Sad News: Lou Hada

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Sad News: Lou Hada (ART in Fairfield and other CT towns)

At the request of Mr. Hada, a private interment took place in Mt. Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport, CT.
Louis Warren Hada, of Stratford, CT passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 5, 2020. He was the devoted husband of 53 years to Marcia Danberg Hada. In addition to his beloved wife Marcia, he is survived by his loving daughter, Jennifer Hada and her husband, Troy Gayeski of New Canaan, CT along with his grandchildren, Jayden and Jaxon, who Louis loved dearly and thought the world of. He is also survived by several siblings, nieces and nephews and his sister-in-law, Linda Danberg Peck. He was pre-deceased by his brother Edward Hada, who also passed recently. Louis was born in Bridgeport, CT on October 2 and lived a full and rich life. In his early years, he served as a Specialist in the U.S. Army, but later earned his Master's degree and was a thesis short of his Doctorate degree. Mr. Hada went on to pursue a career as a teacher and taught in many different towns in CT. He was an art teacher for the Fairfield Public School system for many years and then as a teacher of Blueprint Reading and Mechanical Drafting at Bullard Havens Technical School, where he retired. It was common to hear a call-out of … "Mr. Hada" from a previous student, when out at a restaurant or in a store somewhere, as he touched the hearts of many students and was admired greatly everywhere he taught. A lover of books and avid reader, he was also a talented artist who enjoyed drawing, painting, sculpting and making jewelry. He also loved nature, crystals and stones and was intrigued with all stone work. For years, he built many intricate stone walls all around his property for which he later received a Stratford Town Beautification Award. He and his wife owned many businesses in CT and were shop owners in Provincetown, MA for over 25 years, where he and his family enjoyed life to the fullest. Provincetown and Cape Cod, MA is where his heart always lived and he vacationed there with his family every year. He enjoyed the simple things and was happy just enjoying a coffee and stroll down Commercial Street. A beachcomber, he loved visiting the sunny, relaxing beaches every day as well. Louis was also fond of travel and enjoyed many memory-filled vacations with his adventurous family to locations ranging from Europe and an amazing European cruise, a California coast tour, Las Vegas, NV, Key West and Disneyworld, FL, and even a trip to Mt. Tremblant, Canada. Watch Hill, Rhode Island was where he spent many days during the summertime with his family. It was also a favorite place where he loved to read, enjoy the sun, walk the beach and pick up 'only the best stones' with Jayden and Jaxon. The past two summers he went to Bar Harbor, Maine with his family and could not stop commenting how much he really loved it there, and how scenic and beautiful it was.
A philosophical and intellectual soul and mentor, amazing and loving husband, father and grandfather. A nature and animal lover, forever beachcomber and artist. Friend to many. He loved his thoughtful and caring neighbors and always spoke of them as if they were family. He will be greatly missed to all who knew and loved him. We miss and love you Gaga, and you are forever in our hearts and thoughts.
At the request of Mr. Hada, a private interment took place in Mt. Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport, CT. He was a lover of nature and animals and it has been requested to forgo any flowers, but have donations in his memory made to the Stratford Animal Rescue Society, 225 Beacon Point Rd., Stratford, CT 06615 contact@stratfordanimalrescue.org. To offer online condolences, please visit:
 
 

Published in Connecticut Post on Jan. 12, 2020

Sad News: Peter Holskin (ret. COOP Program, taught 30 years)

Peter Holskin, of Monroe, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 10th, 2020 on his 71st birthday, at Bridgeport Hospital. Mr. Holskin was born in the Bronx, NY, a son of the late Ira and Ruth Holskin. Peter was a teacher for the Fairfield Board of Education for over thirty years, having contributed to the development of the former Coop Program. Following a short retirement period, Peter taught classes at Norwalk Community College and took on an even more important role of grandfather. Peter was known for his sense of humor, sincerity and compassion for his family. Peter is survived by his beloved wife Carrie Holskin, children Matthew (Alex), Rachel Holskin (Badre), step-children Sam (Ariane), Josh, Sara Rubin, a sister Patti Stern (Mike), his grandchildren Safiya, Sahar and Giovana, nieces and nephews Leigh and Jennifer Solomon, Daniel and Lily Stern, and brother-in-law Louis Solomon. He was predeceased by a sister Judy Solomon. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at The Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Road in Fairfield, with interment following at Beth El Cemetery on Reid Street in Fairfield. Shiva will be observed following services at the Holskin residence in Monroe from 5-7 p.m.

 

To leave a message in Peter's online guest book:

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?n=peter-holskin&pid=195009587&fhid=4894

 

 

Sad News: Ed Bengermino (ret. 1970 AWHS coach)

Celebration of Life to be held at Penfield Pavilion in Fairfield, CT. on January 25th from 11am to 3pm, Open House.
January 4th, 2020 - Ed Bengermino - Loving father of Rick and Emily Bengermino, dear brother of Ray Bengermino and Alice Scott, cherished grandfather of Michael and Sarah, beloved uncle of John, Nick, and Meghan Bengermino and Doug and Jeff Scott.

Celebration of Life to be held at Penfield Pavilion in Fairfield, CT. on January 25th from 11am to 3pm, Open House.

Published in Baltimore Sun on Jan. 9, 2020

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Note and Blog Posting from House Master, Paul Cavanna,

Dear Staff,

Longtime Andrew Warde High School coach Ed Bengermino has passed away.

Mr. Bengermino was a member of the Andrew Warde and Fairfield Warde High School communities from 1970 through 2005. 

A memorial service will be held in his honor on Saturday, January 25, at Penfield Pavilion in Fairfield.

Please see the link below for more information.

Thank you,

Paul

Paul A. Cavanna, Headmaster

755 Melville Avenue

Fairfield, CT 06825

Phone: (203) 255-8354

Fax: (203) 255-8284

Sad News-Joe Ricciotti (ret. Principal Riverfield School)

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, January 12 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the Lesko and Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, in Fairfield Center. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 13 at The Chapel at St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield, CT. Interment will follow at Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Dr. Joseph Anthony Ricciotti, age 86, beloved husband of the late Claire Marie Ricciotti, entered into eternal life on January 9, 2020. Born in Newburgh, NY, to the late Alfred and Anna Ricciotti, Joseph was the first in his family to earn a college degree. He went on to obtain a PhD in Education from Columbia University by traveling to New York City in the evenings while continuing to work full time as an elementary school principal in Fairfield, CT. He will be remembered for his innovative work in improving the well-being and development of children in public elementary school education. He dearly loved his wife, children and grandchildren. A man ahead of his time, he supported his wife, daughters, and grandchildren to have full lives while maintaining work/life balance. He will be remembered for his innovation in public school education as a beloved elementary school principal. He implemented a creative non-graded program in the Fairfield Public Schools that was based upon his PhD focus at Columbia. After retiring from being an elementary school principal, he was a professor at Fairfield University, teaching future educators. Joseph's memory will be lovingly remembered by his two daughters, Faith Ricciotti, of Fairfield and Hope Ricciotti and her husband, Vincent Connelly, of Brookline, MA, and his three children whom he was very close with: Joseph and Leo Connelly, and Chernet Sisay; a sister, Marie Silverman, of Arizona; nieces, Linda and Michelle; a nephew, William Constantino; and two sisters-in-law, Hazel Ricciotti, of Gulf Port, FL and Gloria Massaro of Washington DC. Joseph was predeceased by his loving wife, Claire, a brother, Alfred Ricciotti; two sisters, Florence M. Constantino, and her husband, William, and Connie Guadagno, and her husband, John; a nephew, Gene Guadagno; and brothers-in-law, George Silverman and Donald Massaro. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, January 12 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the Lesko and Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, in Fairfield Center. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 13 at The Chapel at St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield, CT. Interment will follow at Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial Donations can go in his name to Connecticut Audubon Society, 203-259-0416 x410, or mail checks to 314 Unquowa Road, Fairfield, CT 06824 with printable donation form. For travel directions, or to sign his guest register, please visit www.LeskoPolkeFuneralHome.com 

In addition, see Joe's numerous op ed articles.  He was an accomplished and impassioned writer on all things pertinent to educationDr. Joseph Ricciotti

Jane Gallow: teacher of the deaf (Fairfield, Milford, Wilton)

Jane C. Gallow, 66, of Fairfield, CT, passed away peacefully at home on July 23, 2019, surrounded by her family. Our beautiful and beloved Jane has joined our Heavenly Father and her parents, William Alexander Gallow and Eunice Pulcine Gallow, in eternal companionship and peace. Jane (Janie, as she was known to family and friends) grew up in New Britain, CT. She graduated from Central Connecticut State University and earned a Master of Education in Special Education of the Hearing Impaired from Boston University. She began her teaching career in Montgomery County, Maryland before relocating to her home state of Connecticut, where she taught for more than 30 years, primarily in the Fairfield Public Schools and later in the Wilton and Milford Public Schools. Jane was, first and foremost, the matriarch of her family, and also the best friend or favorite teacher to many. A loving and devoted mother, nothing was more important to Jane than her children, Deanna and Sandy. She participated uncompromisingly in their education and activities, helping with homework, attending countless piano rehearsals, ballet lessons, recitals, sports practices and games. Full of love, compassion and generosity of spirit, she was a second mother to many. Family and friends were Jane's delight. She loved vacationing every summer on Martha's Vineyard with family and the many friends she would invite. The hot summer days on South Beach and the crisp December nights of "Christmas in Edgartown" were her favorites to spend time with family. She looked forward to returning as soon as she stepped off the ferry in Woods Hole. Nothing made her happier than making everyone a sandwich for a long day at the beach. She relished family excursions, making sure that all appreciated the richness of being together as a family. Always ready to welcome anyone into her home with a contagious smile, she treated all like family. Just like her mother, she loved preparing heartwarming meals for family and friends, especially over the Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays. She was delighted to invite those without plans to join in on her holiday gatherings. Jane is survived by Fernando de Arango; Deanna de Arango Grant, and husband, Alistair, of Fairfield, CT, Alexander "Sandy" de Arango and wife, Logan, of Boston, MA; sister, Cheryl Delldonna, and her husband, Anthony, of New Britain, CT; nieces and nephews, Michaela and Curtis Thierling of West Stockbridge, MA and Christopher Pandolfi of Wilbraham, MA. Lastly, by her beloved Labrador and constant companion, Maisie. The family wishes to thank those who cared for Jane during her courageous battle, as well as those who extended love and support throughout her life. She was and will always be the constant light of her family's lives. Friends and family can celebrate Jane's life during calling hours on Thursday, August 1 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, in Fairfield Center, with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. All other services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Joshua Hermsen Heart Fund (https://joshuahermsenheartfund.com/). For travel directions or to sign her guest register, please visit https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?n=jane-gallow&pid=193506036

 

Published in Connecticut Post onJuly 30, 2019       

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Rena Schine | Reply 03.08.2019 10.00

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

Paula Sweeley 03.08.2019 12.57

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

Bob Gillette | Reply 03.08.2019 09.58

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.

Paula Sweeley 03.08.2019 13.00

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

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03.08 | 13:00

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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