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Sad News: Paula Gallalgher, beloved sister of Cissy Hudzik

A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 27th at St. Mary's Church, 942 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury. Masks are required at church. A private burial will be held on Friday May 28th.
Paula (Hudzik) Gallagher, 84, passed away at home in Simsbury on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 surrounded her children and beloved husband of 60 years, James W. Gallagher. Paula was born May 11, 1937 and was a graduate of Harding High School in Bridgeport and Connecticut Teachers College (now CCSU). She was executive accountant for Connecticut Building Specialties, and member of St. Mary's Church and Hop Meadow Country Club. Paula enjoyed bowling, golf and, most especially, spending time with her cherished grandchildren Waide, Wyatt, Brendan, Aidan, Declan, Emmett, Melissa, Amanda, Alexa and Evan. In addition to her husband Jim, Paula is survived by her children, Mary Gallagher of Los Angeles, CA, James Jr. (Stacie) of Simsbury, Michael (Margaret) of Simsbury, and Gregory (Christine) of East Granby; and her siblings, Patricia Ness (Phil) of Pittsburgh, PA, Ellen Costa of Fairfield, Cecilia Hudzik of Fairfield, and Michael Hudzik (Susan) of Trumbull. Paula was also the proud aunt to 13 treasured nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Michael and Pauline (Palowski) Hudzik and sister, Mary Alice. The family will receive friends during a walk through visitation on Wednesday, May 26th from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 27th at St. Mary's Church, 942 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury. Masks are required at church. A private burial will be held on Friday May 28th. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that charitable donations be made in Paula's name with the organization of your choice. Please visit Paula's "Book of Memories" at 
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Published in Hartford Courant from May 21 to May 23, 2021.

Sad Nws: Carol Vanoitis, Beloved Wife of Bill Vanoitis

Carol Cockerill Vaniotis was taken by the lord on January 9, 2021. She was born in Bridgeport, CT on April 30, 1941, the daughter of the late Harold Ellsworth and Ruth Estelle (Ryder) Cockerill. In 1967, she married her high school sweetheart, best friend, first love and soulmate, William Vaniotis, who will always be in her heart. They raised their family in Huntington, CT.
She is survived by daughters Christine Ruggiero and her husband Dominic and Marijane Papanikolaou and her husband Alexandros, grandchildren Maria Alexia and Lia Carol Vaniotis, and Sofia Carol and Nikos Socrates Papanikolaou, and great-grandson, Peter Michael Watts and his father Michael. She is also survived by godchildren Cassandra Vaniotis and Samuel Miller. She was predeceased by a sister, Barbara Ann Wheeler Grubbs.
Carol was very family orientated, and she was an integral part of her daughters' and grandchildren's lives. She truly cherished her grandchildren. They all called her "Yiayia" and brought great joy to her. Some of the happiest years of her life were spent with her beloved grandchildren, especially watching them after school, helping them with homework and school projects, and going to school activities, dance performances and soccer games. She wrote a storybook for each of the grandchildren when they were born. Her husband's family loved Carol and considered her a part of their immediate family.
Carol loved all animals, especially her pet dogs, and enjoyed gardening, sewing, knitting and making craft projects with her family.
Carol also loved music. She trained in voice lessons and sang with the Huntington Congregation Church Choir since high school. After marriage, Carol sang for 50 years with the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Choir and enjoyed singing with the Greek Coral Group. Her strong faith and her goal to return to choir gave her the strength to endure her battle with poor health.
Everyone enjoyed Carol's English specialties, especially her Yorkshire pudding. She became very fond of Greek food as Greek culture became a big part of her life. She always said that she is Greek in Spirit. Carol's favorite vacations were taking cruises with her husband. She graduated from Shelton High School and attended Willimantic Teachers College.
Friends are invited to go directly to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 4070 Park Avenue, Bridgeport on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 11 a.m. where the Rite of Burial will be officiated by Father Georgios Livaditis with interment immediately following in Lakeview Cemetery, Bridgeport. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday morning from 10 a.m. until time of service in the church. The Commerce Hill Funeral Home, 4798 Main Street, Bridgeport has been entrusted with the services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Trinity Church Choir in memory of Carol.
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Published in Connecticut Post on Jan. 10, 2021.

Nicole Geiling, daughter of Carole (Geiling) Maravich

Visitation will be held at the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, in Fairfield Center on Sunday, January 17, 2021 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Nicolle Geiling (Nicki) of Fairfield, CT departed this world on the evening of Wednesday, January 13, 2021 surrounded by her loving family. Nicolle is the loving daughter of Carole Maravich, the proud sister of Craig Maravich, and the wonderful niece of Joyce Scursatone. She was born in New York Hospital in Manhattan, NY on August 21, 1977. She is preceded in death by her grandparents Ann and Nick Maravich, and her loving uncle, Clyde "Victor" Scursatone. Nicolle brought joy to everyone she had the pleasure of meeting. She was the life of the party, always singing and dancing. Each time she entered a room with her infectious laughter, sense of humor, and smile, she ignited a spark in people. Nicolle embodied acceptance and forever rooted for the underdog while never passing judgment. She truly made the world a better place. Nicolle was a lover of the arts with a particular passion for theatre and Broadway. She was in the audience of countless Broadway shows and concerts. There wasn't a word in any song or show that she didn't know! New York City was her favorite haunt. She could always be found kneeling at the foot of the Pieta in St. Patrick's Cathedral. She and her dearest friend and love of her life, Josh O'Neil were regulars at local movie theaters and restaurants. They attended many plays, dances at Chapel Haven, and black tie events together. Nicolle was a natural performer with the ability to memorize and wow any crowd. She performed a one-woman show that told of her life and views on self-advocacy and acceptance of all people. She cherished moments dancing and singing with her family and loved exercising and working out. She could be seen taking her brisk walks while listening to her favorite music. Nicki loved people and making friends. Nicolle graduated from Fairfield High School in 1997. Following graduation she spent a year of post-secondary education at The Riverview School in East Sandwich, Cape Cod, Mass. Upon her return to Fairfield, she was hired at The GAP in Fairfield where she was an employee for 19 years. She took classes at Housatonic College earned an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Gateway Community College. She worked for 10 years at Borders Books in Fairfield in the children's department and presented a weekly story hour for young children. She also volunteered at the Fairfield Library weekly. With a heart that brimmed with kindness and empathy, Nicolle embraced advocacy work. She was a key voice on the board of the CT Self Advocacy Task Force in Hartford. She was the national representative and Poster Child for the National Down Syndrome Society and helped to lobby and educate those in Washington D.C. to support the Work Incentives Improvement Act. Her trip to Capitol Hill and personal appointments with our state senators and congressmen there along with Senator Ted Kennedy were sources of pride for Nicolle. She was responsible for encouraging Senator Lieberman to sign the Work Incentives Improvement Act Bill! Nicolle was honored on a national level for her civic engagement. She was the guest speaker and honored at the NDSS Women's Luncheon in NYC along with two other honorees, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Anna Quinlan. Nicolle also had other public speaking engagements to share her beliefs in Self Advocacy and acceptance of all peoples. Nicolle had an unwavering commitment to her Serbian Orthodox faith. She proudly and lovingly attended St. Dimitri Church in Easton, CT and was a lifelong member of St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church in Aliquippa, PA. Nicolle's family and especially Nicolle herself would like to thank the caregivers: Lily, Virginia, Joana, Dionne, and Susi, who were Nicki's friends and unselfishly traveled this journey with her. Nicolle is survived by her mother and proud guardian Carole Maravich; brother, Craig Maravich; aunt, Joyce Scursatone (Tete); sister- in- law, Sarah; and niece, Imogen Maravich; father, J. Douglass Geiling, and her long-time love, Josh O'Neill. Visitation will be held at the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, in Fairfield Center on Sunday, January 17, 2021 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. A special private prayer service will be delivered by Father George Coca before the public viewing. Funeral and burial will take place at St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church, Aliquippa, PA on Friday, January 22, 2021 – at a time to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nicolle's memory to: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church in Aliquippa, PA, and St. Dimitri Orthodox Church in Easton, CT. For travel directions or to sign her guest register, please visit: 

John Thomas Morken

May 27, 1948 ~ November 4, 2020 (age 72)

John Thomas Morken died peacefully at his home with his loving wife and beloved animals by his side after a long illness. He is the son of Donald and Roberta Morken. He leaves behind his wife Patricia Morken of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina; his daughter, Amy Morken Flynn and her husband Colin Flynn and grandson Rowan Flynn as well as his son, Andrew Morken.

John had a long career in International banking and lived all over the world. He received his Bachelor's degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN and went on to receive his Master's degree at Johns Hopkins University. Later in life John, had his own business which he thoroughly enjoyed.  Upon retirement, John relocated to Murrells Inlet for his love of golf. He went on and founded and developed The Arts Grand Strand nonprofit website. His work involved promoting all cultural arts and is very well known and, it is appreciated among the local artists along the Strand. He worked tirelessly to build the website in order to promote all cultural arts, artists, musicians and theater professionals to assist them with gaining as much exposure as possible. John’s legacy will continue as Bill Miller will be assuming the position of administrator of the website. John had numerous interests which included his love of playing classical music. John and Patti enjoyed traveling and golfing together with their former collie dogs Augustus, George and currently Oliver. John will be deeply missed by his family and remembered for his unique, humble and gracious, personality. 

A memorial service is planned for March 2021. Those details will be announced when finalized.

At the request of the family, please consider memorial contributions in lieu of flowers. Donations in John’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, American Stroke Association, 10 Glenlake Pkwy NE South Tower, Suite 400, Atlanta, GA 30328 or at

The family wishes to acknowledge, with heartfelt appreciation, the kindness, comfort, prayers and phones calls from friends and family both near and far.

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Burroughs Funeral Home & Cremation Services (843-651-1440) is honored to assist the family.

From Patti Morken:

"He was my best friend and a wonderful person. He was loved by many. It has only been 4 weeks since he passed. I am beyond empty and heartbroken."  Patti Morken 12/9/2020


Sad News: William Walton, beloved son of Ruth Walton

William E. Walton, 64, passed on October 18, 2020. Bill was a 1974 graduate of Andrew Warde H.S. in Fairfield, received his B.S. in zoology from U.R.I. in 1978, and his zoology/aquatic ecology at U.Md. in 1986. Bill was a full professor in the Entomology Department at UC Riverside and had been serving as Vice-Chair. He was an internationally respected scientist and an award-winning teacher of undergrads and graduate students. Bill is survived by his wife of 28 years Peggy; son Tyler; mother Ruth D. Walton (wife of the late Edward H .Walton, Jr); sister Susan Walton Peck and husband Harold A. Peck III; nieces and nephews. To honor Bill, contributions can be made to https://www.dana-faber-org/the-bing-center-for-waldenstroms-macroglobulinemia/ or to the Mayo Clinic( mc).

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Published in CT Post Nov. 5, 2020


Sad News:John Paul Barnoski, father of Diane Harrison

Friends and family are invited to attend a socially distanced graveside service and internment with full military honors at St. Joseph of Stratford National Catholic Church Cemetery at 1300 Stratford Road, Stratford, CT, at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 6, 2020.

John Paul Barnoski "Barney" passed at age 92 on October 30, 2020, at The Carolton in Fairfield, Connecticut. John was born on May 21, 1928 in Scranton, PA to the late John and Blanche Misiewicz Barnoski where he resided until age 12 at which time the family moved to Bridgeport, CT. He received an education in Bridgeport and worked after school at Logan Brothers, Westinghouse, and The Bullard Company. John enlisted in the Navy in 1945 where he served as a Fire Controlman Petty Officer First Class in WWII and the Korean War. Upon his discharge he returned to Bridgeport where he joined The Bullard Company in the Service and Engineering Departments.
During a furlough John met and married his loving wife of 58 years, the late Wanda Savich Barnoski. He and Wanda enjoyed raising their family at their home in Fairfield, CT, and their summer lakeside "lodge" that they designed and built together in Holmes, NY. As a true Renaissance man, John not only constructed his lakeside retirement home and future additions, but he also built massive stone walls around the property as well as fieldstone walls to retain the sloping land along the beach. Professional masons who viewed his work were astounded that he had no formal training. Everything he learned was from reading books since he was an avid reader throughout his lifetime. Since John's work required extensive travel throughout the country, he learned to decompress by painting, creating stain glass panels, and wood carving using a chainsaw. One wood creation was featured in Birds and Blooms magazine while a hand-painted fabric quilt was awarded a ribbon by the Connecticut Piecemakers Quilt Guild. In the later years of his life when he resided at Teresian Towers in Trumbull, he became well-known as The Painter and was a featured artist at an art exhibit at Trumbull Town Hall at age 90. He painted hundreds of paintings for over a decade that he gave to visitors, family, friends, and complete strangers as a reminder to all that life does not end at a certain age or because of an ailment or two. On the back of every canvas he wrote, "It has been said, THE BEST GIFT IS THE ONE YOU DIDN'T EXPECT TO RECEIVE."
John is survived by his loving daughter, Diane Harrison and her husband Jeffrey of Holmes, NY, his son, Daniel John Barnoski of Trumbull, CT, his beloved grandson, Jonathan B. Harrison and his wife Dr. Cristina Fox of Valparaiso, IN, along with four nieces and three nephews and their families. He was predeceased by sisters, Eleanor Majkut, and Dorothy Mileski, as well as brother, Richard Berns.
Friends and family are invited to attend a socially distanced graveside service and internment with full military honors at St. Joseph of Stratford National Catholic Church Cemetery at 1300 Stratford Road, Stratford, CT, at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 6, 2020.

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Sad News: Martha Pitman Tavares, wife of Ken Tavares

Family and friends may pay their respects on Friday, August 7, 2020 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Agnes Church, 400 Merwin Ave., Milford, CT. Masks and social distancing will be required. Due to gathering size limitations, only 100 people will be allowed in the church at a time. A Mass of Christian Burial and interment will be private

Martha Pittman Tavares

December 3, 1940 ~ August 1, 2020 (age 79)

Martha was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed socializing and entertaining family and friends, especially during the holiday seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas. In addition, over the years, she was active in several civic organizations. But by far, her favorite organizations were Jack and Jill of America, Incorporate and The Links, Incorporated. She served as president of the Bridgeport Chapter of Jack & Jill from 1981-1984. She was one of the organizers of the Milford, CT Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. During the more than 30 years of membership in the Links, she has served as president, vice-president, and chairperson of several of the program facets.

Martha lived life passionately as a good wife, loving mother, grandmother and as a committed friend. She leaves to cherish in her memory, her husband, Kenneth, a daughter, Lisa Tavares Bodiford (Christopher) of Bowie, MD and a son Stephen (Bridgit) of New Hartford, CT. Three grandsons, Justin and Brandon Tavares, Carter Bodiford, and a granddaughter Mackenzie Bodiford. She also leaves two  sisters, Shirley Charles of Baltimore, MD and Carolyn Mency (Romie) of Richmond Hills, GA; a brother, Warren Woods (Geneva) of Roanoke, VA, a sister-in-law Madalyn Tavares of Apache Junction, AZ and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was predeceased by her sister Fannie (Flossie) Spriggs, and her brother, Joseph Woods.

Family and friends may pay their respects on Friday, August 7, 2020 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Agnes Church, 400 Merwin Ave., Milford, CT. Masks and social distancing will be required. Due to gathering size limitations, only 100 people will be allowed in the church at a time. A Mass of Christian Burial and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 260 Cochituate Road, #200, 2nd Floor, Suite 200, Framingham, MA 01701 or online at

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August 7, 2020

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saint Agnes Church
400 Merwin Avenue
Milford, CT 06460

Sad News: Ann Smoler, mother of Bob Smoler, FEA President

Memorial service will be scheduled at a future date due to Covid 19 pandemic.

Ann Youngerman Smoler was born on May 15, 1932, and died on April 4, 2020, just short of her 88th birthday. The cause of her death was COVID-19. She was deeply beloved by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and close friends. While she was raised in Chicago, she spent most of her life in Westchester County, and lived more recently in Manhattan. Ann graduated from the University of Illinois and the Hunter School of Social Work. After the death of her youngest child, Matthew Smoler, she developed a specialty in grief counseling: running bereavement groups, and working at Gilda's Club and Project Liberty, for which she traveled by subway throughout New York City to counsel survivors of September 11. She is survived by her children Karen Smoler Heller (husband Douglas) of New York City, Robert Smoler (wife Lisa) of Westport, CT, and Nancy Smoler of Philadelphia, PA; her grandchildren Rebecca, Scott, Michelle, Isaac, and Lionel; and four great-grandchildren. Her former husband, Dr. Gideon Nachumi, predeceased her. While our hearts are broken, "Grannie Annie's" love of family, empathy for the suffering, and passion for social justice will live on through many generations. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, no service or visitation will be held at this time, but a memorial service will be scheduled at a future date.
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Published in the The Journal News from Apr. 6 to Apr. 7, 2020

Sad News: Elizabeth Turrell, mother to June MacKenzie 7/27/2019

Funeral services were held privately in the care of the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home.
Elizabeth Gombos Turrell, age 98, beloved wife of the late George Joseph Turrell, entered into eternal life on July 27th. The daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Gombos, "Betty" was a lifelong resident of her treasured town of Fairfield. She is cherished by her two loving daughters, Elizabeth Turrell Kocaba and her husband, Robert, of Trumbull and June Turrell MacKenzie and her husband Malcolm of Fairfield, five grandchildren, James Kocaba and his wife, Susan, of Madison, CT, Julie Leonard and her husband Patrick, of Larchmont, NY, Anna Zamat and her husband, Michael, of Fairfield, Alyson Karnath and her husband, Alex, of Alameda, CA, and Mallory Young and her husband Ryan, of New York City. Betty has nine great-grandchildren - Matthew, Gunnar, Alexandra, and Blake Leonard, Owen and Drew Kocaba, Samuel and William Zamat, and Luke Karnath. Betty is also survived by her brother, Daniel Harold Gombos of Woodbury, her sister-in-law, Helena Pajolek of Bridgeport and several nieces and nephews. Betty's passions were her family, faith and service to others. She was an officer and member of countless organizations. Her church life at Calvin United Church of Christ included a lifetime of teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, singing in the choir and involvement in all church functions. Betty taught weekday religious school in the Greater Bridgeport area and was involved in the Council of Churches. Betty was also involved in the Church Women United, founded in 1941, which was an ecumenical movement comprised of women regardless of race or denomination which provided a place of fellowship and understanding. Betty was also actively involved with the Southport Women's Club, founded in 1915, which provided her and the other members with stimulating social and cultural conversations, as well as opportunities to improve the community. Betty highly valued education and was an active member and officer of Parent Teacher Associations. At age 60, Betty founded a nursery school at Calvin United Church. For ten years, her classes overflowed with three and four year olds. She created a loving environment in which she promoted a love of learning and practices of kindness with her cherished little ones and their families. In 1975, Betty was honored with the Connecticut Mother or the Year Award for her exemplary service to a wide range of organizations and people in her community and state. Betty gently wove her family and friends into her volunteer work by appointing herself the designated driver to all would be volunteers who couldn't drive. She filled her car with people who wanted to sing in the choir, help out with programs and cheerfully led the way. Her unconditional "Yes, sure!" response to any call for assistance inspired others to do the same. Her cheerful nature along with her positive energy, deep and wide faith in God and his love were infectious. Her family was the primary recipient of her greatest love –with her time and attention. She placed her family first and worked, walked and thought quickly, running circles around most of us while cooking chicken paprikas, writing love notes, baking Hungarian confections and gathering us for family time around the dining table, complete with her arranged flowers for Sunday dinner. Betty was always available to her family, caring for us in every way and demonstrating that nothing was ever too much trouble. She lived from a place of love. We were so proud of her and happy to share "Mrs. Turrell" with the world. "God Bless You Always, Mother," Your loving family. Funeral services were held privately in the care of the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be directed to The Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 9601or Vitas Community Connection, 255 E 5th St., Suite 2600, Cincinnati, OH 45202-4138. To sign an online register, please visit 

Published in Connecticut Post on Aug. 2, 2019

Sad News: Jean Zapytowski

Jean Dickerson Zapytowski
It is with great sadness the family of Jean Dickerson Zapytowski, 91, of Hudson, Ohio announces that she passed away on May 7, 2019 in Akron. Jean was born in Bellville, Michigan to Harry and Ruth on March 17, 1928. Upon the death of her mother, Jean and her sisters went to live with her uncle and aunt, Clark and Mary Dickerson. Jean graduated from Reed City High School in 1946 and went on to earn her BS from Central Michigan University in 1950 and her MA from Fairfield University in 1975. She met Joe at the first fall dance at Central Michigan University in 1946 and they married in June 1950 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Jean worked as a teacher for special education on the junior high level for Muskegon School system in Michigan for ten years. Jean enjoyed boating and traveling and was devoted to her family. Jean will be fondly remembered by her beloved husband, Joe of Hudson; and her loving sons, Stephen (Bernadine) Zapytowski, Mark Zapytowski, and Joe Jr. (Julie Harris) Zapytowski; proud grandmother to S. Michael (Breann), Catherine, Joey and Clover; and great-grandmother of Sofia, Stella, and Robbie. Jean was preceded in death by her daughter, Carrie; parents, Harry and Ruth Ann; uncle, Clark and aunt, Mary; sisters, Betty Lou and Kathleen; brothers, John, Jay, and James Clark. Friends are invited to Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson, OH, where Jean's funeral service will be held on May 22, 2019 at 11 a.m. with Father David Halaiko officiating. Jean's remains will be placed in an urn designed to accommodate her and Joseph for future burial. Memorial donations may be made to Laurel Lake Community Foundation, 200 Laurel Lake Dr., Hudson, OH 44236. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to friends and neighbors at Laurel Lake and elsewhere for the support they have shown. (REDMON, STOW, OHIO, 330-688-6631)
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Published in Connecticut Post on May 14, 2019

Bruce Seaburg, beloved husband of Janet Seaburg (ret.McKinley, art)

Bruce John Seaburg (the Viking) passed away in his home surrounded by family on January 7,2019. A celebration of his life will be held at the "Cottage" on the lake Saturday, June 29, 2019.

Bruce John Seaburg (the Viking) passed away in his home surrounded by family on January 7,2019.
This journey has ended - and a new one to begin.
Bruce was born in Mt. Vernon, NY on June 25, 1935, son of Harold Ernest Seaburg and Gertrude Lundquist Seaburg. As a toddler, they moved to Fairfield, CT. He graduated co-valedictorian from Rodger Ludlowe High School in 1953. Salem Lutheran Church in Bridgeport became a very important part of his life. He graduated from Upsala College in 1957 where he was in the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity, a national service fraternity. This theme of service became an important part of his career and life. Bruce spent countless hours coaching baseball, as a band parent, playing tennis, cheering on his Dodgers, camping, fishing, cutting the lawn on his John Deere, cruising the lake in the Whaler, reading and relaxing by the lake with their dog Spirit.
He was the chairman of the blood program for the American Red Cross having donating over 18 gallons of blood throughout his lifetime. After college, he served in the U.S. Army, Special Intelligence Agent in Europe from 1957 - 1960. He worked for Southern New England Telephone Company from 1962 - 1991 as a district manager. After retiring he moved to Vermont where he continued his service by volunteering at the Maritime Museum in Vergennes, VT, eventually becoming an employee as operations manager and volunteer coordinator.
Bruce is survived by his wife of 56 years, Janet Schnable Seaburg, his children Kristin S. Laberge and her husband Jim of Ferrisburgh, VT, son Kyle B. Seaburg and wife Sara of Stratford, CT and four grandchildren Madison and Katelyn (Kristin and Jim) and Braydon and Logan (Kyle and Sara). He is also survived by extended family members from California to Maine and overseas to Sweden. A celebration of his life will be held at the "Cottage" on the lake Saturday, June 29, 2019. Friends and family are welcome to come and honor Bruce, Lovey, Dad, Pops, Poppy and Gee (details to follow).
Donations can be made to the Addison County Home, Health & Hospice who made this last journey one of dignity, comfort and support in his own home (special thanks to Lana, Jane, Sara and Diana) or Lake Champlain Maritime Museum,
Published in Connecticut Post on Jan. 17, 2019

Note from Terry Kinsella:
“Bruce Seaburg, husband of retired Tomlinson art teacher Janet Seaburg, passed away on January 7, 2019. Bruce and Janet have been retired for 25 years, living their dream on Lake Champlain in Vermont. They were married for 56 years.

Bruce graduated from Roger Ludlow High School in 1953 as did his daughter (1982) and son (1985). Kristin, her husband Jim, and daughters Maddie and Katie live in Ferrisburg, VT. Kyle, a Norwalk High School teacher, lives in Stratford CT with his wife Sara and sons Braydon and Logan.

The full CONNECTICUT POST obituary can be read on the POST website, January 17, 2019. A celebration of Bruce’s life will be held in Vermont in the end of June.”

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Sad News: Beloved Son of Joe Sabol

Marcus Matthew Sabol

May 23, 1968 - October 31, 2018 Marcus Matthew Sabol, age 50, of Plainville, husband of Carmen Santana, passed away October 31, 2018. Marcus was born on May 23, 1968 in Bridgeport, son of Joseph (Lorraine) Sabol and Joann (Alan) Wood. Marcus attended Fairfield Public Schools, was a graduate of Andrew Warde High School, Class of 1986 where he was a member of the football team. He was a graduate of Porter and Chester and earned a degree in Computer Programming. His professional career included: Network Manager at Southern New England Telephone Company and IBM for many years, he owned his own businesses "Computers R Us" and "Quick Connect Computers". Marcus was a Little League standout as a boy. He was a lifetime Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Orioles fan. He enjoyed collecting baseball cards and attending baseball card and sports memorabilia shows. His passion were fresh-water fly fishing for trout and deep sea fishing for marlin. He loved his pugs, Pugsley, Thumper, and Woody. Survivors, in addition to his wife and parents include his precious and beloved daughter, Nikola, and her mother Enkelejda Trifoni, sister, Jessica Lanza (Robert) and their children (Salvatore and Sofia); brother, Justin (Tammy) and their children (Mitchell and Abigail) and stepchildren, aunts, uncles, and cousins, Funeral arrangements will be private. To leave a condolence on line or light a candle:
Published in Connecticut Post on Nov. 11, 2018

Dennis O'Rourke, Beloved Husband of Brenda O'Rourke

Dennis Peter O'Rourke                     May 15, 1943  -  June 28, 2018

Dennis Peter O’Rourke passed away at the age of 75 at his home on June 28 in Leland, NC.He was born in Yonkers, NY, on May 15, to the late Joseph and Anne O’Rourke. He had been a resident of Fairfield for 30 years and was the beloved husband of Brenda O’Rourke for the last 47 years. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Yonkers, NY and served in the United States Navy from 1960 to 1966. After he was discharged, he worked as the Manager of Facilities at IBM and later as a Director of Facilities at World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He retired with his wife to Leland, NC in 2013. He loved playing golf, gardening and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a man of great faith and an involved parishioner in both Fairfield and Wilmington, NC.


He is survived by his wife Brenda O’Rourke of Leland, NC; two children Michael O’Rourke of Apex, NC and Suzie Minogue of Fairfield; sister Diane O’Rourke of Yonkers; five grandchildren, Patrick, Keri and Sean O’Rourke, all of Apex, NC, Teagan and Scarlett Minogue, both of Fairfield.


A funeral mass will take place on Friday July 6 at 10 a.m. at St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Drive in Fairfield. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association.

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Natalie Senko, Beloved Mother of Sandy Naughton

Natalie Catherine Mingrone Senko of Fairfield, beloved wife to the late Fred Senko, passed away on January 22, 2018 at Cambridge Manor. Her memory will be embraced by her two loving children, Sandra Naughton and her husband, Thomas of Fairfield and Fred Senko and his wife, Denise of Monroe; four grandchildren, Rebecca Leek and her husband, John of Egg Harbor City, NJ, Allison De Maria and her husband, Christopher of Ojai, CA, Jesse Senko of Phoenix, AZ and Sara Senko of Sandy Hook, CT; three great-grandchildren, Paige, Ellis and Nora Leek; and a sister Eleanor Brauer of Ohio. In addition to her beloved husband, Fred, Natalie was predeceased by six siblings. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 545 Stratfield Road, Fairfield. Her interment will follow at St. Michael Cemetery, Stratford. Memorial donations may be directed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105/ For travel directions or to sign her online guest register book, please visit :

Beloved Mother of Roger Lasky (retired from Sherman School)

Elizabeth Lasky
Elizabeth Demeter Lasky, age 102, of Fairfield, wife of the late Edward Lasky, passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Born in Bridgeport, daughter of the late John and Mary Nagy Demeter, Betty had been a Bridgeport and Fairfield Town resident for most of her life. She started working at the age of 15 as a factory worker in area factories and several retail stores and retired from the Fairfield Public School System. She is survived by her devoted son, Roger Lasky, whom she lived with and lovingly cared for his mother for the past 20 years, of Fairfield, a sister in law Rose Demeter, of Bridgeport as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers Joseph and John Demeter and sisters Patricia Drought and Ethel Dobos. Betty's son and extended family want to thank the staff at both St. Vincent's Medical Center and Bridgeport Hospital for their care and support and for Dr. Lenore Snowden, Rev. Susan Pfeil, and the Sherman School family for their care and compassion. Most especially, the staff, home care workers, and nurses at the Shamrock Home Care for their loving care, friendship and support over the past four years. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 12 Noon in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Rd., Fairfield Center with the Rev. Susan Pfeil officiating. Burial to follow in Lawncroft Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday at the funeral home from 9 am until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice . To get travel directions, please visit: 

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Beloved husband of Arlene Wall and father of Alex and Chaz:

Bryan Charles Wall, age 68, of Black Rock, Connecticut, beloved husband of Arlene Wall, passed away peacefully in his home in the arms of his son Saturday, March 21, 2015 following a courageous battle with ALS. Born in Hitchin-Herts, England, the son of the late Charles Edward and Dorothy Ellen Wall, he had been an area resident since 1974. He was employed as a Senior Account Manager for GE Information Services from 1974 to 1988 and thereafter became immersed in antiques and collectibles specializing in antique toys. He was the proprietor of Toys of Yesteryear Shop in Fairfield, where he enjoyed entertaining fellow collectors and dealers in the shop which was filled with a wondrous assortment of childhood memories. Over the years, Bryan enjoyed riding his moped around his Fairfield Beach neighborhood, taking grand and often eventful road trips in his beloved Buick Roadmaster, and becoming an avid Ebay seller of all sorts of amazing objects. He was a devoted husband and father who delighted in time spent with his family and will best be remembered for his unique sense of humor, kindness, and genuine interest in everyone he met. Survivors in addition to his wife Arlene include two loving sons, Alex Wall of Portland, OR and Chas Wall of Stamford; a brother Alan Wall of Bristol, England; sisters in law Lee Ratta and Helen Wall; nephew Michael Ratta and niece Kirsty Wall. A celebration of Bryan's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association, Connecticut Chapter, 4 Oxford Road Unit E4, Milford, CT 06460, or to the Hospital for Special Care Neuromuscular Clinic, 2150 Corbin Avenue, New Britain, CT 06053. For information or to sign an online guest register please visit - See more at and have the opportunity to sign his guest book:

 Beloved son of  George and Mary Poole:

Thomas John Poole, 41, of Ft. Myers, FL, formerly of Stratford, CT, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015.

Tom was born April 13, 1973 in Arlington, VA to George and Mary Poole. A graduate of Fairfield High School, Tom was a long time resident of Stratford where he worked as an auto mechanic, prior to his recent move to Florida where he worked at Power Treads Auto Shop in Ft. Myers, Florida.

Tom was a devoted family man and belonged to The Catholic Church. His greatest joy in life was his son and best friend, Toby Thomas Poole. 

Tom’s passions included being an avid fisherman and watching NASCAR. He was known to friends and family as a Kevin Harvick super fan who never missed a race. Tom had a quick wit, and loved to make people laugh.

Tom is survived by his son, Toby; Toby's mother, Kelly Poole, of Stratford; parents, George and Mary Poole of Indialantic, FL; brothers, George (Ivette) Poole, III, of Ft. Myers and Russell Poole of Melbourne, FL, along with numerous aunts, uncles, and nieces & nephews and cousins.

A Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 am, Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 3050 N. Highway A1A, Indialantic, FL 32903. Tom will be laid to rest at Eau Gallie Cemetery, next to his maternal grandparents, following Saturday’s Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Daily Bread Inc., 815 East Fee Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32901.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Davis Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, Melbourne, FL. Please share condolences and stories at


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Ettinger, Betty (mother of Laurie)

Age 90, died peacefully April 4, 2014 in Bryn Mawr, PA. She was a resident of Martins Run in Media for three years and spent most of her adult years in Wilmington and Hockessin, DE. 

Betty was the co-owner of Bag and Baggage Inc. and B and B Tickettown for two decades. After retirement she attended University of Delaware's Academy of Lifelong Learning for thirty years. However, it is the roles of adoring Wife, loving Mother, proud Grandmother, and caring friend that she will be best remembered for. 

Predeceased by her beloved husband, Sig, in 2012, she is survived by her daughters Lynne Shapiro (Alan) of Medford, NJ, Judy Ettinger of Madison, WI and Laurie Ettinger of Wilmington, DE, and her five grandchildren, David Rodenstein, Shanna Brown (Kyle), Lisa Hicks (Jordan), Betsy Reznikoff (Joe) and Scott Shapiro. 

A memorial service will be held Noon, Tuesday April 8, 2014 at the Martins Run Auditorium. 11 Martins Run, Media, PA 19063. Shiva will be observed 7:00 pm Tuesday in the Lodge at Martins Run. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to a charity of your choosing. Condolences made on this page will be forwarded to Laurie.



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Lowney, III, William T. (beloved husband of Joan Lowney)

William (Bill) Thomas Lowney, III of Fairfield, CT died Tuesday, August 27, 2013 in his favorite town, Boston, following a brief illness. Born December 13, 1935 in Somerset, MA he was the son of William and Irene Collins Lowney. Bill and his brother Jerome grew up in Somerset where they developed a lifelong devotion to the Red Sox. Bill was a proud Eagle Scout, carrying his certificate in the front of his wallet all of his life. He graduated from his beloved Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts in history and then received his Master's degree in education and administration from Fairfield University. He taught as a Brother of the Holy Cross for 10 years in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York. Ultimately, he found his calling as an extraordinary, inspired and much-loved teacher of "the crazy eights", teaching Darien public school 8th graders about American history and leading student trips to explore Washington DC and Boston, MA. Although his own talents were recognized throughout his career, his students' achievements meant more to him. He married Joan Manning in January 1966 and they raised their family in Fairfield, CT. Bill is survived by his wife, Joan of Fairfield, daughter Meghan of Bridgeport, son Liam and his wife Kerri Spillane of Marshfield, Massachusetts, and two cherished grandchildren, brother Jerome Lowney and his wife Mickey, sister-in-law Nancy MacFarland and her husband Garth, and brothers-in law John Manning and his wife Joey and Barry Manning and his wife Margie and fourteen nieces and nephews and many wonderful friends. Bill was predeceased by daughter Shannon Elizabeth Lowney (12/30/94). An informal Irish send-off in celebration of Bill's life is planned for Sunday September 29, 2013 from 12-4pm at the Jacky Durrell Pavilion, 401 Fairfield Beach Road, Fairfield, CT. A brief program will begin at 12:30pm. In lieu of flowers, a gift in Bill's memory may be made to the charity of your choice or to: Shannon Lowney Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o The High School Scholarship Foundation of Fairfield, Inc. P.O. Box 682 Fairfield, CT 06824 or Bill Lowney Lighthouse Support, Martha's Vineyard Museum P.O. Box 1310, Edgartown, MA 02539. For information or to send online condolences please


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Richard Gribko | Reply 22.01.2021 16:07

Sorry to hear about your loss - my thoughts are with you bill.
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Richard Gribko | Reply 08.08.2020 15:17

My sincere appreciation for your tremendous loss.

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13.10 | 21:37

Our sincere condolences to you, Sara, and your family. We fondly remember John. He was a caring and friendly man. His wonderful life leaves a trail of beautiful memories

12.09 | 22:21

I would very much like to get in touch with Mel Senator. I was a young Yale MAT graduate when I was hired, together with my good friend Liz Willis.

09.07 | 12:14

Congratulations on earning your doctorate. Yes we have been lucky to hire only the best. Thanks for staying with the FPS. Wishing you the very best.

08.07 | 23:16

Thanks, Dr Burke, for inspiring me to complete my own doctorate at the University of Bridgeport in 1991. Also, many thanks, for hiring me in 1977 for Fairfield.

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