Remembering Friends and Colleagues

The purpose of this page is to remember and honor our colleagues who have passed on.  Please send any information of this nature to psweeley@att.net.

Robert L. Seirup, Sr. (Ret. Phys Ed. 1981 Andrew Warde) and wife, Joan

 

Bob and Joan Seirup
Robert L. Seirup, Sr. and his beloved wife of 67 years, Joan (Hedin) Seirup began the new year together again, following their passings on December 8, 2017 and December 31, 2017. Joan, raised in Bridgeport by the late Harry and Katharine Hedin, graduated from Bassick High School in 1945 and the Scudder Business School. Bob, a lifelong Fairfield resident and son of the late Carl and Maud Seirup, was a graduate of Ludlowe High School and received a bachelor degree from Springfield College, master degrees from Fairfield University and the University of Bridgeport, as well as a 7th year degree from Arizona State University. Prior to his extensive education, Bob served honorably in the U.S. Army during WWII.
In 1949, Bob and Joan were married and, shortly after, began a family. While Joan stayed home to run the household and raise their three children, Bob began a long career with Fairfield Public Schools as a Physical Education teacher and well-known and accomplished basketball coach.
Bob touched many lives during his tenure at school, which was highlighted by coaching the team that won the New England Basketball Championship in 1955. He also proudly officiated football, basketball and baseball at the high school and college levels.
In addition to volunteering at many school and church activities, Joan worked for MBI for over 20 years once the children were in school. Together, the busy couple also ran the Seashore Swimming School on the Fairfield beaches. The Seirups had a loving union, were a true team and will be missed deeply by all.
Bob and Joan are survived by their son, Robert L. Seirup, Jr. and his wife, Gail of Fairfield; their daughter, Pamela Lanyon and her husband, Stephen of Turner, ME; and their daughter-in-law, Maureen Seirup of Milford. They will also be missed by their beloved grandchildren, Adam, Amanda, Christopher, Jennifer, Douglas, Anneli, Barbara, Eliza, Alex and Maura; great-grandsons, Mason and Carter; as well as their sisters-in-law, Dottie and Swanny. They were proceeded in death by their son, David Seirup; Joan's brother, Donald and Bob's brothers, Jack and Bill.
Friends are invited to greet their family on Sunday, January 7, 2018 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Rd. in Fairfield Center. A memorial service to celebrate their lives will be held at 4:00 p.m. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Fairfield Police Athletic League, PO Box 423, Fairfield, CT 06824. To read the complete obituary and connect to sign the online guestbook, click below:

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Sad News: Karen Maddock (Taught French Tomlinson, Weston Bridgeport)

Karen A. Maddock, age 79, of Fairfield, devoted wife of Bruce Maddock, passed away peacefully on August 8, 2017. In addition to Bruce, her beloved husband of 57 years, Karen's memory will be embraced by her son, Charles Maddock and his wife Erin, of Seattle, WA; her son-in-law, Brian O'Connell, of Newburyport, MA; her sister, Linda Hinchliffe and her husband Daniel, of Asheville, NC; Many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Anne O'Connell. Born in Port Huron, Michigan to the late George and Ruth Toutant Aldridge, Karen was a graduate of the University of Michigan, and later received her Masters in Language and her Sixth Year Teaching Certification from Fairfield University. She was a French language teacher for the Weston, Fairfield, and Bridgeport School systems before her retirement. She also tutored students privately throughout her career as a dedicated teacher. Helping her students discover the beauty of the French language gave Karen great satisfaction. A loving wife and mother, Karen enjoyed world travel, especially France and parts of Europe. For many years, she sailed with her husband and was a member of the Fayerweather Yacht Club Ladies Auxiliary and Saint Paul's Episcopal Church. Calling hours will be held on Saturday, August 26 from 2-6 p.m. in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home 1209 Post Road in Fairfield Center, with a prayer at 5 p.m. Her interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice. To order flowers online, travel directions, or to sign her guest register, please visit: 

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Nancy Rice (ret. 1989 Business Ed, Warde)

Nancy Jackson Rice

On Thursday, June 22, 2017 Nancy Jackson Rice died following a brief illness. Nancy was an avid golfer, bridge player and reader who loved to travel and follow professional sports. Formerly of Fairfield, Connecticut and Naples, Florida, she was born in Providence, Rhode Island on February 3, 1929 to the late Alfred and Catherine Jackson (Donahue).

Nancy is survived by her devoted husband of 65 years, Robert and five children; Connie Arcobello of Milford, Connecticut, Joan Roberts of Wellfleet, Massachusetts, Gary Rice of Kiawah Island, South Carolina and Margie Burkett of Oyster Bay, New York. (She was predeceased by her daughter Catherine Campbell of Mahtomedi, Minnesota.) She had 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

Nancy was raised in Trumbull, Connecticut. She attended Bassick High School. She received a B.S. degree in business from the University of Connecticut and a Master's in Education from the University of Bridgeport. She taught in the Fairfield school system for 20 years.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or St. Matthew's House, Naples, Florida.

A memorial mass will be held Friday, August 4 at 10 a.m. at St. Pius X Church, Fairfield, CT.

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St Pius X Church
834 Brookside Dr, #4
Fairfield, CT 06824

Published in Connecticut Post from Aug. 3 to Aug. 4, 201

In Remembrance of Marcus White (ret. 1979)

Marcus White (1921 - 2017)

Marcus William White Sr., 95, formally of Milford, CT, died peacefully at Masonicare in Wallingford, CT. on June 6, 2017. Born on July 26, 1921 in Bridgeport, CT. to Hazel and William White, Marcus lived in Fairfield, CT. until his enlistment in the United States Navy at age 18. He was predeceased by Mary Miles White, his wife of 65 years and his sister, Shirley Hodge. He is survived by his daughters Barbara Hanscom (Michael) of Orange, CT, Nancy Johnson (Wesley) of Hartland, VT and son Marcus White Jr. (Nancy) of Chesapeake, VA, grandchildren Michael Hanscom Jr., William Johnson (Jessica), Christopher Johnson (Arlette), Rebecca Fetterman (Dylan), Hannah White and Noah White. He will be missed by his 10 great grandchildren, Caitlin, Andrew and Jonathon Hanscom, Amber, Danielle and Ella Johnson, Kaitlyn Grenier, Ava and Chris Johnson and Ryder Fetterman. He is also survived by sisters Joyce Lucas, Hamden, CT and Ruth Czismar (Edward), Haverhill, MA as well as many niecesand nephews, Marcus's distinguished career in the US Navy Submarine Force lasted over 13 years and included 7 war patrols during WWII and the Korean War. He received 6 Naval awards and the Bronze Star V. After receiving a B.S. and Masters Degree in Zoology from Syracuse University, he began teaching 7th and 8th grade science and mathematics for 27 years in Fairfield, CT. During that time, he also received a 6th Year Degree beyond his Masters Degree. Marcus was an avid fly fisherman, traveled extensively and his love of books lasted a lifetime. He was a Mason first with the Hamden Day Spring Lodge #30 and with the Milford Ansantawae Lodge 89 for 27 years. He was a devoted Masonic representative at the West Haven Veteran's Hospital for more than 25 years and he received the prestigious Pierpont Edwards Medal in 2004 for distinguished service. Marcus was a loving husband and extraordinary father, grandfather and great grandfather. He lived an "amazing" life and was never afraid to try new things, amassing more talents than one could ever imagine. The family would like to thank the staff of Wooster 3 at Masonicare in Wallingford for the love and special care that Marcus received. Visiting hours for family and friends will be Friday, June 16 from 5-8 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home, 135 Broad Street, Milford. Funeral services are Saturday, June 17 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Church of Christ-Devon, 30 Ormond Street, Milford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the United Church of Christ-Devon or the charity of one's choice . To leave condolences or for directions, please visit:

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Elliott D. Rubin (ret. 1987, school psychologist at McKinley )

Elliott D. Rubin, age 84 of Southbury, CT., passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 14, 2017. Mr. Rubin was born in North Adams, MA, a son of the late Joseph and Lillian Rubin. Elliott graduated from North Adams High School and North Adams Teachers College before obtaining his Doctorate in Psychology from Fairfield University. He was a dedicated school psychologist in the Fairfield public schools, a member of Congregation Rodeph Sholom of Bridgeport, and he always put the needs of other ahead of his own. Mr. Rubin proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Elliott is survived by his beloved wife Barbara Rubin, his devoted children Eric Rubin (Diana Tommessilli) of Wallingford, C.T, Michael Rubin and his wife Ellen of Seymour, CT., his adored grandchildren; Jeffrey Rubin and his fiancé Jessica Bulan, Joshua Rubin and his wife Aidy, Jaclyn Rubin, numerous nieces and nephews, and his many lifelong friends. He was predeceased by his cherished siblings; Tybie Kollman and her husband Ken, Lois Feldman her husband Albert, Harvey Rubin and his wife Elaine. The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Steven Kunkas for his years of dedication and care for Elliott. A funeral service will take place on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. from The Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT., with interment following at Beth El Cemetery, 250 Reid Street, Fairfield, CT. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association , www.heart.org.

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Georgina Mateka (ret. 1987,4th grade at McKinley)

Georgina C. Mateka, age 96, wife of the late SMG John J. Mateka, died Friday, April 28, 2017 at The Carolton in Fairfield. She was born in New York, NY and has lived in Fairfield since 1964. Georgina taught 4th grade in the Fairfield Public School System from 1964 until 1987. She was a member of the Greater Bridgeport Retired Teachers Association, the NEA (National Education Association) and the American Legion Auxiliary of George A. Smith Post 74 in Fairfield. She had a special fondness for cats, and will be remembered dearly as having been a loving wife and mother. Georgina is survived by her sons, John C, Mateka of Fairfield and Michael F.X. Mateka of Bridgeport. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at 9 a.m. in St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Fairfield. Burial will be in Beverly National Cemetery in Beverly, NJ. Arrangements are in the care of the FAIRFIELD FUNERAL HOME OF EDMUND W. DOUGIELLO, 36 South Pine Creek Road. To sign Georgina’s guest book, go to:

 

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Fairfield, CT 06824
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Published in Connecticut Post on May 1, 2017

Sad News: Marge Pfeffer (Middle School & Guidance 43 years)

Marjorie Maguder Pfeffer (1946 - 2017), beloved sister, aunt, and friend passed into life eternal on April 20, 2017 at Yale New Haven Hospital surrounded by her family. She was the daughter of the late Theodore and Viola (Barnack) Maguder. Marge was born on April 9, 1946 in New Haven, CT. She graduated from Francis T. Maloney High School in Meriden, CT in 1964. She received her B.S. degree in Education from Central Connecticut State University and her M.S. and Sixth Year Degrees from Fairfield University. Marge was a middle school teacher and guidance teacher for the Fairfield Public Schools for 38 years. After her retirement, she worked at Wellspring Foundation, a private school and residential facility in Bethlehem, CT. Marge leaves her sister, Linda Riccardi of Middletown, CT. ,her brother, James (Eva) Maguder, and sister-in-law Elizabeth (Theodore) Maguder of Virginia as well as her many nieces, nephews, and longtime friends. She was predeceased by her brother Theodore Maguder and her most precious daughter Megan Power. Marge had a wonderful, abundant, adventurous spirit. She traveled to Europe as a chaperon for the People to People Program and to the Caribbean with family and friends. She enjoyed skiing in Vermont and Canada, swimming, gardening, and reading. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Old Saybrook, CT where she lent her caring nature as a communion steward to shut-ins, a nursery school volunteer, a dinner hostess, and book club member. She also volunteered at Hospice in Branford, CT. A memorial service will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 56 Great Hammock Rd., Old Saybrook, CT. on Saturday, April 29, at 10:00 AM Burial services will be held privately by the family at a later time. Donations in Marge's memory may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church.
 
Published in The New Haven Register on Apr. 25, 2017

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Sad News: Barbara O'Brien (Tomlinson Middle School)

Barbara M. O'Brien, age 64 of Trumbull, beloved daughter of the late Francis T. and Marie E. McHugh O'Brien, R.N., passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in her home. Barbara was born in Bridgeport, received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Sacred Heart University and her 7th Year degree from the University of Connecticut. She was employed by the Town of Fairfield School System, currently as a teacher at Tomlinson Middle School. Barbara was a member of the Teacher's Union and a member of the Park City Pride Drum Corp. Survivors include her sister Maureen A. Harrak and husband Walter of Wolcott and her brother Frank J. O'Brien and wife Lori of Georgia, a niece Jennifer Harrak Philpott and husband Tommy, three nephews Matt Harrak and wife Colleen, Rob O'Brien and wife Melanie, and T.J. O'Brien and wife Amber, two great nephews Austin Philpott, and Xander Harrak, and two great nieces Emily Harrak and Lily O'Brien. Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11:00a.m., meeting directly in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 1056 Daniels Farm Road, Trumbull. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To send online condolences please visit:
 

Sad News: Fern "Coach" Tetreau

Fern Tetreau was a football coach at both Roger Ludlowe and Andre Warde High Schools in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Fernand Sylvio Tetreau, 95, of Fairfield, passed away peacefully on March 29, 2017. He was known to all as "Coach". Fern was the husband of the late Rowena Tetreau, who died on June 4, 2013. He is survived by his sons Michael and Jack of Fairfield; Jack's partner Chrissy Brzoski; daughter-in-law Cheryl of Zionsville, PA, and grandchildren Marielle, Taylor, and Paul. He was predeceased by his son Bill.
His family was the center of his life. He was a devoted husband to Rowena, an amazing father to Mike, Bill and Jack and a doting grandfather to Marielle, Taylor and Paul. His love and generosity showed when he and Rowena opened up their home to include Roberto "Chico" Rodriguez in the family. 
Fern was born May 21, 1921 in Sanford, Maine. His football skills were demonstrated early as he achieved All State recognition at Sanford High School. He entered Springfield College in Springfield, MA, on athletic scholarships, and left after the attack on Pearl Harbor to join the US Navy Air Corps. After returning from military service, he graduated from Springfield College in 1948. He began his coaching career at Bishop University in Canada. He returned to this country to get married to Rowena Shattuck. They moved to Staten Island, NY while he obtained his Masters Degree in Education from Columbia University. He and Rowena then moved to Brewer, ME where he took a head coaching position at Brewer High School. From there they moved to Fairfield, where he and Rowena raised their three sons. He led the turnaround and created a winning culture at Roger Ludlowe High School. At Ludlowe, he also served as Assistant Coach on the 1955 New England Basketball Championship team. Fern moved to Andrew Warde High School for their initial football season in 1956. In just his third season, he coached the 1959 Andrew Warde football team that went undefeated and tied for the mythical State Championship. He also handled responsibilities as Athletic Director and Head Track Coach. In addition, Fern helped out as Assistant Director at the Wakeman Memorial Boys Club in Southport. He was active in the founding of the FCIAC and was President of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association from 1965-66. Coach helped start the Fairfield Giants Pop Warner program in Fairfield in 1966 and was inducted into the Connecticut State Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2008, he was also inducted into the FCIAC Hall of Fame. In 2006, the Fairfield Warde HS football field was named Tetreau Davis field and dedicated in his honor. 
Coach was always about teaching. He often referred to the football field as the "Open Classroom". After coaching, Fern took on the challenge of being a Housemaster at Fairfield Woods Junior High School in 1970. He continued his innovative ways by establishing the first Internal Suspension program for Fairfield designed to keep students in school and studying rather than falling behind in the traditional suspension program. He also was ahead of his time installing cameras on school buses to improve safety. 
When he retired from the school system, he became a successful Real Estate Agent first for Fairfield County Real Estate and then for William Raveis Real Estate. He continued working in Real Estate until 2011. Fern was a past president of the Retired Teachers Association.
Fern was active in Holy Family Church. He was a member of the Parish Council and the Holy Name Society. He led the church's Thanksgiving Food Basket effort providing meals to over 100 families in need. He was part owner of Pequot Day Camp in Southport before moving to Singing Oaks Day Camp in Weston. Coach was active outside of coaching helping establish the Special Olympics in Fairfield and was recognized in 1982 with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Award for his years of service. Fern also received the John Sullivan Community Service Award from the Fairfield Junior Chamber of Commerce that same year. He was always looking to help those in need serving on the Micah Housing Board for Operation Hope. A strong swimmer, lifeguard and swim instructor, Fern put his life saving skills to good use rescuing a man that appeared to be drowning in the Ash Creek current during July of 1968. 
The family would like to show their grateful appreciation to the Carolton Convalescent Hospital for the wonderful care and love that Coach received during his time there. 
Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. directly at Holy Family Church in Fairfield. Interment is private. Friends may greet his family on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 4-8 p.m. at the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road in Fairfield. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to Operation Hope, 636 Old Post Road in Fairfield, CT 06824.  To sign his online guest book, go to:

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This touching tribute appeared on 4/1/17 in the CT Post with many quotes from his son, Fairfield First Selectman, Mike Tetreau: 

Coach Fern Tetreau “Lived An Amazing Life”

By Chris Elsberry Published 10:30 am, Saturday, April 1, 2017

FAIRFIELD - He coached basketball and football at Roger Ludlowe. He coached football and track at Andrew Warde. He was a gym teacher, who taught the art of free throwing shooting the old-fashioned way, underhanded.

World War II took him away to the South Pacific to fly bombing missions in 1941, before heading to Springfield College after the war to play tailback in the single-wing formation, getting his degree in 1948.

He was voted into the Connecticut High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004 and in 2006, had the football field at Warde co-named in his honor.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Ferdinand “Fern” Tetreau was a heck of a man.

“He was an amazing guy,” said his son and Fairfield first selectman Michael Tetreau. “He lived an amazing life.”

Tetreau passed away Thursday at the age of 95, just two months shy of his 96th birthday. The man who around Fairfield will forever be known as “coach.”

“He lived a heck of a life,” Tetreau said of his father. “When I was little, I was the water boy for the Warde football team and there were so many things that I got see him do. I’d stand on the sidelines next to him, I’d listen to all his locker room speeches and his talks. I was lucky enough to be able to see my dad at work, that was an amazing experience and that created a bond between us that we talked about for years on end.”

Fern Tetreau graduated from Sanford High School in Maine in 1941 and enlisted in the United States Navy, serving for three-plus years in the Pacific war against Japan, flying combat bombers. After the war, he attended Springfield College, playing football and graduating with a degree in physical education. His first coaching job came after graduation at Bishop University in Canada as the head football coach. After that, it was a three-year stint (1950-53) at Brewer (Maine) High School as football coach.

In 1954, Tetreau and his wife Rowena moved to Fairfield, taking the Roger Ludlowe football coaching job and also working as an assistant basketball coach. In 1955, the Tigers captured the New England High School basketball championship, beating Sommerville, Mass., 62-58 in front of 14,000 at the old Boston Garden. Dave Coombs, who earned MVP honors, had 21 points. And when the team returned home, arriving in Fairfield via train, there were 8,000 people waiting to greet them.

He coached Ludlowe football for two seasons but when the city needed to build a second high school and Andrew Warde opened in the fall of 1956, Tetreau moved across town to become the new football coach, staying there until 1969.

In 1959, the Warde Crimson Eagles went undefeated at 9-0 and captured the mythical state championship.

One of Michael Tetreau’s greatest memories was playing for Ludlowe - against his father at Warde - for three years between 1967 and 1969. In fact, all three Tetreau sons (Bill and Jack) all played at Ludlowe against Fern.

“In 1967, I sat in the bench,” Tetreau said. “But in ’68 and ’69 I was the quarterback. I think we won all three times.”

Was there any trash talk at the dinner table?

“Not really,” Tetreau said. “We talked football all season long … until the week before the (Warde-Ludlowe) game. We managed the conversations very well. There was nothing personal. It was one big family. I played for (coach) Emil Taft (at Ludlowe) and he played in the same backfield as my dad did at Springfield College.”

In 2006, Warde named the football field, along with Bill Davis, in Tetreau’s honor, making it Tetreau-Davis Field.

One special thing - off the field - that Fern Tetreau was take in a Cuban-born youth, who had nowhere else to go after staying with some foster families.

“When I played quarterback at Ludlowe, where was a Cuban refugee at Warde named Roberto Rodriguez, he lived with us,” Tetreau said. “He was living with different foster families and when things didn’t work out and he needed a place to live, my parents took him in and he stayed with us for I think four or five years. That’s the kind of person my dad was.”

Tetreau was one of the founding members of the FCIAC, coached in the Fairfield Giants Pop Warner Youth Football program, worked with Special Olympics, served on the board for Micah Housing for the homeless and on Thanksgiving, delivered more than 100 meals to families in need. He was also involved in real estate for over 20 years and donated much of his time to the Holy Family Church.

“He left a tremendous on me,” Michael Tetreau said. “I don’t know if there was anything that he wasn’t involved in. He helped everyone out in a lot of ways.”

The following letter was sent to us by retiree, Bob Gillette (link).  In it he relates some of his wonderful memories of Fern Tetreau:

​Hi Friends and Family of "Coach" Tetreau,
 
I was saddened by the news that Fern died. For several years, Fern and I talked on the phone every month. We recalled the days at Roger Ludlowe where I played football under his head coaching and basketball, when he was the assistant to Bob Sierup. We had much to talk about. Both of us could recall specific plays even after so much time had elapsed.
 
I have nothing but fond memories of our time together as a player and as a fellow teacher with Fern at Andrew Warde. As a player, I was always so impressed by the rather philosophical statements he would post for each day's practice above the list of the day's focal drills. That broader view of how athletics fit into our lives prompted me to consider bigger pictures, which is not always easy for a teenager. Fern always had a sense of the larger perspective. For example, in the autumn, the Jewish holidays do not always fall on the same date. I was astonished when one day, Fern reminded me that I should not plan to practice on Rosh Hashanah. I would not have anyway, but Fern brought that to my attention before I did. He was a purist. If we swore, we would be assigned extra laps after practice. If there was a play that was close to being questionable, he would remind us that clean hits, if done right, were the keepers.
 
During our monthly and often weekly phone calls, Fern would always conclude with words that put him and me in peace. He said, "I have lived a full life. I have no complaints. I have been very lucky." Fern did live a full and ethical life. He urged us to play the game aggressively, but cleanly, and that if one gave his all, that is all one could ask of himself or anyone else.
 
I really loved Coach. What a life, and think of all the people his goodness touched.
 
Bob Gillette, Roger Ludlowe H.S., 1955.

Carol Bona (ret. English teacher, 2004 from FHS)

Carol Elizabeth Bona, age 72, of Easton, passed away on Monday, February 20, 2017.
Born in Bridgeport on May 13, 1944, daughter of the late George and Margaret Estok Bona, Carol had been an Easton Town resident for many years. She held a Masters Degree from the University of Connecticut and later went on as an English teacher at Ludlowe High School in Fairfield until her retirement. Carol enjoyed painting, cooking and caring for her garden.
Survivors include her aunt Irene Estok Pollansky of Torrington as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11:30 a.m. in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Rd., Fairfield Center with burial to follow in Mt. Grove Cemetery in Bridgeport. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 10:30 am until the time of services.
Carol's family would like to express their special thanks to her caregivers for their kindness during her illness.
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Church of Christ, 2200 North Ave., Bridgeport, Ct 06604. To sign an online register, purchase flowers or to get travel directions, please visit www.LeskoPolkeFuneralHome.com 

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Jane Dionis (ret. 1989)

Jane Dionis , 92 yrs old, of Fairfield, Connecticut passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 5th, 2016, with her loving family by her side. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in August 1924, she was the daughter of George and Thelma Dionis, also of Bridgeport. In her early years Jane attended St Augustine School in Bridgeport, and then attended and graduated from the Emerson College and University of Bridgeport with a teaching degree. Jane subsequently taught in the Fairfield School system for over 30 years, until she retired in 1989. 

Jane, a Fairfield Resident for over 50 years, was loved and cherished by her nephew, Basil Zaharis, her Grand Nephew, Jeff Latimer, her neighbors Lucille, Gita, Amanda, Skippy, Joe and Laura, and many local business employees, who always brought a smile to her face. She is pre-deceased by her 2 brothers, Charles and Daniel Dionis, and her 2 sisters, Viola Archambault and Eleanor Zaharis.
A Memorial Service will be held for her at St. George Albanian Church at 5490 Main Street in Trumbull on Sunday, Dec 11th at 10am with a coffee hour immediately following the service. For online condolences, to light a virtual candle and get directions visit us at commercehillfh.com

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Pete Harrity (ret. 1992 Housemaster Ludlowe)

Peter J. Harrity, Jr. (1928 - 2017), 88, formerly of Fairfield, died unexpectedly at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, MA on Friday,January27,2017. Pete was born in Worcester on August 15, 1928, the second son of PeterJ.and Anne Egan Harrity. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1950. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1953. He received his Master's Degree in 1955 from Worcester State Teachers College and in 1966 completed the Sixth Year Program in Professional Education at UConn.

Peter taught in Massachusetts before beginning in 1957 his 35 years of teaching in Fairfield. From 1957 to 1972, he taught English at Andrew Warde HS. He became a Housemaster at Roger Ludlowe High School in Fairfield in 1972, retiring in 1992. Pete was also a tennis coach at Andrew Warde and a tennis instructor during the summers for the Fairfield Board of Recreation. Peter returned to Worcester in 2007 to be closer to family.
He was predeceased by his parents and three brothers Raymond, Edward and James. Peter is survived by his loving wife Celine Donoghue Harrity and his five children: Marie C. Harrity and her husband Gary Smith of Parker, CO and their children Seamus and Devin Harrity; Peter F. Harrity and his wife Karen Felker Harrity of Scott, NY and their children Kelsey and Eamon Harrity; Mary Beth Harrity and her husband John Ferrarone of Worcester and their children Chloe and Evan Ferrarone; Barbara A. Harrity and her husband Edward Lindsey of Orono, ME and their children Emmett and Siobhan Harrity; Joseph N. and his wife Rebecca Smith Harrity of Troutdale, OR and their children Rowan, Finn and Brighid Harrity. Peter is survived by three great-grandchildren. Peter is also survived by his brother Martin F. Harrity; his sister Anne Scott Harrity, both of Worcester,and many nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral Mass will be Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 10 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Church, 555 Pleasant St., Worcester. Burial will be at St. John's Cemetery, Worcester. Calling hours at the funeral home are Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m. 
In lieu of flowers, donations in Peter's name may be made to Blessed Sacrament Parish, 551 Pleasant St., Worcester, MA 01602, or Covenant House, Times Square Station, P.O. Box 731, New York, NY 10108-0900.

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Published in Connecticut Post on Jan. 30, 2017

Ed Lominsky (ret. 1999 from Andrew Warde)

Lominsky, Edward C.
Edward C. Lominsky, age 79, of Stamford, formerly of Fairfield, beloved husband of the late Cheryl Lominsky, passed away peacefully Monday, December 19, 2016 at Atria of Stamford. Born in Worcester, MA, the son of the late Frank and Viola Lominsky, he had been a Fairfield resident for nearly fifty years. Following high school, Mr. Lominsky served in the United States Army. He received his BS in Mathematics from the College of the Holy Cross and Masters from the University of Bridgeport. Edward was a retired Math teacher at Andrew Warde High School in Fairfield and also served as Director of Athletics at Warde. He was an avid golfer and a devoted fan of the UConn Woman Huskies. He was predeceased by his brother Richard Loman. Survivors include two beloved children, Laurie Perren and her husband Richard of New Canaan and John Lominsky and his wife Kveta of Escondido, CA; a cherished granddaughter, Chloe Perren and a sister-in-law, Sally Loman of Bellevue, WA. Private graveside services in Oak Lawn Cemetery will be conducted at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047 (www.lbda.org). For information or to sign an online guest register, please visit :

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Bill McDermott (former principal Dwight)

McDermott, William F.
William F. McDermott, age 79, of Fairfield, beloved husband of Jo-Ann Brown McDermott, passed away on Saturday, November 26, 2016. Some of you may recall that, when Fairfield Public Schools consolidated 4 elementary schools, the RIF policy caused a decision to reduce four principals; three were all in the lowest reduction-in-force tier.  One was William McDermott who was principal of Dwight and passed away Saturday.  While he was offered a teaching assignment he decided to take a leadership assignment with Ethan Allen.  Later he reentered the profession and became a well beloved Principal in Glastonbury.  He was ultimately recognized by his colleagues as CT Elementary Principal of the Year.  It is from Glastonbury that he retired. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Dec.1, 2016 at 10 a.m. Directly at St. Pius X Church with burial to follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Rd., Fairfield Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ct Hospice 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, Ct 06405 or to the Operation Hope, 636 Old Post Rd., Fairfield, Ct 06824.To view the complete obituary, sign an online register or to get travel directions, please visit www.LeskoPolkeFuneralHome.com  - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?n=william-mcdermott&pid=182809873&#sthash.FYaO706l.dpuf

 

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Published in Connecticut Post from Nov. 28 to Nov. 29, 2016

 

Ilona Walsh (ret. 1990 from Holland Hill as an elemetary teacher)

Walsh, Ilona D.
Ilona Delmore Walsh, 86, of Punta Gorda, FL, beloved wife of the late Patrick J. Walsh, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 29, 2016. The Daughter of the late Harold and Helen Delmore, Mrs. Walsh was born in Bridgeport. February 28, 1930. Mrs. Walsh graduated from Academy of Our Lady of Mercy Lauralton Hall, Milford, as did her granddaughter Chase. Mrs. Walsh received her degree in education from Teachers College of CT TCC. Mrs. Walsh lived the majority of her life in Fairfield, CT., and was a retired elementary school teacher in the Fairfield school system. Mrs. Patrick J. Walsh touched many individual's lives with her quiet acts of kindness and compassion. Following the passing of her husband in 1990, Mrs. Walsh relocated to Punta Gorda, FL. and was an active Rotarian, a member at Saint Andrews South Golf Club, and The Isles Yacht Club. Mrs. Walsh however never left Fairfield, as she returned every year to spend time with her family and friends. Mrs. Walsh is survived by her two sons, Patrick M. Walsh (Laura Wendt) of Fairfield CT., Peter J. Walsh of Punta Gorda, FL., granddaughter Chase D. Kjellberg (Scott), and grandson P.J. (Patrick Joseph II) Walsh. Mrs. Walsh is also survived by her beloved sister Yolanda Vossler, and husband Robert Vossler, along with four nephews and their spouses, as well as her seven grandnieces and grand nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, November 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola at Fairfield University. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 3-7 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Rev. Thomas A. Murphy, S.J. Memorial Scholarship c/o Fairfield Prep, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. For information or to sign an online guest register please visit: 

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Elsla Burns (ret. 1980 from Riverfield School)


Elsa S. Burns, age 103, of Fairfield, beloved wife of the late William R. Burns, Sr., passed away peacefully Monday, October 24, 2016 at St. Vincent's Medical Center. Born in Bridgeport, the daughter of the late Louis and Priscilla Sava, she had been a lifelong Fairfield resident. She graduated from Roger Ludlowe High School and the Southern Connecticut Teacher's College and received her Masters Degree in Education from the University of Bridgeport. Mrs. Burns began her teaching career at Pequot School in Southport. After raising her children she returned to teaching in 1961 where she taught at Riverfield School in Fairfield until her retirement in 1980. She was a member of the Fairfield and Connecticut Retired Teacher's Associations and a lifelong parishioner of St. Emery Church. Predeceased by her daughter, Patricia E. Burns, she is survived by two beloved children, William R. Burns. Jr. of Fairfield and Priscilla Brown of Stratford; two grandchildren, Elizabeth Stolte-McGinty and Liam T. Brown; three great-grandchildren and two nephews. In addition to her husband and daughter she was predeceased by a grandson, Christopher Stolte, a sister and a brother. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Emery Church, 838 Kings Highway East, Fairfield. Interment will follow in Lawncroft Cemetery. Friends may greet the family Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice . For information or to sign an online guest register please visit www.SpearMillerFuneralHome.com

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Published in Connecticut Post from Oct. 26 to Oct. 27, 2016

Robyn Harrington (first grade in Fairfield)

HARRINGTON, ROBYN B. Robyn B. Harrington, age 63, of Milford, beloved wife to Gerald Harrington, passed away on Monday, September 12, 2016 in St. Raphael Hospital after a long illness. Born in Milford on January 28, 1953, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Adeline R. Nold Mars. Robyn began her teaching career for the Milford Board of Education in special education and then third grade at St. Gabriel School. She finished her teaching career as a first grade teacher for the Fairfield Board of Education. An artistic and talented woman, Robyn was an excellent crafter and seamstress. She made many wonderful costumes for the events held at Black Rock Church, where she was a deeply loved member of the Black Rock Church family. Robyn could do anything that she put her mind to including never letting her illness destroy her positivity for life. Most of all, Robyn was completely devoted to her family and her deep faith in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This faith has guided her home to the heavenly Father’s arms. Robyn will be missed by all who knew her. Along with her husband Gerald, Robyn is survived by her cherished daughters Rachel Harrington-Pavlo and her husband Robert of Milford, Kathleen Harrington-Boehm and her husband Dennis of Middlefield, siblings Robert (Eva) Mars, Walter J. (Mary Ellen) Mars, Colleen (Richard) Sardi, Carol (Frank) Mancini, Linda (Joseph) Whalen, Thomas (Joyce) Beckwith, Jean (James) Collins, Denise (Thomas) Charney, and Paul (Sarah) Beckwith. Beside her parents, Robyn has joined with her beloved second mother, Marion Mars. Calling hours will be held on Friday, September 16, 2016 from 4 to 8 PM at the Smith Funeral Home, 135 N. Broad St., Milford. A Committal Service will take place on Saturday, September 17th at 9:30 AM in King’s Highway Cemetery, Milford. A Celebration of Robyn’s Life will proceed in Black Rock Church, 3685 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield at 11 AM, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice. To leave condolences or for directions, please visit our website at www.georgejsmithandson.com

Published in The New Haven Register on Sept. 13, 2016

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Mike Hannigan (Director Health and P.E. 1967-1979)

Michael Hannigan (1928 - 2016)  

 Michael V. Hannigan Jr. 87, passed away peacefully at home, on Flag Day, June 14th,surrounded by his four daughters.He was born in Greenwich, CT and attended Greenwich public schools. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Arnold College in 1950, and his Masters Degrees in Physical Education and Educational Guidance in 1954 and 1958, from New York University. He also proudly served as a member of the US Marine Corps. Michael taught and coached in Greenwich from 1954 through 1967 at Greenwich Public schools, after which he worked as Director of Physical Education, Health and Safety in Fairfield, Ct. He accepted a position in Darien, in 1979, as Director of Physical Education and Athletics, retiring in 1987. From 1958 to 1975 he worked summers as Director of Jr. Programs at Riverside Yacht Club. After that, he and his family enjoyed their summers camping and traveling across Europe and the British Isles. He enjoyed hiking, biking and staying active with a variety of activities with his family, both here and abroad. Mike is survived by his four daughters, Patricia, Cathleen, Colleen and June, one granddaughter Jordan, and two step granddaughters, Emmanuelle and Stephanie. Visitation will be on Monday, June 20th at Knapp Funeral Home, in Greenwich, CT, from 5:00 PM 8:00 PM In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CT Epilepsy Advocate 20 Salem Walk, Milford,CT 06460 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/greenwichtime/obituary.aspx?n=michael-hannigan&pid=180353022&#sthash.SO0A7GA7.dpuf

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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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