Andrew L. Montanaro, Sr.

Andrew L. “Andy” Montanaro, Sr., 91, of Old Lyme and Highland Beach, Florida, loving husband of Virginia “Ginny” (Stocker) Montanaro for 69 wonderful years, passed away peacefully, Sunday (October 13, 2013) at home with his devoted family by his side. He was born December 21, 1921 in Hartford and was the son of the late Luigi and Carmela (Maiorano) Montanaro. Formerly of Wethersfield, Andy owned and operated Cherrystones Restaurant, formerly known as 100 Acres Restaurant, on Shore Road in Old Lyme for 40 years, having served thousands of patrons and friends. He was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving during WW II as an instructional pilot. Andy was a charter member of UNICO National, Hartford Chapter. He enjoyed golfing and was a former member of Wethersfield Country Club, Black Hall Golf Club in Old Lyme and Boca Tica Golf Club in Boca Raton, Florida. He will be dearly missed by his family and many friends. He is survived by and was blessed with a beautiful and gracious wife, Ginny, for 69 years and also leaves behind his children, Patricia DiFazio and husband Charles, Drew Montanaro and wife Janice, Susan McCullough and husband Fred, Jeffrey Montanaro and wife Cornelia, Jeri Steele, Michael Montanaro and wife Jane; 19 grandchildren nine great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Patrick Montanaro, Nicholas Montanaro and Louis Montanaro, Jr. and his sister, Angeline Franco.
A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Andy’s life will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Christ the King Church, One McCurdy Road, Old Lyme. The burial will be private at the convenience of the family and there will not be any calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations in Andy’s memory may be made to the Middlesex Hospice Palliative Care, 28 Crescent Street, Middletown, CT 06457. Funeral arrangements by the D’Esopo Funeral chapel, Wethersfield. For on line expressions of sympathy, please visit

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Mikyle Threats, 38, of New Milford

Mikyle “Mikki” Threats, 38, of New Milford, died unexpectedly Oct. 4.

She is survived by the love of her life, her daughter, Aijah Threats; her parents, Lanny and Denice Threats; a sister, Tanisha Sherman; and a nephew, Nicholas Threats. She was predeceased by a sister, Cherron Threats-Sarr.

A memorial service will take place Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 48 Payne Road, Danbury CT.

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Rose Case

Rose Ann (Dalena) Case, of New Britain, Ct., died peacefully Monday September 30, 2013 at the age of 98. Rose was born April 9, 1915 in New Britain, and was the daughter of the late Frank and Anna (Leogrande) Dalena. Shortly after her birth, her family moved to Long Island and lived in Ravenswood and Flushing until her marriage to William Case in 1935. Shortly after their marriage Rose and Bill move to New Britain. Rose worked at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft during World War II; she was a substitute teacher at St. Mary’s School and worked at Fafnir Bearing Company in the invoice department for sixteen years until retirement. She was an active member of St. Jerome’s parish for 55 years and volunteered at their Thrift Shop. At the age of 90 she volunteered at Jefferson school, helping the children with their reading, and loved to cook for family and neighbors. She lived with her daughter and son-in-law in South Windsor for the past seven years.
Rose is survived by her daughter, Cathy (Case) Johnson, and her son-in-law Neal Johnson. She had two grandsons and four great-grandchildren: Theodore Johnson of Glastonbury, his wife Kim and children Aaron and Alison; and Dale Johnson Fairbanks of West Hartford, his wife Erin, and two children Calvin and Zephaniah, as well as many nieces and nephews. Rose was predeceased by her husband, William, her sister, Mary Mares, and her three brothers, Daniel, Vincent, and John Dalena. The family would like to thank the home hospice staff from Masonicare for their outstanding care during the past year.
A mass in celebration of Rose’s life will be held Saturday October 19, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Jerome Church, 1010 Slater Road, New Britain, Ct. followed by a reception in the church hall. Burial will be private. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jerome Parish. To extend condolences to the family or to share a memory of Rose, please visit

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Anthony P. Casadonte

Anthony P. Casadonte, 90, of Walkersville, Md., passed away Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at Frederick Memorial Hospital. He was born April 22, 1923, in Bristol, Conn., son of the late Maria Grazia (DeFilipo) and Rocco Casadonte. Tony was preceded in death by his wife Jean N. Casadonte. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Frederick, Md.

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Mrs. Patricia Rapuano Lafo [03/01/1943 - 10/14/2013]

Mrs. Patricia Rapuano LafoPatricia Rapuano Lafo, 70, of North Guilford passed away on Monday, October 14th 2013 at CT Hospice in Branford. Patricia was born on March 1, 1943 in New Haven CT to the late John and Rose Rapuano. She is survived by her husband of 50 years David Lafo of Guilford, her son Tony Lafo of Higganum as well as Three Grandsons, Chuck Lafo of Hamden, Matt Lafo of East Hampton and Josh Lafo of Higganum and 2 Great Grand-Daughters. She also leaves her sister Marilynn Rapuano Kramar and her husband Rob, also of Guilford, as well as several nieces and nephews. Patricia was co-owner of American Sign, Inc. in New Haven for over 30 years until her retirement in 2010. She enjoyed Boating, Travelling and spending winters at her home in Palm City, Florida and spending time with her family and close friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. George Church, 33 Whitfield St, Guilford on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 10am. Burial will follow Mass in North Guilford Cemetery, Ledge Hill Rd, Guilford. Friends may call Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 5 – 8 pm at the Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church St, Guilford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd, Branford, CT 06405.

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Clifford Smith

Naugatuck- Clifford “Red” Smith, Jr., 76, passed away Friday October 11, 2013 at the Lord Chamberlain Nursing Home in Stratford surrounded by his loving family.

Clifford was born in Dover, N. J. on August 30, 1937. He was the son of the late Piet and Gladys Usmany. He served his country in the U.S Marines. He was a retired self employed carpenter. Besides the love he had for his family , he was an avid New York Yankees and Giants fan.

He is survived by 4 daughter’s, Bonnie (Robert )Rentz of Naugatuck, Theresa (Larry) Henning of Seymour, Karen (Christopher) Czyzewski of Waterford, Vanessa (Daniel) Abrams of Orange, 3 sons, Peter (Shelley) Smith of East Haven, James Smith of Madison and Walter (Becky)Smith of Pensacola, FL. Clifford also leaves 16 loving grandchildren and 4 loving great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 18, 2013 at noon at the Christ Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2975 Nichols Ave, Trumbull, CT. There are no calling hours and the Buckmiller Brothers Funeral Home, 26 Waterbury Rd, Rte 69, Prospect is in care of arrangements.

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Sena, Vincenzo

Vincenzo Sena, 85, of Farmington, beloved husband of Maddalena “Lena” (Lauretta) Sena, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 13th. Born September 21st, 1928 in Ispica, Province of Ragusa, Sicily, son of the late Salvatore and Carmela (Grandante) Sena. Vincenzo worked in a Steel Foundry in Sicily before immigrating to the United States with his family in 1955. He served in the Italian Army during World War II. He lived in Hartford for many years near the Old State Theater and began his career as a Welder with the Angelo Tomasso Co., in 1960. Vincenzo retired in 1993 as the Steel Supervisor for Tilcon after 34 years with Tomasso/Tilcon. He was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington and enjoyed gardening, his grandchildren and attending their sports activities. Besides his wife, Vincenzo is survived by his three children, Salvatore V. Sena and his wife Frances (Sacco) Sena of Newington, Carmela Hansen and her husband Mark of Harwinton and Angela Maria Majewski and her husband Karl of East Hartford, seven grandchildren, Salvatore Jr., Anthony, Michael, David, Eric, Julia and Andrew, eight great grandchildren, Kelsey, Anthony, Julia, James, Einer, Bella, Anthony and Gino, his sister-in-law, Anna Sena of Glastonbury and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by four brothers, Frank Sena, John Sena, Joseph Sena and Carmelo Sena. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Oct. 17) from 4:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday (Oct. 18) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington at 10:00am. Burial will be in West Meadow Cemetery, Newington. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.Sena, Vincenzo

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