Sad News: Lenny Martini(ret.1992 Instrumental Music)
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Sad News: Lenny Martini (ret.1992 Instr. Music)
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 10 am, St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1719 Post Road Fairfield. Interment will follow at St. Michaels Cemetery, Stratford. Visitation is Monday, June 14, from 4–7 pm, Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield
Leonard J. Martini ("Lenny") of Fairfield, beloved husband of Veronica M. Martini (deceased) of 59 years, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family
on Sunday, June 6, 2021. He was born on March 20, 1930 in Bridgeport. He received a Bachelors and Masters degree from Julius Hartt College of Music, University of Hartford and a 6th Year Degree from Fairfield University. Leonard served in the
US Army before starting his career as a music teacher. He had a tremendous passion for music and life. Leonard taught instrumental music for 33 years in the Fairfield Public Elemicentary Schools. After retirement in 1992, he was a music teacher at Green Farms
Academy, Westport. Leonard was the Music Director for the Summer Concert Series at Penfield. He was a member of Knights of Columbus, Gaelic American Club and Bridgeport Musician's Union. And, a long time Parishioner and head usher at St. Thomas Aquinas Church.
Leonard enjoyed golf, walking and was a member of the Teachers Bowling League. He loved to play the violin, clarinet and frequently entertained family and friends with the piano. Leonard especially enjoyed family vacations in the Berkshires and Mexico. He
is survived by his daughter, Susan M. Martini of Fairfield, his son Michael J. Martini and wife Mary T. Martini and grandson, Zachary G. Martini of Stratford. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated
on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 10 am, St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1719 Post Road Fairfield. Interment will follow at St. Michaels Cemetery, Stratford. Visitation is Monday, June 14, from 4–7 pm, Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. www.SpearFuneralHome.com.
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In Memoriam-Remembering Our Friends
Friends and family may call from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT. Military Honors will be served at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place that morning at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Mary Church (Precious Blood Parish), 70 Gulf St., Milford. Interment will follow at Saint Mary Cemetery, Buckingham Ave., Milford. Masks and social distancing will be required.
Peter J. Carroll, 88, of Milford, CT, loving husband of 66 years to Florence P. (Reynolds) Carroll, passed away on Wednesday, May 12, 2021.
Peter was born on Dec. 6, 1932, in Milford, CT, son of the late Joseph and Florence (Herting) Carroll.
After a longtime physical education teaching and coaching
career in Fairfield, CT, Peter retired in 1993. Peter also served on the Milford Planning & Zoning Board, Milford Transit District Board and was a member of the Milford Democratic Town Committee.
In addition to his wife, Peter is survived by his children, Christopher (Debby) Carroll, Shawn Carroll (Donna Cartwright), Colleen Carroll Noyes, all of Milford, and Stacie (Michael) DiNello of Deep River, CT; grandchildren
Kerrie Payne, Katie Garbati, Eleanor Noyes, of Milford, Kelly Gilchrist of Cheshire, CT, Brianna David of Palermo, Maine, Peter DiNello of Wallingford, CT, Fiona Noyes of Naugatuck, CT, William Carroll of Frederick, MD and 10 great-grandchildren. Peter was
predeceased by his brother, Howard Carroll, and a grandchild, Kylene Carroll.
The family wishes to thank Maria, his caregiver, and the staff of doctors and
nurses at the VA and Connecticut Hospice especially Marie and Michelle.
Friends and family may call from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT. Military Honors will be served at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial
will take place that morning at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Mary Church (Precious Blood Parish), 70 Gulf St., Milford. Interment will follow at Saint Mary Cemetery, Buckingham Ave., Milford. Masks and social distancing will be required.
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Published in The New Haven Register on May 13, 2021.
Sad News: Gene Karpinski, ret. 1980, principal Tomlinson
A Mass will be celebrated Friday, May 7, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Fairfield (it will also be livestreamed at stanthonyffld.org). Interment with Military Honors will follow in St. Michael Cemetery.
Eugene D. Karpinski (Gene) passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on April 27, 2021. He was 96 years old. Born April 8, 1925 to Adam and Agnes Karpinski of
Bridgeport, he was the second of three sons.
Gene met his wife Madlyn at Central High School. They married on December 27, 1949 and celebrated their 71st wedding
anniversary in December. His children and grandchildren surprised them with an outdoor celebration on their patio – a change from the 'Christmas in New York' tradition Eugene had organized every year for the past 20 years, treating the entire family
to Broadway shows, dinner at Carmine's, skating at Rockefeller Center, and taking in the sights and sounds of the Big Apple.
Gene served three years in the
US Navy during World War ll, aboard the battleship USS Texas. He saw action at D-Day, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. He was aboard the Texas when they set a record for the most days (over 50) at battle ready stations in the South Pacific. Gene was honorably discharged
Like many of his generation, Gene attended college on the GI Bill. He graduated from Southern Connecticut Teachers' College and later got a master's
degree from Fairfield University. Gene built a career first as a math teacher and then as an administrator in the Fairfield Public School system. He was a mentor and colleague to many, making his mark at Grasmere School, then as assistant principal at Stratfield
and Tomlinson. For several decades, he was also active with the Boys' Club of Bridgeport.
Later he became principal at Riverfield and then Tomlinson, where
he supervised building additions that were dedicated in 1980. During this period, he was also an adjunct professor at Fairfield University's Graduate School of Education. He retired in June 1980 after 27 years of service in Fairfield. For six years after his
retirement, he was coordinator of a bilingual education program at Bullard Havens Technical High School in Bridgeport.
Grandchildren arrived one after the
next in the 1980s and 1990s. Whether it was a school play, a birthday, a big win or a tough loss, "Papa" and "Grammy" were always there and generous with their love and support. He was most proud to have attended all five of his grandchildren's high school
and college graduations, as well as two graduate school graduations. A lifelong educator, he imparted the value and discipline of academic curiosity to his children and grandchildren.
Gene was an athlete and avid sports fan. He approached sports with equal measures of competition and fairmindedness. Skilled in basketball, golf and baseball through college, he went on to coach and play in semi-pro leagues.
Gene was a conscientious and modest man, and a dedicated Roman Catholic. He was a giver. In time of need, Gene never asked, "What can I do?" He just did it. He was a
kidder with a twinkle in his eye, available for advice or a good laugh. Gene and Madlyn were a good team, rooting for the New York Knicks, playing daily Scrabble games, enjoying local and distant beaches, visiting family and traveling to their beloved Carmel,
CA and New York City many times. They called Southport their home for the last 65 years, enjoying gardening, friends and family.
He was predeceased by his
parents and his oldest brother, Edward Karpinski. He is survived by his wife Madlyn (Capasso) Karpinski, his son Gene Karpinski and daughter-in-law Elizabeth Collaton of Arlington, VA, his daughter Alane Karpinski Sullivan and son-in-law Jim Sullivan of Rye,
NH and his five loving grandchildren and biggest fans: Conor Sullivan of Virginia Beach, VA, Casey Sullivan of New York, NY, Andrew Karpinski of New York, NY, Curran Sullivan of Los Angeles, CA and Lauren Karpinski of Washington, D.C. He also leaves behind
his brother, Al Karpinski and many other relatives.
A Mass will be celebrated Friday, May 7, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Fairfield
(it will also be livestreamed at stanthonyffld.org).
Interment with Military Honors will follow in St. Michael Cemetery.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Wakeman Boys & Girls Club, 268 Post Rd.
2nd Floor, Fairfield, CT 06824 or Cardinal Shehan Center, 1494 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06604. For information or to leave a condolence, click here:
Sad News: Dan Lincoln (ret.2002, Tomlinson,RLHS,Ffld HS,Alternative Ed)
On Sunday, April 11, 2021, Daniel Kennedy Lincoln sauntered down the road less travelled one last time surrounded by nature following a warm sun shower. While he
may have left this earth, he has gone on to hike many more mountains, fish many more streams, and paddle over many more ponds.
Daniel was born in Schenectady,
New York on November 9, 1937 to the late Powell Rogers Lincoln and Margaret Kennedy Lincoln. Soon after his birth his family moved to begin their life in Fairfield, Connecticut along with his brother, Herb Lincoln, who preceded him in passing. His love of
learning sprouted at an early age. His love for alternative learning and thinking outside of the box began in his early days at The Unquowa School and carried on with him to Fairfield Country Day School. He attended Proctor Academy in Andover, New Hampshire
where he developed a love of boat building and fostered his love for the mountains working the winters on ski patrol. He went on to graduate with the class of 1958. He then attended Emory and Henry College, where he became known for his infamous Angel Food
Cake with sprinkles and his love of honey. He graduated from Emory and Henry with a teaching degree and began his teaching career in Staunton River, Virginia where he taught and fought for integration of the school system. During his years in Virginia, he
was an active fighter for civil rights, participating in many Civil Rights Movement marches. He later returned to his home of Fairfield, Connecticut with his first wife and two children to build their life and continue his teaching journey in the Fairfield
Public School System. Alongside fellow innovative educators- Phil, Peter, Arnold and Joanne - he founded the Whole Earth Learning program for high school juniors at Roger Ludlowe High School to get students to think critically, question the status quo, and
get outside to appreciate nature and all its lessons. After years teaching high school students, he transitioned to Tomlinson Middle School where he taught geography and developed lessons that integrated all subjects from Math to English to Social Studies.
He became famous for his "Red Writing", which challenged students to utilize both right- and left-brain thinking. Students always remembered him for this, but also the detailed maps that they drew. Weekends were filled with grading poster-sized maps or globes
drawn on beach balls. His love of nature was shared with his students during their yearly hikes on the Appalachian Trail.
During his summers off from teaching,
early in his career, he worked at Camp ICC in Westport, Connecticut for inner-city children teaching film and photography. He fell in love with the arts and crafts counselor, Kathleen, who later became his second wife. They shared their love of art, learning,
and culture. They went on to adopt two daughters from the Dominican Republic. Kathleen and Daniel were married for 30 years before her passing in April 2009.
After retirement he enjoyed more time at his family's home in the Adirondacks. He spent his summers there hiking, canoeing, and fly fishing. He enjoyed the solitude of the North Country and its beautiful landscapes. He made great friendships with fly fishermen,
learning to tie flies; foresters, learning about trees and logging; and many more Adirondack characters. The Adirondacks held a special place in his heart as the family home had been passed down for four generations.
He is survived by his four children, Bartlett Lincoln Gowen (Chris) of Lynchburg, VA, Olivia Powell Lincoln of New York, NY, Daniel Dodge Lincoln, of Lynchburg, VA, and Marta "Erika"
Lincoln of Pennsville, New Jersey, and five grandchildren – Evelyn, Jane, Gabe, Mary Kate, and Markhel.
The family will hold a private celebration of life at a later date. It was Daniel's wish that everyone celebrates his life in their own way, whether it be yoga, planting a tree or a saunter in the woods.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your local public-school PTA/PTO, the Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824, or The Appalachian
Trail Conservancy, P.O. Box 807, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425.
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Sad News: John Stamos (ret. 1985, A. Warde, History)
Due to the concerns affecting us all at this time surrounding social gatherings, all funeral services and interment with full military honors will be held privately for the immediate family.
John Stamos, age 90, of Trumbull passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, April 5, 2021. He was the beloved husband of Grace (Colello) Stamos. Born in Bridgeport
on July 12, 1930, he was a son of the late Samuel and Katherine (Andrew) Stamos. A proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he had served honorably during the Korean War. John went on to earn a Teaching Degree from Southern CT State Teachers College and obtained
his Graduate Teaching Degree from Fairfield University. John was a U.S. History Teacher at Andrew Warde High School in Fairfield, with over 25 years of dedicated service before his retirement. He loved being an educator; it was more than a job, it was his
vocation in life, and to this day his former students share fond memories and warm sentiments from when John was their teacher. John also found great pleasure in going to the beach despite his disdain for cold water temperatures. Two of his favorite places
to visit with family were Watch Hill, RI and yearly trips to Tarpon Springs, FL. He also loved playing cards in his beloved "cabin by the lake" - a small shed near a pond in his backyard - where he would often get lovingly teased by his sons and closest friends.
He was an avid bocce player and enjoyed partaking in a "whisper" of scotch with family and friends alike. His older grandkids warmly recall him visiting - unannounced, per his style - to share one of these famous "whispers" on occasion.
John's greatest enjoyment however was found in the time he spent with his family. John was eternally devoted to and treasured his wife of 70 years, Grace, and was indelibly proud of the family
he created with her. He was a loving husband, father, Popi, Great Popi, brother, and friend. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
to his beloved wife, Grace, John is survived by his three loving sons, John M. Stamos, Stephen C. Stamos and his wife Julie, and Chris J. Stamos and his wife Elizabeth; his cherished grandchildren Jessica Ramirez and her husband Nathan, Kirk Stamos and his
wife Amy, Kali Bronski and her husband Robert, Jake Stamos, and Connor Stamos; and his adored great-grandchildren Bennett and Nora Ramirez, and Sloan Stamos. John is also survived by his brother, Peter Stamos, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased
by his brother, Harry Stamos.
Due to the concerns affecting us all at this time surrounding social gatherings, all funeral services and interment with full
military honors will be held privately for the immediate family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in John's memory may be made to Melissa's Project, 175 Church St., Suite 202, Naugatuck, CT 06770. Arrangements have been entrusted to Abriola Parkview
Funeral Home, Trumbull and online condolences may be left at:
Published in Connecticut Post on Apr. 6, 2021.
Sad News: Jan Anderson (ret 1987, Grade 3, Jennings)
Janice "Jan" Anderson (born October 13, 1930) passed away on March 19, 2021. She lived her 90 years to the fullest. She was married to her
soul mate, Chuck, for 56 years until his passing in 2008. They met at Colby College and she remained active with the alumni community. Jan and Chuck raised their family in Fairfield, CT where she also taught elementary school until retiring to Harwich, MA.
She became a valued member of her community on the Cape, fulfilling her lifelong passion for theater by acting in local theater productions. She also enjoyed traveling, reading to the blind and playing golf. Jan lived the last several years in Middlebury,
VT and was involved in the Resident Council at The Residence at Otter Creek, reading to area schoolchildren and spending time with family. She is survived by her children, Scott (Suzy), Kirk (Cathy), Loryn (Joe) Hamilton and her daughter-in-law Susan (wife
of late son Timothy). She also leaves grandchildren, Kristy (Ted) Gillen, Peter (Becca) Hamilton, Molly, Collin and Corey Anderson and a great-grandson, Vann Hamilton.Heartfelt thanks go out to the wonderful staff of The Residence at Otter Creek, Bayada Hospice and Dr. Gavin Noble. Memorial Contributions may be made to The Resident Appreciation Fund (350 Lodge Rd., Middlebury, VT 05753) or a charity of your choice. There will be no calling hours or services.
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Published in Connecticut Post on Mar. 30, 2021.
Maureen Murphy (ret. FHS Math 2000)
A Mass of Christian Burial, Meeting Directly At Church, was celebrated in the St. Mary's Campus of Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Parish, 212 Elizabeth Street, Derby, on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Please be advised that all protocol, screening and social restrictions of the Covid-19 Pandemic was exercised.
Maureen Elizabeth Murphy, age 76 of Derby, peacefully entered eternal rest on Friday, December 11, 2020 at the CT Hospice, Branford. Born
in Waterbury on February 12, 1944, she was the only child of the late Walter Daniel and Mary Elizabeth Phelan Murphy. Ms. Murphy was a lifelong communicant of St. Mary's Church and a graduate of Central CT State University and Brown University. Her career
as a mathematics teacher spanned over 30 years at Fairfield High School, Fairfield, until the time of her retirement in 2000. Following her retirement, Ms. Murphy continued her passion for teaching, working nineteen additional years at Naugatuck Valley Community
College. She was a devoted UCONN Women's Basketball fan, attending nineteen consecutive Women's final four tournaments and countless regular season games throughout the years. For many years, Maureen was an active volunteer for the Special Olympics where she
organized and managed the Bocce events. She traveled the world for the Special Olympic Games and received many awards for her dedication and selfless contributions. Devoted to her Irish heritage, she was active in the Valley Hibernians where she received the
highest recognition of Irish Woman of the Year. Maureen held her church and hometown of Derby close to her heart being a member of the Derby Historical Society and involved with the democratic town committee, always giving back to the community in any way
she could such as volunteering at Griffin Hospital. She paid kindness forward to all she encountered. She will be long remembered by the St. Mary's congregation for her time and talent in adorning the church with beautiful Christmas decorations each year,
her involvement with the summer festival and for years counting the weekly collection. She is survived by several cousins, including Mary Derwin Dowling and her daughter Susan Dowling of Suffield; and dear friends, Alcyne Lyon of Southbury, Lauri Taylor of
Shelton, Diane DeWitt of Watertown and Jennifer DesRoches Derby as well as devoted friends from Griffin Hospital, her parish and her many years teaching in Fairfield. Special recognition to her loving caregiver, Yvonne Powell, who stayed by her side over the
past year. A Mass of Christian Burial, Meeting Directly At Church, will be celebrated in the St. Mary's Campus of Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Parish, 212 Elizabeth Street, Derby, on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at
10:00 a.m. Please be advised that all protocol, screening and social restrictions of the Covid-19 Pandemic will be exercised. Private interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Waterbury. Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Mary's, Our Lady Queen
of the Apostles Parish (Checks payable: OLQA) or Special Olympics. The Wakelee Memorial Funeral Home, 167 Wakelee Avenue, Ansonia is in care of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at
Published in The New Haven Register on Dec. 15, 2020.
Sad News: "Marty" Ryan (ret.1993, Math FHS)
Due to current restrictions, the Memorial Mass will be private.
Martin J. Ryan, Jr., 89 of Southport, the beloved husband of 65 years of the late Arline M. Ryan, passed away peacefully at home on February
15, 2021. He was born in Ansonia to the late Ethel (Gittings) and Martin J. Ryan, Sr. and was a longtime area resident.Mr. Ryan was the world's best math
teacher and will be fondly remembered by countless students and parents in Fairfield. He shared his love of learning and teaching with his children and grandchildren. Known affectionately as the Dynasty Commander, he was happiest when surrounded by family.
He loved to spend time at the shore with everyone. He was a life-long Mets fan, and also avidly followed college basketball. Marty put hundreds of miles on his bicycle on daily rides along the coast of Southport and Westport. He could fix anything in his "well-equipped
and staffed" workshop.Martin is survived by his daughters, Kathleen Dusto and her husband Timothy of Cary, NC, Christine Toole and her husband Michael of
Warren, PA; and his sons, Kenneth Ryan and his wife Doreen of Hatfield, MA and Martin P. Ryan and his wife Wendy of Bridgeport. He will also be missed by his grandchildren, Sarah, David, Amy, Ian, Ryan, Jacob, Benjamin, Kelly and Megan as well as seven great-grandchildren.Due to current restrictions, the Memorial Mass will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made
to Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, Development Office, 238 Jewett Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06606 or www.ccfairfield.org/donate.
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in Connecticut Post on Feb. 19, 2021.
At a later date, when the time is safe to gather together once again, a memorial concert will be given by members of the Wednesday Afternoon Musical Club at The Fairfield Grace United Methodist Church on Fairfield Woods Road in Fairfield. It is being planned in memory of long-time members Ann and Charlie Spencer.
Ann M. Spencer of Trumbull, Ct., aged 91, passed away while comforted by her family on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport after a short illness. She will be deeply missed.
A private family service will be held with a memorial concert planned for a later date.
Ann was born in Worcester, Mass., on February 28, 1929 and grew up
in Orange, Mass. She was predeceased by husband Charles E. Spencer and her parents, James and Edna Blanchard McElroy. She leaves her loving sons, William Spencer and wife Laura Ferrari of Monroe, Ct., and David Spencer and his wife Shannon O'Brien of Bennington,
Vt., her cherished granddaughter, Anna Spencer, of Champaign, Ill., her sister Jane Ross and brother-in-law Dr. Philip Ross of Bethesda, Md.
from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and completed graduate work at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. Later, she earned two master's degrees: her first in education from Southern Connecticut State College, and second in English from the
University of Bridgeport. She additionally earned her Sixth-Year Certificate in Educational Administration from Fairfield University.
She enjoyed a long teaching
career, first teaching Language Arts at the elementary level in Bridgeport and later English at Roger Ludlowe and Andrew Warde High Schools in Fairfield, where she also started the debate club.
was a member and past president of various local organizations, including the Retired Educators of Fairfield, the Bridgeport Branch of the American Association of University Women for 70 years, the Wednesday Afternoon Musical Club and the Bridgeport chapter
of the Mount Holyoke Club. She was a member of national and state educational organizations and of the Association of Retired Teachers of Connecticut.
Ann had been a board member of Learning for a
Lifetime at the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities in Fairfield, where she also conducted classes in her teaching fields: poetry, short story and play reading.
was a member of the Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Appalachian Mountain Club of Fairfield County.
a soprano soloist in various area churches, among them the Christian Science Church of Bridgeport, the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport and Nichols United Methodist Church of Trumbull.
Married for 61 years, Ann and her husband Charlie, whom she always considered her best friend, were devoted parents who loved to travel and entertain, accumulating many life-long friends on their journey and maintaining the original
"social network" that matters most to a life well lived.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Wednesday Afternoon Musical Club for its scholarship fund:
C/O Joanne Kant, Treasurer, 50 Laurel Drive, Easton, CT 06612
At a later date, when the time is safe to gather together once again, a memorial concert will
be given by members of the Wednesday Afternoon Musical Club at The Fairfield Grace United Methodist Church on Fairfield Woods Road in Fairfield. It is being planned in memory of long-time members Ann and Charlie Spencer. Please contact Joanne Kant at Kanjwl@aol.com
or 203-261-9160 for additional information.
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