In Memoriam: Family Members
IN MEMORIAM: FAMILY
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Sad News: Ann Smoler, mother of Bob Smoler, FEA President
Memorial service will be scheduled at a future date due to Covid 19 pandemic.
Ann Youngerman Smoler was born on May 15, 1932, and died
on April 4, 2020, just short of her 88th birthday. The cause of her death was COVID-19. She was deeply beloved by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and close friends. While she was raised in Chicago, she spent most of her life in Westchester
County, and lived more recently in Manhattan. Ann graduated from the University of Illinois and the Hunter School of Social Work. After the death of her youngest child, Matthew Smoler, she developed a specialty in grief counseling: running bereavement groups, and
working at Gilda's Club and Project Liberty, for which she traveled by subway throughout New York City to counsel survivors of September 11. She is survived by her children Karen Smoler Heller (husband Douglas) of New York City, Robert Smoler (wife Lisa) of
Westport, CT, and Nancy Smoler of Philadelphia, PA; her grandchildren Rebecca, Scott, Michelle, Isaac, and Lionel; and four great-grandchildren. Her former husband, Dr. Gideon Nachumi, predeceased her. While our hearts are broken, "Grannie Annie's" love of
family, empathy for the suffering, and passion for social justice will live on through many generations. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, no service or visitation will be held at this time, but a memorial service will
be scheduled at a future date.
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Published in the The Journal News from Apr. 6 to Apr. 7, 2020
Sad News: Elizabeth Turrell, mother to June MacKenzie 7/27/2019
Funeral services were held privately in the care of the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home.
Elizabeth Gombos Turrell, age 98, beloved wife of the late George Joseph Turrell, entered into
eternal life on July 27th. The daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Gombos, "Betty" was a lifelong resident of her treasured town of Fairfield. She is cherished by her two loving daughters, Elizabeth Turrell Kocaba and her husband, Robert, of Trumbull and
June Turrell MacKenzie and her husband Malcolm of Fairfield, five grandchildren, James Kocaba and his wife, Susan, of Madison, CT, Julie Leonard and her husband Patrick, of Larchmont, NY, Anna Zamat and her husband, Michael, of Fairfield, Alyson Karnath and
her husband, Alex, of Alameda, CA, and Mallory Young and her husband Ryan, of New York City. Betty has nine great-grandchildren - Matthew, Gunnar, Alexandra, and Blake Leonard, Owen and Drew Kocaba, Samuel and William Zamat, and Luke Karnath. Betty is also
survived by her brother, Daniel Harold Gombos of Woodbury, her sister-in-law, Helena Pajolek of Bridgeport and several nieces and nephews. Betty's passions were her family, faith and service to others. She was an officer and member of countless organizations.
Her church life at Calvin United Church of Christ included a lifetime of teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, singing in the choir and involvement in all church functions. Betty taught weekday religious school in the Greater Bridgeport area and
was involved in the Council of Churches. Betty was also involved in the Church Women United, founded in 1941, which was an ecumenical movement comprised of women regardless of race or denomination which provided a place of fellowship and understanding. Betty
was also actively involved with the Southport Women's Club, founded in 1915, which provided her and the other members with stimulating social and cultural conversations, as well as opportunities to improve the community. Betty highly valued education and was
an active member and officer of Parent Teacher Associations. At age 60, Betty founded a nursery school at Calvin United Church. For ten years, her classes overflowed with three and four year olds. She created a loving environment in which she promoted a love
of learning and practices of kindness with her cherished little ones and their families. In 1975, Betty was honored with the Connecticut Mother or the Year Award for her exemplary service to a wide range of organizations and people in her community and state.
Betty gently wove her family and friends into her volunteer work by appointing herself the designated driver to all would be volunteers who couldn't drive. She filled her car with people who wanted to sing in the choir, help out with programs and cheerfully
led the way. Her unconditional "Yes, sure!" response to any call for assistance inspired others to do the same. Her cheerful nature along with her positive energy, deep and wide faith in God and his love were infectious. Her family was the primary recipient
of her greatest love –with her time and attention. She placed her family first and worked, walked and thought quickly, running circles around most of us while cooking chicken paprikas, writing love notes, baking Hungarian confections and gathering us
for family time around the dining table, complete with her arranged flowers for Sunday dinner. Betty was always available to her family, caring for us in every way and demonstrating that nothing was ever too much trouble. She lived from a place of love. We
were so proud of her and happy to share "Mrs. Turrell" with the world. "God Bless You Always, Mother," Your loving family. Funeral services were held privately in the
care of the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be directed to The Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 9601or Vitas Community Connection, 255 E 5th St., Suite 2600, Cincinnati, OH 45202-4138. To sign an online register, please visit
Published in Connecticut Post on Aug. 2, 2019
Sad News: Jean Zapytowski
Jean Dickerson Zapytowski
It is with great sadness the family of Jean Dickerson Zapytowski, 91, of Hudson, Ohio announces
that she passed away on May 7, 2019 in Akron. Jean was born in Bellville, Michigan to Harry and Ruth on March 17, 1928. Upon the death of her mother, Jean and her sisters went to live with her uncle and aunt, Clark and Mary Dickerson. Jean graduated from Reed
City High School in 1946 and went on to earn her BS from Central Michigan University in 1950 and her MA from Fairfield University in 1975. She met Joe at the first fall dance at Central Michigan University in 1946 and they married in June 1950 in Mount Pleasant,
Michigan. Jean worked as a teacher for special education on the junior high level for Muskegon School system in Michigan for ten years. Jean enjoyed boating and traveling and was devoted to her family. Jean will be fondly remembered by her beloved husband,
Joe of Hudson; and her loving sons, Stephen (Bernadine) Zapytowski, Mark Zapytowski, and Joe Jr. (Julie Harris) Zapytowski; proud grandmother to S. Michael (Breann), Catherine, Joey and Clover; and great-grandmother of Sofia, Stella, and Robbie. Jean was preceded
in death by her daughter, Carrie; parents, Harry and Ruth Ann; uncle, Clark and aunt, Mary; sisters, Betty Lou and Kathleen; brothers, John, Jay, and James Clark. Friends are invited to Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson, OH, where Jean's funeral service
will be held on May 22, 2019 at 11 a.m. with Father David Halaiko officiating. Jean's remains will be placed in an urn designed to accommodate her and Joseph for future burial. Memorial donations may be made to Laurel Lake Community Foundation, 200 Laurel
Lake Dr., Hudson, OH 44236. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to friends and neighbors at Laurel Lake and elsewhere for the support they have shown. (REDMON, STOW, OHIO, 330-688-6631)
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Published in Connecticut
Post on May 14, 2019
Bruce Seaburg, beloved husband of Janet Seaburg (ret.McKinley, art)
Bruce John Seaburg (the Viking) passed away in his home surrounded by family on January 7,2019.
A celebration of his life will be held at the "Cottage" on the lake Saturday, June 29, 2019.
Bruce John Seaburg (the Viking) passed away in his home surrounded by family on January 7,2019.
This journey has ended - and a new one to begin.
Bruce was born
in Mt. Vernon, NY on June 25, 1935, son of Harold Ernest Seaburg and Gertrude Lundquist Seaburg. As a toddler, they moved to Fairfield, CT. He graduated co-valedictorian from Rodger Ludlowe High School in 1953. Salem Lutheran Church in Bridgeport became a
very important part of his life. He graduated from Upsala College in 1957 where he was in the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity, a national service fraternity. This theme of service became an important part of his career and life. Bruce spent countless hours coaching
baseball, as a band parent, playing tennis, cheering on his Dodgers, camping, fishing, cutting the lawn on his John Deere, cruising the lake in the Whaler, reading and relaxing by the lake with their dog Spirit.
He was the chairman of the blood program for the American Red Cross having donating over 18 gallons of blood throughout his lifetime. After college, he served in the U.S. Army, Special Intelligence Agent in Europe
from 1957 - 1960. He worked for Southern New England Telephone Company from 1962 - 1991 as a district manager. After retiring he moved to Vermont where he continued his service by volunteering at the Maritime Museum in Vergennes, VT, eventually becoming an
employee as operations manager and volunteer coordinator.
Bruce is survived by his wife of 56 years, Janet Schnable Seaburg, his children Kristin S. Laberge
and her husband Jim of Ferrisburgh, VT, son Kyle B. Seaburg and wife Sara of Stratford, CT and four grandchildren Madison and Katelyn (Kristin and Jim) and Braydon and Logan (Kyle and Sara). He is also survived by extended family members from California to
Maine and overseas to Sweden. A celebration of his life will be held at the "Cottage" on the lake Saturday, June 29, 2019. Friends and family are welcome to come
and honor Bruce, Lovey, Dad, Pops, Poppy and Gee (details to follow).
Donations can be made to the Addison
County Home, Health & Hospice who made this last journey one of dignity, comfort and support in his own home (special thanks to Lana, Jane, Sara and Diana) http://www.achhh.org/ or Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, https://www.lcmm.org/
Published in Connecticut Post on Jan. 17, 2019
Note from Terry Kinsella:
“Bruce Seaburg, husband of retired Tomlinson art teacher Janet Seaburg, passed away on January 7, 2019. Bruce and Janet have been retired for 25 years, living
their dream on Lake Champlain in Vermont. They were married for 56 years.
Bruce graduated from Roger Ludlow High School in 1953 as did his daughter (1982)
and son (1985). Kristin, her husband Jim, and daughters Maddie and Katie live in Ferrisburg, VT. Kyle, a Norwalk High School teacher, lives in Stratford CT with his wife Sara and sons Braydon and Logan.
The full CONNECTICUT POST obituary can be read on the POST website, January 17, 2019. A celebration of Bruce’s life will be held in Vermont in the end of June.”
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Sad News: Beloved Son of Joe Sabol
Marcus Matthew Sabol
23, 1968 - October 31, 2018 Marcus Matthew Sabol, age 50, of Plainville, husband of Carmen Santana, passed away October 31, 2018. Marcus was born on May 23, 1968 in Bridgeport, son of Joseph (Lorraine) Sabol and Joann (Alan) Wood. Marcus attended Fairfield
Public Schools, was a graduate of Andrew Warde High School, Class of 1986 where he was a member of the football team. He was a graduate of Porter and Chester and earned a degree in Computer Programming. His professional career included: Network Manager at
Southern New England Telephone Company and IBM for many years, he owned his own businesses "Computers R Us" and "Quick Connect Computers". Marcus was a Little League standout as a boy. He was a lifetime Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Orioles fan. He enjoyed
collecting baseball cards and attending baseball card and sports memorabilia shows. His passion were fresh-water fly fishing for trout and deep sea fishing for marlin. He loved his pugs, Pugsley, Thumper, and Woody. Survivors, in addition to his wife and parents
include his precious and beloved daughter, Nikola, and her mother Enkelejda Trifoni, sister, Jessica Lanza (Robert) and their children (Salvatore and Sofia); brother, Justin (Tammy) and their children (Mitchell and Abigail) and stepchildren, aunts, uncles,
and cousins, Funeral arrangements will be private. To leave a condolence on line or light a candle:
in Connecticut Post on Nov. 11, 2018
Dennis O'Rourke, Beloved Husband of Brenda O'Rourke
Dennis Peter O'Rourke May 15, 1943
- June 28, 2018
Dennis Peter O’Rourke passed away at the age of 75 at his home on June 28 in Leland, NC.He was born in Yonkers, NY, on May 15,
to the late Joseph and Anne O’Rourke. He had been a resident of Fairfield for 30 years and was the beloved husband of Brenda O’Rourke for the last 47 years. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Yonkers, NY and served in the United States Navy
from 1960 to 1966. After he was discharged, he worked as the Manager of Facilities at IBM and later as a Director of Facilities at World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He retired with his wife to Leland, NC in 2013. He loved playing golf, gardening and spending
time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a man of great faith and an involved parishioner in both Fairfield and Wilmington, NC.
He is survived by his wife Brenda O’Rourke of Leland, NC; two children Michael O’Rourke of Apex, NC and Suzie Minogue of Fairfield; sister Diane O’Rourke
of Yonkers; five grandchildren, Patrick, Keri and Sean O’Rourke, all of Apex, NC, Teagan and Scarlett Minogue, both of Fairfield.
A funeral mass will take place on Friday July 6 at 10 a.m. at St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Drive in Fairfield.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association.
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Natalie Senko, Beloved Mother of Sandy Naughton
Natalie Catherine Mingrone Senko of Fairfield, beloved wife to the late Fred Senko, passed away on January 22, 2018 at Cambridge Manor. Her memory will be
embraced by her two loving children, Sandra Naughton and her husband, Thomas of Fairfield and Fred Senko and his wife, Denise of Monroe; four grandchildren, Rebecca Leek and her husband, John of Egg Harbor City, NJ, Allison De Maria and her husband, Christopher
of Ojai, CA, Jesse Senko of Phoenix, AZ and Sara Senko of Sandy Hook, CT; three great-grandchildren, Paige, Ellis and Nora Leek; and a sister Eleanor Brauer of Ohio. In addition to her beloved husband, Fred, Natalie was predeceased by six siblings. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 545 Stratfield Road,
Fairfield. Her interment will follow at St. Michael Cemetery, Stratford. Memorial donations may be directed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105/ firstname.lastname@example.org For travel directions or to sign her online guest register book, please visit :http://m.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?n=natalie-senko&pid=187958874&referrer=0&preview=True
Beloved Mother of Roger Lasky (retired from Sherman School)
Elizabeth Demeter Lasky, age 102, of Fairfield, wife of the late Edward Lasky, passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Born in Bridgeport, daughter of the late John and Mary Nagy Demeter, Betty had been a Bridgeport and Fairfield Town
resident for most of her life. She started working at the age of 15 as a factory worker in area factories and several retail stores and retired from the Fairfield Public School System. She is survived by her devoted son, Roger Lasky, whom she lived with and
lovingly cared for his mother for the past 20 years, of Fairfield, a sister in law Rose Demeter, of Bridgeport as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers Joseph and John Demeter and sisters
Patricia Drought and Ethel Dobos. Betty's son and extended family want to thank the staff at both St. Vincent's Medical Center and Bridgeport Hospital for their care and support and for Dr. Lenore Snowden, Rev. Susan Pfeil, and the Sherman School family for
their care and compassion. Most especially, the staff, home care workers, and nurses at the Shamrock Home Care for their loving care, friendship and support over the past four years. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 12 Noon in the Lesko & Polke
Funeral Home, 1209 Post Rd., Fairfield Center with the Rev. Susan Pfeil officiating. Burial to follow in Lawncroft Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday at the funeral home from 9 am until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may
be made to the charity of one's choice . To get travel directions, please visit: http://www.leskopolkefuneralhome.com/_mgxroot/page_10749.php
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Beloved husband of Arlene Wall and father of Alex and Chaz:
Bryan Charles Wall, age 68, of Black Rock, Connecticut, beloved husband of Arlene Wall, passed away peacefully in his home in the arms of
his son Saturday, March 21, 2015 following a courageous battle with ALS. Born in Hitchin-Herts, England, the son of the late Charles Edward and Dorothy Ellen Wall, he had been an area resident since 1974. He was employed as a Senior Account Manager for GE
Information Services from 1974 to 1988 and thereafter became immersed in antiques and collectibles specializing in antique toys. He was the proprietor of Toys of Yesteryear Shop in Fairfield, where he enjoyed entertaining fellow collectors and dealers in the
shop which was filled with a wondrous assortment of childhood memories. Over the years, Bryan enjoyed riding his moped around his Fairfield Beach neighborhood, taking grand and often eventful road trips in his beloved Buick Roadmaster, and becoming an avid
Ebay seller of all sorts of amazing objects. He was a devoted husband and father who delighted in time spent with his family and will best be remembered for his unique sense of humor, kindness, and genuine interest in everyone he met. Survivors in addition
to his wife Arlene include two loving sons, Alex Wall of Portland, OR and Chas Wall of Stamford; a brother Alan Wall of Bristol, England; sisters in law Lee Ratta and Helen Wall; nephew Michael Ratta and niece Kirsty Wall. A celebration of Bryan's life will
be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association, Connecticut Chapter, 4 Oxford Road Unit E4, Milford, CT 06460, or to the Hospital for Special Care Neuromuscular Clinic, 2150 Corbin Avenue, New Britain,
CT 06053. For information or to sign an online guest register please visit www.SpearMillerFuneralHome.com - See more at and have the opportunity to sign his guest book:
Beloved son of George and Mary Poole:
Thomas John Poole, 41, of Ft. Myers, FL, formerly of Stratford, CT, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015.
Tom was born April 13, 1973 in Arlington, VA
to George and Mary Poole. A graduate of Fairfield High School, Tom was a long time resident of Stratford where he worked as an auto mechanic, prior to his recent move to Florida where he worked at Power Treads Auto Shop in Ft. Myers, Florida.
was a devoted family man and belonged to The Catholic Church. His greatest joy in life was his son and best friend, Toby Thomas Poole.
Tom’s passions included being an avid fisherman and watching NASCAR. He was known to friends and family
as a Kevin Harvick super fan who never missed a race. Tom had a quick wit, and loved to make people laugh.
Tom is survived by his son, Toby; Toby's mother, Kelly Poole, of Stratford; parents, George and Mary Poole of Indialantic, FL; brothers, George
(Ivette) Poole, III, of Ft. Myers and Russell Poole of Melbourne, FL, along with numerous aunts, uncles, and nieces & nephews and cousins.
A Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 am, Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church,
3050 N. Highway A1A, Indialantic, FL 32903. Tom will be laid to rest at Eau Gallie Cemetery, next to his maternal grandparents, following Saturday’s Mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Daily Bread Inc., 815 East
Fee Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32901.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Davis Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, Melbourne, FL. Please share condolences and stories at www.davisseawinds.com.
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Ettinger, Betty (mother of Laurie)
90, died peacefully April 4, 2014 in Bryn Mawr, PA. She was a resident of Martins Run in Media for three years and spent most of her adult years in Wilmington and Hockessin, DE.
Betty was the co-owner of Bag and Baggage Inc. and B and B Tickettown
for two decades. After retirement she attended University of Delaware's Academy of Lifelong Learning for thirty years. However, it is the roles of adoring Wife, loving Mother, proud Grandmother, and caring friend that she will be best remembered for.
Predeceased by her beloved husband, Sig, in 2012, she is survived by her daughters Lynne Shapiro (Alan) of Medford, NJ, Judy Ettinger of Madison, WI and Laurie Ettinger of Wilmington, DE, and her five grandchildren, David Rodenstein, Shanna Brown (Kyle),
Lisa Hicks (Jordan), Betsy Reznikoff (Joe) and Scott Shapiro.
A memorial service will be held Noon, Tuesday April 8, 2014 at the Martins Run Auditorium. 11 Martins Run, Media, PA 19063. Shiva will be observed 7:00 pm Tuesday in the Lodge at
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to a charity of your choosing. Condolences made on this page will be forwarded to Laurie.
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Lowney, III, William T. (beloved husband of Joan Lowney)
William (Bill) Thomas Lowney, III of Fairfield, CT died Tuesday, August 27, 2013 in
his favorite town, Boston, following a brief illness. Born December 13, 1935 in Somerset, MA he was the son of William and Irene Collins Lowney. Bill and his brother Jerome grew up in Somerset where they developed a lifelong devotion to the Red Sox. Bill was
a proud Eagle Scout, carrying his certificate in the front of his wallet all of his life. He graduated from his beloved Notre Dame with a Bachelor of
Arts in history and then received his Master's degree in education and administration from Fairfield University. He taught
as a Brother of the Holy Cross for 10 years in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York. Ultimately, he found his calling as an extraordinary, inspired and much-loved teacher of "the crazy eights", teaching Darien public school 8th graders about American history
and leading student trips to explore Washington DC and Boston, MA. Although his own talents were recognized throughout
his career, his students' achievements meant more to him. He married Joan Manning in January 1966 and they raised their family in Fairfield, CT. Bill is survived by his wife, Joan of Fairfield, daughter Meghan of Bridgeport, son Liam and his wife Kerri Spillane
of Marshfield, Massachusetts, and two cherished grandchildren, brother Jerome Lowney and his wife Mickey, sister-in-law Nancy MacFarland and her husband Garth, and brothers-in law John Manning and his wife Joey and Barry Manning and his wife Margie and fourteen
nieces and nephews and many wonderful friends. Bill was predeceased by daughter Shannon Elizabeth Lowney (12/30/94). An informal Irish send-off in celebration of Bill's life is planned for Sunday September 29, 2013 from 12-4pm at the Jacky Durrell Pavilion,
401 Fairfield Beach Road, Fairfield, CT. A brief program will begin at 12:30pm. In lieu of flowers, a gift in Bill's memory may be made to the charity of your choice or to: Shannon Lowney Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o The High School Scholarship Foundation of Fairfield, Inc. P.O. Box 682 Fairfield, CT 06824 or Bill Lowney Lighthouse Support, Martha's Vineyard Museum P.O. Box
1310, Edgartown, MA 02539. For information or to send online condolences please visitwww.redgatehennessy.com
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