Molgard and by three grandnephews, Dr. Stephen Anderson, Jeremy Anderson and Jason Harrington and by thirteen great grandnieces and grandnephews. Burial will be private at the All Faith Cemetery (New Swedish Cemetery) Worcester, MA. Memorial donations in Edith’s memory may be sent to the ASPCA, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090-6929. (Peck Funeral Homes of Braintree and Weymouth Mass.)

 

Published in the Minuteman on Oct. 23, 2014 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/minuteman/obituary.aspx?n=edith-millward&pid=172902744&#sthash.2azSuzus.dpuf 

Dorothy Straub

 

 

Dorothy A. Straub Genualdi, 74, a musician and educator, passed away in the early morning of Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, at her home in Bridgeport. A violist with the Greenwich and Bridgeport symphonies, she taught strings and orchestra and was music coordinator in Fairfield County. She served as assistant music director of the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras from 1983 to 2010. Dorothy was president of the National Association for Music Education from 1992 to 1994 and won several awards over the years recognizing her contributions to the field. She composed, edited and arranged instructional material for student musicians. Her last work was "American Triple Crown," which is being published this year. She was the wife of Robert S. Genualdi, also a musician and educator, who died March 14, 2015. Born July 22, 1941, in Detroit to John C. Straub and the former Anne B. Pasterchalk, Dorothy grew up in South Bend, Ind. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Indiana University and received a professional diploma in administration from Fairfield University. She taught music in Chatham, N.Y., before moving to Westport in 1967. She married Bob in 2001, and they made their home in Bridgeport. The two collaborated on many projects, including the Barnum Festival's Jenny Lind Competition. Dorothy is survived by a sister, Mary Ellen (David) Cohn of Pasadena, Md., and a brother, Richard H. (Mary) Straub of Las Vegas, Nev.; sister-in-law Margaret McShane of Tampa, Fla.; nieces and nephews Christopher Straub and Melissa (Robert) Henderson of Tampa, Peter (Amy) Cohn of Granite, Md., Katherine Cohn, Dorothy's caregiver, of Bridgeport, Stephen Cohn of Boonton Township, N.J., and Jason (Dionna Courtney) Straub of Henderson, Nev.; grandnieces and grandnephews Mckinzie Henderson, Trimble Henderson and Graham Henderson of Tampa and Benjamin Courtney Straub of Henderson, Nev.; stepsons Joseph Genualdi of Kansas City, Mo., and Robert (Rena) Genualdi of Danbury; and stepgrandchildren Biagio Genualdi, Francesca Genualdi (Arturo Medina) and Sam Genualdi of Chicago, Joanna (Stephen) Yannantuono of Sandy Hook, and Robert Scott Genualdi of Danbury. A brother, Edward Straub of Tampa, died in 2000, and a niece, Nichol Straub of Tampa, died in 1977. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 at 11:00 AM, at St. Ann Church, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport. Beginning at 10 a.m., the family will receive visitors at the church. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dorothy's memory may be made to the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras, Music for Youth, Fairfield County Children's Choir or Connecticut Dance School.

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Barbara Bear ( retired in 1976 as an Elementary teacher)

BEAR, BARBARA C. Barbara C. Bear, 94, of Sun City Center, Florida, died peacefully on October 28, 2015. She was born on May 8, 1921 in Woodstock, Maine, daughter of Pearl Foster and Clarence Cole. An accomplished pianist, active also in 4H and glee club, she attended Woodstock High School and in 1943 graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Maine, Orono. That year she married teacher and coach, Edward Bear of Presque Isle, Maine, who was serving in the Navy out of Norfolk, Virginia. During and after the war she worked at the East Boston Settlement House and the New York Public Library. They later moved to East Hampton, then Middle Haddam, Connecticut. Every summer for 15 years, they operated Bearmac Day Camp in East Hampton, and for several summers they were trip directors at Camp Kineowatha in Wilton, Maine. In 1954 she obtained a teacher’s degree from Central Connecticut State College in New Britain, and taught First Grade for twenty-three years, first in Marlborough and later Fairfield, Connecticut. In 1959 she obtained an MA from Fairfield University. After retiring, she and Ed moved to Sun City Center, Florida, where she was active in the Emergency Squad, tennis, bridge, dominoes, and entertaining. Nearly half of every year they travelled in their motorhome the length and breadth of North America for square dancing, round dancing, motorhome rallies, elder-hostels, and to visit family and friends. They went to Maine each winter to ski, and also travelled to Europe and China. She was predeceased by her husband Ed, her parents, Pearl and Clarence Cole, and her brothers, Paul and Gardner. She is survived by her daughters, Andrea (Darryl) Nicholas of Nekotkok, New Brunswick, Canada, and Melita Campbell of Tampa, Florida, 5 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held at Mansion Memorial Park, Ellenton, Florida, on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 11 AM.

Published in the Minuteman on Nov. 12, 2015

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Elizabeth MacRury (ret. 1973 as principal of Jennings)

MacRury, Elizabeth
Elizabeth Hannaford Banks MacRury, age 99, died on October 13, at the Wolfeboro Bay Center in Wolfeboro after a period of failing health.
Born March 29, 1916 in Fairfield, CT, she was the daughter of Clifford S. and Grace (Hannaford) Banks. She was predeceased by her sister, Marjorie ( " Marney") Banks. She is survived by several cousins and her dear friend of more than 30 years, Pam Wiggin.
Beth received her B.A. degree from Skidmore College majoring in mathematics; her M.A. degree from Columbia University in Administration and completed her sixth year of study at New York University where she specialized in Child Development. She taught in the Fairfield School System for 8 years and was elementary school principal there for 27 years. She also worked with native children at the Grenfell Mission in Labrador and the Kodarkanal Mission School in South India. In addition, she worked with schools in the Orient, Australia, and New Zealand.
While living in Ct, she was active in her community and the Fairfield Hill Congregational Church. She was honored twice by the Connecticut League of Historical Societies for her books on Fairfield's history. She was given the outstanding Alumnae Award by Skidmore College in 1972.
After spending many summers on Balch Lake, Beth and Marney purchased their home in Wakefield Corner in 1967 and retired here in 1974. Beth spent her first "retirement year" as interim principal at the McLelland School in Rochester. The sisters then opened a gift shop, "Lemonade and Gingerbread", which they operated for several years. Beth's next endeavor was "The Museum of Childhood", a nine room building which held the sisters' collection of artifacts, memorabilia and toys gathered for decades which depicted many generations of childhood. The Museum had visitors from all over the world and several documentary TV programs were produced about it.
Beth believed one should help the community with whatever one does well and regularly did what she felt would make a difference in people's lives. With her intense interest in history, she promoted the establishment of the Wakefield Historic District and the Wakefield Heritage Commission and served as Chairman to both. She participated in getting 27 structures on the National Register of Historic Sites. She organized the Puppeteers, a group of ladies who met regularly to sew puppets that were given to each child hospitalized at one of the local hospitals. Beth was also active with the Wakefield-Brookfield Historical Society, the Parish Helpers, Opera House Committee, and many committees with the First Congregational Church of Wakefield. She was chosen Wakefield Citizen of the Year in 1996. While living in Wakefield, she wrote several more history books including Footsteps to the Past, and Twenty Four legs and Four Wheels. She created the New England Town Meeting game.
Beth's last dream was to create a museum/gallery dedicated to the Concord Coach and the stagecoach trade that existed in Wakefield Corner. She donated her stagecoach collection and funds to the Wakefield Heritage Commission for this purpose. In August 2014 it became a reality when the Commission opened the Heritage Centre of Wakefield Corner. Beth was present and spoke at the dedication. 
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday October 27 at 1PM at the First Congregational Church of Wakefield, NH. Interment will be at the Oak Lawn Cemetery in Fairfield, Ct. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in her name may be given to the First Congregational Church of Wakefield, PO Box 809, Wakefield, NH 03872. To express condolences, please visit: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/fairfieldcitizenonline/obituary.aspx?n=elizabeth-macrury&pid=176167826&fhid=4205#sthash.sH4d3RAE.dpuf 

Isobel Broadhurst (ret. 1990)

Broadhurst, Isobel C.
Isobel C. Broadhurst, age 90, of Fairfield, beloved wife of the late John A. Broadhurst passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at St. Vincent's Medical Center. Born in Fairfield, the daughter of the late James and Elizabeth (Gallagher) Cavanaugh, she had been a lifelong Fairfield resident. She attended Fairfield public schools and received her teaching degree from New Haven State Teachers' College and her Master's from the University of Bridgeport. Mrs. Broadhurst began her teaching career in the Fairfield public schools in 1946, where she became a lifetime Member of the Fairfield Education Association, and retired in 1990. She was a 40 year member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, an organization of women educators. An active, long-time supporter of the Kennedy Center, Isobel served on the Board of Directors, twice serving as President of the Auxiliary Board and served as the Chair for several committees. She has been a volunteer for the Kennedy Center 10 Pin Bowling League. Isobel was a stanch believer in developing religious programs for those with special needs. Along with Rev. Peter DeMarco and Sr. Rosalita McNamee and Bishop Walter Curtis a program was created to train special needs youngsters for Communion and Confirmation. In 1971 she developed a similar program at St. Pius Church in Fairfield which is still in existence today. She served on the Diocese of Bridgeport Advisory Board for Special Education. Isobel was a member of Church Woman United, and was an actively involved in the Special Olympics for 45 years. In 1977 she and her husband established the Drop-In-Center for young challenged adults. She was also instrumental in the creation of FAARH, a program which benefitted special needs children outside the school environment. In 1997 she was the co-creator of "A Day In The Sun" event, a special day for special people. Among the many awards received Isobel was voted "Teacher of the Year" in 1981 by the Fairfield Jaycees. Isobel was honored to have the Kennedy Center's first group residence in Fairfield named "Broadhurst Manor" in 1985. In 1990 she was recognized by the Diocese of Bridgeport for 25 years of service while in 1993 she received both the Sr. Margaret Mary DiGiacamo Award from the Diocese and the Alpha Kappa State Achievement Award. The Peg Griffin Award from the Fairfield Education Association in 1995 and the Evelyn Kennedy Volunteer Award in 1998 were also awarded. In 2002 she was named "Volunteer of the Year" by the Conference of Women's Organizations of the Greater Bridgeport Area and the "Woman of the Year" Award in 2004 by the Housatonic Council, Girl Scouts of America. In 2006, she received the Dot Larson Award for volunteer work with people with special needs from the Agape Society. In 2007 the Fairfield Board of Selectman honored Isobel as the "Fairfield Citizen of the Year" and the Diocese of Bridgeport awarded her the St. Augustine Medal. Survivors include her three loving children, John V. Broadhurst and his wife Rita of Bolivia, NC, Betti Broadhurst-Viani and her husband Gene of Brant Lake, NY and Avon, CT, and Anthony Paul Donald Broadhurst (Tony) of Fairfield; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Delores Benson of Westport, Jeanne Cushion of West Haven, Joan Cavanaugh of Fairfield, Barbara-Ann Cavanaugh of Westport; two sisters-in-law, Ethel Cavanaugh of Fairfield and Barbara Merritt of New Fairfield. She was predeceased by a brother, Donald Cavanaugh. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, September 21, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. meeting directly at St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Dr., Fairfield. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Fairfield. Friends may call Sunday from 2-6 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Kennedy Center, Inc., The John A. Broadhurst Endowment Fund, 2440 Reservoir Avenue, Trumbull, CT 06611. For information or to sign an online guest register please visit www.SpearMillerFuneralHome.com - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?n=isobel-broadhurst&pid=175860780&#sthash.R49C9nih.dpuf 

Lottie Palmer (retired in 1978 as an elementary teacher at Stratfield school)

Palmer, Lottie L.
Lottie L. Palmer age 94 of Fairfield, beloved wife of the late Walter S. Palmer passed away peacefully in Cambridge Manor, Fairfield on Thursday September 3, 2015. Born in Bridgeport, on September 5, 1920 to the late Louis and Bertha Lukomske. Lottie was a Graduate of Southern Connecticut Teachers College in 1941. She was an art and elementary school teacher in the Fairfield school system for several different schools, where she retired after 37 years. She was a lifelong resident of Fairfield , before moving to Middlebrook Farms at Trumbull in 2007. During her years in Middlebrook Farms, she was a member of the Residents Council. Lottie is survived by her son Kevin Palmer of Fairfield and his wife Kathy, her grandchildren Laura Kunen and her husband Isaac, Michael Palmer and his wife Aline, great-grandchildren Elijah and Greta Kunen, soon to be born Amia Palmer, and two nieces and a nephew in Seattle, WA. She is predeceased by her brother, Leonard Lukomske and her sister Wanda Cunningham. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday September 8, 2015 at 10am in Assumption Church, Fairfield followed by interment in Lawncroft Cemetery, Fairfield. Calling hours will take place on Tuesday morning from 830 – 930am in the Commerce Hill Funeral Home, 4798 Main St. Bridgeport. If desired donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or the Shriners. For online condolences, to light a virtual candle and make a donation visit us at commercehillfh.com

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Virgilia (Jill) Martini

Martini, Virgilia U ( ret. 1985, Grade 2 at Jennings, sister-in-law to Lenny Martini, retired        FPS music teacher)
Virgilia (Uccello) Martini of Easton, beloved wife of Alfred V. Martini, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, August 23, 2015. Born in Hartford on November 26, 1929, the second youngest of the five daughters of the late Salvatore and Josephine (Bordonaro) Uccello. She was educated in the Hartford public schools, graduating from Weaver High School in 1948. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Central CT State University and a MS degree and sixth year certificate from the University of Hartford. She taught for many years, first in Bloomfield and later in Fairfield, retiring in 1985. An exemplary teacher, she was loved by her students and recognized by her peers. In 1968, Grade Teacher Magazine presented her with its Teaching Excellence Award of Merit for outstanding teaching performance in the field of elementary education. She and her husband, Al, were very active in the charismatic movement in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport and were leaders in the healing ministry. Their home was open to all for countless prayer meetings and healing services. In a quiet and unassuming way, they touched the lives of many. Besides her loving husband of 47 years, Virgilia is survived by her sisters, Antonina "Ann" Uccello, former mayor of Hartford, of West Hartford, Carmela (Uccello) Gustafson and her husband Russell of Avon, and Nellie (Uccello) Romaine of Wethersfield. She was predeceased by her sister Vincenza A. Uccello and her brother in law Stephen G. Romaine. She also leaves her beloved nephew David J. Gustafson, who with great commitment and devotion, took on the responsibility of overseeing her care for the past nine years, and his wife Jacqueline (Bisson) Gustafson of West Hartford and her niece, Laura (Gustafson) Sweeney and her husband James and their children James and Alison, all of Simsbury; her brother in law Leonard J. Martini and his wife Veronica (Battey) Martini of Fairfield and their children, Susan M. Martini of Shelton and Michael J. Martini and his wife Mary (DiStasio) Martini and their son Zachary, all of Stratford. Virgilia was predeceased by her sister in law, Felice Campos Salas and her husband Octaviano. She is survived by their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren all of Mexico. The family extends its heartfelt gratitude to Monica Perry for her loving care of both Virgilia and Al during the last four years that they spent at home. The family is also indebted to Ludlowe Health Center of Fairfield for its professional and compassionate care of both Virginia and Al. Calling Hours will be held on Friday, August 28 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 1:30 p.m. at Christ the King Church, Trumbull. Interment will be held at Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ the King Church/Charismatic Renewal, 4700 Madison Avenue, Trumbull, CT 06611. Arrangements have been entrusted with the Gregory F. Doyle Funeral Home, 291 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford. To share a memory please go to  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?n=virgilia-martini&pid=175644963&fhid=7999 

 

Beatrice Marden (Ret. 1982 as librarian, North Stratfield School)

Marden, Beatrice P.

Beatrice Place Marden of York, Maine, formerly of Fairfield, Connecticut, died peacefully on Sunday, August 9, 2015 at her home. She was born on Feb. 2, 1922 in Bridgeport, CT to Marion Grace McKeon and Frank Joseph Place. After graduating from Warren Harding High School, Bea worked as a secretary before joining the US Marine Corps Women's Reserve. She spent most of her two years of active duty supporting pilot training on the Link Trainer flight simulator. Following the war, Bea attended the University of Bridgeport, earning degrees in mathematics and education. She met and married William Walker Marden Jr. in 1948, and they made their home in Fairfield, CT, where they raised six children. In 2004, Bea and Bill moved full-time to their summer home in York Maine. They were married for 58 years until his death in 2006. Bea was a math teacher in the Fairfield Public School system before earning a master's degree in library science in 1973 from Southern Connecticut State University. She then worked as a school librarian until her retirement in 1981. Following her retirement, Bea was involved in a number of volunteer activities. In Connecticut, she served for 15 years as a registrar for the Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross, earning the Volunteer of the Year Award for the Fairfield County Chapter in 1991. Bea worked for the Connecticut Braille Association, typing textbooks so that they could be converted to braille for visually impaired students. She made quilts for Project Linus, an organization that donates handmade quilts to comfort seriously ill children. Following her move to York, she volunteered at the York Public Library. During the past 9 years, she was a regular volunteer at York Hospital, her favorite volunteer experience of all. She was an active supporter of the Maine Alzheimer's Association, participating in the Memory Walk for many years and attending support groups. She was an avid reader throughout her life and loved word puzzles of all kinds. Bea was pre-deceased by her husband and a son, Jonathan Place Marden. She is survived by her children Delphine Marden Reich and her husband William F. Reich of Alachua, FL; William Walker Marden III and his wife Anne A. Tarbell of New York City; Elizabeth Marden Marshall and her husband Matthew Marshall of Etna, NH; Sally Marden Natale of Tucson, AZ; and Stacey Katherine Marden and her husband Steven E. Cook of Sudbury, MA. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Bea's family is grateful for her many friends in York who have made her feel so welcome in the community and to the wonderful caregivers from York Hospital Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bea's memory can be made to York (Maine) Hospital Hospice or the York (Maine) Public Library. Friends may call Friday, August 14, 2015 from 12 noon to 1:00 PM in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 S Benson Rd., Fairfield, CT. with interment to follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Fairfield. - See more and sign her guest book at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?n=beatrice-marden&pid=175479366&fhid=4716#sthash.j9wWCeLF.dpuf 

John Semosky (ret. 1985 as a science teacher at Tomlinson)


John Donald Semosky, age 90, of Stratford, beloved husband of Patricia Carroll Semosky, passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Fall River, MA on March 20, 1925, he was the eldest son of the late John and Mary Donovan Semosky. Mr. Semosky was U. S. Navy veteran serving in the South Pacific with the Marines in Okinawa and was with the first group of Frogmen, who later became the Navy Seals. He was wounded in Okinawa and awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart. He graduated from Arnold College with a Bachelors' Degree where he played football and continued his education earning his Masters' Degree and 6th year teaching certificate from the University of Bridgeport. He was a science teacher for over 30 years with the Bridgeport and Fairfield school systems before his retirement. Mr. Semosky was an avid fisherman, hunter and outdoorsman, an award winning gardener, and voracious reader. He found great enjoyment in the time he spent traveling with his wife. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, he will be missed by all who knew him. In addition to his wife of 67 years, Patricia, survivors include two daughters, Catherine Steadly of Trumbull and Mary Kate Conroy and her husband James of Ridgefield, a brother, David R. Semosky and his wife MaryAnn of Stratford, five grandchildren, Ryan John Steadly and his wife Ashley of Charleston, SC, Christopher C. Steadly of Trumbull, Elizabeth A. Conroy, Peter D. Conroy and Catherine C. Conroy, all of Ridgefield as well as many loving nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by a son, John P. Semosky, two brother's Ronald and Robert, and two sister's Marilyn and Eleanor. Friends are invited to meet directly in St. Mark's Church, 500 Wigwam Lane, Stratford on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. for a Mass of Christian Burial with military honors to follow. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. Family and friends may call on Sunday from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at The Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. To leave an online condolence, visit us at www.abriola.com.

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Barbara Cofield

Barbara Cofield (Speech and Hearing specialist who retired in 1994, last assignments were at Dwight and McKinley schools)

Cofield, Barbara J.   Barbara Jeanne (Dillon) Cofield, born December 30, 1935 to Lula and Thomas Dillon in Washington, Indiana. She was a graduate of Washington High School and Indiana University where she became a member of Chi Omega. With advanced studies at University of Maryland and Southern Connecticut, she was a Speech Pathologist with Montgomery County Public Schools Maryland, and retired from Fairfield Public Schools after 20 years there.

Highlights of her life include several years in Australia and Maryland where lifelong friendships were made. She had a deep love of family, and was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fairfield for over 40 years. An avid swimmer and walker, she also enjoyed working out at GE's Health & Fitness Center. The beloved wife of George S. Cofield for 59 years, she is survived by son George S. Cofield II, his wife Wende Watson Cofield, daughter Gwyn Gartsu, her husband Greg Gartsu, grandchildren Taryn, Megan & Caitlin Cofield; Katy, Nick & John Gartsu, and a great grandson Jameson Gysel. Also surviving are her brother Thomas Dillon and wife Jenny, and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased are her parents and brothers Ray, Harold, and Carrol Dillon, and a sister Evelyn Marie Dillon. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 10:30 AM meeting DIRECTLY at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 661 Old Post Rd., Fairfield, CT with interment to follow in Oaklawn Cemetery. Friends may greet the family Tuesday, July 14, 2015 from 5-8 PM in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 S Benson Rd., Fairfield. Memorial contributions in Barbara's memory may be made to the ALS Association, MAC Angels, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and Masonicare Hospice.

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Bill Magee (Bill taught physics and retired in 1992 from FHS.  Was one of the original staff members when Andrew Warde HS opened.)    

William M. Magee, age 92, Born in Waterbury, CT on May 23, 1923, departed on Jun. 10, 2015 and resided in Fairfield, CT. A longtime Fairfield resident, beloved husband of Evelyn Wyrebek Magee, Bill went to be with the Lord Friday June 5, 2015. He enlisted in the US Army and served his country from June 1942 to January 1946. William was known for his love of God, his love of family and his love of teaching. He was a longtime member of Black Rock Congregational Church where he served on many boards and committees. William taught in the Fairfield School System for 41 years beginning at Fairfield Ludlowe High School and finishing at Andrew Warde. He was a devoted and loving husband, Dad, Grandpa, and Poppy. Survivors include his wife Evelyn, son Kevin Magee of Trumbull, son David Magee and his wife Linda of Woodstock, CT., Daughter Beth Carbone and her husband Vincent of Monroe, grandchildren Michael and Daniel Magee, Vincent, Julie, Breanne and James Carbone and several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday June 19, 2015 at 11:00am at Black Rock Congregational Church Fairfield. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in William's memory may be made to  Medsend.org  or www.theholeinthewallgang.org . For more information and to view/sign Bill’s on-line guest book, go to:

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Edward J. Brennan III ((Retired 2006 formerly Principal of Tomlinson and more recently Curriculum Program Leader for Social Studies passed away.) 

Edward J. Brennan III — (passed on May 28, 2015) For me it is a CELEBRATION. This week I died from Leukemia. It was a celebration to live with the condition and be enmeshed in the love of my family. My wife Phyllis of 48 years, my daughter Gwen Kauffman and her husband Kyle, Marissa Gillispie and her husband Stephen, Jennifer Edwards and her husband Jonathan with my grandson Joshua and Granddaughter Abbey, and my son Tom Brennan and his wife Brigid and my granddaughter Annika.

Son of Edward and Marguerite Brennan who gifted me with the love of tolerance and compassion. I was also indeed fortunate to have three siblings, Peggy Brennan, Jerry Brennan and John Brennan who were with me and supportive all the way. There are others including Patricia Brennan, my spiritual advisor, who prepared me for my new life.

But it was also a celebration of passing, where I looked forward to the next life and as it is said the dropping of the body as the light continues. Please celebrate my new opportunity!

Based on the influence of the Jesuits at Fairfield University and my participation in the March On Washington, where I heard Dr. King’s Dream Speech, I decided to pursue a career in education and service. I went to Fordham for my Master’s and NYU for my Doctorate (all but Dissertation) in American History. I began my teaching career at our Notre Dame H.S. where I became Chair of the History Department.

I then joined the Fairfield Public Schools where for 33 years I held a variety of positions including teacher, K-12 social studies supervisor and principal. I then left to become principal of Saint Mary School in Ridgefield, CT. During many of those years I worked part time focusing on the economically disadvantaged in Bridgeport.

First Visitation

WhenThursday, June 4th, 2015, 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Location
Commerce Hill Funeral Home
 
Address
4798 Main Street
 
Bridgeport, Connecticut
 
06606
 
 

Service Information

When
Saturday, June 6th, 2015, 9:30am
Location
Egan Chapel in Fairfield University
 
Address
1073 N Benson Road
 
Fairfield, Connecticut
 
06824
 

In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Smilow Center (http://www.ynhh.org/smilow-cancer-hospital/default.aspx) or Fairfield University (http://www.fairfield.edu/supportfairfield/makeagift/waystogive/) in memory of Edward.

For online condolences and to light a virtual candle visit us at: http://commercehillfh.com/book-of-memories/2158420/Brennan-Edward/service-details.php 

 Amy Nessel (school counselor Roger Ludlowe HS)

Amy Wilson Nessel, beloved daughter of David and Judy Nessel died on May 26 surrounded by her family. Amy was 46 and had battled breast cancer for 5 ½ years. She was born in New York City and spent most of her life living in Fairfield. She attended Fairfield Public Schools and graduated in 1986 from Roger Ludlowe High School. She graduated from Wittenberg University and received her Masters in Counseling and Mental Health from Lesley College in Boston. Amy was a school counselor at Roger Ludlowe Middle School and was influential in the lives of many young students and their parents. Amy was an avid tennis player and volunteered tirelessly for several local agencies committed to eradicating the curse of cancer on our society. She is survived by her son, Sawyer Nessel, age 12, her parents, David and Judy, her brother Paul and her grandmother, Dorothy Nessel. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Church in Southport on June 13th at 3PM. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages friends that wish, to make donations to: The Connecticut Challenge, www.ctchallenge.org., the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Cancer Center, http://www.bridgeporthospital.org/cancer/breast/default.aspx , or Trinity Church, Southport, www.trinitysouthport.org. To send online condolences please visit http://www.redgatehennessy.com/obituaries/Amy-Nessel/  - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?n=amy-wilson-nessel&pid=174972258&fhid=6214#sthash.0xKTx0lY.dpuf 

This page will be dedicated to honoring those friends and co-workers who have passed on.  Please keep us informed of any former Fairfield Public Schools employees whose information needs to be added to this page (Send to Paula Sweeley: psweeley@att.net).

Myrna Gould-Harrison (elementary and school psychologist 40+ years)

Gould-Harrison, Myrna 8/31/1929-04/18/15, Education: Hunter College HS,NY; BA Psychology, Clark Univ, MA; Elementary Ed Masters & 6th Yr Prof Certif Guidance, Univ Bridgeport, CT; 7th Yr Certif Psych Examiner, Fairfield Univ, CT; School Psychologist, Southern Conn State Coll, CT; Ph. D Psychology, FIU, FL. Prof career: 15 yrs Elementary teacher (5th grade) Fairfield CT Public School system; 30 yrs School Counselor / Psychologist, Fairfield Public School System; Co-Dir & Director Southern Conn Ethical Culture Soc Sunday School. Pre-deceased by husbands: Marvin Frank, Robert J. Gould & Edward East Harrison. Robert Gould was an industrial designer and artist. Myrna loved living surrounded by his paintings. They belonged to Black Rock Yacht Club (Bridgeport, CT) for 30 years. She and Ed met & fell in love in 1991, married 1992, traveled extensively for 3 years, and were active at Black Rock & Fairweather Yacht Clubs, Brooklawn Country Club, Rotary Club & Philanthropic organizations. After Ed's stroke in 1996, Myrna dedicated the next 16 yrs to ensure her beloved Ed received the very best care & opportunity to enjoy life despite his limitations. "Snow-birds" bwt Greenfield Hill, CT & FL for yrs, the Aventura condo became their full time residence, when Ed could no longer travel. Myrna slowly adjusted to Ed's death in Nov 2012, although she missed him terribly. She took up Bridge again; it became her primary hobby and distraction. Myrna outlived her parents Hilda Caller & Saul Jasen & her brother, Leonard Jasen. She is survived by: her daughter, Beryn Frank Harty (husband, Rick); her son, Bram Frank; her grand daughter, Rachael Frank; her niece, Natalie Jasen; her nephew, Lawrence Jasen. Myrna did not desire a memorial service. A teacher & school psychologist, she advocated diverse educational experiences for children of all ages. Please make any donations to the non-profit Key West Botanical Garden Society ( 1-305-296-1504; website www.KWBGS.org).

Published in Fairfield Citizen from May 18 to May 22, 2015

 

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Bob Strunk (English teacher,Fairfield High School, active FEA member, retired 1996) 

Robert Franklyn Strunk, 81, widower of Barbara Line Strunk, died Monday, April 20, 2015, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital in Manning SC. Born Dec. 5, 1933, in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, he was a son of the late Lewis Charles Strunk III and Helen Maude Ryan Strunk. He was a U.S. Army veteran, he traveled extensively and lived abroad for four years. He loved teaching school, which he did for more than 40 years in Pennsylvania, Connecticut and South Carolina. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church at Manning and enjoyed singing in the choir.
Survivors include a son, Eric Franklyn Strunk (Julie) of Loveland, Ohio; two daughters, Emilee Ann Gillilan (Jay) of Albuquerque, N.M., and Leslie Louise Potter (tim) of Pittsfield, Massachusetts; a brother, Thomas Strunk (Mary) of Williamsport, Pennsylvania; a sister, Ann Edinger of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
A memorial service for Robert Franklyn Strunk will be held 3 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2015, at the Presbyterian Church at Manning, with the Rev. Dr. George G. Wilkes officiating.
The family will receive friends immediately following services, and other times at the home, 1148 Blue Heron Point in Manning.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Presbyterian Church at Manning, P.O. 207, Manning, SC 29102.  Stephens Funeral Home and Crematory, 304 N. Church St. in Manning, is in charge of arrangements for Robert Franklyn Strunk, (803) 435-2179.
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Alice Welch (retired 1980)

Alice Winifred (Harmon) Welch, age 97, of Trumbull, passed away peacefully on April 11, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late John William Welch (former Business Manager of Sacred Heart University). In addition to being a wife, Alice was also a mother to four, grandmother to ten, and great grandmother to eleven. She was born in Weedsport, New York on March 24, 1918, the daughter of the late R. Michael and Alice (O'Connor) Harmon. Alice attended Cortland Teachers College and received her undergraduate degree from NYU and her Masters from Marquette University. She also took courses at the University of Bridgeport and Fairfield University. She began her teaching career in Freeport, Long Island as a first grade teacher. She put her teaching career aside to raise her family and rejoined the teaching profession in the early 1960s teaching in Shorewood, WI and Fairfield, CT. During her time in the Fairfield Public Schools she was an adjunct professor at Bridgeport University and Fairfield University. Alice was a member of the NEA, CEA, FEA, REF, DKG, International Reading Association, as well as the New England Reading Association where she was a past president of that organization. She finished her teaching career as the Department Chairman for Reading (K-12) in the Fairfield Public Schools, retiring in 1980. She spent the next 6 years enjoying her time with her husband until he died in 1986. Alice took great pleasure in the time she spent with her children and their ever-growing families. Alice leaves behind her four children: William Welch and his wife, Catherine of Connecticut, Robert Welch and his wife, Mayela Fonseca of Iowa, David Welch and his wife, Mary Ann of Connecticut, Patricia (Welch) Bohnsack and her husband, M. Gregory Bohnsack of Florida. She is also survived by one brother, Thomas Harmon of New York. She leaves behind 10 grandchildren, Matthew, Elizabeth, John, Michael, Tania, Marianela, Mario, Megan, Alison and Eileen and 11 great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews. Alice was predeceased by her three sisters, two brothers and three sisters-in-law. Alice led a long, full and happy life filled with the family that she was deeply proud of and enjoyed tremendously. Friends may greet her family on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m., in the Redgate-Hennessy Funeral Home, 4 Gorham Place and Main Street, Trumbull. Funeral services will be later at the convenience of the family. To send online condolences please visit http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?n=alice-w-welch&pid=174618761&fhid=6214 .
 
Dr. Joseph Zapytowski, former Superintendant of Fairfield Public Schools, wished to add these words in tribute to Alice Welch:

Alice Welch, another of my fabulous crew while I was Superintendent of schools has passed on.  Alice was a highly valued colleague and then a dear friend.  Her contributions to Fairfield's reading program are legendary; she will be remembered by students and teachers for her contributions to the literacy of so many during her years of service with the Fairfield Public Schools.  
 
I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with her.  Alice and her colleagues helped make the schools in Fairfield a great place to learn and teach.  
 
We will miss her but more importantly, we will remember Alice for the great person she was professionally and personally.
 
Rest in Peace, Alice, deservedly so. 
 
Joseph S. Zapytowski

 
Bayusik, Virginia (retired 1985 from Holland Hill)
(I just found out about Virginia's passing on April 12, 2015.  I never knew her, but this obituary paints a picture of a lovely and vital woman.  Rest in peace, Virginia.)
Virginia Bembera Bayusik, widow of Charles Michael "Mike" Bayusik passed away December 12, 2014, at her daughter's home in Torrington, CT. She was a long time resident of Easton, having lived there from 1956 until her recent illness.
She was born April 7, 1926, the first child of Michael G. Bembera and Virginia Lillian Stafford Bembera.
She graduated from Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College and a Masters in Education from the University of Bridgeport.
Mrs. Bayusik retired from the Fairfield, CT public school system after 28 years teaching elementary grades and gifted children at Holland Hill School.
In her retirement she attended watercolor and oil painting classes, and studied Shakespeare at the Easton Senior Center. She went on numerous trips to art museums and theatrical performances with the Senior Center.
She enjoyed drama and writing, and was concerned about human rights, as well as animal rights and historic preservation.
She is survived by her daughter Elizabeth B. Galan, MD and her husband Robert, grandson Michael Galan and granddaughter Natalie Galan, all of Torrington, CT. She is also survived by her sister Norma Newman, and her daughters Patrice Arsenault and husband Tim, Judy Caturano and husband Jim, and Lorry Taylor and husband Rich, as well as many other nieces, nephews,grandnieces and grandnephews.
At Virginia's request, there will be no services. Cook Funeral Home of Torrington is in charge of the arrangements. Burial will be private. Those wishing to make memorial donations are asked to contribute to The Mount Holyoke Fund, Office of Advancement, Mary E. Woolley Hall, Mount Holyoke College, 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075.
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Genualdi, Robert S. (retired 1993)


Robert S. Genualdi, a musician and retired educator who lived in Bridgeport, died Saturday, March 14, 2015, surrounded by his family at St. Vincent's Medical Center. He was 84 years old. Mr. Genualdi was born in Chicago to Biagio Genualdi and the former Elizabeth Doll. He was a conductor of the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras and a founding member of the Fairfield Country String Teachers Association and with his wife, Dorothy Straub Genualdi, helped run the P.T. Barnum Museum's Jenny Lind Competition for many years. He also gave private music lessons and composed music. He played string bass in the Miami, New Haven, Greater Bridgeport and Greenwich symphonies. Mr. Genualdi served as Acting Principal of Staples High School in Westport and Principal of Andrew Warde High School, then Roger Ludlowe and Andrew Warde High Schools simultaneously, and then as Headmaster of the "new" consolidated Fairfield High School in Fairfield. In addition to his wife, Mr. Genualdi is survived by his sons, Joseph Genualdi, of Kansas City, MO, and Robert and wife Rena Genualdi, of Danbury; daughter-in-law Cydne Gillard, and five grandchildren, Biagio Genualdi, Francesca Genualdi and husband Arturo Medina, and Sam Genualdi, of Chicago; Joanna Genualdi and fiancé Stephen Yannantuono of Sandy Hook; Robert Scott Genualdi of Danbury, and two brothers, Joseph Genualdi of Plant City, FL, and Martin Genualdi of Scottsdale, AZ. His first wife, Mary Ellen, died in 1991; his sister, Rose Peters, died in 2003. A Mass of celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, at 10 a.m. at Saint Ann's Church, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras, Music for Youth, Inc., the Fairfield County Children's Choir, the Connecticut Dance School or Saint Ann Church. For more information or to sign an online guestbook, please visit: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?n=robert-genualdi&pid=174410617&fhid=4716#sthash.Dp5nHMrq.dpuf 

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DeSiena, Lauren B. (Karpinski) (speech pathologist)
Lauren B. Karpinski DeSiena age 56 of West Haven died Wednesday February 24, 2015 in Yale New Haven Hospital. Lauren was born in Bridgeport and was a Fairfield resident most of her life before moving to West Haven 18 years ago and was a retired speech and language pathologist for various school systems. She is survived by her husband Brian C. DeSiena, her father Al Karpinski of Fairfield, a brother Christopher Karpinski of Bridgeport, a sister and her husband Daryl and Anthony Sorge of Woodbridge and 1 niece and 5 nephews. She was predeceased by her mother Barbara Bednarczyk Karpinski and a sister Alyssa Karpinski.
Friends are invited to attend the funeral mass on Saturday February 28, 2015 at 9am in Our Lady of the Assumption Church 545 Stratfield Rd Fairfield, burial will take place at a later date at the convenience of the family. Friends may call Friday evening from 5 to 8pm in The LARSON FUNERAL HOME 2496 North Ave Bridgeport.

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Merry, Barbara A.(ret. Library Medial Specialist, Holland Hill)

Barbara Anne Merry, age 59, of Stamford, beloved daughter of the late Frank and Mary Tierney Merry, passed away suddenly on Thursday, February 12, 2015. Barbara was born on April 14, 1955 and was a lifelong resident of Stamford. She graduated from St. Mary's Parochial School, Sacred Heart Academy '72, College of New Rochelle '76, and received her Masters Degree in Educational Technology/Media Specialist from Fairfield University in 1985. She spent 35 years as a dedicated educator in the Stamford, Bridgeport, and Fairfield

School systems and recently retired after 27 years as Librarian and Media Specialist from Holland Hill School in Fairfield. Barbara loved all forms of media, from the printed word to films and Broadway shows. She enjoyed creating original videos to record her students' and colleagues' accomplishments and endeavors; usually downplaying her own amazing talents and skills so that others might shine.

She devoted herself to the care of her parents, sister and aunt; we were blessed with her loving concern for their well-being. She was also very kind to animals and was especially close to her three cats, Mac, Minnie, and Mabel.

Barbara was our sister, cousin, niece, aunt, godmother, loving caregiver, and dearest friend and confidante.

Together with her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Maureen Merry Januski. She is survived by her three brothers, Rev. Paul Merry of Danbury, Richard and his wife Lucille Sabia Merry of Poughkeepsie, NY, and Brian Merry of Monroe, CT. Her aunts, Rose Tierney of Stamford, Frances Mackey of Old Greenwich and Jean Weitner Tierney of Wallingford, as well as numerous close cousins, nephews, and nieces and friends also survive her. How we will all miss Barbara reminding us to "laugh and tell jokes." Barbara we "love ya lots" and will remember you always.

Family, Friends, and Colleagues are invited to attend a Celebration of her Life,

11 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 540 Elm Street, Stamford, CT on

Saturday, February 21, 2015 with a reception to follow. Interment will be private.

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Giorgio, Joseph F. Sr. (ret 1986 as Director of Continuing Ed.)

Joseph F. Giorgio, Sr., 85 died peacefully at his home on Wednesday February 4, 2015 surrounded by his family. Joseph leaves behind his beloved wife, Rose, of 60 years. The son of the late Frank and Isabella Giorgio, he was born on July 29, 1929 and grew up in Brooklyn, NY. Joseph graduated from SUNY, Oswego in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and received his Masters Degree in Education from University of Connecticut. He served honorably in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1955 and married Rose Ingrassi on April 24, 1954 in Bronx, NY. He worked as an educator and administrator in the Connecticut Public school system for over 34 years where he embraced life, never stopped teaching and positively influencing people with his charismatic smile thru out his life's journey. He was a man of great honor, courage and a lover of humanity. He was a 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus for over 66 years, and his deepest joy was exploring the country with his wife, being with his family, enjoying in their accomplishments, and watching his grandchildren grow. He had a tremendous passion for boating aboard his boat, the "Belle Rose". In addition to his wife, Rose, Joseph is survived by his three children, Joseph, Jr, his wife Rebeca; Stephen, his wife Grace; and Elizabeth, her husband Gary and nine Grandchildren. He will remain loved, respected and cherished and be missed deeply by his friends and family.

Visitation hours from 5-9 Monday, Feb. 9 at Spadaccino &Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 315 Monroe Tpk, Monroe CT, 06468 (203) 445-8500).  Funeral mass at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb 10, Notre Dame of Easton, 655 Morehouse Rd., Easton 06612 (phone 203-268-5838).  www.notredameofeaston.org/    

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The following tribute to Joe Giorgio was submitted by former Superintendant of Fairfield Public Schools, Dr. Joseph Zapytowski:

Joe
 
Our sincere and profound condolences and prayers are offered to Joseph Giorgio's wife Rose and Family.  Jean and I are greatly saddened by the news of Joe's death.  When we made our first voyage from Grand Haven in Michigan to Burnt Store Marina in Florida, Joe made all the arrangements for our stay in the marina.  He met us at the dock as we pulled into Burnt Store Harbor after a six week passage aboard our vessel Sea Bird.  He and Rose were especially accommodating in taking care of us boaters who then were without land transportation.  We enjoyed many visits and meals with Joe and Rose during some 14 or so winter seasons while we lived aboard Sea Bird and later when we lived at Emerald Pointe in Punta Gorda.  Those were pleasurable and fulfilling years and Joe and Rose  were a significant part of that experience.  
 
Joe Giorgio was a respected, innovative and eminent colleague during my 11 plus years a superintendent of Fairfield Public Schools. The mid sixties to the mid seventies were exiting years and Joe contributed significantly to that which made the Fairfield Public Schools the quality schools they were then and are today. The Continuing Education Program Joe developed then and afterwards stands as a beacon for many to this day.
 
I shall ever be grateful to Joe Giorgio for the vital part he played on our administrative team and then as a friend in retirement.  He will live long in the memories of his many friends and colleagues
 
I shall miss him and think of him often.
 
Joseph S. Zapytowski

Constantine Vanghele ( ret. from Fairfield High 1990)

Constantine Vanghele, passed away peacefully on June 27, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He was 91 years old. Born on May 8, 1923, to Pandu and Vasila Vangheli in Korce, Albania, his mother died when he was a boy and was raised by his father and stepmother, Konstandina. He lived there until 1943, before relocating to Greece, Germany, Austria, and Italy, where he attended the University of Rome, graduating in 1949. He arrived in the United States on May 4, 1949 from Italy and settled in Bridgeport, CT. From 1950-1980, he studied various foreign languages and became fluent in eight different languages, attending the Institute of World Affairs in Salisbury, Middlebury College, the University of Connecticut, River College in New Hampshire, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Bridgeport, University of Barcelona in Spain, Fairfield University, and the University of Perugia, Italy. In 1951, Constantine was employed by Radio Free Europe, as a translator, speaker, and script writer at the Albanian Desk in New York City. From 1954-1961, he worked for the National Committee for a Free Albania, a political organization with the aim to liberate Albania from the Communist regime. Beginning in 1961 and for 29 years, Constantine was a teacher of foreign languages, at Andrew Warde High School in Fairfield, where he was also the school's soccer coach for many seasons. Constantine was a member of the St. George Albanian Orthodox Church and the St. Dimitrie Romanian Orthodox Church. He was a former President and retired Member of the Benevolent Society Of Farsarotul. He is survived by five sons, four daughter-in-laws, and four grandchildren: Thomas and Janice Vanghele, of New York City, Alexander and Patty Vanghele, of Bridgeport, Dino Vanghele, of Bridgeport, Nicholas and Susan Vanghele, and their children, Logan and Olivia, of Shelton, Christopher and Kim Vanghele, and their children, Christopher, Jr. and Lauren, of Woodbury. He is also survived by his niece, Sophie Fatsi Cashavelly, and her husband, James, of Trumbull. His sister, Caterina Vangheli Fatsi and brother, Thoma predeceased him. Services will be held on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at St. George Albanian Orthodox Church, Main St. Trumbull, DIRECTLY at 11 AM. Burial will at Mountain Grove of Easton Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Monday, June 30, 2014 from 4-8 PM in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road in Fairfield Center. To order flowers, for travel directions or to sign his online register, please visit www.LeskoPolkeFuneralHome.com - See more at:

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Rita M. Murphy (ret. 1978 from Jennings)


Rita M Murphy, age 99, of Trumbull, passed away peacefully June 18, 2014 in her home. Rita was born and resided in Bridgeport until moving to Spring Meadows in Trumbull several years ago. Rita received a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Bridgeport and a Master's and Sixth Year Degrees in Education from Fairfield University. She was a kindergarten teacher for the Fairfield School System for 36 years and retired from Jennings School in 1978. Rita was a devout Catholic and extremely proud of her Irish heritage. Rita was a world traveler and along with her many hobbies was an avid golfer. She was also a long time volunteer for St. Vincent's Medical Center. Rita was a kind, generous, thoughtful person with a sharp wit. She is survived by her cousins, Marion Tierney and Janet Murphy both of Trumbull and Jack Murphy of Fairfield. Rita will be missed by her "nieces and nephew", Evelyn Feola, Michael Tierney and Carol Schlubach all of Trumbull. Rita was predeceased by her beloved aunt, Mae Murphy. The family would like to express their thanks to the staff at Spring Meadows for their kindness and care over the years. Friends and family are invited to attend her funeral services on Saturday June 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Directly to St. Stephen's Church 6948 Main St. Trumbull, CT. Interment in St. Michael's Cemetery Stratford, CT. There will be no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to Vitas Hospice Care, Stratford, CT. Arrangements in care of the Cyril F. Mullins Funeral Home 399 White Plains Rd. Trumbull, CT. To leave an online condolence please visit mullinsfh.com. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?pid=171414093#sthash.IN5kiq4r.dpuf 

 

Ann Cote (ret. 1983 from North Stratfield)

Ann Flynn Coté, wife of the late George Joseph Coté, died in St. Vincent's Medical Center on March 31, 2014. Born in Bridgeport, Ann resided most of her life in the Town of Easton, Connecticut. Ann Coté was a graduate of Lauralton Hall, Milford, and of the New Britain College where she obtained her teaching degree. Ann Coté was a grammar school teacher in the Town of Fairfield, particularly at Lincoln School in the Stratfield section of the town. She retired in 1983; at the time was a kindergarten teacher at North Stratfield School. Ann Coté is survived by her sister-in-law, Marilyn Sevard and her husband Harold of Easton, brother-in-law, Dr. Earle Coté and his wife Mary Jane of Greenwich, and several nieces and nephews. There will be no calling hours. Friends are invited to go directly to Notre Dame of Easton Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, April 7, 2014. Interment will be in St. Michael's Cemetery, Stratford, Connecticut. Those who so desire may make contributions in Ann Coté's memory to the Notre Dame of Easton Church Sanctuary Fund, 655 Morehouse Road, Easton, Connecticut 06612. To send online condolences, please visit:  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?pid=170467712#sthash.2FyoWOnI.dpuf

Rick Natale

Richard Michael Natale of New Canaan, a psychologist for the Fairfield Public Schools for more than 35 years, died Saturday, March 8, at his home on Gerrish Lane. He was 71.

A lifelong resident of New Canaan, Mr. Natale was born at Norwalk Hospital on Jan. 16, 1943. The son of the late Michael and Carmella Ferrara Natale, also of New Canaan, he was a psychologist for the Fairfield Public Schools for more than 35 years. He received his undergraduate degree from Long Island University in 1965 and completed graduate studies in neuroscience at Columbia University. He served in the Army from 1968- 1972.

Mr. Natale was an avid fisherman, sailor and golfer and played both varsity football and basketball for New Canaan High School. He was also a passionate fan of the New York Yankees, his family said.

Mr. Natale is survived by his wife, Sarah Abrahams Natale; his daughter, Sarah Natale of New Canaan; stepsons, Max Levinson of Darien and Peter Levinson of Ross, Calif.; stepdaughter, Catherine Burke of Rowayton; sister, Barbara McCormick; nephew, Jeffrey McCormick; and grandchildren, Hazel Levinson, Charlotte Burke, Tucker Levinson and Meyer Levinson.

A private memorial service will be held this spring. Memorial donations may be made to Fairfield Warde High School 755 Melville Ave, Fairfield, CT 06825 to benefit their college scholarship programs.

Katherine K. Dillingham (retired 1987)

PEABODY, MA- Mrs. Catherine "Cappy" (Knight) Dillingham, 84, of Brooksby Village, Peabody, formerly of Fairfield, CT, wife of Attorney Bruce E.Dillingham, died February 20, 2014. 

Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Frances (Perry)Knight. She was raised and educated in Brooklyn were she attended the Berkley Carroll School. She was a graduate of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.Catherine earned her Master's Degree of Education from Fairfield University and her Masters of the Natural Sciences Degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

Mrs. Dillingham's passion was for environmental protection. She shared her love of the environment with her students as an science educator for 20 years at Roger Ludlowe High School. She was also an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Ethics at Fairfield University and was employed by the Environmental Defense Fund and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Catherine co-authored two books, Watersheds and Watersheds II. Her career path was guided by her devotion to the land and her grandchildren's future.

Catherine loved spending time at Lake George in New York with her extended family where she enjoyed canoeing, swimming, and playing bridge. She was an avid fan of the New York Metropolitan Opera and the New York Mets. She was a longtime friend of Bill W. and a member of the League of Women Voters. A resident of Fairfield, CT since 1953, Catherine and her husband moved to Brooksby Village in Peabody, MA in November of 2013.

In addition to her husband of 62 years, Catherine is survived by her daughters, RuthDillingham and her husband Robert Curran of Hyannis, MA; Laura Bibler and her husband Gregory of Andover, MA; and Sallie Bowling and her husband Stuart of Topsfield, MA; her grandchildren, Sean and Mary Curran, Ashley and Stephanie Hargadon, Abigail Bowling and Ben, Sarah and Kathryn Bibler. She was also the sister of the late Donald Knight. She will be deeply missed by all of her devoted family.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to her Memorial Service which will be held in the First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT, on Saturday, March 1, at 11 A.M. Burial will be in Mountain Grove Cemetery, Huletts Landing, New York in the spring. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., Danvers. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Catherine's memory to The Fund for Lake George (www.fundforlakegeorge.org). To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visitwww.odonnellfuneralservice.com.

Dr. Edward Bourque (retired June 1991)

Bourque, Edward H.

Dr. Edward H. Bourque passed away peacefully at age 88 on December 16, 2013 with his beloved family and friends by his side. He was the son of Raoul Bourque and Annette Martel Bourque of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He is pre-deceased by his parents and sisters. He is survived by daughters Susan Rink and Michele (Ken) Jentzen, six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and many dear friends. He received his Bachelor of Education degree from Rhode Island College, Master of Liberal Arts from Middlebury College, and Doctor of Philosophy from Walden University. He was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and taught in France after service in World War II as a translator during the American occupation of Europe. Dr. Bourque devoted 63 years of his life to education, both as a teacher and an administrator for districts in Rhode Island, New York, and Connecticut. He also served as Assistant Superintendent of the Fairfield Public Schools. He was president of Connecticut Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (CASCD), and was involved in many other educational organizations. After his retirement he continued teaching French and Latin at Notre Dame Catholic High School in Fairfield. Edward will be fondly remembered as a true educator, one who believed the best in all people and expected nothing less of his students and those dear to him. His greatest joy and legacy are his grandchildren and great- grandchildren, as well as his example of courage, resiliency, zest for life, and above all, love for his friends and family. Funeral Services with full military honors will be held on Friday at 11:00 AM at St. Thomas Aquinas Church with a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday from 4-8PM in the Spear - Miller Funeral Home 39 South Benson Rd. Fairfield If desired contributions in memory of Mr. Bourque may be made to the Educational Institution of your choice.

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Dr. Joseph Zapytowski, former superintendant of Fairfield Public Schools, wished to post the following tribute to Dr. Edward Bourque.  Many thanks Dr. Zapytowski:

My sincere and profound condolences and prayers are offered to Dr. Edward Bourque’s dear family.  I am greatly saddened by the news of his death.  I shall miss the ability to talk and to communicate with him.  Whenever we connected, he had a special way of showing his pride for his children and their offspring.  Ed was such a very caring father, grandfather and great grandfather.  He was always there for his family.  His family has suffered a grievous loss, as have his friends and I.  We shall miss him.

 

 Dr. Edward Bourque’s decades of work in education, both public and private, serve as a testimonial to the myriad of contributions Ed made to the Fairfield Public Schools and to the greater Fairfield community.  Ed was a dear friend and an esteemed colleague of mine, first as a foreign language consultant and later as an assistant superintendent during my 11+ year tenure as superintendent of the Fairfield Public Schools. 

 

As an administrator, Dr. Bourque was extremely knowledgeable, detailed, precise and yet very much a human being with a great heart.  He was among the earliest of arrivals at the central office each day and invariably among the very last to depart as he worked to help make the Fairfield Public Schools the quality schools they were in those days and continue to be to this day.  He was so proud of our FLES program (Foreign Language in Elementary Schools) and rightly so as the program had local and national recognition.  Ed was always most supportive of teachers during all the years I knew him.

 

I owe a great deal to Dr. Edward Bourque for being such a vitally important member of our administrative team during those days in the 60’s and 70’s. I shall always be grateful for his support and advice.  He will live long in the memories of his friends. I know that I shall think of Ed often.

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 Kathleen Rice

Rice,Kathleen M.
Kathleen Mary Rice, age 90, of Southport, died on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 in St. Vincent's Medical Center surrounded by her family. She was the wife of Frank J. Rice. Kathleen was born on March 19, 1923 in her grandfather's house [The Boorman House] in Mauston, Wisconsin. She was predeceased by her parents Eileen (Powers) and William D. Ryan. Kathleen grew up in Madison, WI. She attended Edgewood High School and The University of Wisconsin where she earned a degree in Home Economics Education with a minor in mathematics. After teaching in the Milwaukee School System for ten years she accepted a teaching position in Home Economics at the University of Missouri, where she met her husband. Mrs. Rice later received her Masters Degree in Education from Fairfield University. In addition to her husband she is survived by seven children, Marilyn, Andy and his wife Kathy, Janet and her husband Mike, Bill, Thomas and his wife Deborah, Cassie, David and his wife Suzanne; eleven grandchildren, Mariel (Brown) Walters, Michaela (Brown) Morris, Kathleen Brown, Daniel Brown, Kristina Rice, Melanie Rice, Rebecca Rice, Kyle Rice, Phillip Rice, Bryan DiGiovanni and Deanna DiGiovanni and two great-grandchildren, Teaghan Walters and Payton Walters. Kathleen taught Home Economics for many years at Roger Ludlowe High School and Tomlinson Middle School. She was active in community activities such as 4-H and Cub Scouts, St. Thomas Church Religious Education and the Fairfield Senior Center. She also served on the Grasmere Eldercare Building Committee. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. meeting directly at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1719 Post Road, Fairfield. Interment will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery, Westport. Friends may call Friday from 4-8 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. If desired memorial contributions may be made to Grasmere By the Sea, 1 Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. For information or to sign an online guest register please visit :

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Erva Phelps

Erva Livingston Phelps, age 94, passed away peacefully on September 13 in Orlando, Florida. She was a long time resident of Fairfield. Erva was born in Burlington, Vermont, the daughter of Alice and Percy Livingston, and received degrees from the University of Vermont and Fairfield University. She was a teacher at Roger Ludlowe High School until her retirement.
She was predeceased by her husband, Sidney Phelps and her son, John Phelps. She leaves three daughters, Linda Phelps and her husband, Kurt McGill; Dale Paulison; and Jennifer Gentile and her husband, Drew Gentile, as well as ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held for her on Monday, October 28 at 10 AM in the Chapel of the First Presbyterian Church of Fairfield, on 2475 Easton Turnpike.

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Evelyn Copeland

Evelyn Copeland was born on January 18, 1917 and passed away on Friday, June 7, 2013 at the age of 96. She was a resident of Southbury, Connecticut. She retired from Fairfield Public Schools in June of 1974, some 39 years ago.  She may very well be our longest living retiree.  Evelyn served as the K-12 Consultant later Department Chairperson of English/Language Arts for the district. She was a bit ahead of the curve as she is the first woman in the district to have reported to work wearing  slacks. While employed she was honored by her Alma Mater, Bates College in Maine  (graduated 1939) with an Honorary Doctorate degree.   She was also President of the New England Association of Teachers of English for a number of years, and she has published numerous articles.

Click on http://www.refblog.org/122013057 to reference Evelyn's bio page and to read more about her life.

 Manny Scrofani

Emanuel "Manny" A. Scrofani, age 88 formerly of Fairfield, the beloved husband of the late Jean (Tumino) Scrofani, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 in Maple Wood Nursing Home, Newtown with his loving family by his side. Born in Bridgeport on October 28, 1924 he was the son of the late Angelo and Mary (Rabito) Scrofani and was a retired teacher for the public school system in Fairfield for 36 years. He was a math teacher at McKinley (when a k-8 school) and then for many years at Fairfield Woods, retiring in 1984. Manny was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII. Survivors include his beloved children, Robert F. Scrofani and Wesley E. York Jr., of Norwalk and Gary M. Scrofani and wife Elizabeth of Monroe, his loving grandchildren, Richard Scrofani and wife Lisa of Derby and Steven Scrofani of Monroe. Friends may call on Friday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Parente-Lauro Funeral Home, 559 Washington Ave., Bridgeport. Entombment and Services will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donation may be made to the Alzheimer's Association on line at www.alz.org/donate, in memory of Manny. To sign an online guest book or to send private condolences please visit:  www.legacy.com/obituaries/CTPost/obituary.aspx?pid=164569121

Lou Annechino

Louis A. Annecchino III, age 75, a Natick resident and retired Fairfield, CT music teacher, passed peacefully with his sons at his side on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at Brigham & Women's Hospital. B orn, raised and educated in Natick, he was the son of the late Catherine (D'Onofrio) and the late Louis A. Annecchino, Jr. Lou's love of music began at a young age when he taught himself to play the piano in his home. He began playing the accordion at the age of 12 under the direction of Livio Costa, a mentor and close friend. Lou entered the US Army in 1958, and he performed with the 3rd Infantry Division Band as a clarinetist until 1961, spending two years performing overseas. Lou then completed his BA in Music at Boston University, where he became the first accordion player to be accepted as a student. He then earned a Masters of Music Degree from the University of Bridgeport. Lou taught music to elementary and middle school students for the next 24 years in Fairfield, Connecticut. Though he personally excelled with the accordion, piano, and clarinet, he was able to instruct his students on how to play virtually any instrument. He retired to Natick in 1993, where he continued to provide private music lessons to area students until his health no longer allowed him to do so. Lou is survived by his two sons, Louis A. Annecchino IV, and his wife, Julie Fox Annecchino, of Durham, and Lee C. Annecchino and his wife, Nancy DeRose Annecchino, of Glastonbury; four grandchildren, Carlie, Katherine, Paige, and Kyle Louis; and a number of close relatives and friends. His extended family included his former wife, Valerie Kaishian, whom he considered a close friend since childhood. Lou had an enduring love for dogs thorough out his life. His most recent companion, Lady, a white golden retriever rescue dog, stayed loyally by his side until the very end. Lou's family is forever indebted to his loyal physician, Christopher Fanta, M.D. ("Dr. Fantastic") for his extraordinary kindness and endless compassion over the many years of Lou's illness. His funeral will be held at the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, Natick, MA on Monday, Feb. 11th at 9:00 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in Saint Patrick's Church, 44 East Central Street, Natick at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Saint Patrick Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Sunday, 2 - 5 p.m. at John Everett & Sons Funeral Home. Donations may be made in Lou's memory to the The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, an organization devoted to keeping music alive in schools by donating musical instruments to under-funded music programs. Website address:http://www.mhopus.org/ For guest book and directions, please visit www.everettfuneral.com.

Andrew Lucibello 

Andrew J. Lucibello, 84, of 2731 Northeast 14th Street, Pompano Beach, Florida, formerly of North Haven, Connecticut, died February 2, 2013, at his home after a brief illness. He was the husband of Carmel Falcone Lucibello. Mr. Lucibello was born in New Haven, Connecticut on June 11, 1928 and was the son of the late Joseph and Angelina Nicolella Lucibello. A resident of North Haven for twenty five years until moving to Florida in 1995, he had worked for the North Haven Board of Education as a teacher at the former Temple Street Elementary School and the North Haven Junior High School. He was a Reading Consultant for the Town of Prospect, and later at Tomlinson Middle School in Fairfield, Connecticut for eighteen years until his retirement in 1985. He obtained his Bachelor'sDegree from the former Southern Connecticut State Teachers College and his Master's Degree from the University of Hartford. He was a member of the Connecticut and National Association of Reading Teachers, the Connecticut and National Education Associations, and the Connecticut Association of Retired Teachers. He had served in the United States Armyduring the Korean Conflict and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, and the West Haven Elks Lodge #1537. He was a former parishioner of St. Barnabas Church, and a member of the Interfaith Caregivers there, and presently was a communicant of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in Pompano Beach, Florida. He leaves a sister, Mrs. Frank (Edith) Andersen of Hamden, Connecticut. He is also survived by several nieces & nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by four sisters, Celia Lucibello, Antoinette Lincoln, Loretta Piscitelli and Amelia Marvin, as well as a brother, Anthony R. Lucibello. Andrews funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, Friday morning, February 8th at 9:30. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Barnabas Church at 10:00 am. Interment will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery. The visiting hours will be Thursday, February 7th from 4 to 8 pm. Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association , CT Hospice, or St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, 3331 NE 10th Terrace, Pompano Beach, FL 33064.www.northhavenfuneral.com 

The following link (either click or copy and paste into your browser) connects you to his on-line obituary and gives you an opportunity to sign his guestbook:

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 John Day

 John H. Day, a 20-year resident of Green Valley, passed away peacefully in his home on Jan. 28, 2013. He was born in Lincoln, Maine on April 8, 1925 to Crystal and Monroe Day. After his mother's untimely death in 1926, his grandparents, Rev. John Rossnagle and wife, Belle, became his surrogate parents. John graduated from Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln in 1943 and immediately volunteered to serve in the ArmyAir Corps during WWII. He became a ball turret gunner on a B17 and flew 35 missions over Germany. 

In Dec. 1945, John married his high school sweetheart, Evelyn Nicholson. He graduated from Oswego State Teacher's college in 1949 and taught Industrial Arts (in Fairfield and Westport, CT) for 34 years. He retired in 1983 and became well-known for his wood carving and artwork. He also enjoyed volunteering as a docent at the 390th Memorial Museum in Tucson and hiking with his Viewpoint Hiking Club friends on Arizona trails. 

John is predeceased by his brother, Arthur. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; his four children and their spouses, Crystal Babin (Angelo Vicari) of Huntington, CT, Claudia (John Dapp) of Newtown, CT, Scott (Christine) of Trumbull, CT and Cindy (Jack Baer) of Warren, OH; and eight beloved grandchildren. As requested by the deceased there will be no services. Those who wish to may donate in his memory to the 390th Memorial Museum (6000 E. Valencia Rd., Tucson, AZ 85756) or Carondelet Hospice (1802 W. St. Mary's Rd., Tucson, AZ 85745).

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Marion S. Walsh

Marion S. Walsh of Waltham, MA, formerly of Fairfield, CT, January 20, 2013. Beloved daughter of the late James and Lillian Walsh. Loving sister of the late John Walsh, James Walsh, Lillian Gallo, and Katherine Sonnenberg. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Funeral from the Keefe Funeral Home, 5 Chestnut St., Rt. 60 (adjacent to St. Agnes Church) ARLINGTON on Wednesday at 9 am. Funeral Mass at Saint Agnes Church at 10 am. Burial in St. Bernard's Cemetery, Concord. Relatives and friendsinvited.Visitation Wednesday morning at 9 am. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the M.S.P.C.A., 350 So. Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130. For obituary, directions or to send a condolence visit www.keefefuneralhome.com

*Marion was a librarian at Andrew Warde and, before that, an English teacher for many years when Warde first opened (this information was submitted by Ina Kolaric who was a former student of Marion's).

 Fran Weiss

Frances Weiss, age 77 of Fairfield, passed away suddenly on Sunday January 6, 2013. Mrs. Weiss was born in Bronx, NY, a daughter of the late Benjamin and Gertrude ( Lander) Peltz, and was a resident of Fairfield for over 50 years. Mrs. Weiss was a Special Education Teacher in the Town of Fairfield at Holland Hill School for over 30 years. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees at Hunter College, and received two Masters degrees with 6th and 7th year certificates from Fairfield University. Mrs. Weiss had the distinction of being the first Resource Room Teacher in the Town of Fairfield. After her retirement, she went on to volunteer her time tutoring at Blackham School for The City of Bridgeport. Mrs. Weiss was a long time member of Congregation Beth El of Fairfield, Hadassah, and was an active volunteer at The Jewish Home for the Elderly. Mrs. Weiss is survived by her beloved husband of 59 years, Jesse Weiss, her devoted sons, Dr. Jeffrey Weiss and his wife Debby of Muttontown, NY., Alan Weiss and his wife Denise of Montville, NJ., Marc Weiss and his wife Frida of New York, NY, cherished sister Anne Geller of Winterhaven, FL., and by her adored grandchildren; Jared, Samantha, Matthew, Julie, Rachel and Max. Services will take place on Thursday January 10, 2013 at 11:00 AM from Congregation Beth El 1200 Fairfield Woods Road in Fairfield with interment following at Beth El Cemetery on Reid Street. Shiva will be observed at the Weiss residence onThursday, Saturday Evening and Sunday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America at www.ccfa.org.

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 John Howard

John J. Howard, age 88, of Fairfield, passed away peacefully at home Friday, December 14, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. John was born in Bridgeport on April 17, 1924 and was a graduate of St. Augustine's Elementary School, Bassick High School, Niagara University and received his graduate degree from Fairfield University. He proudly and honorably served in both the Second World War as a Marine in the Pacific and in the Army during the Korean Conflict. Upon his return from Korea he married the love of his life, Kathleen Neary, on July 18, 1953. He is survived by his nine children: John and his wife Pam, Maura Curtis and her husband Michael, Michael and his wife Helen, Kathleen Hubler and her husband Wesley, Peter and his wife Christine, Megan Hannum and her husband Leigh, Paul and his wife Laurie, James and his wife Robin, and Sara Rankin and her husband Alex; his twenty-seven grandchildren: John Patrick, Brian (Megan), Timmy, Brittany, David, Jimmy, Matthew, Michael John, Mollie, Hellie, Emma, Sean, Bill, Shannon, Christopher, Max, Tess, Chelsea, Jake, Tucker, Logan, Payton, Connor, Kelly, Maggie, Ruby and Stella, and his two great-grandchildren: Austin and Landon. Lovingly, known as "Grandpa," "Jolly John," "Huck," "Pop," and "Coach". He was a Latin teacher and Guidance Counselor for over twenty years in the Trumbull School system before coming to Roger Ludlowe High School in Fairfield. He was also a gifted baseball coach at Trumbull High School, Roger Ludlowe High School and Fairfield University. In addition, he faithfully served the town of Fairfield which he loved in many roles including Police Commissioner. He was a devoted parishioner at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. He is survived by his sister, Margaret Fitzpatrick and brother, Joseph Howard and his wife Sue. He was predeceased by his siblings Lawrence, Thomas and most recently, Anna Howard. The entire family would like to extend thanks and gratitude to Emily Engongoro and Catherine Baffour for their loving care and compassion. Visitation will be at the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1719 Post Road, Fairfield on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM. Interment with military honors will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Operation Hope, 636 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. For information or to sign an online guest register please visit www.SpearMillerFuneralHome.com

Joseph John Mavaro

MAVARO Joseph J. Mavaro 81 of Fairfield passed away on December 8, 2012. Joseph was born in Bridgeport to the late Joseph and Josephine (Palmeri ) Mavaro, and was a longtime Fairfield resident. He was an electronics technician for the Fairfield Public Schools Maintenance Department for thirty-five years. A dedicated and energetic minister of Jehovah's Witnesses for over 30 years, he touched many hearts. Joe was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a loyal friend. He was a generous man who quietly helped those in need. Joseph is survived by his best friend and wife of 55 years, Josephine (Skudlarek) Mavaro as well as their three children, Joseph J. Mavaro, Jr. and his wife Patricia of Easton, Thomas A. Mavaro and his wife Candace of Monroe, and Mary Jo Crimmins and her husband Kevin of Simsbury. He is also survived by four grandchildren Gregory, Jessica, Michael and Elizabeth and one great grandson Steven. In addition, Joseph is survived by five siblings Mary Mavaro of Milford, Concetta Rooney of Milford, Jo Morrissey of Stratford, Fran Strack of Nashua, NH and Patrina Bunting of Hilton Head, South Carolina and was predeceased by three other siblings Zigmund Turco, Rose Turco and James Mavaro. Friends and family are invited to visit Friday December 14, 2012 from 3 to 6 pm at Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield, a spiritual message will be shared at 5:30 Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers please send donations to: Kingdom Hall, 40 Hillside Rd. Fairfield CT. 06824

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 Carol Costello

Carol Costello, age 70, of Milford and Sarasota, FL, and beloved wife to the late John H. Stowe, passed away on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at Lord Chamberlain Health Care Center in Stratford. Born on June17, 1942 in Waterbury, CT, she was the daughter of the late Charles H. and Roberta Cory Costello. Carol graduated from St. Margaret's School (Chase Collegiate) in Watertown. She earned a BA and an MA from Michigan State University and a sixth year certificate from Southern Conn. State University. Carol was employed by the Fairfield Public Schools where she taught English for 33 years. She was a former member of the Laurel Beach Garden Club and an active member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Orange. She was also a former member of the Milford Yacht Club, the Quinnipiac Club and Mory's Association.

She is survived by her brother, Charles R. Costello of Woodbridge, a niece, Jennifer Delcegno, a nephew Christopher Costello, two step-daughters, Alison Rubelmann and Janet Policano, three great nieces and three step-grandchildren.

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Louise Phoenix 

Louise Feher Phoenix, age 76, of Bridgeport, beloved wife of the late William A. Phoenix, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, April 3, 2012. She started teaching in 1958 at Sherman School and Mill Hill School both in Fairfield and retired after 35 years. After retirement she worked as a paraprofessional at Mill Hill until 2010. Survivors include her brother John A. Feher of Trumbull and her sister Barbara Minto of Stratford. At Louise's request, funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Louise's memory to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Bridgeport Rescue Mission, 1088 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06605. The Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 S Benson Rd., Fairfield is assisting the family with arrangements. To sign an online guest book, please visitwww.spearmillerfuneralhome.com. To view Louise's online obituary and guestbook, go to:

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Myrna Gould-Harrison

This page will be dedicated to honoring those friends and co-workers who have passed on.  Please keep us informed of any former Fairfield Public Schools employees whose information needs to be added to this page (Send to Paula Sweeley: psweeley@att.net).

Myrna Gould-Harrison (elementary and school psychologist 40+ years)

Gould-Harrison, Myrna 8/31/1929-04/18/15, Education: Hunter College HS,NY; BA Psychology, Clark Univ, MA; Elementary Ed Masters & 6th Yr Prof Certif Guidance, Univ Bridgeport, CT; 7th Yr Certif Psych Examiner, Fairfield Univ, CT; School Psychologist, Southern Conn State Coll, CT; Ph. D Psychology, FIU, FL. Prof career: 15 yrs Elementary teacher (5th grade) Fairfield CT Public School system; 30 yrs School Counselor / Psychologist, Fairfield Public School System; Co-Dir & Director Southern Conn Ethical Culture Soc Sunday School. Pre-deceased by husbands: Marvin Frank, Robert J. Gould & Edward East Harrison. Robert Gould was an industrial designer and artist. Myrna loved living surrounded by his paintings. They belonged to Black Rock Yacht Club (Bridgeport, CT) for 30 years. She and Ed met & fell in love in 1991, married 1992, traveled extensively for 3 years, and were active at Black Rock & Fairweather Yacht Clubs, Brooklawn Country Club, Rotary Club & Philanthropic organizations. After Ed's stroke in 1996, Myrna dedicated the next 16 yrs to ensure her beloved Ed received the very best care & opportunity to enjoy life despite his limitations. "Snow-birds" bwt Greenfield Hill, CT & FL for yrs, the Aventura condo became their full time residence, when Ed could no longer travel. Myrna slowly adjusted to Ed's death in Nov 2012, although she missed him terribly. She took up Bridge again; it became her primary hobby and distraction. Myrna outlived her parents Hilda Caller & Saul Jasen & her brother, Leonard Jasen. She is survived by: her daughter, Beryn Frank Harty (husband, Rick); her son, Bram Frank; her grand daughter, Rachael Frank; her niece, Natalie Jasen; her nephew, Lawrence Jasen. Myrna did not desire a memorial service. A teacher & school psychologist, she advocated diverse educational experiences for children of all ages. Please make any donations to the non-profit Key West Botanical Garden Society ( 1-305-296-1504; website www.KWBGS.org).

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Bob Strunk (English teacher,Fairfield High School, active FEA member, retired 1996) 

Robert Franklyn Strunk, 81, widower of Barbara Line Strunk, died Monday, April 20, 2015, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital in Manning SC. Born Dec. 5, 1933, in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, he was a son of the late Lewis Charles Strunk III and Helen Maude Ryan Strunk. He was a U.S. Army veteran, he traveled extensively and lived abroad for four years. He loved teaching school, which he did for more than 40 years in Pennsylvania, Connecticut and South Carolina. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church at Manning and enjoyed singing in the choir.
Survivors include a son, Eric Franklyn Strunk (Julie) of Loveland, Ohio; two daughters, Emilee Ann Gillilan (Jay) of Albuquerque, N.M., and Leslie Louise Potter (tim) of Pittsfield, Massachusetts; a brother, Thomas Strunk (Mary) of Williamsport, Pennsylvania; a sister, Ann Edinger of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
A memorial service for Robert Franklyn Strunk will be held 3 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2015, at the Presbyterian Church at Manning, with the Rev. Dr. George G. Wilkes officiating.
The family will receive friends immediately following services, and other times at the home, 1148 Blue Heron Point in Manning.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Presbyterian Church at Manning, P.O. 207, Manning, SC 29102.  Stephens Funeral Home and Crematory, 304 N. Church St. in Manning, is in charge of arrangements for Robert Franklyn Strunk, (803) 435-2179.
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Alice Welch (retired 1980)

Alice Winifred (Harmon) Welch, age 97, of Trumbull, passed away peacefully on April 11, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late John William Welch (former Business Manager of Sacred Heart University). In addition to being a wife, Alice was also a mother to four, grandmother to ten, and great grandmother to eleven. She was born in Weedsport, New York on March 24, 1918, the daughter of the late R. Michael and Alice (O'Connor) Harmon. Alice attended Cortland Teachers College and received her undergraduate degree from NYU and her Masters from Marquette University. She also took courses at the University of Bridgeport and Fairfield University. She began her teaching career in Freeport, Long Island as a first grade teacher. She put her teaching career aside to raise her family and rejoined the teaching profession in the early 1960s teaching in Shorewood, WI and Fairfield, CT. During her time in the Fairfield Public Schools she was an adjunct professor at Bridgeport University and Fairfield University. Alice was a member of the NEA, CEA, FEA, REF, DKG, International Reading Association, as well as the New England Reading Association where she was a past president of that organization. She finished her teaching career as the Department Chairman for Reading (K-12) in the Fairfield Public Schools, retiring in 1980. She spent the next 6 years enjoying her time with her husband until he died in 1986. Alice took great pleasure in the time she spent with her children and their ever-growing families. Alice leaves behind her four children: William Welch and his wife, Catherine of Connecticut, Robert Welch and his wife, Mayela Fonseca of Iowa, David Welch and his wife, Mary Ann of Connecticut, Patricia (Welch) Bohnsack and her husband, M. Gregory Bohnsack of Florida. She is also survived by one brother, Thomas Harmon of New York. She leaves behind 10 grandchildren, Matthew, Elizabeth, John, Michael, Tania, Marianela, Mario, Megan, Alison and Eileen and 11 great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews. Alice was predeceased by her three sisters, two brothers and three sisters-in-law. Alice led a long, full and happy life filled with the family that she was deeply proud of and enjoyed tremendously. Friends may greet her family on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m., in the Redgate-Hennessy Funeral Home, 4 Gorham Place and Main Street, Trumbull. Funeral services will be later at the convenience of the family. To send online condolences please visit http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?n=alice-w-welch&pid=174618761&fhid=6214 .
 
Dr. Joseph Zapytowski, former Superintendant of Fairfield Public Schools, wished to add these words in tribute to Alice Welch:

Alice Welch, another of my fabulous crew while I was Superintendent of schools has passed on.  Alice was a highly valued colleague and then a dear friend.  Her contributions to Fairfield's reading program are legendary; she will be remembered by students and teachers for her contributions to the literacy of so many during her years of service with the Fairfield Public Schools.  
 
I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with her.  Alice and her colleagues helped make the schools in Fairfield a great place to learn and teach.  
 
We will miss her but more importantly, we will remember Alice for the great person she was professionally and personally.
 
Rest in Peace, Alice, deservedly so. 
 
Joseph S. Zapytowski

 
Bayusik, Virginia (retired 1985 from Holland Hill)
(I just found out about Virginia's passing on April 12, 2015.  I never knew her, but this obituary paints a picture of a lovely and vital woman.  Rest in peace, Virginia.)
Virginia Bembera Bayusik, widow of Charles Michael "Mike" Bayusik passed away December 12, 2014, at her daughter's home in Torrington, CT. She was a long time resident of Easton, having lived there from 1956 until her recent illness.
She was born April 7, 1926, the first child of Michael G. Bembera and Virginia Lillian Stafford Bembera.
She graduated from Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College and a Masters in Education from the University of Bridgeport.
Mrs. Bayusik retired from the Fairfield, CT public school system after 28 years teaching elementary grades and gifted children at Holland Hill School.
In her retirement she attended watercolor and oil painting classes, and studied Shakespeare at the Easton Senior Center. She went on numerous trips to art museums and theatrical performances with the Senior Center.
She enjoyed drama and writing, and was concerned about human rights, as well as animal rights and historic preservation.
She is survived by her daughter Elizabeth B. Galan, MD and her husband Robert, grandson Michael Galan and granddaughter Natalie Galan, all of Torrington, CT. She is also survived by her sister Norma Newman, and her daughters Patrice Arsenault and husband Tim, Judy Caturano and husband Jim, and Lorry Taylor and husband Rich, as well as many other nieces, nephews,grandnieces and grandnephews.
At Virginia's request, there will be no services. Cook Funeral Home of Torrington is in charge of the arrangements. Burial will be private. Those wishing to make memorial donations are asked to contribute to The Mount Holyoke Fund, Office of Advancement, Mary E. Woolley Hall, Mount Holyoke College, 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075.
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Genualdi, Robert S. (retired 1993)


Robert S. Genualdi, a musician and retired educator who lived in Bridgeport, died Saturday, March 14, 2015, surrounded by his family at St. Vincent's Medical Center. He was 84 years old. Mr. Genualdi was born in Chicago to Biagio Genualdi and the former Elizabeth Doll. He was a conductor of the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras and a founding member of the Fairfield Country String Teachers Association and with his wife, Dorothy Straub Genualdi, helped run the P.T. Barnum Museum's Jenny Lind Competition for many years. He also gave private music lessons and composed music. He played string bass in the Miami, New Haven, Greater Bridgeport and Greenwich symphonies. Mr. Genualdi served as Acting Principal of Staples High School in Westport and Principal of Andrew Warde High School, then Roger Ludlowe and Andrew Warde High Schools simultaneously, and then as Headmaster of the "new" consolidated Fairfield High School in Fairfield. In addition to his wife, Mr. Genualdi is survived by his sons, Joseph Genualdi, of Kansas City, MO, and Robert and wife Rena Genualdi, of Danbury; daughter-in-law Cydne Gillard, and five grandchildren, Biagio Genualdi, Francesca Genualdi and husband Arturo Medina, and Sam Genualdi, of Chicago; Joanna Genualdi and fiancé Stephen Yannantuono of Sandy Hook; Robert Scott Genualdi of Danbury, and two brothers, Joseph Genualdi of Plant City, FL, and Martin Genualdi of Scottsdale, AZ. His first wife, Mary Ellen, died in 1991; his sister, Rose Peters, died in 2003. A Mass of celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, at 10 a.m. at Saint Ann's Church, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras, Music for Youth, Inc., the Fairfield County Children's Choir, the Connecticut Dance School or Saint Ann Church. For more information or to sign an online guestbook, please visit: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?n=robert-genualdi&pid=174410617&fhid=4716#sthash.Dp5nHMrq.dpuf 

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DeSiena, Lauren B. (Karpinski) (speech pathologist)
Lauren B. Karpinski DeSiena age 56 of West Haven died Wednesday February 24, 2015 in Yale New Haven Hospital. Lauren was born in Bridgeport and was a Fairfield resident most of her life before moving to West Haven 18 years ago and was a retired speech and language pathologist for various school systems. She is survived by her husband Brian C. DeSiena, her father Al Karpinski of Fairfield, a brother Christopher Karpinski of Bridgeport, a sister and her husband Daryl and Anthony Sorge of Woodbridge and 1 niece and 5 nephews. She was predeceased by her mother Barbara Bednarczyk Karpinski and a sister Alyssa Karpinski.
Friends are invited to attend the funeral mass on Saturday February 28, 2015 at 9am in Our Lady of the Assumption Church 545 Stratfield Rd Fairfield, burial will take place at a later date at the convenience of the family. Friends may call Friday evening from 5 to 8pm in The LARSON FUNERAL HOME 2496 North Ave Bridgeport.

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Merry, Barbara A.(ret. Library Medial Specialist, Holland Hill)

Barbara Anne Merry, age 59, of Stamford, beloved daughter of the late Frank and Mary Tierney Merry, passed away suddenly on Thursday, February 12, 2015. Barbara was born on April 14, 1955 and was a lifelong resident of Stamford. She graduated from St. Mary's Parochial School, Sacred Heart Academy '72, College of New Rochelle '76, and received her Masters Degree in Educational Technology/Media Specialist from Fairfield University in 1985. She spent 35 years as a dedicated educator in the Stamford, Bridgeport, and Fairfield

School systems and recently retired after 27 years as Librarian and Media Specialist from Holland Hill School in Fairfield. Barbara loved all forms of media, from the printed word to films and Broadway shows. She enjoyed creating original videos to record her students' and colleagues' accomplishments and endeavors; usually downplaying her own amazing talents and skills so that others might shine.

She devoted herself to the care of her parents, sister and aunt; we were blessed with her loving concern for their well-being. She was also very kind to animals and was especially close to her three cats, Mac, Minnie, and Mabel.

Barbara was our sister, cousin, niece, aunt, godmother, loving caregiver, and dearest friend and confidante.

Together with her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Maureen Merry Januski. She is survived by her three brothers, Rev. Paul Merry of Danbury, Richard and his wife Lucille Sabia Merry of Poughkeepsie, NY, and Brian Merry of Monroe, CT. Her aunts, Rose Tierney of Stamford, Frances Mackey of Old Greenwich and Jean Weitner Tierney of Wallingford, as well as numerous close cousins, nephews, and nieces and friends also survive her. How we will all miss Barbara reminding us to "laugh and tell jokes." Barbara we "love ya lots" and will remember you always.

Family, Friends, and Colleagues are invited to attend a Celebration of her Life,

11 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 540 Elm Street, Stamford, CT on

Saturday, February 21, 2015 with a reception to follow. Interment will be private.

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Giorgio, Joseph F. Sr. (ret 1986 as Director of Continuing Ed.)

Joseph F. Giorgio, Sr., 85 died peacefully at his home on Wednesday February 4, 2015 surrounded by his family. Joseph leaves behind his beloved wife, Rose, of 60 years. The son of the late Frank and Isabella Giorgio, he was born on July 29, 1929 and grew up in Brooklyn, NY. Joseph graduated from SUNY, Oswego in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and received his Masters Degree in Education from University of Connecticut. He served honorably in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1955 and married Rose Ingrassi on April 24, 1954 in Bronx, NY. He worked as an educator and administrator in the Connecticut Public school system for over 34 years where he embraced life, never stopped teaching and positively influencing people with his charismatic smile thru out his life's journey. He was a man of great honor, courage and a lover of humanity. He was a 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus for over 66 years, and his deepest joy was exploring the country with his wife, being with his family, enjoying in their accomplishments, and watching his grandchildren grow. He had a tremendous passion for boating aboard his boat, the "Belle Rose". In addition to his wife, Rose, Joseph is survived by his three children, Joseph, Jr, his wife Rebeca; Stephen, his wife Grace; and Elizabeth, her husband Gary and nine Grandchildren. He will remain loved, respected and cherished and be missed deeply by his friends and family.

Visitation hours from 5-9 Monday, Feb. 9 at Spadaccino &Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 315 Monroe Tpk, Monroe CT, 06468 (203) 445-8500).  Funeral mass at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb 10, Notre Dame of Easton, 655 Morehouse Rd., Easton 06612 (phone 203-268-5838).  www.notredameofeaston.org/    

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The following tribute to Joe Giorgio was submitted by former Superintendant of Fairfield Public Schools, Dr. Joseph Zapytowski:

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Our sincere and profound condolences and prayers are offered to Joseph Giorgio's wife Rose and Family.  Jean and I are greatly saddened by the news of Joe's death.  When we made our first voyage from Grand Haven in Michigan to Burnt Store Marina in Florida, Joe made all the arrangements for our stay in the marina.  He met us at the dock as we pulled into Burnt Store Harbor after a six week passage aboard our vessel Sea Bird.  He and Rose were especially accommodating in taking care of us boaters who then were without land transportation.  We enjoyed many visits and meals with Joe and Rose during some 14 or so winter seasons while we lived aboard Sea Bird and later when we lived at Emerald Pointe in Punta Gorda.  Those were pleasurable and fulfilling years and Joe and Rose  were a significant part of that experience.  
 
Joe Giorgio was a respected, innovative and eminent colleague during my 11 plus years a superintendent of Fairfield Public Schools. The mid sixties to the mid seventies were exiting years and Joe contributed significantly to that which made the Fairfield Public Schools the quality schools they were then and are today. The Continuing Education Program Joe developed then and afterwards stands as a beacon for many to this day.
 
I shall ever be grateful to Joe Giorgio for the vital part he played on our administrative team and then as a friend in retirement.  He will live long in the memories of his many friends and colleagues
 
I shall miss him and think of him often.
 
Joseph S. Zapytowski

Constantine Vanghele ( ret. from Fairfield High 1990)

Constantine Vanghele, passed away peacefully on June 27, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He was 91 years old. Born on May 8, 1923, to Pandu and Vasila Vangheli in Korce, Albania, his mother died when he was a boy and was raised by his father and stepmother, Konstandina. He lived there until 1943, before relocating to Greece, Germany, Austria, and Italy, where he attended the University of Rome, graduating in 1949. He arrived in the United States on May 4, 1949 from Italy and settled in Bridgeport, CT. From 1950-1980, he studied various foreign languages and became fluent in eight different languages, attending the Institute of World Affairs in Salisbury, Middlebury College, the University of Connecticut, River College in New Hampshire, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Bridgeport, University of Barcelona in Spain, Fairfield University, and the University of Perugia, Italy. In 1951, Constantine was employed by Radio Free Europe, as a translator, speaker, and script writer at the Albanian Desk in New York City. From 1954-1961, he worked for the National Committee for a Free Albania, a political organization with the aim to liberate Albania from the Communist regime. Beginning in 1961 and for 29 years, Constantine was a teacher of foreign languages, at Andrew Warde High School in Fairfield, where he was also the school's soccer coach for many seasons. Constantine was a member of the St. George Albanian Orthodox Church and the St. Dimitrie Romanian Orthodox Church. He was a former President and retired Member of the Benevolent Society Of Farsarotul. He is survived by five sons, four daughter-in-laws, and four grandchildren: Thomas and Janice Vanghele, of New York City, Alexander and Patty Vanghele, of Bridgeport, Dino Vanghele, of Bridgeport, Nicholas and Susan Vanghele, and their children, Logan and Olivia, of Shelton, Christopher and Kim Vanghele, and their children, Christopher, Jr. and Lauren, of Woodbury. He is also survived by his niece, Sophie Fatsi Cashavelly, and her husband, James, of Trumbull. His sister, Caterina Vangheli Fatsi and brother, Thoma predeceased him. Services will be held on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at St. George Albanian Orthodox Church, Main St. Trumbull, DIRECTLY at 11 AM. Burial will at Mountain Grove of Easton Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Monday, June 30, 2014 from 4-8 PM in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road in Fairfield Center. To order flowers, for travel directions or to sign his online register, please visit www.LeskoPolkeFuneralHome.com - See more at:

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Rita M. Murphy (ret. 1978 from Jennings)


Rita M Murphy, age 99, of Trumbull, passed away peacefully June 18, 2014 in her home. Rita was born and resided in Bridgeport until moving to Spring Meadows in Trumbull several years ago. Rita received a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Bridgeport and a Master's and Sixth Year Degrees in Education from Fairfield University. She was a kindergarten teacher for the Fairfield School System for 36 years and retired from Jennings School in 1978. Rita was a devout Catholic and extremely proud of her Irish heritage. Rita was a world traveler and along with her many hobbies was an avid golfer. She was also a long time volunteer for St. Vincent's Medical Center. Rita was a kind, generous, thoughtful person with a sharp wit. She is survived by her cousins, Marion Tierney and Janet Murphy both of Trumbull and Jack Murphy of Fairfield. Rita will be missed by her "nieces and nephew", Evelyn Feola, Michael Tierney and Carol Schlubach all of Trumbull. Rita was predeceased by her beloved aunt, Mae Murphy. The family would like to express their thanks to the staff at Spring Meadows for their kindness and care over the years. Friends and family are invited to attend her funeral services on Saturday June 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Directly to St. Stephen's Church 6948 Main St. Trumbull, CT. Interment in St. Michael's Cemetery Stratford, CT. There will be no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to Vitas Hospice Care, Stratford, CT. Arrangements in care of the Cyril F. Mullins Funeral Home 399 White Plains Rd. Trumbull, CT. To leave an online condolence please visit mullinsfh.com. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?pid=171414093#sthash.IN5kiq4r.dpuf 

 

Ann Cote (ret. 1983 from North Stratfield)

Ann Flynn Coté, wife of the late George Joseph Coté, died in St. Vincent's Medical Center on March 31, 2014. Born in Bridgeport, Ann resided most of her life in the Town of Easton, Connecticut. Ann Coté was a graduate of Lauralton Hall, Milford, and of the New Britain College where she obtained her teaching degree. Ann Coté was a grammar school teacher in the Town of Fairfield, particularly at Lincoln School in the Stratfield section of the town. She retired in 1983; at the time was a kindergarten teacher at North Stratfield School. Ann Coté is survived by her sister-in-law, Marilyn Sevard and her husband Harold of Easton, brother-in-law, Dr. Earle Coté and his wife Mary Jane of Greenwich, and several nieces and nephews. There will be no calling hours. Friends are invited to go directly to Notre Dame of Easton Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, April 7, 2014. Interment will be in St. Michael's Cemetery, Stratford, Connecticut. Those who so desire may make contributions in Ann Coté's memory to the Notre Dame of Easton Church Sanctuary Fund, 655 Morehouse Road, Easton, Connecticut 06612. To send online condolences, please visit:  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?pid=170467712#sthash.2FyoWOnI.dpuf

Rick Natale

Richard Michael Natale of New Canaan, a psychologist for the Fairfield Public Schools for more than 35 years, died Saturday, March 8, at his home on Gerrish Lane. He was 71.

A lifelong resident of New Canaan, Mr. Natale was born at Norwalk Hospital on Jan. 16, 1943. The son of the late Michael and Carmella Ferrara Natale, also of New Canaan, he was a psychologist for the Fairfield Public Schools for more than 35 years. He received his undergraduate degree from Long Island University in 1965 and completed graduate studies in neuroscience at Columbia University. He served in the Army from 1968- 1972.

Mr. Natale was an avid fisherman, sailor and golfer and played both varsity football and basketball for New Canaan High School. He was also a passionate fan of the New York Yankees, his family said.

Mr. Natale is survived by his wife, Sarah Abrahams Natale; his daughter, Sarah Natale of New Canaan; stepsons, Max Levinson of Darien and Peter Levinson of Ross, Calif.; stepdaughter, Catherine Burke of Rowayton; sister, Barbara McCormick; nephew, Jeffrey McCormick; and grandchildren, Hazel Levinson, Charlotte Burke, Tucker Levinson and Meyer Levinson.

A private memorial service will be held this spring. Memorial donations may be made to Fairfield Warde High School 755 Melville Ave, Fairfield, CT 06825 to benefit their college scholarship programs.

Katherine K. Dillingham (retired 1987)

PEABODY, MA- Mrs. Catherine "Cappy" (Knight) Dillingham, 84, of Brooksby Village, Peabody, formerly of Fairfield, CT, wife of Attorney Bruce E.Dillingham, died February 20, 2014. 

Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Frances (Perry)Knight. She was raised and educated in Brooklyn were she attended the Berkley Carroll School. She was a graduate of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.Catherine earned her Master's Degree of Education from Fairfield University and her Masters of the Natural Sciences Degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

Mrs. Dillingham's passion was for environmental protection. She shared her love of the environment with her students as an science educator for 20 years at Roger Ludlowe High School. She was also an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Ethics at Fairfield University and was employed by the Environmental Defense Fund and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Catherine co-authored two books, Watersheds and Watersheds II. Her career path was guided by her devotion to the land and her grandchildren's future.

Catherine loved spending time at Lake George in New York with her extended family where she enjoyed canoeing, swimming, and playing bridge. She was an avid fan of the New York Metropolitan Opera and the New York Mets. She was a longtime friend of Bill W. and a member of the League of Women Voters. A resident of Fairfield, CT since 1953, Catherine and her husband moved to Brooksby Village in Peabody, MA in November of 2013.

In addition to her husband of 62 years, Catherine is survived by her daughters, RuthDillingham and her husband Robert Curran of Hyannis, MA; Laura Bibler and her husband Gregory of Andover, MA; and Sallie Bowling and her husband Stuart of Topsfield, MA; her grandchildren, Sean and Mary Curran, Ashley and Stephanie Hargadon, Abigail Bowling and Ben, Sarah and Kathryn Bibler. She was also the sister of the late Donald Knight. She will be deeply missed by all of her devoted family.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to her Memorial Service which will be held in the First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT, on Saturday, March 1, at 11 A.M. Burial will be in Mountain Grove Cemetery, Huletts Landing, New York in the spring. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., Danvers. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Catherine's memory to The Fund for Lake George (www.fundforlakegeorge.org). To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visitwww.odonnellfuneralservice.com.

Dr. Edward Bourque (retired June 1991)

Bourque, Edward H.

Dr. Edward H. Bourque passed away peacefully at age 88 on December 16, 2013 with his beloved family and friends by his side. He was the son of Raoul Bourque and Annette Martel Bourque of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He is pre-deceased by his parents and sisters. He is survived by daughters Susan Rink and Michele (Ken) Jentzen, six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and many dear friends. He received his Bachelor of Education degree from Rhode Island College, Master of Liberal Arts from Middlebury College, and Doctor of Philosophy from Walden University. He was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and taught in France after service in World War II as a translator during the American occupation of Europe. Dr. Bourque devoted 63 years of his life to education, both as a teacher and an administrator for districts in Rhode Island, New York, and Connecticut. He also served as Assistant Superintendent of the Fairfield Public Schools. He was president of Connecticut Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (CASCD), and was involved in many other educational organizations. After his retirement he continued teaching French and Latin at Notre Dame Catholic High School in Fairfield. Edward will be fondly remembered as a true educator, one who believed the best in all people and expected nothing less of his students and those dear to him. His greatest joy and legacy are his grandchildren and great- grandchildren, as well as his example of courage, resiliency, zest for life, and above all, love for his friends and family. Funeral Services with full military honors will be held on Friday at 11:00 AM at St. Thomas Aquinas Church with a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday from 4-8PM in the Spear - Miller Funeral Home 39 South Benson Rd. Fairfield If desired contributions in memory of Mr. Bourque may be made to the Educational Institution of your choice.

To sign his guestbook, go to: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?pid=168612837

Dr. Joseph Zapytowski, former superintendant of Fairfield Public Schools, wished to post the following tribute to Dr. Edward Bourque.  Many thanks Dr. Zapytowski:

My sincere and profound condolences and prayers are offered to Dr. Edward Bourque’s dear family.  I am greatly saddened by the news of his death.  I shall miss the ability to talk and to communicate with him.  Whenever we connected, he had a special way of showing his pride for his children and their offspring.  Ed was such a very caring father, grandfather and great grandfather.  He was always there for his family.  His family has suffered a grievous loss, as have his friends and I.  We shall miss him.

 

 Dr. Edward Bourque’s decades of work in education, both public and private, serve as a testimonial to the myriad of contributions Ed made to the Fairfield Public Schools and to the greater Fairfield community.  Ed was a dear friend and an esteemed colleague of mine, first as a foreign language consultant and later as an assistant superintendent during my 11+ year tenure as superintendent of the Fairfield Public Schools. 

 

As an administrator, Dr. Bourque was extremely knowledgeable, detailed, precise and yet very much a human being with a great heart.  He was among the earliest of arrivals at the central office each day and invariably among the very last to depart as he worked to help make the Fairfield Public Schools the quality schools they were in those days and continue to be to this day.  He was so proud of our FLES program (Foreign Language in Elementary Schools) and rightly so as the program had local and national recognition.  Ed was always most supportive of teachers during all the years I knew him.

 

I owe a great deal to Dr. Edward Bourque for being such a vitally important member of our administrative team during those days in the 60’s and 70’s. I shall always be grateful for his support and advice.  He will live long in the memories of his friends. I know that I shall think of Ed often.

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 Kathleen Rice

Rice,Kathleen M.
Kathleen Mary Rice, age 90, of Southport, died on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 in St. Vincent's Medical Center surrounded by her family. She was the wife of Frank J. Rice. Kathleen was born on March 19, 1923 in her grandfather's house [The Boorman House] in Mauston, Wisconsin. She was predeceased by her parents Eileen (Powers) and William D. Ryan. Kathleen grew up in Madison, WI. She attended Edgewood High School and The University of Wisconsin where she earned a degree in Home Economics Education with a minor in mathematics. After teaching in the Milwaukee School System for ten years she accepted a teaching position in Home Economics at the University of Missouri, where she met her husband. Mrs. Rice later received her Masters Degree in Education from Fairfield University. In addition to her husband she is survived by seven children, Marilyn, Andy and his wife Kathy, Janet and her husband Mike, Bill, Thomas and his wife Deborah, Cassie, David and his wife Suzanne; eleven grandchildren, Mariel (Brown) Walters, Michaela (Brown) Morris, Kathleen Brown, Daniel Brown, Kristina Rice, Melanie Rice, Rebecca Rice, Kyle Rice, Phillip Rice, Bryan DiGiovanni and Deanna DiGiovanni and two great-grandchildren, Teaghan Walters and Payton Walters. Kathleen taught Home Economics for many years at Roger Ludlowe High School and Tomlinson Middle School. She was active in community activities such as 4-H and Cub Scouts, St. Thomas Church Religious Education and the Fairfield Senior Center. She also served on the Grasmere Eldercare Building Committee. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. meeting directly at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1719 Post Road, Fairfield. Interment will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery, Westport. Friends may call Friday from 4-8 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. If desired memorial contributions may be made to Grasmere By the Sea, 1 Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. For information or to sign an online guest register please visit :

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?pid=168323455

 

Erva Phelps

Erva Livingston Phelps, age 94, passed away peacefully on September 13 in Orlando, Florida. She was a long time resident of Fairfield. Erva was born in Burlington, Vermont, the daughter of Alice and Percy Livingston, and received degrees from the University of Vermont and Fairfield University. She was a teacher at Roger Ludlowe High School until her retirement.
She was predeceased by her husband, Sidney Phelps and her son, John Phelps. She leaves three daughters, Linda Phelps and her husband, Kurt McGill; Dale Paulison; and Jennifer Gentile and her husband, Drew Gentile, as well as ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held for her on Monday, October 28 at 10 AM in the Chapel of the First Presbyterian Church of Fairfield, on 2475 Easton Turnpike.

Published in Connecticut Post Oct. 20, 2013. To sign her guest book, go to:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?pid=167603700

Evelyn Copeland

Evelyn Copeland was born on January 18, 1917 and passed away on Friday, June 7, 2013 at the age of 96. She was a resident of Southbury, Connecticut. She retired from Fairfield Public Schools in June of 1974, some 39 years ago.  She may very well be our longest living retiree.  Evelyn served as the K-12 Consultant later Department Chairperson of English/Language Arts for the district. She was a bit ahead of the curve as she is the first woman in the district to have reported to work wearing  slacks. While employed she was honored by her Alma Mater, Bates College in Maine  (graduated 1939) with an Honorary Doctorate degree.   She was also President of the New England Association of Teachers of English for a number of years, and she has published numerous articles.

Click on http://www.refblog.org/122013057 to reference Evelyn's bio page and to read more about her life.

 Manny Scrofani

Emanuel "Manny" A. Scrofani, age 88 formerly of Fairfield, the beloved husband of the late Jean (Tumino) Scrofani, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 in Maple Wood Nursing Home, Newtown with his loving family by his side. Born in Bridgeport on October 28, 1924 he was the son of the late Angelo and Mary (Rabito) Scrofani and was a retired teacher for the public school system in Fairfield for 36 years. He was a math teacher at McKinley (when a k-8 school) and then for many years at Fairfield Woods, retiring in 1984. Manny was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII. Survivors include his beloved children, Robert F. Scrofani and Wesley E. York Jr., of Norwalk and Gary M. Scrofani and wife Elizabeth of Monroe, his loving grandchildren, Richard Scrofani and wife Lisa of Derby and Steven Scrofani of Monroe. Friends may call on Friday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Parente-Lauro Funeral Home, 559 Washington Ave., Bridgeport. Entombment and Services will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donation may be made to the Alzheimer's Association on line at www.alz.org/donate, in memory of Manny. To sign an online guest book or to send private condolences please visit:  www.legacy.com/obituaries/CTPost/obituary.aspx?pid=164569121

Lou Annechino

Louis A. Annecchino III, age 75, a Natick resident and retired Fairfield, CT music teacher, passed peacefully with his sons at his side on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at Brigham & Women's Hospital. B orn, raised and educated in Natick, he was the son of the late Catherine (D'Onofrio) and the late Louis A. Annecchino, Jr. Lou's love of music began at a young age when he taught himself to play the piano in his home. He began playing the accordion at the age of 12 under the direction of Livio Costa, a mentor and close friend. Lou entered the US Army in 1958, and he performed with the 3rd Infantry Division Band as a clarinetist until 1961, spending two years performing overseas. Lou then completed his BA in Music at Boston University, where he became the first accordion player to be accepted as a student. He then earned a Masters of Music Degree from the University of Bridgeport. Lou taught music to elementary and middle school students for the next 24 years in Fairfield, Connecticut. Though he personally excelled with the accordion, piano, and clarinet, he was able to instruct his students on how to play virtually any instrument. He retired to Natick in 1993, where he continued to provide private music lessons to area students until his health no longer allowed him to do so. Lou is survived by his two sons, Louis A. Annecchino IV, and his wife, Julie Fox Annecchino, of Durham, and Lee C. Annecchino and his wife, Nancy DeRose Annecchino, of Glastonbury; four grandchildren, Carlie, Katherine, Paige, and Kyle Louis; and a number of close relatives and friends. His extended family included his former wife, Valerie Kaishian, whom he considered a close friend since childhood. Lou had an enduring love for dogs thorough out his life. His most recent companion, Lady, a white golden retriever rescue dog, stayed loyally by his side until the very end. Lou's family is forever indebted to his loyal physician, Christopher Fanta, M.D. ("Dr. Fantastic") for his extraordinary kindness and endless compassion over the many years of Lou's illness. His funeral will be held at the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, Natick, MA on Monday, Feb. 11th at 9:00 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in Saint Patrick's Church, 44 East Central Street, Natick at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Saint Patrick Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Sunday, 2 - 5 p.m. at John Everett & Sons Funeral Home. Donations may be made in Lou's memory to the The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, an organization devoted to keeping music alive in schools by donating musical instruments to under-funded music programs. Website address:http://www.mhopus.org/ For guest book and directions, please visit www.everettfuneral.com.

Andrew Lucibello 

Andrew J. Lucibello, 84, of 2731 Northeast 14th Street, Pompano Beach, Florida, formerly of North Haven, Connecticut, died February 2, 2013, at his home after a brief illness. He was the husband of Carmel Falcone Lucibello. Mr. Lucibello was born in New Haven, Connecticut on June 11, 1928 and was the son of the late Joseph and Angelina Nicolella Lucibello. A resident of North Haven for twenty five years until moving to Florida in 1995, he had worked for the North Haven Board of Education as a teacher at the former Temple Street Elementary School and the North Haven Junior High School. He was a Reading Consultant for the Town of Prospect, and later at Tomlinson Middle School in Fairfield, Connecticut for eighteen years until his retirement in 1985. He obtained his Bachelor'sDegree from the former Southern Connecticut State Teachers College and his Master's Degree from the University of Hartford. He was a member of the Connecticut and National Association of Reading Teachers, the Connecticut and National Education Associations, and the Connecticut Association of Retired Teachers. He had served in the United States Armyduring the Korean Conflict and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, and the West Haven Elks Lodge #1537. He was a former parishioner of St. Barnabas Church, and a member of the Interfaith Caregivers there, and presently was a communicant of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in Pompano Beach, Florida. He leaves a sister, Mrs. Frank (Edith) Andersen of Hamden, Connecticut. He is also survived by several nieces & nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by four sisters, Celia Lucibello, Antoinette Lincoln, Loretta Piscitelli and Amelia Marvin, as well as a brother, Anthony R. Lucibello. Andrews funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, Friday morning, February 8th at 9:30. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Barnabas Church at 10:00 am. Interment will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery. The visiting hours will be Thursday, February 7th from 4 to 8 pm. Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association , CT Hospice, or St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, 3331 NE 10th Terrace, Pompano Beach, FL 33064.www.northhavenfuneral.com 

The following link (either click or copy and paste into your browser) connects you to his on-line obituary and gives you an opportunity to sign his guestbook:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nhregister/obituary.aspx?pid=162887853#fbLoggedOut

 

 John Day

 John H. Day, a 20-year resident of Green Valley, passed away peacefully in his home on Jan. 28, 2013. He was born in Lincoln, Maine on April 8, 1925 to Crystal and Monroe Day. After his mother's untimely death in 1926, his grandparents, Rev. John Rossnagle and wife, Belle, became his surrogate parents. John graduated from Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln in 1943 and immediately volunteered to serve in the ArmyAir Corps during WWII. He became a ball turret gunner on a B17 and flew 35 missions over Germany. 

In Dec. 1945, John married his high school sweetheart, Evelyn Nicholson. He graduated from Oswego State Teacher's college in 1949 and taught Industrial Arts (in Fairfield and Westport, CT) for 34 years. He retired in 1983 and became well-known for his wood carving and artwork. He also enjoyed volunteering as a docent at the 390th Memorial Museum in Tucson and hiking with his Viewpoint Hiking Club friends on Arizona trails. 

John is predeceased by his brother, Arthur. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; his four children and their spouses, Crystal Babin (Angelo Vicari) of Huntington, CT, Claudia (John Dapp) of Newtown, CT, Scott (Christine) of Trumbull, CT and Cindy (Jack Baer) of Warren, OH; and eight beloved grandchildren. As requested by the deceased there will be no services. Those who wish to may donate in his memory to the 390th Memorial Museum (6000 E. Valencia Rd., Tucson, AZ 85756) or Carondelet Hospice (1802 W. St. Mary's Rd., Tucson, AZ 85745).

To view and sign John's guestbook, click on (or copy and paste into your browser):

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Marion S. Walsh

Marion S. Walsh of Waltham, MA, formerly of Fairfield, CT, January 20, 2013. Beloved daughter of the late James and Lillian Walsh. Loving sister of the late John Walsh, James Walsh, Lillian Gallo, and Katherine Sonnenberg. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Funeral from the Keefe Funeral Home, 5 Chestnut St., Rt. 60 (adjacent to St. Agnes Church) ARLINGTON on Wednesday at 9 am. Funeral Mass at Saint Agnes Church at 10 am. Burial in St. Bernard's Cemetery, Concord. Relatives and friendsinvited.Visitation Wednesday morning at 9 am. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the M.S.P.C.A., 350 So. Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130. For obituary, directions or to send a condolence visit www.keefefuneralhome.com

*Marion was a librarian at Andrew Warde and, before that, an English teacher for many years when Warde first opened (this information was submitted by Ina Kolaric who was a former student of Marion's).

 Fran Weiss

Frances Weiss, age 77 of Fairfield, passed away suddenly on Sunday January 6, 2013. Mrs. Weiss was born in Bronx, NY, a daughter of the late Benjamin and Gertrude ( Lander) Peltz, and was a resident of Fairfield for over 50 years. Mrs. Weiss was a Special Education Teacher in the Town of Fairfield at Holland Hill School for over 30 years. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees at Hunter College, and received two Masters degrees with 6th and 7th year certificates from Fairfield University. Mrs. Weiss had the distinction of being the first Resource Room Teacher in the Town of Fairfield. After her retirement, she went on to volunteer her time tutoring at Blackham School for The City of Bridgeport. Mrs. Weiss was a long time member of Congregation Beth El of Fairfield, Hadassah, and was an active volunteer at The Jewish Home for the Elderly. Mrs. Weiss is survived by her beloved husband of 59 years, Jesse Weiss, her devoted sons, Dr. Jeffrey Weiss and his wife Debby of Muttontown, NY., Alan Weiss and his wife Denise of Montville, NJ., Marc Weiss and his wife Frida of New York, NY, cherished sister Anne Geller of Winterhaven, FL., and by her adored grandchildren; Jared, Samantha, Matthew, Julie, Rachel and Max. Services will take place on Thursday January 10, 2013 at 11:00 AM from Congregation Beth El 1200 Fairfield Woods Road in Fairfield with interment following at Beth El Cemetery on Reid Street. Shiva will be observed at the Weiss residence onThursday, Saturday Evening and Sunday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America at www.ccfa.org.

To sign Fran's guest book, go to:

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 John Howard

John J. Howard, age 88, of Fairfield, passed away peacefully at home Friday, December 14, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. John was born in Bridgeport on April 17, 1924 and was a graduate of St. Augustine's Elementary School, Bassick High School, Niagara University and received his graduate degree from Fairfield University. He proudly and honorably served in both the Second World War as a Marine in the Pacific and in the Army during the Korean Conflict. Upon his return from Korea he married the love of his life, Kathleen Neary, on July 18, 1953. He is survived by his nine children: John and his wife Pam, Maura Curtis and her husband Michael, Michael and his wife Helen, Kathleen Hubler and her husband Wesley, Peter and his wife Christine, Megan Hannum and her husband Leigh, Paul and his wife Laurie, James and his wife Robin, and Sara Rankin and her husband Alex; his twenty-seven grandchildren: John Patrick, Brian (Megan), Timmy, Brittany, David, Jimmy, Matthew, Michael John, Mollie, Hellie, Emma, Sean, Bill, Shannon, Christopher, Max, Tess, Chelsea, Jake, Tucker, Logan, Payton, Connor, Kelly, Maggie, Ruby and Stella, and his two great-grandchildren: Austin and Landon. Lovingly, known as "Grandpa," "Jolly John," "Huck," "Pop," and "Coach". He was a Latin teacher and Guidance Counselor for over twenty years in the Trumbull School system before coming to Roger Ludlowe High School in Fairfield. He was also a gifted baseball coach at Trumbull High School, Roger Ludlowe High School and Fairfield University. In addition, he faithfully served the town of Fairfield which he loved in many roles including Police Commissioner. He was a devoted parishioner at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. He is survived by his sister, Margaret Fitzpatrick and brother, Joseph Howard and his wife Sue. He was predeceased by his siblings Lawrence, Thomas and most recently, Anna Howard. The entire family would like to extend thanks and gratitude to Emily Engongoro and Catherine Baffour for their loving care and compassion. Visitation will be at the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1719 Post Road, Fairfield on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM. Interment with military honors will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Operation Hope, 636 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. For information or to sign an online guest register please visit www.SpearMillerFuneralHome.com

Joseph John Mavaro

MAVARO Joseph J. Mavaro 81 of Fairfield passed away on December 8, 2012. Joseph was born in Bridgeport to the late Joseph and Josephine (Palmeri ) Mavaro, and was a longtime Fairfield resident. He was an electronics technician for the Fairfield Public Schools Maintenance Department for thirty-five years. A dedicated and energetic minister of Jehovah's Witnesses for over 30 years, he touched many hearts. Joe was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a loyal friend. He was a generous man who quietly helped those in need. Joseph is survived by his best friend and wife of 55 years, Josephine (Skudlarek) Mavaro as well as their three children, Joseph J. Mavaro, Jr. and his wife Patricia of Easton, Thomas A. Mavaro and his wife Candace of Monroe, and Mary Jo Crimmins and her husband Kevin of Simsbury. He is also survived by four grandchildren Gregory, Jessica, Michael and Elizabeth and one great grandson Steven. In addition, Joseph is survived by five siblings Mary Mavaro of Milford, Concetta Rooney of Milford, Jo Morrissey of Stratford, Fran Strack of Nashua, NH and Patrina Bunting of Hilton Head, South Carolina and was predeceased by three other siblings Zigmund Turco, Rose Turco and James Mavaro. Friends and family are invited to visit Friday December 14, 2012 from 3 to 6 pm at Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield, a spiritual message will be shared at 5:30 Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers please send donations to: Kingdom Hall, 40 Hillside Rd. Fairfield CT. 06824

The link for those wishing to sign his guest book is:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?n=joseph-mavaro&pid=161654004&fhid=4716#fbLoggedOut

 Carol Costello

Carol Costello, age 70, of Milford and Sarasota, FL, and beloved wife to the late John H. Stowe, passed away on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at Lord Chamberlain Health Care Center in Stratford. Born on June17, 1942 in Waterbury, CT, she was the daughter of the late Charles H. and Roberta Cory Costello. Carol graduated from St. Margaret's School (Chase Collegiate) in Watertown. She earned a BA and an MA from Michigan State University and a sixth year certificate from Southern Conn. State University. Carol was employed by the Fairfield Public Schools where she taught English for 33 years. She was a former member of the Laurel Beach Garden Club and an active member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Orange. She was also a former member of the Milford Yacht Club, the Quinnipiac Club and Mory's Association.

She is survived by her brother, Charles R. Costello of Woodbridge, a niece, Jennifer Delcegno, a nephew Christopher Costello, two step-daughters, Alison Rubelmann and Janet Policano, three great nieces and three step-grandchildren.

 To leave online condolences please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com

Louise Phoenix 

Louise Feher Phoenix, age 76, of Bridgeport, beloved wife of the late William A. Phoenix, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, April 3, 2012. She started teaching in 1958 at Sherman School and Mill Hill School both in Fairfield and retired after 35 years. After retirement she worked as a paraprofessional at Mill Hill until 2010. Survivors include her brother John A. Feher of Trumbull and her sister Barbara Minto of Stratford. At Louise's request, funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Louise's memory to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Bridgeport Rescue Mission, 1088 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06605. The Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 S Benson Rd., Fairfield is assisting the family with arrangements. To sign an online guest book, please visitwww.spearmillerfuneralhome.com. To view Louise's online obituary and guestbook, go to:

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David Kramer | Reply 14.05.2015 01.21

Despite having received degrees from Dartmouth & Harvard, I can say without reservation that Bob was my most inspiring/influential teacher (AP Eng @AWHS'81)

Marilynn Jamgochian | Reply 21.04.2015 22.48

I had the pleasure of serving on many committees with Bob. His sense of humor got us through many long, late meetings. I was always in awe of his intelligence.

Maynard Taylor | Reply 21.04.2015 19.57

Bob was always a great guy to work with at the high school. His warmth and smile always added to your day. And he was always ready to help when you needed it.

Paula Sweeley 21.04.2015 21.15

I didn't know him, but he certainly looks like the kind of guy you would want to know. Hope you'll post in his on-line guest book Maynard.

Len Bennett | Reply 18.12.2013 22.08

Ed Bourque was a caring human being! Sharing an office next to him for 5 years I was able to see his "softer" side especially when his granddaughter visited.

Paula S. 19.12.2013 10.29

I have great memories of him as well, Len. Didn't know him as well as you, but I had great respect for him. He will be missed.

Dawn Kilbride Hogan | Reply 27.07.2013 16.17

How lovely that Evelyn's friends & colleagues shared memories of her ..it sounds like she was a special person & a gifted teacher, mentor & friend to so many.

Paula S. 28.07.2013 08.19

I agree, Dawn. It was so nice to get the wonderful responses so quickly. I never knew Evelyn, but she was clearly adored by friends and colleagues.

Ed Mitola | Reply 02.05.2013 21.33

Manny was indeed a long time associate in education; but even more he was a good friend. Rest in Peace dear friend. You will be missed.

Ed Mitola | Reply 02.05.2013 21.29

Louie was a dear friend and I'm so sorry that I did not hear about his passing until just recently. Nobody could make me laugh like Louie!! GOD love him!

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Thanks Bob. I didn't know her but wish I had. She sounds so wonderful.

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Thanks Rena. I didn't know her, but she sounds like a wonderful woman.

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Jane was an invaluable member of the Deaf Ed staff while I served as School Psy. She was a master teacher and mentor sharing her enthusiasm for life with all

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So very sad to hear that Jane died. She graced my classroom in assisting a deaf student. She was always so enthusiastically engaged and helpful.

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