OBITUARIES

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James Russell Collett
December 14, 1929 - March 2, 2004

Hamden- James Russell Collett, 74, husband of the late Lois Christensen Collett of Still Wood Rd., passed away in CT Hospice, March 3, 2004. Mr. Collett was born in Hamden, Dec. 14, 1929 a son of the late Robert and Myrtle Wallace Collett and was a lifelong resident of Hamden. He was employed at the United Illuminating Co. for 26 years as an area development consultant until 1976 and then operated the ''Jim Collett Real Estate Co.'' for 12...

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Melanie Sadonis
April 5, 1971 - March 1, 2004

In loving memory of Melanie Sadonis who passed away on March 1, 2004 in North Haven. She was born on April 5, 1971, and is survived by her husband and many friends who will always remember her beautiful smile. She is predeceased by her parents Mary Jane Higgins Natale and Edward Sadonis, her brother Christopher Sadonis and grandparents Thomas and Mildred Crawshaw Higgans. A gathering in her memory will be held on Friday, March 12 at 1 PM at...

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Karen W. Thomas
October 11, 1940 - March 1, 2004

In Homestead, FL, March 1, 2004 Karen W. Thomas of 131 Daniel Ave., Guilford, formerly of Todd St., Hamden. Wife of Gary Thomas. Devoted mother of Brian Withycombe and his wife Wendy of Kensington, CT, Debra Garvey and her husband Justin of Hamden, Stepmother of Tracey Thomas and her husband Marvin Bellis of Hamden and Hale Thomas of Tucson, AZ. Also survived by 7 loving grandchildren: Tyler and Austin Withycombe, James and Marika Garvey,...

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Frank K. Winchester III
May 3, 1923 - March 1, 2004

In Wallingford, March 1, 2004, Frank S. Winchester, III, of Ashlar Village, formerly of Hamden. Husband of Doris Keeney Brown Winchester. Born in Albany, NY, May 3, 1923, he was the son of the late Frank S. and Valerie Wentworth Winchester. A graduate of Boston University, Frank entered the Insurance field, working with Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., American Mutual Insurance Co. and twenty years as a General Agent with the Larsen - Walsh...

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William Francis Saars
December 19, 1908 - February 28, 2004

In New Haven, February 28, 2004, William Francis Saars of 111 Park St., formerly of Manwaring Rd., Niantic, husband of Sylvia Hershatter Saars. Born in East Haven, Dec. 19, 1908, he was the son of the late John E. and Olive Slatert Saars. An early exposure to Radio in the 1930's lead to various courses in electroncs and electromagnetics and when W.W.II started, Bill became involved in sound recordings for military purposes with the Navy...

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Ann M. Sega Berti
July 26, 1928 - February 26, 2004

In Milford, Feb. 26, 2004, Ann M. Sega Berti, wife of Joseph A. Berti of 485 Alpom Dr., Orange, mother of David J. Berti of Orange and mother and mother-in-law of Carol Ann and Ray Schneider of Bethel, CT, sister of John Sega of West Haven. Also survived by two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two aunts, Grace Libretti and Lucy Ruppolo. Ann was born in New Haven, July 26, 1928, daughter of the late Louis and...

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Helena K. Hold
February 3, 1912 - February 25, 2004

Helena K. Hold, 92, of Hamden, beloved wife of the late Robert H. Hold passed away Wed., Feb. 25, 2004. She was born in Danbury, CT, Feb. 3, 1912, daughter of the late Frederick and Lydia Bussetti Klopp. Mrs. Hold is survived by her daughters, Irene Motta and Roberta Smith, her grandchildren, Robert Sharron, Tiffany Smith and Bridgett Foyer, a great-granddaughter, Leia Foyer and a son-in-law, Russell Smith. She was employed at Whitney Blake Co....

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Mary Elizabeth Lauttenbach
April 5, 1915 - February 25, 2004

Mary Elizabeth Lauttenbach, 88, of 244 Indian River Rd., Orange, sister of Francis J. Lauttenbach of Wallingford and Walter D. Lauttenbach of Largo, FL. Also survived by five nephews and two nieces and their families. She was predeceased by brothers, Philip, Charles an Louis Lauttenbach. Mary was born in New Haven, Apri 5, 1915 a daughter of the late Louis L. and Sarah McDermott Lauttenbach. She was a secretary for SNET for 34 years and retired...

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Amy Berry Hermann
December 11, 1914 - February 24, 2004

MERIDEN - Amy Berry Hermann, 89, of 290 Swain Ave., died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004, at Miller Memorial Community. She was the wife of Emil Hermann. Born in Meriden on Dec. 11, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Amy Heineman Berry. She was a graduate of Meriden High School and had been employed as a bookkeeper for the Y.M.C.A., the former Play Pen, Resident's Store and Meriden Auction Rooms. She was a member of St. John Lutheran...

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Virginia S. Birch
September 15, 1914 - February 23, 2004

MERIDEN - Virginia S. Birch, 89, formerly of 26 Flower St., died Monday, Feb. 23, 2004, at Mansfield Center for Nursing and Rehab in Mansfield, CT. She was the wife of the late Kenneth E. Birch. Born in Buffalo, NY on Sept. 15, 1914, she was the daughter of the late George W. and Charlotte Lyman Spencer. She was a graduate of Meriden High School and was employed by the Meriden Board of Education for 21 years, most recently at Platt High...

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Elizabeth Betty I. Cook
June 8, 1916 - February 23, 2004

In New Haven, Feb. 23, 2004, Elizabeth ''Betty'' I. Cook, 87 of Care Ln., West Haven, wife of the late William G. Cook, devoted mother of Eileen Cook and sister, Nellie Wentworth both of West Haven also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by sisters, Anna Bosco, Peggy Stannard and brothers, Frank, William and John Quinn and Joseph Lane. Betty was born in New Haven, June 8, 1916 a daughter of the late William and Inez...

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Mildred W. Fox
October 15, 1906 - February 22, 2004

MERIDEN - Mildred W. Fox, 97, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004 at Masonic Geriatric Healthcare Center. She was the wife of the late Christian F. Fox,Sr. Born in Meriden on Oct. 15, 1906, she was the daughter of the late Elbert M. and Nellie Wainwright Webb. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, a 50-year member of Order of Eastern Star #8, a member of the New England Women's Club and the Meriden Women's Club. She is survived by a...

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Beryl F. Lukasik
November 7, 1919 - February 20, 2004

Meriden - Beryl F. Lukasik, 84, formerly of 30 Dana Lane, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2004 at the Regency House in Wallingford. She was the wife of the late Edward J. Lukasik Sr. She was born in Oakfield, Maine, November 7, 1919 a daughter of the late Carl and Fasnet Joy Moore. She belonged to the PTA at the Hanover School and the Ladies HEP Bowling League at the Colony Lanes in Wallingford. She was also a parishioner of Holy Angels Church, Meriden...

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Ruth Gracey Schroeder
January 6, 1912 - February 19, 2004

MERIDEN - Ruth Gracey Schroeder, 92, formerly of 447 Broad St., died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004, at Connecticut Baptist Home. She was the wife of the late Otto Edward Schroeder. Born in Meriden on Jan. 6, 1912, she was the daughter of the late Abraham and Emma Winkel Gracey. She had been employed in the Treasurer's Office of the State of Connecticut. She was a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church, a member of the former Home Club and the...

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Anne Johnstone Libby
September 20, 1911 - February 18, 2004

In Hamden, Feb. 18, 2004, Anne Johnstone Libby, formerly of Dearborn, MI, wife of the late Dale D. Libby, mother of Christine Baird of Hamden and Linda Dyer of Amherst, NH. Also survived by 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be held in Dearborn, Michigan. Local arrangements with BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN.

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Norman Russell Shove
November 26, 1921 - February 17, 2004

Norman Russell Shove, 82, of 109 Dawson Ave., West Haven died at Connecticut Hospice in Branford on Feb. 17, 2004 after a brief illness. He was born in New Haven on Nov. 26, 1921, son of the late John and Mae Young Shove. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to West Haven. In 1939, Norman graduated from the West Haven High School. He enlisted in the Merchant Marines, in 1942, shortly after the United States entered World War II. He served on...

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George Valentine
November 29, 1919 - February 17, 2004

In CT Hospice, Branford, Feb. 17, 2004, George Valentine, 84, husband of 62 years to Marjorie McFarland Valentine of 75 Washington Ave., Hamden. Father and father-in-law of Sandi and Jack Cunningham of Wallingford and Douglas W. Valentine of Brooklyn, CT and grandfather of Ross B. Cunningham of Wallingford. George was born in New Haven, Nov. 29, 1919, son of the late George W. and Mary Nesbit Valentine. He was an Army Veteran having served...

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Myrtle Miville Connolly
April 24, 1912 - February 16, 2004

In CT Hospice, Branford, Feb. 16, 2004, Myrtle Miville Connolly, 91, of Bolton St., Hamden, beloved wife of the late Edward Connolly, mother of Eileen C. Hoffman and her husband, Ret. Army Col. Peter D. Hoffman of Plano, TX and Douglas E. Connolly and his wife, Peg Hanlon Connolly of Hamden, grandmother of Karen Carlisle and her husband, James of Reston, VA, Kristen Navarre and her husband, Marc of Herndon, VA, David Hoffman and his wife,...

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Evelyn P. Haling
September 7, 1922 - February 16, 2004

MERIDEN - Evelyn P. Haling, 8l, of 26 Ann View Terrace, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2004, at MidState Medical Center. She was the wife of Gerald C. Haling. Born in Meriden on Sept. 7, 1922, she was the daughter of the late William Frederick and Frances Elizabeth Rodauch Priebe. She was a 1940 graduate of Meriden High School and had been employed as a secretary at Cooper Thermometer Company in Middlefield. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran...

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Phyllis J. Reil
July 11, 1915 - February 16, 2004

Phyllis J. Reil, 88, of Venice FL formerly of Bethany, wife of the late Otto A. Reil, died Feb. 16, 2004 in Venice. She was born July 11, 1915 in New Haven, daughter of the William and Gertrude Myers Janswick. She worked as a secretary at Amity High School for 13 years retiring in 1980. She was a member of First Church of Christ Congregational of Bethany. Survivors include a son, Robert W. Reil and his wife, Crystal of Bethany, a daughter, Judy...

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Whitney O. Gardiner, Sr.
June 12, 1925 - February 15, 2004

MERIDEN - Whitney O. Gardiner, Sr., of Meriden, loving and dedicated husband, father and grandfather, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004 at the age of 78, after battling a lengthy illness. He was born in Meriden on June 12, 1925, the son of the late Orrin Addison and Eva Norrie Gardiner, lifelong residents of Meriden. He entered the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 and served for four years aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid during World War II in the...

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Pedro Cardona
July 30, 1930 - February 14, 2004

Meriden - Pedro Cardona, 73, of 300 Cook Ave., loving husband of 51 years to Christina Ruiz Cardona passed away Sat., Feb. 14, 2004 at MidState Medical Center. He was born in Aguada, Puerto Rico, July 30, 1930, a son of the late Pedro and Rosa Vazquez Cardona. He lived in Meriden since 1951 and retired in 1984 from Times Wire and Cable after 14 years. Besides his wife he leaves behind his son, Pedro O. Cardona and daughter and son-in-law, Wilma...

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Hans W. Hafner
March 27, 1961 - February 13, 2004

Hans Walter Hafner,42, of Orange St. New Haven son of Walter A. and Elsie Gumz Hafner of Meriden passed away Friday, February 13, 2004. He was born in Meriden, March 27, 1961 and graduated from Maloney H. S. in 1979. He then graduated from the Hartt School of Music and from Connecticut State College. He was employed by Wacovia, formerly Union Trust Bank as a teller manager for over 20 years. Hans loved his family, friends, and music and travel....

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Beatrice Shufelt Wood
June 18, 1913 - February 13, 2004

Beatrice S. Wood, 90, passed away Feb. 13, 2004 at the Masonic Geriatric Health Care Center. She was born in Guilford, June 18, 1913 a daughter of the late Alonzo and Katherine B. Wade Shufelt and resided in New Haven and West Haven before moving to Wallingford in 1994. She worked for SNET as a Supervisor for over 31 years. Beatrice was survived by her two loving children, Phyllis Pearson Clark and her husband, Thomas of Branford, Raymond A....

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Victoria Almeida Cardoza
April 12, 1910 - February 11, 2004

In New Haven, entered into eternal rest, Feb. 11, 2004, Victoria Almeida Cardoza, 93, of 56 Homestead Ave., Hamden. Wife of the late Walter Cardoza. Born April 12, 1910, in Brava, Cape Verde, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Rita Nunes Mendez Almeida. Mrs. Cardoza migrated to the USA in 1920 and resided in Ansonia, before moving to Hamden. In her earlier years she had been employed by the Farrell Foundry. Victoria was a member of St....

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