OBITUARIES

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Barbara R. Merwede

Barbara R. Merwede
July 31, 1935 - August 1, 2014

Barbara R. Merwede, of Hamden, passed away early Friday morning, August 1, 2014 after a long illness. A long time parishioner of Spring Glen Church, she was active in the alter guild and several other committees. Barbara was an only child born to the late Melville and Harriet Roecklein Metcalf in New York City on July 31, 1935, and was an alumnus of Concordia College. She worked for many years with the Burt Process Company in Hamden, as well...

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Gloria E. Staley

Gloria E. Staley
February 13, 1926 - 2014

Gloria E. Staley, 88, wife to her late loving husband, Edmund Staley, passed away on July 6, 2014. Born in New Haven on February 13, 1926 to the late Pierson and Elizabeth Yaeger Peck. Gloria leaves her son, Michael Staley and his wife Darlene of Jupiter, FL; three grandchildren, Justin & his wife Ginger, Jared, & Michaela; five great-grandchildren, Aurora, Jared, Vada, Noah, & Ethan; one great great-granddaughter, Danica; sister, Delight White...

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Judith Comstock Davies

Judith Comstock Davies
April 12, 1945 - July 31, 2014

Judith Comstock Davies, age 69, of Hamden, CT & Naples, FL passed away on July 31, 2014 in Southington Care Center. Judy was the widow of Lee E. Davies. Born in Milford on April 12, 1945, she was a daughter of the late Robert & Alice Rowland Comstock. She is survived by daughter Brenda (Edward) Byers of Lakeway, TX; son Brian (Lisa) Davies of Southington; grandchildren, Charles Byers, Erika, Kevin & Paige Davies and was predeceased by her...

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Walter Ronald Kenney

Walter Ronald Kenney
October 1, 1933 - July 28, 2014

Walter Ronald Kenney, of Bethany, passed away on Monday, July 28, 2014 at Arden House. He was born in New Haven on October 1, 1933 to the late Walter Iver Kenney and Svea Elvira (Fagrell) Kenney. He was the husband of his high school sweetheart, Priscilla Blake (Smith) Kenney. They were married on June 28, 1958 at The Church of the Redeemer in New Haven. He attended New Haven schools and graduated from James Hillhouse High School in 1952. He...

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Margaret Flaherty Gillen

Margaret Flaherty Gillen
July 7, 1924 - July 26, 2014

Margaret Flaherty Gillen, Esq., formerly of Lincroft, NJ passed away July 26, 2014 in Hamden, CT where she moved in 2008. Margaret was born in Jersey City, NJ, July 7, 1924. Daughter of the late John & Margaret O'Brien Flaherty, she was a graduate of St. Michael's High School in Jersey City, College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, and Seton Hall Law School in Newark, NJ. Margaret was an attorney for Fort Monmouth for twenty years and then...

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Stephen David Rubelman

Stephen David Rubelman
December 10, 1924 - July 24, 2014

In Orange, July 24, 2014, Stephen David Rubelman, 89, of Indian River Rd., husband of the late Helen Ritzert Rubelman. Survived by his children, Virginia Anderson and her husband Steven of North Andover, MA, David Rubelmann and his wife Annette of Orange, Nancy Wargo and her husband George of Norwalk, Cindy DeNitto and her husband Joseph of Orange; his grandchildren, Kimberly and Jeffrey Anderson, Mark, Greg and Adam Rubelmann, Nick and Katie...

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Paul Anthony Scholder

Paul Anthony Scholder
October 19, 1933 - July 20, 2014

Paul Anthony Scholder, 80, passed away peacefully on July 20, 2014 surrounded by his family at his home in Branford. Born in Brooklyn, NY on October 19, 1933 to the late Sol and Sylvia Weiner Scholder. Paul was an attorney for over 50 years having had his private practice in New Haven and he was a long standing member of the Connecticut Bar Association. He was a long time member of the Branford Yacht Club and the Quinnipiac Club. Quality time...

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Alan R. Davis

Alan R. Davis
June 8, 1941 - July 17, 2014

Alan R. Davis, 73, of North Haven, husband of Joyce Barboza Davis, passed away July 17, 2014 after an extended illness. Father of Jarita Davis of West Falmouth, MA and Erick Davis of Chapel Hill, NC. Grandfather of Lyra Hitchcock-Davis. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was born in Boston, MA on June 8, 1941, the son of the late Edgar J. and Ruth Ransom Davis, and had resided in North Haven since 1978. Alan proudly...

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Edward V.  Smith

Edward V. Smith
July 10, 1931 - July 17, 2014

Edward V. Smith 83, died peacefully on Thurs., July 17, 2014 at Paradigm Healthcare and Rehab Center in Waterbury. He was the brother of Harold Smith of Waterbury, David Smith and his wife, Joan of Reading, MA and Jerome Smith of Rochester, NY. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and friends including dear friend Kate Corvaja of Spring Lake, NJ. Edward was born in Hamden, CT July 10, 1931 a son of the late Philip A. and Mabel E. Quinn...

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Arthur C. Vignola

Arthur C. Vignola
January 20, 1917 - July 17, 2014

Arthur C. Vignola, age 97, passed away on July 17, 2014. Born in New Haven on January 20, 1917 he was a son of the late Joseph & Josephine Amodio Vignola. Arthur was predeceased by his wife, Filomena "Millie" Pascarella Vignola; his son Robert M. Vignola; his sisters Julia & Lucia Vignola and Amelia DeLucia and brothers, Anthony, Alfred, Albert, Domenic & Armand Vignola. He is survived by his son Keith A. Vignola & his wife Teresa Giano Vignola...

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Marion Ruth Salka

Marion Ruth Salka
February 1, 1918 - July 14, 2014

Marion Ruth Salka, wife of the late Robert Louis Salka, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, July 14, 2014 . She was born in Yalesville on February 1, 1918 to the late Edwin B. and Frances R. Yale. Marion attended Yalesville School and Lyman Hall High School and was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Wallingford. Marion and Robert were married for 75 years. They enjoyed square dancing, working side by side at Robert Salka...

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Robert  "Bobby" Esposito

Robert "Bobby" Esposito
January 10, 1949 - July 9, 2014

Robert "Bobby" Esposito, age 65, of Hamden, passed away on July 9, 2014 at Yale New Haven Hospital. Born in New Haven on January 10, 1949 he was the son of the late Pasquale & Rose Nuzzo Esposito. Bobby is survived by his wife, Carol Garcia Esposito; his daughter Tara Esposito Miller & her husband Michael of Hamden; his son Marc Esposito & his wife Kristen of Milford; his sister Donna Esposito of East Haven; brother in-law Joseph Northrup of...

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Vincent J. Kelleher

Vincent J. Kelleher
August 16, 1913 - July 5, 2014

Vincent J. Kelleher, age 100, of Hamden and Guilford, entered into rest eternal Saturday, July 5, 2014, at The Guilford House. He was the beloved husband of the late Freda Meyers Kelleher and loving father of Carol Kelleher of Guilford. "Uncle Vinnie" is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, Margaret Urban, Sister Joseph Theophane Kelleher of the Sisters of St. Joseph, and Thomas J. Kelleher. Vincent was...

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Doris Kamens Preece

Doris Kamens Preece
June 28, 1918 - July 2, 2014

Doris K. Preece, age 96, of Charlton, MA, passed away on July 2, 2014. Born in Meriden, CT on June 28, 1918, she was a daughter of the late Julius and Rose Higus Kamens. She leaves behind two children; son Arthur J. Preece, Jr & his wife Susan of Sarasota, FL and her daughter Dory Preece Graham & her husband Brad of Westborough, MA as well as daughter in-law Jackie Preece of Old Saybrook, Ct; grandchildren, Jennifer Preece, Rose S. Preece,...

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Edward W. Wilson

Edward W. Wilson
August 10, 1944 - July 2, 2014

Edward William Wilson, 69, husband of Charla (Miller) Wilson passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 2, 2014. He was born August 10, 1944 in Spokane, WA a son of the late Edward M. Wilson and Mable Grace Connerly Nystrom. Ed proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, 101st Army Airborne, retired from Nutmeg Chrome Co. but decided to continue there part-time. He was so full of life, had an infectious laugh, people and animals loved to be...

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Robert Asbury Colbourn

Robert Asbury Colbourn
August 2, 1922 - July 1, 2014

Robert Asbury Colbourn, 91, of North Haven, husband of 62 years of Ruth Wilson Colbourn passed away July 1, 2014 after a brief illness. Brother of David Colbourn of Branford and the late Eleanor Gabriel. Bob was born in New Haven August 2, 1922 a son of the late Harry B. and Norma Beardsley Colbourn and had been a resident of North Haven since 1952. He served in the US Army during WW II with the 3622 Quarter Master's Truck Co. in North Africa...

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John B. Manfreda

John B. Manfreda
February 2, 1929 - June 30, 2014

John B. Manfreda, 85, of Orange, devoted husband of 60 years to Marjorie Heinrich Manfreda passed away suddenly Monday, June 30, 2014; father of Dorothy Manfreda of Orange; Susan and her husband Michael Hanlon of Sherborn, MA, Edward Manfreda of Stamford, CT and Nancy and her husband Jim DeLuca of Mason,OH; brother of Robert Manfreda of North Haven; and loving grandfather of John Villa, Claire and Megan Hanlon, Lauren, Myles and Ava DeLuca. He...

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Jennifer Marian Schull

Jennifer Marian Schull
August 9, 1980 - June 28, 2014

Jennifer Marian Schull, born August 9, 1980, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on June 28, 2014. Jennifer was the beloved daughter of Donna J. Schull and the late Richard P. Schull Sr. Jennifer was pre-deceased by her brother Robert (Bob) Ward. She was the loving sister of David Ward (Ann), Diane Ward Mui (Peter), Penny Ward Mulligan (Geoff), Todd Schull (Julie), Karl Schull (Jeri-Ann), Traci Schull Heppler (Bruce), Kurt...

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Joseph "Joe" Villaescusa

Joseph "Joe" Villaescusa
November 5, 1943 - June 28, 2014

Joseph "Joe" Villaescusa, of South Meriden, passed away on June 28, 2014. All funeral arrangements are private and in care of BEECHER & BENNETT-FLATOW FUNERAL HOME.

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Eleanor Brechlin Dalton

Eleanor Brechlin Dalton
March 24, 1916 - June 27, 2014

Middletown- Eleanor Brechlin Dalton, 98, wife of the late John H. Dalton, passed away on Friday, June 27, 2014 at Middlesex Healthcare Center. She was born March 24, 1916 in Meriden, a daughter of the late Reinard and Hattie (Klemp) Brechlin. Eleanor graduated from Meriden High School, class of 1934, and was a lifelong resident of Meriden . She was a parishioner of St. John Lutheran Church, where she was involved in the Christian fellowship...

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Neil Beckwith

Neil Beckwith
December 30, 1923 - June 22, 2014

Neil Beckwith, 90, of North Haven, died peacefully on June 22, 2014. Father of Donald S. Beckwith, his wife Debbie, and their daughters, Sarah Pires and husband Mario, of Southington, and their daughter Ava, Rachel Caruso and her husband Scott, of Avon, Abigail Beckwith, of North Haven, Rev. Martha Peck and her husband William Peck, M.D., and their sons, Ethan, of Joshua Tree, CA, and Benjamin, of Brooklyn, NY, Andrew P. Beckwith and his wife...

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James Reed

James Reed
December 25, 1929 - June 20, 2014

James Reed, 84, of Prospect St., New Haven, passed away June 20, 2014. Father of Robin Reed and Tyrone Reed, both of Boston, MA. Grandfather of Tyrone Reed, Jr., Rachaud Reed, Aquene Reed and Adnike John, great- grandfather of Ida-Sofia, Jose, Sadie Lucia, Meelcha and JJ Reed. James was employed at Yale University Divinity School Building and Grounds Dept. for over 30 years before retiring in 1994. He attended St. Mary's Church and enjoyed...

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Joseph Klimas

Joseph Klimas
November 5, 1920 - June 19, 2014

Joseph Klimas, 93, of Hamden, passed away June 19, 2014 after a brief illness. He was born in New Haven November 5, 1920, a son of the late Frank and Theophile Tiskeviciute Klimas, and had resided in Hamden before moving to North Branford. He was employed at Federal Paperboard of New Haven and Marlin Firearms Co. He also was a member of the Knights of Lithuania Council #50, New Haven, and St. Casimer's Church. Joseph enjoyed boating and...

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Jeanette V. Pragano

Jeanette V. Pragano
September 24, 1950 - June 18, 2014

Jeanette V. Pragano, age 63, beloved wife of Jack F. Pragano of Marc Dr. Wallingford, passed away June 18, 2014 in CT Hospice Branford. Jeanette was born in New Haven on Sept. 24, 1950 a daughter of the late Stephen Campano, Sr. She was the loving mother of Anthony and his wife Renata Pragano of Meriden; loving grandmother of Bianca, Lorenzo & Ryan; sister of Stephen Campano and Deb Ann & her husband David Smith; beloved sister in-law and...

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Arthur W. Grieger, Jr.

Arthur W. Grieger, Jr.
January 24, 1932 - June 17, 2014

Arthur William Grieger, Jr., 82, of Woodbridge, passed away June 17, 2014 after a brief illness. He was born in New Haven on January 24, 1932; a son of the late Arthur William and Mabel Serviss Grieger, Sr., and had resided in Woodbridge for over 60 years. He proudly served in the US Marine Corps as a Sergeant from 1952-1954, and was employed as an iron worker with the Leek & Nelson Construction Co. for 38 years, retiring in 1992. He also was a...

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