Sad News: Lucille Marottoli
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Sad News: Lucille J. Marottoli (ret. K Oldfield 1979)
Private graveside burial.
Miss Lucille J. Marottoli, born July 29, 1921, daughter of Emilius and Lena Marottoli, and sister
of Ann (predeceased), passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on March 22, 2020. She was born in Fairfield, Connecticut, and was a longtime resident of Easton, Connecticut. She was a graduate of Grasmere Elementary, Roger Ludlowe High, and received
her B.S. from the New Haven State Teachers College, continuing her education at the University of Bridgeport. Lucille was an admired and respected Kindergarten teacher in the Fairfield public schools system for over 37 years. Lucille leaves a very long list
of friends and relatives who loved her warmth, sense of duty and humor, sharpness of intellect, and an indomitable spirit combined with a fearless commitment to life and the energy to live fully until the end. She had many interests including reading, Dixieland/Jazz
music, dancing, entertainment, history, architecture, interior design, fashion, antiquing, needlepointsewing, rug hooking, and always loved a good joke. For 98 years, Lucille went to the Jennings Beach in Fairfield to enjoy the beauty of the day and a good
swim. Predeceased family members are Frank and Jenny Nitto, Carl Sr. and Dorothy Nitto, Louise Nitto, Robert and Ann Nitto, Harold and Jean Nitto, Dick and Dot Nitto, Carl Jr. Nitto and Susan Nitto Kruetz. Surviving family are Dick and Trish Nitto, Ryan and
Keri Nitto, Reed and Melanie Nitto, Marissa Colon, Jean Nitto, Robert and Melissa Nitto, Bill and Ashley Nitto, Matt and Letha Kruetz, Mike and Darcy Kruetz, Kathy and Rich Roessner, Kathy and Bob Hart, Robert and Susan Nitto, Barbara and Bill Munden, Carolyne
and Anthony Travisano, Nancy and John Lorenz, Dr. Richard Marottoli and many very special and dear friends. A private graveside service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions
may be made to the Easton Senior Center; 650 Morehouse Road, Easton, CT 06612. www.EastonSeniors.com. For information or to offer an online condolence,
please visit https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?n=lucille-marottoli&pid=195775683&fhid=4716
Published in Connecticut Post on Mar. 25, 2020
Sad News: Dan Bruno (ret. 1999 RLMS, P. E.)
Calling hours will be held on Monday, February 17, 2020 from 4 – 7 p.m. at Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road in Fairfield. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Calvin United Church of Christ, 901 Kings Highway East in Fairfield.
Daniel Christopher Bruno, loving father, grandfather and friend, passed away Thursday, February 13, 2020 at age 81, after a period of declining health. Dan was
bE.)orn on November 6, 1938 in Norwalk, CT to Dominic P. and Carmela (Bottone) Bruno.
After graduating from Norwalk High School in 1955, Dan proudly
served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1955-1959. He then worked at a variety of jobs prior to and while attending college, including driving a school bus, working in sales for Burndy Corp., and several years as personal driver for Bette Davis. Dan met Carolyn
Cunningham in 1964 and they were married after a 6-month courtship in February, 1965. They raised two daughters, Carynne and Blair. Although they divorced after 23 years, they maintained a connection through their children and their granddaughter, Sophia.
Dan was a wonderful father and an even better grandfather.
Dan graduated in 1969 from Southern CT State University with a bachelor’s degree in
education. He went on to earn both a master’s degree in education and a sixth-year teaching degree from Fairfield University. An educator at heart, Dan spent his entire 30-year career as a physical education teacher, a vocation he loved and was clearly
born for. Over the decades, he taught thousands of Fairfield students in several schools, including Grasmere and Oldfield Elementary Schools and more than 20 years at Fairfield Woods Junior High/Middle School. Although he was a physical education teacher (please
do not call it “gym”), students often found to their dismay that he was also a firm believer in grammar, proper English, and writing skills. When he retired from teaching, his “retirement hobby” allowed him to pursue his other passion:
driving. During that 10+ years, his drive-your-car service attracted a large and loyal following of clients who were more than happy to have him drive them in their luxury vehicles to and from airports, outings in NYC, and second homes all over the tri-state
area. He loved driving and prided himself on his exhaustive knowledge of alternative routes and his ability to get anyone where they needed to be, on time.
loved music, from his childhood playing the accordion in a big band on the radio, playing the flute and piccolo in the Fife and Drum Corp, to playing the piano at some really great parties and singing in the church choir as an elder at Calvin Church. He was
a voracious reader, a lover of crossword puzzles (but only in pen, please), and a big fan of jigsaw puzzles. He loved his time with the Poets’ Society. He had some strong opinions. He loved his family. And when someone needed him, he showed up.
Dan was preceded in death by his father, Dominic, his mother, Carmela, and his older sister, Irene. He is survived by his daughters, Carynne (Bruno) Fillmore of
Henniker, NH and Blair (Bruno) Turnbull of Stratford, CT, his daughter-in-law Karen O’Donnell, his much-beloved granddaughter Sophia Turnbull, and his many cousins, friends, and former students.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, February 17, 2020 from 4 – 7 p.m. at Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road in Fairfield. A funeral service will be held
on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Calvin United Church of Christ, 901 Kings Highway East in Fairfield. A private burial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fairfield Police Athletic League, PO Box 423, Fairfield, CT 06824.
For online condolences,
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 email@example.com. 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:
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
Note and Blog Posting from House Master, Paul Cavanna,
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.
see the link below for more information.
Paul A. Cavanna, Headmaster
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 education: Dr. 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