Ruth Lester

Ruth Gates Lester age 98 of Naugatuck entered into heavenly rest Sunday, December 8, 2013. Ruth was a loving mother, enjoyed playing cards, cooking and baking.

Ruth was born Saturday, October 9, 1915 in Bridgeport the beloved daughter of the late Walter and Mary Walker. In death, Ruth will be reunited with her husband the late Earl Franklin Lester. Ruth is survived by her brother Walter Walker. Ruth is also survived by her children: son, Earl Lester, daughter, Mary Keeler and daughter, Aseneth Merced, grandchildren; Eugene Salvatore, Alberto Matthew Merced, Michael Salvatore, Christopher Lester, Thomas Lester and Kimberly Merced, great grandchildren; Joey Richman, Erin Richman, Alex Vieira, Linsey Vieira, Haley Lester, Karl Chludinsky, Matthew Merced, and Jacob Irizarry.

Friends may greet the family and offer their condolences on Thursday, December 12th, 2013 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Community Funeral Chapels 798 Park Ave. Bridgeport (203) 334-9999. Interment will be held on Saturday, December 14th, 2013 at 11:00AM in Lakeview Cemetery 885 Boston Ave. Bridgeport. Share a treasured memory of Ruth or light a virtual candle in her honor at

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Kathleen Murphy

Kathleen Murphy, 92, of Stamford passed away peacefully on Monday, December 9, 2013. She was born on March 28, 1921 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Philip and Margaret Carey Murphy.
She spent most of her life in Greenwich, CT, where she worked for the Greenwich Federal Savings Bank for many years. Kathleen was a woman of great faith and loved spending time with her family, her friends, and reflecting in prayer.
The oldest of nine children, Kathleen is predeceased by her siblings, Mary Murphy, Peggy McGlynn, Esther Burns, Patricia Smith,Danny,Dennis and Philip Murphy and Josephine Savona. Kathleen will be forever remembered by her numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Interment will be held privately at St. Mary’s RC Cemetery, Greenwich, CT. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Bridget of Ireland RC Church, 278 Strawberry Hill Avenue, Stamford on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 10:30 AM.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kathleen’s memory to the Alzheimer ‘s Association, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the St. Camillus Health Care Center for their ten years of attentiveness and loving care.
The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to assist the family with the arrangements. To leave online condolences, please visit

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Sarah J. Delano

Sarah J. Delano, 26, of Bristol, died from injuries received from a car accident in Pawcatuck, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. Born Oct. 12, 1987, in Bristol, she was a daughter of James and Chris (Charette) Delano and fiancée to Derek Bisbano of Bristol, Rhode Island.

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Frank J. Andrus

Frank J. Andrus, age 91, of Kennesaw, Ga., died Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. A private mass was held Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Kennesaw. In Connecticut a visitation will be Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Farrell Funeral Home, 110 Franklin Square, New Britain, Conn., followed by graveside services at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in New Britain.

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Peter Drozdowski

Peter Drozdowski, 90, of New Britain, Ct. died Thursday December 5, 2013 at The Summit at Plantsville. Peter was born in Poland and was the son of the late Michael and Anna (Koval) Drozdowski. He was employed as a factory worker for Stanley Works – Power Tool Division for twenty-seven years. Peter was also a member of the Holy Name Society of Holy Cross Church, St. Cecelia Choir and the Apolonia Choir.

Peter is survived by his four sisters, Sophie Bespalko, Mary Oleinik, Katarzyna Madrzycki and Helena Labas, all of Poland, his four nephews, Gary Reznik, Seb Cannata, Stanley Misiorski, Jr. and Richard Misiorski, his two nieces, Maureen Sylvester and Mary Ann Cannata. Peter was predeceased by his beloved wife, Pauline Drozdowski and his nephew, Stanley Kraszewski.

Private funeral services were held Tuesday from the Paul A. Shaker / Farmingdale Funeral Home, 764 Farmington Avenue, New Britain, Ct. followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at St. Jerome Church, New Britain, Ct. Committal service and final resting place: Sacred Heart Cemetery, New Britain. A special note of thanks to the staff on the ground floor at the Summit at Plantsville and Dr. Glaser. The gentle and loving care they provided was a blessing. To extend condolences to the Drozdowski family or to share a memory of Peter, please visit our website @

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Tatjana Seliokas|Funeral services Wednesday

BETHLEHEM — Tatjana Seliokas, 95, formerly of Waterbury, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at Waterbury Hospital.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at Eastside Memorial “A Casey Family Funeral Home and Tribute Center,” 1987 East Main St. at Southmayd Road, Waterbury.
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Carolyn Searles

Ansonia-Carolyn Searles, 62, passed away on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Griffin Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

Carolyn was born on June 11, 1951 in Biddeford, ME a daughter of the late Harry Searles and Laura (Goodwin) Searles of Bethany. She was a member of TOPS, Valley Voices and was part of the Special Olympics. She worked at the George Hegyi Training Center in Derby for over 40 years.

Besides her mother Laura, she is survived by four brothers, John Searles of Shelton, Richard Searles of Oxford, Rodney Searles and his wife Karen of Seymour and Brian Searles and his wife Beth of Naugatuck. She will also be missed by, several nieces and nephews as well as, one great niece and one great nephew, one great-great niece and one great-great nephew and her god child, Brianna.

She was predeceased by her sister in law, Geraldine Searles.

A memorial service will be held at Pinebrook Assembly of God, 175 City Hill Street, Naugatuck on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Everyone is asked to meet directly at the church. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday evening from 5-7 p.m. The Buckmiller Brothers Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Ave, Naugatuck is in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to VARCA, Inc., 5 Coon Hollow Rd, Derby CT 06418.

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Loretta Sharpe

Loretta A. Sharpe, age 73, of Oxford, died peacefully December 8, 2013 at Griffin Hospital, Derby. Born in Bridgeport on September 25, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Asher and Margaret Whalen Sharpe. Ms. Sharpe was a graduate of Bassick High School, a long time resident of Beacon Falls and Oxford, and worked as a book keeper for the Kurt Lee Products Co. of Oxford for over 23 years, retiring in 2006. She was a communicant of St. Thomas the Apostle Church, a member of the Oxford Senior Center and a volunteer for the Seymour-Oxford Food Bank. Ms. Sharpe enjoyed her family, friends and being with her special nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. She is survived by her devoted brothers, Robert J. Sharpe and his wife, Lesley of Newtown and John M. Sharpe, Sr. and his wife, Judith of Milford; and sister-in-law, Martha Sharpe of Milford. Ms. Sharpe was predeceased by a brother, Ralph D. Sharpe and a nephew and godson, John M. Sharpe, Jr. Funeral services will take place on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 9:00 AM from the Wakelee Memorial Funeral Home, 167 Wakelee Ave., Ansonia. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 733 Oxford Rd., Oxford. Interment will follow in Mt. St. Peter Cemetery, Derby. Family and friends may call on Thursday, December 12, 2013, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Thomas Church or to EWTN-Eternal Word Television Network, 5817 Old Leeds Rd., Irondale, AL, 35210. Online condolences may be made at

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Deborah Nolasco Perez

Deborah Nolasco Perez, age 3, currently of Norwalk passed away into the Peaceful Rest of the Lord on Saturday, December 7, 2013 in Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT. Deborah was born in New Haven, CT to Francisco Nolasco and Ileana Perez Nolasco. In addition to her parents she is survived by her siblings Jose Perez, Ileana Perez, and Milian Perez; and a host of other relatives and friends who will dearly miss her. Friends are invited to attend calling hours on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 11 A.M. – 1 P.M. at the Iglesia Pentecostal Unida, 35 Traverse Ave. Port Chester, NY 10573. Followed by Interment in Riverside Cemetery, Norwalk, CT. Please sign our online book of memories where you may share your thoughts, memories, prayers, pictures and so much more and is found EXCLUSIVELY at

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Frank Amato

Frank A. “Lucky” Amato Jr., age 58, of West Haven passed away on December 8, 2013. He is survived by his children Frank Amato III of HI, Timothy Amato of Cheshire, David Amato of Meriden, and Anthony Amato of West Haven, his siblings Harold and Henry Allen, Ralph Conelli, Beatrice Amato, and Cynthia Amato Izzo, and many nieces and nephews. Frank was predeceased by his sisters Rosie Amato Greco and Mary Lou Amato Taylor. Frank was a US Army Veteran, an avid New York Yankee and New England Patriots fan, and also enjoyed spending time with his family. He retired from the Jewish Home for the Aged, where he was a security officer.
The hours for visitation will be Thursday from 4-7pm at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green. A Graveside Service will be held on Friday at 11am in St. Bernard’s Cemetery, New Haven. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to the American Kidney Fund 6110 Executive Boulevard Suite 1010 Rockville, MD 20852-3914.

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Beverly Bongo

Beverly C. Bongo, 78, of Stratford and a former resident of Stamford passed away peacefully on Monday, December 9, 2013 at Bridgeport Hospital. She was born in Stamford to the late Sterling and Claire (Addie) Aubrey Sturges.
Beverly was employed as a Technician at Machlett Laboratory of Stamford for many years before her retirement in 1989.
Beverly attended Stamford public schools and was an avid softball player in her teenage years. She enjoyed her many vacations to upstate New York and Pennsylvania, and in her later years, her cottage on Cape Cod.
She enjoyed gardening, going to Foxwoods, watching Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and countless hours of family videos.
She is survived by her loving husband Winson M. “Don”Ancrum of Stratford, her loving daughters Sharon L. Fedele and her husband Richard of Amityville, NY, Linda J. Romaniello and her husband Richard of Stamford, her brother Sterling Sturges and his wife Judith of New York, four grandchildren Christopher Fedele and Robert Fedele and his wife Cheri, Michael and Julia Romaniello and two great-grandchildren Alyssa and Caitlyn Fedele. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, Beverly was predeceased by her brother Aubrey Sturges and her first husband Victor S. Bongo.
A Memorial Service will be celebrated on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Evangelical Community Church of Stamford, 1155 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. Interment will be private and there will be no calling hours. The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to assist the Bongo family with the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Beverly’s memory to the Evangelical Community Church, 1155 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06905
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