Remembering Colleagues and Friends

In Memoriam III

The purpose of this page is to remember and honor our colleagues who have passed on.  Please send any information of this nature to sweeleyp@gmail.com  

Sad News: Carole Jennings ( ret. 1999 Speech)

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Carole on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 3 p.m. at St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Dr., Fairfield followed by interment at St. Michael's Cemetery in Stratford.
Carole Schmidt Jennings, daughter of Lieutenant Carl M. Schmidt, Jr. BFD and Elizabeth Carroll Schmidt of Bridgeport and Rotunda, FL passed away after a long illness on Sunday, June 30, 2019. Born April 22, 1940 in Bridgeport, Carole attended and graduated from Central High School in 1958. She received her Bachelor's degree from the College of New Rochelle in 1962, and later her Master's from Seton Hall University in 1974. She married Russell Bandré Jennings in 1964. Carole was employed by the NYC Board of Education as a Speech Pathologist from 1962-1978 where she organized and operated the first elementary school speech center, then organized and operated the first intermediate school speech center on Staten Island. She also taught at the New Teacher Workshop in 1974 and 1975. She and her husband moved to Fairfield in 1977 where she worked for the Fairfield Board of Education from 1978-1999. After retirement she worked as a preschool speech screener. She was a member of St. Pius X Parish, the Gaelic American Club, and a board member of the Retired Educators of Fairfield, for whom she planned UCONN basketball events at Harbor Yard. Carole loved to travel, visiting states from Maine to Hawaii. Carole was the inspiration to host 3 exchange students and to swap houses with a family in France. She was a catalyst for planning trips and vacations for groups of family and friends, including trips to Europe and Ireland. Camping was fun for her; she and her family survived the hurricane of 1955 in a tent at Lake Warmwaug. Her favorite trip of all was the yearly vacation at the Trapp Family Lodge in VT. She loved to bake her favorite breads and cheesecakes for friends and family, birthdays and holidays. Carole is survived and greatly loved by her husband of over 54 years, Russell Jennings; their son, Brian Jennings and his wife Kerry Brown, and granddaughter, Felicia Jennings-Brown of Manhattan; Gregory Jennings and his wife Kelly Brock Jennings, their children Madison, Kortney, and Gavin of Calabasas, CA; her sister Lois Schmidt of Plainfield; her nephew Adam Schmidt and his family of New Orleans; her niece Pamela Wilcoxson and her family of Greenville, SC; as well as many cousins. Carole was predeceased by her brother John Schmidt of New Orleans. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Carole on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 3 p.m. at St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Dr., Fairfield followed by interment at St. Michael's Cemetery in Stratford. Friends may call on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. For information or to sign an online register, please visit:
 
 

Published in Connecticut Post on July 2, 2019

Remembering Joan Burman (ret. 2003 Spcial Ed, Osborn Hill)

MEMORIAL SERVICE Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2019 12:30 PM Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road Westport, CT

Joan Burman(1945-2019), age 73 of Westport, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, June 2, 2019. Born in Bridgeport on October 21, 1945, Joan was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Blanche Miller. She graduated from the University of Bridgeport and received her Masters degree from Fairfield University. Joan was a longtime elementary and special education teacher in the Fairfield public schools. She was adored by her students and she adored them. She enjoyed playing bridge, golfing, boating on Long Island Sound, winters on Longboat Key and summers on Martha's Vineyard. Joan is survived by her beloved husband, Richard Burman, dear sisters Vivian Hyman (Herbert Savitt) and Betsy Radler, brother-in-law Morton Burman (Diane) cherished nephews Thomas Hyman (Sally) and John Hyman (Merri), adored niece Allyson Kapadia (Yazdi), nephews Edward Burman (Ann) and Mitchell Burman. She is also survived by several great-nieces, nephews and dear friends. A memorial service will take place on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 (TODAY) at 12:30 p.m. at Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road, Westport. Memorial contributions may be made to the Discovery To Cure program at Smilow Cancer Hospital.

Go to https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nhregister/obituary.aspx?n=joan-burman&pid=193047834&fhid=4894   for the online Guest Book.

Published in The New Haven Register on June 4, 2019

 

 

Sad News: Joanne Latella Phin (33 yrs. Fairfield and Mamaroneck)

June 16, 1938 - April 06, 2019

My life warranty expired on April 6, 2019. Not bad, it lasted 80 years.

I was the second of three daughters born to Dominick and Anna (LaBate) Latella of Greenwich, CT.

Educated at Greenwich High School, B.A. from The College of New Rochelle (NY), Master's Degree in Spanish from Middlebury Spanish Language School. I went on to become a Secondary Language Teacher. I participated in the Institute for Advanced Spanish Studies in Spain.

I shared my knowledge for 33 years at Roger Ludlow H.S. (Fairfield, CT) and Rye Neck Middle School (Mamaroneck, NY). The joy of teaching was reborn at The Lifetime Learning College in The Villages when I relocated in 2005.

I'll miss my loving husband Donald of 45 years, my two sisters, Catherine and Virginia Latella of Greenwich, CT, and my extended family in Florida: Kristen Phin/Ceppos (Ashton and Cassidy), in Texas: Elsa Phin/Bollas and Christopher (Elena), in California: Don Phin, Jr. and Loren (Kyle), James and Kate Phin (great grandkids Declan and Hadley), Danny and Casey Phin (great grandkids Sydney and Drew).

I'll miss my two cats Ralph and Louie, my neighbors, and all my Italian and Spanish study friends that I have loved like "a second family".

If you wish to do something in memory of me, contribute to any organization that collects school supplies, backpacks, pens, etc. for kids in need. If you can find time, tutor, volunteer or be a student mentor. A big thank you to the wonderful nurses and aides of Compassionate Care Hospice. Their dedication was truly "Compassionate".

 To sign Joanne's online guest book, go to:

https://prod4.meaningfulfunerals.net/obituary/joanne-phin?fh_id=12596

Sad News: Joy Gallagher (Art, 26 years in Fairfield)

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 1:00pm at St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield. Friends may greet the family on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 4pm-8pm at the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield

Joy A. Gallagher, loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister, and friend, age 66, a lifelong resident of Fairfield passed away with family by her side, on Sunday, April 21st, 2019. Joy isn’t just a name, it’s what she brought to this world. The love she shared, and her acts of kindness were an inspiration and she made dreams come true in the brightest ways. Joy embraced life and showered her love on everyone she met. Her strength and will, coupled with her vision created a magical world of love and serenity. Joy’s energy was boundless, and her infectious smile and laughter brought joy to all those around her. She was the captain of the ship and her ingenuity and artistry made everything so much more beautiful. Joy was a dynamic force in this world. As an elementary art teacher for 26 years, Joy inspired young people in so many ways by teaching them to always think outside the box and never be afraid to fail. The accomplishments she was able to glean from her students continually astounded everyone. Joy forged friendships that were life-long and was determined to live life to the fullest. Our world sparkles because of the love, understanding, patience, and wisdom she both taught and practiced. Joy loved every form of artistic expression and creativity and practiced painting, drawing, weaving, pottery, and beadwork with remarkable success. She loved the seashore, her art studio, her vibrant gardens, birds and animals and saw beauty in everything that most would pass by. Her spirit wove its way through all aspects of life with passion and vitality. Joy’s love and devotion for her family and her friends was limitless. Her compassion and kindness for others made a better life for everyone she was in contact with. Joy shall be reunited above with her beloved parents, Virginia N. Smith and James Smith. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband James G. Gallagher, her son James J. Gallagher and his wife Caitlin, her granddaughters Sammy and Bailey, her sister Cindy Brauer and her husband Jeffery Brauer, their children Heather Brauer and Timothy Brauer and his wife Brittany, and countless nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 1:00pm at St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield. Friends may greet the family on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 4pm-8pm at the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. In lieu of flowers, we ask for support for Connecticut Challenge, 250 Pequot Avenue, Southport, CT, a foundation near and dear to Joy’s heart. For information or to leave online condolences, please visit: http://spearfuneralhome.com/obituaries/joy-a-gallagher/

Deanna Culbert (ret. 2002, Grade 5, Dwight)

A memorial service will be held this Thursday, April 18, 3 p.m. at The Universalist Church, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT 06107. A reception will follow in Fiske Hall.

Deanna Culbert (passed April 14, 2019)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Deanna Louise Culbert (Brown). Deanna age 74, of West Hartford (formerly of Monroe), passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 14, 2019. She was born in Sanford, Maine and was the daughter of the late Charles and Arlene Brown. Louise, to family and friends she knew her in childhood, and Deanna, to those whose lives she later touched, taught elementary school in Fairfield, prior to retiring to West Hartford. Her greatest joy was her family and friends to whose lives she brought joy and light. She leaves her husband John of 49 years; her son Adam Culbert and his wife Elizabeth also of West Hartford, and her daughter Lisa Miller (Benjamin) of Mamaroneck, NY; her beloved granddaughter, Anna Mae Culbert, and her cherished grandsons, Charles Culbert and Raphael and James Miller. She also leaves behind her stepdaughter, Sue Culbert Woolard of VA, and her two sisters Linda Brown (Leigh Goren) of Sanford, ME and Cynthia Brown of Carrollton, GA. A memorial service will be held this Thursday, April 18, 3 p.m. at The Universalist Church, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT 06107. A reception will follow in Fiske Hall. In lieu of flowers and at Deanna's request, donations may be made to the

Fern Street Food Ministry


Fern Street Food Ministry

c/o The Universalist Church
433 Fern Street
West Hartford, CT 06107

 

 Please make checks payable to The Universalist Church with Food Ministry/Deanna Culbert in the memo line.

For the complete obituary, details regarding the service, and to leave a remembrance, go to:

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?n=deanna-culbert&pid=192411161

Published in Connecticut Post on Apr. 16, 2019

Sad News: Roger Previs (ret. 1997, Principal Stratfield)

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 149 S. Pine Creek Rd., Fairfield. Friends are invited to greet the family Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 S. Benson Road, Fairfield

Roger Thomas Previs, age 79 of Fairfield, beloved husband of nearly 54 years to Carol Previs, passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Roger spent 35 years serving as an educator and principal in the Fairfield school system. He is survived by his wife, Carol Previs (nee Armatis); his sister-in-law, Sandra Clabby and her husband William; and two nephews, Shawn Clabby, Corey Clabby and his wife Anna. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 149 S. Pine Creek Rd., Fairfield. Friends are invited to greet the family Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 S. Benson Road, Fairfield

For information or to sign an online condolence, please visit:

 https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?n=roger-previs&pid=192300314&fhid=4716

Published in Connecticut Post on Apr. 13, 2019

 

 

Jody Evans (chemistry, science, girls golf and hockey coach RLHS)

Jody Evans passed on Feb. 26, 2019.  The following was submitted by Joe and Lorraine Sabol in lieu of an obituary which we could not find. Thanks to Joe and Lorraine.

Dear REF Friends,

We don’t have an official obituary, but Jody Evans, our long-time friend and retired Fairfield educator, passed away in Arizona on February 26th, 2019 at the age of 89.  She taught Chemistry and Earth Science at Roger Ludlowe High School.  She was the girls golf coach and assistant field hockey coach.  She retired in 1985 and moved to Dewey, Arizona.  Jody led an archeological dig with her students at the Sun Tavern next to Fairfield’s Town Hall.  She also participated in an archeological dig in England.  As far as we know, there is no official obituary, but if we should get one, we will send it to you.


We thought it would be nice to let people who knew her know that she passed away.
Thanks. 
Joe and Lorraine Sabol 

Remembering Nancy Watson (Soc. St/ English Middle and HS)

Nancy S. Watson (1941-2019)
Warren, Maine: Nancy Watson, formerly of Fairfield, left this life peacefully on March 10, 2019, with family by her side.
Born on June 3, 1941 in Rockland, Maine, daughter of Walter and Irene Starrett, she attended Warren High School and received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Maine in Orono and was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, Gamma Chapter. She later earned a Master's Degree from the University of Bridgeport. Nancy was an educator and served as a classroom teacher, mentor, and teacher trainer. A majority of her career was spent in the Fairfield, CT, school system. Her passion for education extended to the arts, and she served as media director for the Museum of Arts, Science and Industry in Bridgeport, was a member of the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, ME and the Portland Museum of Art. Nancy rarely moved without a camera by her side. An avid photographer, she photographed people and scenes in India, Afghanistan, Iran, Morocco, China and Canada, as well as her beloved State of Maine. After leaving Fairfield, Nancy returned to her hometown in Maine where she was elected to the her local Board of Education. Survivors include her son, Thomas Watson and fiancé Kimberly Sanders of Warren, her sister Jean Whelan of Wells, special friend Zach Wyllie as well as many loving cousins and friends. A private graveside service will be held in the spring. Contributions in Nancy's memory may be made to: the American Cancer Society, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086-1240 or Alzheimer's Association, 383 US Route One #2C, Scarborough, ME 04070.

Published in Connecticut Post on Mar. 17, 2019

To leave condolences, go to:

 

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?n=nancy-s-watson&pid=191839577&fhid=20931

 

Anne McGrath (ret. 1993, Principal North Stratfield)

Her celebration of life will be at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Celebration, Florida on March 9 at 12:30 p.m. Details are on the Winter Oak Funeral Home website winteroakfuneralhome.com
Anne Y. McGrath beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, passed away on Wednesday February 20, 2019. She was the widow of Judge William J McGrath in Fairfield, Connecticut and Haines City, Florida. She is survived by her children Dr. Kevin McGrath of Wethersfield, CT and Kim McGrath Avellino, son-in-law Alfie Avellino, and grandson Liam Avellino of Winter Garden, Florida, her brother Louis Cappucci Jr of Monroe, her sister, the late Irene Geanuracos, as well as several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grand nephews, and many wonderful friends.
Anne was born in Bridgeport on June 1, 1933. She was a graduate of Central High School (Bridgeport), obtained a BS in Nursing, a Masters of Education from Bridgeport University, and a 6-year in Education Administration from Fairfield University. Anne was a nurse, elementary school teacher, special education teacher, assistant principal, and principal. She was principal of North Stratfield School in Fairfield for 18 years. She always talked about her North Stratfield family of students, parents and teachers. Anne's smile was infectious and her laugh could light up the room. Her celebration of life will be at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Celebration, Florida on March 9 at 12:30 p.m. Details are on the Winter Oak Funeral Home website winteroakfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers her children suggest a donation in her name to St. Jude's Hospital for children with cancer.
 
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 Published in Connecticut Post from Mar. 3 to Mar. 8, 2019

Rex Jones (former principal Mill Hill)

MICHAEL REX JONES passed away peacefully at his home in Orlando, Florida on February 13, 2019. He was born to Lloyd and Joe Ann Jones on May 20, 1959.

After high school, Rex attended Lake City Community College then to Tallahassee where he received his B.S. Degree in Education from the Florida State University. He then went to the Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas to complete a Master’s Degree in both Education and Theology. Returning home, he was ordained as minister in the First Baptist Church of Cross City, Florida.

Rex served as Youth Minister in both Avon Park, Florida and in Manassas, Virginia before returning to Florida as Assistant Principal at Deerwood Elementary in Orlando.

Rex was called to take a position as Principal of Mill Hill Elementary School in Fairfield County in Connecticut. Having received his Specialist Degree in Administration and Supervision, he became an Assistant Superintendent in Fairfield County. He retired after being Principal of Long Lots Elementary in Connecticut.

He is survived by his mother, Joe Ann Jones, his brothers David Jones and Ken Jones, his sister and brother-in-law Barbara and Ron Burns, nieces Jordan Burns and Kirsten Burns, and nephew Reiner Burns, his aunt Lena Bessinger, his uncle William M. and Jan Brannen, Sr., cousins Michael Bessinger and Laura Bessinger-Morse.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Jones, grandparents M. H. and Laura Brannen and Worth and Kate Jones and cousin William M. Brannen, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Florida Children’s Home, the First Baptist Church Scholarship or donate to Gideon Bibles in his honor.

A private service will be held on February 23, 2019 at the Cross City Cemetery with Reverend Mike Brown conducting the service.

Arrangements have been placed under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home Cross City, Florida 352-498-5400 and Chiefland, Florida 352-493-0050.  To connect to sign Rex's online guest book:
 
 

Lorraine Theresa Brodsky (ret. 1985 Grade 2, Holland Hill)


Lorraine Theresa (Betchley) Brodsky, age 94, joined her Lord on November 15th, 2018. Lorraine was born on the very fitting date of February 29, 1924 in Brooklyn, NY. This birth date appointed her the unique status of being a leap year baby and, apparently, aging very, very slowly. This birth date is also very symbolic: Lorraine took pride in leaping her way through life – from dance studios, musicals, and class rooms; through her many travels, and long into retirement.
As a teenager she joined Dance Teachers of America in New York and enjoyed watching musical rehearsals. Later she enrolled in New York University to take various dance courses and taught ballroom dancing to grade school children. After moving to Milford, she opened 'Ms. Lorraine's Dance Studio'.
Lorraine earned degrees in health, physical education, and special education. She taught elementary school in Milford and Fairfield CT where she integrated musicals in the class room to facilitate her students' language skills development – a technique that to this day is considered efficient and effective. She was so loved by her students that they skipped recess to rehearse the musicals with her. Her name even appears in the 1972 edition of Outstanding Elementary Teachers of America.
Lorraine leapt into the arms of war veteran Ed Brodsky Jr., married on December 19th, 1945 and had two children: Terry and Edward. In her retirement, Lorraine balanced part-time supervision in an academic program with travels. She and Ed visited all 50 states (the contiguous 48 all in their motorhome) and took quite the number of photos to prove it. They moved to Nettles Island, Florida - first during the winter months and then as full-time residents. After Ed's passing in January 2006, Lorraine decided to slow down. How? She attended yoga classes with students half her age, and choreographed line dancing routines into her early 90s.
Lorraine is survived by her daughter Terry (Brodsky) Lucash of Marlborough, MA and daughter-in-law Sarah Brodsky of Southbury, CT; grandson Richard Brodsky, Sharon Garrett, and great-granddaughter Lila of Seattle, WA; grandson Eric Brodsky of Lynnwood, WA; granddaughter Perrin (Lucash) Ventress, Zachariah Ventress, and great-grandchildren Ian, Aiden, and Sophie of Wayland, MA; grandson Garrett Lucash, Yumiko Murai, and great-grandchildren Kellen and Aila of Wayland, MA.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents, her husband Edward Brodsky Jr., her son Edward William Brodsky, her son-in-law Stanley Michael Lucash, and grandson Neal Brodsky.
Lorraine will be deeply missed, and it is hard to believe that she will leap no more.

Published in Connecticut Post on Jan. 13, 2019

To Connect with Lorraine’s On-Line Guest Book:

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/CTPost/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=191213239

Sad News - Margaret Jones (ret. grade 4, Jennings 1985)

Margaret C. Jones of Newtown, age 91, passed peacefully from this life on October 10, 2018 surrounded by family and friends, at Newtown Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Born in Bridgeport to Salvatore (Sam) and Mary (Zambardo) Magaraci, she was the beloved wife of the late Frank J. Jones for 59 years, before his passing in 2010. Margaret graduated from Bassick High School, obtained her teaching degree at New Haven State Teacher's College (SCSU), and later, her Master's and Sixth-Year degrees at Fairfield University. She retired from the Fairfield Public School system after several decades of service as an elementary school teacher. They made their home in Fairfield for many years before moving to Shelton. Together, Margaret and Frank enjoyed traveling here and abroad. She especially treasured visits from her fellow retired teachers as well as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Margaret is survived by her two devoted children Andrea of West Haven and Tim and wife Darlene of Sandy Hook. She cherished her beloved grandchildren Matthew, Adam, and Christian (Tammy) Allard, Jennifer (Carlos) DeAlmeida, Michael (Heather) Jones, and Cody Jones. She was blessed with five great-grandchildren: Jacob and Sarah Allard, Jacob Jones, and twins Zelda and Aurora DeAlmeida. In addition she is survived by several nieces and nephews.
The family thanks the staff of Newtown Rehabilitation and Health Care Center for their care and devotion to Margaret in her final years. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated October 13th, 10 a.m. at St. Jude Roman Catholic Church, 707 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe. Interment will follow in St. Michael Cemetery, 2205 Stratford Avenue, Stratford. Visiting hours will be held Friday, October 12th at Spadaccino and Leo P. Gallagher & Son Community Funeral Home, 315 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe. For further information please visit: 
 
 
Published in Connecticut Post on Oct. 12, 2018

Sad News: Ursula Burns (Ret, School Psychologist, Fairfield and Other local districts)

Ursula Burns passed away on September 4, 2018, as a result of a fall in her Fairfield home.

Ursula was born in Ulm, Germany, on November 3, 1940. An only child, she was very close with her parents, Hubert and Emma Muss. Together, they navigated the immense challenges that ravaged Germany during World War II. She spent her teen years in post-war Germany listening to Louis Armstrong and excelling academically; she graduated as the valedictorian of her high school class.

She joined Pan Am as a stewardess in the early 1960s, moving first to Berlin and then to New York, where she met her future husband, Robert Burns, a United Airlines pilot. They married in 1965 at the height of the golden age of air travel and traveled around the world. They lived in Manhattan until they moved to Westport, Connecticut, in 1968. They soon built a home in Fairfield where they would raise their children, Michele and Thomas, and live out their lives.

Ursula pursued her undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology when her children entered school. She worked as a school psychologist and guidance counselor in the Fairfield, Bethel, and other local school systems for more than 30 years. She loved working with children.

Ursula led an active life. She enjoyed daily walks and playing tennis, swimming, and golfing at the Patterson Club. She loved spending time with her many friends, especially at Sasco Beach. She was an avid reader and theater-goer, and she liked to travel, frequently visiting her children’s families on Cape Cod and in Seattle and going on numerous European trips. 

She is survived by her children, Michele Burns and Thomas Burns; their spouses, Lori Mudge and Whitney Burns; her five grandchildren, Jack, Julian, Ellie, Gabriel, and Chloe, whom she loved dearly; and her golden doodle, Zoe, who provided great comfort in recent years. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, whom she mourned deeply since his passing in 2013. Her family and friends find solace in knowing that she is peacefully reunited with him.

Services will be held at Saint Luke Church in Westport at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 14.

Directions:  http://www.stlukewestport.com/Parish%20General%20Content/Directions.htm 

Ursula’s family is grateful for the love and support of her many Fairfield friends, especially in the years following Bob’s death. Their companionship was immensely meaningful to her.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation at www.fidelco.org.

For information or to sign an online register please visit: 

http://spearfuneralhome.com/obituaries/ursula-karin-burns/ 

Sad News: Evelyn Zolan (ret. Grade 1, Oldfield, 1978)

Evelyn Hyman Zolan died August 16, at IU Health Bloomington Hospice House. She is survived by her children, Paul Zolan (Kate Steinway) and Mimi Zolan (Jeff Palmer); her brother, Leon I. Hyman (Frances Hyman); four grandchildren, Sarah Zolan (Sue Spang), Alex Zolan (Amanda Zolan), Nick Palmer, and Mike Palmer; and three great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Eric William Zolan, who died in 1974 while serving in the US Army; by her husband, Aaron Louis Zolan; by a sister, Shirley Kleinman; and by a half-sister, Hannah Langel.
Evelyn was born October 24, 1923, in Bridgeport, CT, to Wolf and Fanny Hyman. Her father was a pharmacist, and the family lived above their drug store, where the children worked from an early age. Evelyn graduated from Central High School in Bridgeport, winning the Hallen Prize for English. She received an Associate's Degree in the Arts at the Junior College of Connecticut and earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Chicago in 1944. After college she went home to Bridgeport to care for her mother and worked as the director of youth activities at the local Jewish Community Center.
Evelyn married Louis Zolan on August 31, 1947. In 1951 they moved to Fairfield, CT, where they raised their three children. Evelyn had always wanted to be a teacher and work with children. She was therefore honored to be accepted into the prestigious Yale Fairfield program, through which she earned her MA and her credential in teaching in 1958. She taught second grade and then first grade (her real love) at Oldfield School in Fairfield, CT, from 1961 until her retirement in 1980. She then enjoyed volunteering as a docent at the Bridgeport Museum of Art, Science, and Industry.
In 1981 Evelyn and Louis started their tour of college communities by moving to Durham, NC, where they were active participants in Duke's Learning in Retirement program. Evelyn also taught remedial reading in the Durham County School System, volunteered at Duke Hospital, and tutored English to Japanese friends. While in North Carolina, Evelyn and Louis welcomed their first grandchildren, Sarah and Alex. In 1986 Evelyn and Louis moved to Ann Arbor, MI, where Evelyn enjoyed the Women's City Club, the local chapter of the American Association of University Women, and volunteer work for International Neighbors. Evelyn and Louis were also devoted participants in study groups in the classics, mythology, and current events.
In 1996 Evelyn and Louis moved to Bloomington, Indiana to be near Mimi and her family. Evelyn thrived in being an on-the-spot grandma to Nick and Mike and stayed involved in all of their activities. She also greatly enjoyed continuing visits
to and from her son Paul and his family. Evelyn immersed herself in Bloomington life, becoming an active member of Altrusa (a service organization) and the Red Hatters (a social organization). She enjoyed spending time, involving much bridge and many parties, with her numerous wonderful and close friends. Lifelong opera fans, Evelyn and Mimi spent many happy afternoons at HD broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera and many happy evenings at IU Opera and Ballet productions. She also enjoyed the lovely gardens that Jeff planted and maintained at her home.
Evelyn loved children, literature, opera, ballet, and ballroom dancing. She was also a published poet. She enjoyed wonderful relationships with numerous devoted students, including, most recently, students from the IU School of Nursing who served as aides during the last years of her life. Memorial contributions in her honor may be made to the Friends of the Monroe County Public Library for fiction or children's books, or to the IU Jacobs School of Music. Burial and a family memorial will be held in Fairfield, CT, in the fall.

Published in Connecticut Post on Aug. 19, 2018

Connect to leave condolences at :

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Sad News: Ina Kolaric (Ret. 1996, English, Fairfield High)

Ina Dunham Huston Kolaric, age 75, of Fairfield, beloved wife of Marvin J. Kolaric, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 18, 2018. Ina was born in Bridgeport on September 21, 1942, daughter of the late John Charles and Agnes Steinhilber Huston. She has been a resident of Fairfield for most of her life, where she married her husband Marvin J. Kolaric in 1979. She is also the cherished mother of Amanda Courtney Lisa Kolaric and the late Jessica Elizabeth Kolaric. Ina had a lifelong career at Andrew Warde High School where she taught English and American Studies. She was a dedicated and passionate teacher, with a legacy of being known as "Mama K" that has lived on for many years after her medical retirement in 1996. Outside of teaching, Ina had a great passion and love of animals, most especially her German Shepard, "Dooley" that was loyal by her side for many years as he could be. She also enjoyed reading, watching crime tv shows and indulging in chocolate and ice cream no matter the time of day. Ina is also survived by her sister, Gail Huston of Colorado, brother John Huston Jr., mother in law Julia Kolaric, sister and brother in law Margaret and Frank Fulop, brother and sister in law Michaels and Barbara Kolaric, a niece Julie Fulop Reiley, Andrea Fulop, nephew and niece Anthony Kolaric and Rhonda Kolaric as well as sister Gail's daughter Lisa and son Curtis and lastly, her beloved Maine Coon cat, Mooney. Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 22 at 11 a.m. in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Rd., Fairfied Center with interment to follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Fairfield. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of services. To sign an online registe, please visit :

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?n=ina-huston-kolaric&pid=189336767&fhid=4258 

 

Lesko & Polke Funeral Home
1209 Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 256-8988
 Published in Connecticut Post from June 20 to June 21, 2018

 

 

Sad News: Joanna Miska (ret. 1995, Gr. 6, Ffld. Woods)

Joanna C. Miska, age 79, of Bridgeport, passed away on May 22, 2018 in her home. Joanna was born in Bridgeport on August 18, 1938 to the late Stephen and Sophia (Gedroic) Miska and has been a life long area resident. She was a graduate of Harding High School Class of 1955, and earned a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Bridgeport, and a Master's Degree in Education from Fairfield University. Joanna was a retired teacher for the Town of Fairfield, and was an avid photographer, and enjoyed to travel. Survivors include her devoted brother, Jan Miska and his wife Yvonne of Bridgeport, nephew, Jason Miska of Bridgeport, nieces, Tara Miska and her husband Luis Lopez of Bethany, and Erica Miska and her husband Paul Rigoli of Shelton, great-nieces and nephews, Sophia, Sam and Sebastian, her life long friends, Cecilia Hudzik and Eleanor Adzima. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 29th at 11 a.m. meeting directly at Our Lady of Grace Church, 497 Second Hill Lane, Stratford. Interment will be in St. Michael's Cemetery, Stratford. Calling hours have been omitted. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Adzima Funeral Home-Stratford. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make a donation in memory of Joanna, to the Connecticut Humane Society, 455 Post Rd. W., Westport, CT 06880, or to the Bridgeport Hospital NICU, 267 Grant St., Bridgeport, CT 06610. For more information or to make an online condolence, please visit :  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=189115432                                                                                                                                        

Sad News: James F. Conley (Ret. 1994, Sp. Ed, FHS)

James F. Conley, age 81, of Stratford passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Jim was a strong man who made this world a better place. He will be remembered for his compassion, kindness toward others, quick sense of humor, and his love for sports. He will truly be missed by his family and many friends.


Jim was born in Bridgeport to the late James F. Conley and Catherine McMahon. He was educated at the St. Charles School in Bridgeport, Roger Ludlowe High School in Fairfield, New Haven State Teacher’s College and the University of Bridgeport. He was a standout athlete in both high school and college as a member of the varsity track and field, soccer, and tennis teams.
Jim had a dual career for the Town of Fairfield working for both the Recreation Department and the Public Schools. He held many recreation positions including playground instructor, lifeguard, indoor rec supervisor, Connie Mack League Director and was promoted to Assistant Director in 1957. He was a program innovator and champion for the special needs population. He was the first Director of Penfield Pavilion when the Town purchased Sun Haven Beach Club in 1976.

Jim touched many lives during his teaching career. He served as a mentor to many students in and out of the classroom. He taught grade six at Fairfield Woods and Nathan Hale before moving into Special Education at Tomlinson Junior High, Roger Ludlowe High and Fairfield High. Jim was inducted into the Connecticut Association for Learning Disabilities Hall of Fame in 1983. He retired in 1994 after 34 years of excellence in the classroom.

Jim was a natural athlete who participated in many sports including softball, basketball, and golf. He enjoyed traveling with family especially to Cape Cod, Lake George, Vermont, and Florida. Jim was a childhood NY Yankee fan who became an adult NY Mets fan. He often attended Spring Training with his wife on winter trips to Florida. His football team was the NY Giants.

Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 40 years, Fannie Papageorge Conley, his children: Michael Conley of Fairfield; Maura Smith and her husband, Jason, of Milford; Kim Sokolski and her husband, David, of Fairfield; Kevin Conley and his wife, Denise, of Black Rock; and Susan Conley and John Thomas of Milford. Grandchildren are Todd Conley, Casey and Joe Sokolski and Jake Conley. He is also survived by one great-granddaughter , a brother, Robert Conley of St. Augustine, Florida, a niece Kristin Conley of Shelton and nephew, Ryan Conley of Fairfield.

Jim was an animal lover. Anyone wishing to may make a contribution to TLC Sweet Souls Rescue, 53 Hanover Road, Newtown, CT 06470. Attention to Laura Dorr and Kim Sokolski.

The family would like to thank the Connecticut Hospice, Inc. Home Care for their kind and compassionate support of Jim during his final months.

A funeral service will be held Monday, May 21, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. Interment will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery, Westport. Friends may greet the family Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 3:00 pm. to 6:00 p.m. in the funeral home. For information or to offer an online condolence please visit:

http://spearfuneralhome.com/obituaries/james-francis-conley/ 

Sad News: Naomi Gill, March 18, 2018 (ret. 1998 ESL Tomlinson and Fairfield Woods)

 Naomi A. Gill, nee Sklaire, age 79, passed away at Bridgeport Hospital on Sunday, March 18, 2018. The daughter of the late David and Minette Sklaire of NYC and W. Hempstead, LI, she was a graduate of Syracuse University (BA, MA) and Fairfield University (5th year graduate certificate). She was a teacher of English as Second Language (ESL) in the Fairfield middle and high school levels for many years. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, National Council of Jewish Women and Congregation B'nai Israel of Bridgeport. She was also on the Board of Trustees of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony for over 40 years. She is survived by her brothers, Martin Sklaire, M.D. (wife Barbara) of Madison, CT and Dan Sklaire of Fairfield, NJ. She is also survived by her husband of 58 years, Alan Gill, M.D. of Southport, CT, and her children, Mark (wife Stefanie) of Westbrook, ME, Jonathan (wife Eveline) or Amsterdam, Holland and daughter Jennifer (husband David) of Scarsdale, NY. She leaves her eternal love and admiration to her grandchildren, Anna Primo, Julia, Oskar and Jack. She will be sorely missed by her many relatives, students and friends from all over the world. The family wishes to thank Maggie and Eve for their tender care. Funeral services were held on Monday, March 19, 2018 at Congregation B'nai Israel 2710 Park Avenue in Bridgeport, CT, with interment at B'nai Israel Cemetery, 472 Moose Hill Road, Monroe, CT. Shiva was observed on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at the Gill residence, 40 Elmwood Drive, Southport, CT. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson's Disease Foundation.

To sign Naomi’s on-line guest book, go to:

http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/ctpost/naomi-gill-condolences/188489290

Vangel (Van) Michael (ret. 1993, social worker, Fairfield High)

Vangel L. Michael, age 84, of Fairfield, CT, passed away on March 10, 2018 at St. Vincent's Medical Center. He was the beloved husband of Diana Chala Michael for 57 years. Vangel was born in Floqi, Albania and came to the United States at the age of four. He resided in Southbridge, MA until his enlistment in the U.S. Army, where he served as a medic during the Korean Conflict from 1953 – 1955. He then moved to Bridgeport, CT with his family and attended the University of Bridgeport, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1960. Vangel also attended the Florida State University School of Social Work from 1960 – 1961 and the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, where he received a Master of Social Work Degree in 1963. After working as a Case Supervisor for the State Welfare Department, he went on to work for the Fairfield Public School System as a High School Social Worker from 1966 until his retirement in 1993.
Vangel was a devoted member of St. George Albanian Orthodox Church in Trumbull, CT, where he served as a Cantor, Tonsured Reader, and Choir Member for many years, as well as an active member on Parish Councils, Church Building Committee and the Executive Board of the Mary James Fund, which assists women of Albanian and Greek descent. He was awarded a Knight of St. George from the Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America for his decades of prayerful service and devotion to the church. In addition to his love of the church and his family, Van enjoyed spending time playing golf and cards with his close friends and following the sports played by his grandchildren and favorite teams.
He was pre-deceased by his parents, Reverend Lambi Michael and Dhoksia Stoia Michael, and his siblings; Alexandra Christo of Southbridge, MA, Peter Michael of Fairfield, CT, Theodore Michael of Southport, CT, Georgia Naum of Fairfield, CT and Pandora Kerma of Fairfield, CT. In addition to his wife Diana, he is survived by his loving children; Laura Coughlin and her husband Tim of Trumbull, CT, Jonathan Michael, and his wife Sanja of Bath, ME and his treasured grandchildren Kelly Coughlin, TJ Coughlin and Alexandra Michael. Survivors also include his sister-in-law Zoe Michael of Fairfield, CT, brother-in-law Boro Kerma and his wife Liliana of Tirane, Albania and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at St. George Albanian Orthodox Church, 5490 Main Street, Trumbull, CT 06611 with Archpriest Dennis Rhodes officiating. Interment will be at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Fairfield, CT. Calling hours will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14 at Commerce Hill Funeral Home, 4798 Main Street, Bridgeport CT, with the Trisagion Service taking place at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. George Albanian Orthodox Church in Van's memory. For online condolences, to light a virtual candle and get directions, visit us at https://memorials.commercehillfh.com/vangel-michael/3447700/obituary.php 
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Sad News: Helen Hamm (Ret. Grade 1, Stratfield 2002)

Helen H. Hamm, age 75, of Fairfield, beloved wife of Robert E. Hamm and a dedicated educator for much of her adult life, passed away peacefully Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Smilow Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Born in New York City and raised in Stamford, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Ellen Hughes. She had been a Fairfield resident for the past 48 years. Helen graduated from Stamford High School, received a B.A. degree from Danbury State Teachers College and a Master's degree in Education from the University of Bridgeport.

She began her teaching career in Greenwich where she worked for five years then taught in the Fairfield school system for 25 years, teaching primarily first grade at Stratfield Elementary School.

Following her retirement, Helen taught part-time at Trinity Episcopal Nursery School. She served as secretary of the Retired Educators of Fairfield (REF) since 2012.

Helen was an active parishioner for many years at Our Lady of the Assumption Church where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and sang in the Resurrection Choir. Earlier, she was a member of Assumption's Emmaus community and served as editor of its Good News Letter.

Helen was a loyal and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Her deep faith was important to her, and she will be fondly remembered as an educator and nurturer who loved spending time with children. She would often look after former students, many of whom still reach out to her to this day.

Survivors in addition to Robert, her loving husband of over 50 years, are two beloved sons, Douglas Hamm and Rebecca Siwicki of Stamford and Gregory Hamm and his wife, Catherine, and their daughter, Katelyn, of Boston and her devoted sister and best friend, Johanna Hughes of Fairfield.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 545 Stratfield Road, Fairfield. Interment will be private. Friends may call Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

For information or to offer condolences, visit http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?n=helen-hamm&pid=188068185&

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road

Fairfield, CT 06824

(203) 259-0824 Funeral Home Details

Helen H. Hamm, age 75, of Fairfield, beloved wife of Robert E. Hamm and a dedicated educator for much of her adult life, passed away peacefully Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Smilow Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Born in New York City and raised in Stamford, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Ellen Hughes. She had been a Fairfield resident for the past 48 years. Helen graduated from Stamford High School, received a B.A. degree from Danbury State Teachers College and a Master's degree in Education from the University of Bridgeport.

She began her teaching career in Greenwich where she worked for five years then taught in the Fairfield school system for 25 years, teaching primarily first grade at Stratfield Elementary School.

Following her retirement, Helen taught part-time at Trinity Episcopal Nursery School. She served as secretary of the Retired Educators of Fairfield (REF) since 2012.

Helen was an active parishioner for many years at Our Lady of the Assumption Church where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and sang in the Resurrection Choir. Earlier, she was a member of Assumption's Emmaus community and served as editor of its Good News Letter.

Helen was a loyal and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Her deep faith was important to her, and she will be fondly remembered as an educator and nurturer who loved spending time with children. She would often look after former students, many of whom still reach out to her to this day.

Survivors in addition to Robert, her loving husband of over 50 years, are two beloved sons, Douglas Hamm and Rebecca Siwicki of Stamford and Gregory Hamm and his wife, Catherine, and their daughter, Katelyn, of Boston and her devoted sister and best friend, Johanna Hughes of Fairfield.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 545 Stratfield Road, Fairfield. Interment will be private. Friends may call Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

For information or to offer condolences, visit http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?n=helen-hamm&pid=188068185&

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road

Fairfield, CT 06824

(203) 259-0824 Funeral Home Details

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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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03.08 | 12:57

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

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03.08 | 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

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03.08 | 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.

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