Our Obituaries

Milan Keser

July 19, 1938 - December 8, 2017


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Richard Astrauckas

August 17, 1925 - December 5, 2017


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Leon I. Patten

September 8, 1928 - December 5, 2017

Leon Patten Waterford- Leon I. Patten, age 89, of Waterford, passed away peacefully December 5, 2017, at the Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London. He was born September 8, 1928, in Burlington, Vermont, the son of Leon and Marjorie Bennett Patten. He was a 1947 graduate of Burlington High School, and in 1951 graduated from the University of Vermont...
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Mary Ellen Christman

October 12, 1936 - December 3, 2017

Mary Ellen (Tossett) Christman passed away on December 3, 2017 after a long illness. She was born October 12, 1936 to Otis Tossett and Ellen Tyler Tossett on their farm near Lansford, North Dakota. In her early years, she attended a one-room schoolhouse in Lansford. Later, her family lived in Montana during the school year; she graduated from Billings High School in 1954....
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Kiki Halikas

March 31, 1920 - December 1, 2017

Angelika “Kiki” Halikas, an iconic figure in the New London community, died Friday December 1, 2017. She was 97. Kiki was born in Chios, Greece on March 31, 1920, the daughter of Elethirios and Marianthe Halikas, and sister of Augustus. Her father worked for the Chandris Shipping Lines that traveled to America. He eventually came to Groton, Connecticut...
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Natalie Cron Lebovitz

July 16, 1930 - November 23, 2017

Beloved wife, mother and grandmother Natalie Bloom Cron Lebovitz, born July 16, 1930, passed away after a long illness November 23, 2017 in Portsmouth, NH. Daughter of Israel Harold Bloom and Rose (Abrams) Bloom, she married Benjamin Cron in 1954. Natalie was widowed in 1971, and raised four children on her own. She married Saul Lebovitz in 1990, and they...
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Terry Brouwer

December 7, 1957 - November 18, 2017

New London - Terry Brouwer, 59, of New London, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 25, 2017, at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London. Terry was born Dec.7, 1957, in New London, the son of the late Frank J. Brouwer and Jean E. (Krauth) Brouwer. He was raised in Waterford and graduated from Waterford High School before moving on to receive three associates...
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Amos John Martin

November 18, 1924 - November 15, 2017

Groton - Amos J. Martin Jr., 92, of Waterford, died Wednesday morning, Nov. 15, 2017, at New London Rehabilitation and Care Center in Waterford. He was born in New London, Nov. 18, 1924, the son of Amos and Flora Martin. He was the husband of Helen Korean Martin who predeceased him in 2014. A World War II veteran he served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946....
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William J. Foley

December 21, 1923 - November 14, 2017

William Foley Niantic - William J. Foley, 93, of Niantic, died Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at Beechwood Rehabilitation and Care Center in New London. He was born in Worcester, MA December 21, 1923, the son of John J. and Anna Kelly Foley. He was the husband of Kathleen Dunne Foley who predeceased him Oct. 10, 1985. Mr. Foley was a graduate of St. John High...
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Patricia Sousa

May 10, 1937 - November 11, 2017

Montville - Patricia Ellen (Faretta) Sousa of Uncasville met eternal peace on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Norwich, on May 10, 1937, the daughter of Frank J. and Rose M. (Vitagliano) Faretta of Norwich whom are both deceased. Patricia was a 1955 graduate of Norwich Free Acadamy. She was...
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Regis George Kossler

January 26, 1934 - November 9, 2017

Waterford - Regis George Kossler, 83, of Waterford, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 9 2017, having his family beside him throughout the day. Regis was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Jan. 26 1934, son of the late Stephen and the late Antoinette (Bridgeman) Kossler. He married the love of his life, Barbara (Lynch) Kossler, on Sept. 28, 1957, in...
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Warren Nicholas Canova

November 7, 2017

Warren Canova Pawcatuck- Warren Nicholas Canova, age 80, of Pawcatuck, died Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at the Westerly Hospital. He was born in Norwich on July 17, 1937, the son of Aldo and Mary Amato Canova. He was predeceased in June by his partner of 32 years, Luane Lange of Niantic. He is survived by his children, Robert P. Canova of Stonington (Carol...
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James Pemberton

June 18, 1934 - November 2, 2017

New London - James Wilbur Pemberton, 83, of New London, died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London. He was born in Mt. Olive, N.C., on June 18, 1934, the son of John H. and Anna Pemberton. He was the husband of Carlvina Pemberton whom he married Aug. 23, 1969. He retired from the State of Connecticut and had been...
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Phyllis Elaine Shedlack

November 14, 1920 - November 1, 2017

Phyllis Shedlack Waterford- Phyllis E. Shedlack, 86, of Quaker Hill, passed away on Wednesday morning at Beechwood Rehabilitation Center in New London. She was born in New London on November 14, 1930, the daughter of Sherman S. and Annie Krauth Gay. She was a graduate of the class of 1948 at Chapman Technical High School. She married Paul S. Shedlack on April 18, 1953 at...
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Marie A. McDermott

October 29, 2017

Plainfield - Marie A. McDermott, 76, formerly of Carol Drive, Uncasville, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, at Villa Maria Nursing and Rehabilitation Community in Plainfield. Marie was born in Willimantic on Dec. 12, 1940, the daughter of the late Charles Rex Sr. and Adele Rajchel Rex. She was the widow of Edward P. McDermott who passed away on July 11,...
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Frank Silvestri

February 13, 1926 - October 26, 2017

Waterford - Francis J. Silvestri, 91, of Waterford passed away on Thursday, October 26, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Frank was born in Hartford on February 13, 1926 to Nicholas and Giacomina (Miceli) Silvestri. After moving to New London at age five, Frank attended St. Mary’s School until his father passed away in 1941. Like many from &ldquo...
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Maureen L. Valentine

May 21, 1938 - October 23, 2017

Maureen Valentine East Lyme - Maureen Loughlin Valentine, 79, of East Lyme, passed away Monday, October 23, 2017, after a short battle with cancer, at Beechwood Post-Acute and Transitional Care Facility in New London. She will be remembered as a loving spouse to her husband of 52 years. "Mo's” quiet, loving, and unassuming nature, quick Irish wit...
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Robert H. Larder

October 18, 2017

Waterford - Robert "Brutus" H. Larder, 65, of Waterford, husband of Cheryl (Robinson) Larder, and proud father of Amanda and Joey Larder, passed peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, after a brief but powerful illness. Sadly missed by his little companion, Diva. Bob was born in Penn Yan, N.Y., son of William (late) and Virginia Larder. He is also...
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Anna Elizabeth Susi

July 25, 1941 - October 9, 2017

Niantic - Anna Elizabeth Susi, 76, of Niantic, entered into eternal rest on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. By her side was her loving partner, Burt Berndt. She was born in Cranston, R.I., on July 25, 1941, and lived most of her life as a proud New Englander. Anna was the daughter of the late Edward and Anna Quinn, and was predeceased by her beloved husband,...
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Carmella Sousa Guerin

April 19, 1925 - October 8, 2017

New London - Carmella Sousa Guerin, "Sis," was born on April 19, 1925, and she returned to the Lord on Oct. 8, 2017. She was born to Anthony and Mary [Garvey] Sousa and she lived her entire life in New London. She attended New London schools for her early education graduating from Chapman Technical School in 1943. She went on to Boston University and graduated from Sargent...
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Dorothea B. Cappiello

July 6, 1925 - September 21, 2017

Dorothea Buchholz Cappiello July 6, 1925 - September 21, 2017 Dorothea was born in New York City to Frederick and Elsie Buchholz. She grew up in Greenwich Village, attended City and Country School, followed by Friend’s Seminary. From an early age, she was interested in the arts and more specifically movement in all forms. She went on to a career in Modern Dance...
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Arthur J. Arbour

December 22, 1956 - September 21, 2017

Groton- Arthur J. Arbour, 60 years, of Groton, passed away on Thursday September 21, 2017 at his residence. He was born on Saturday December 22, 1956 in New London, the son of the late Francis and the late Carolyn ( Vacca) Arbour. He is survived by a daughter, Donielle Savage and her husband Elwyn of Eastford ; a son, Eric Arbour and his wife, Emily of...
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Eric Richard Grebe

September 14, 1979 - September 10, 2017

Eric Richard Grebe passed away after a brief illness on September 10th 2017. Eric was born in New London on September 14th 1979. He grew up on Fishers Island. He also lived in Manchester, Connecticut, where he graduated from Manchester High School in 1997. Eric leaves behind his brother and sister in law Dennis and Alicia Grebe of Waterford, Ct.; his nieces Emily Grebe of New London&...
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Vivian Ann Autencio

November 12, 1921 - September 9, 2017

Waterford- Vivian Autencio passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on September 9, 2017. She was born on November 12, 1921 in New London, CT to Wilfred J. and Isabelle Enos Martin. She was one of eighteen children and attended New London schools. In her late teens, she worked as a childcare provider prior to her marriage to the love of her life, Federico R. Autencio. ...
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Robert Bob Buttermore

September 5, 2017 - September 5, 2017

Waterford- Robert “Bob” Eldon Buttermore Jr. passed away on September 5th, his 70th birthday at Lawrence and Memorial hospital in New London with his wife by his side. Bob was born in Chincoteague Island, VA to his predeceased parents Robert “Doc” Eldon and Marion Deane Buttermore on September 5th 1947. Bob grew up in Noank, CT with his two brothers Sid and...
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Robert Autencio

March 5, 1950 - September 5, 2017

Waterford- Robert Autencio 67, passed away on September 5th, 2017. Robert, "Bob", was born in Portsmouth, VA on March 5th, 1950 to Federico and Vivian Autencio. Bob was raised and spent his whole life in the New London area. Bob worked for many years as a floor installer at Cluff’s floor covering in Waterford and most recently as a games dealer at Mohegan Sun. Bob...
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John James Clarke, Jr.

September 2, 2017

John James Clarke, Jr. age 79 of Mystic passed on September 2, 2017 at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London after an extended illness, surrounded by his loving family. John was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts, the only child of John and Myrtle (Leveille) Clarke. He is survived by his wife of 62 years of marriage, Janet (Reynolds) Clarke. He also leaves his...
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Robert Louis Sinagra

March 24, 1934 - August 15, 2017

Robert Louis Sinagra Robert (Bob) Louis Sinagra 83 of Niantic passed away on August 15 lovingly surrounded by his wife and children. He was born in New London on March 24, 1934, the son of the late Louis F. and Marion (O’Neill) Sinagra. He was united in marriage to Rose M. Campagna on May 1, 1954, at Saint Mary’s Star of the Sea Church in New London. Mr. Sinagra...
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Nancy Lee Cirillo

January 12, 1938 - August 9, 2017

East Lyme- Nancy Lee Cirillo, 79, of Waterford, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. She was the daughter of Joseph and Mercades Lee and the loving wife of George Cirillo, who survives her. Nancy had been a longtime RN at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London. The family will receive relatives and friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13,...
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Sidney A. McKenzie, Jr.

January 15, 1947 - August 8, 2017

Niantic-Sidney (Sid) A. McKenzie, 70, of Niantic Ct passed away August 8, 2017 at the William W Backus Hospital in Norwich following complications caused by pulmonary fibrosis. Sid was born January 15,1947 in Providence, R.I, the son of the late Sydney A and Evelyn (Rose) McKenzie. After graduating from Pilgrim High School in Warwick R.I., he attended J&W College...
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Sidney A. McKenzie, Jr.

August 8, 2017

Sidney (Sid) A. McKenzie, 70, of Niantic Ct passed away August 8, 2017 at the William W Backus Hospital in Norwich following complications caused by pulmonary fibrosis. Sid was born January 15,1947 in Providence, R.I, the son of the late Sydney A and Evelyn (Rose) McKenzie. After graduating from Pilgrim High School in Warwick R.I., he attended J&W College and...
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Elias Jospeh Hage

October 12, 1932 - August 7, 2017

Waterford - Elias Joseph Hage, 84, of Seabreeze Drive, passed away at home on Monday, August 7, 2017. He was surrounded by his family and his devoted friend, Ed Najim. Elias was the only child of Lebanese immigrants, Munira Jimal and Joseph Simon Hage of New London. His mother called him "Lou" to distinguish him from his uncle and namesake who also lived with them....
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Laramee Buckley

September 2, 1936 - July 21, 2017

Laramee Buckley East Lyme - Laramee “Larry” Joseph Buckley, age 80, formerly of East Lyme and Melbourne, FL., passed on Friday evening at the home of his daughter Shannon Buckley of East Haddam. He was born in Willimantic, CT September 2, 1936, the son of Louise Laramee and James A. Buckley. He married Ann Marie Elizabeth Langlois in Willimantic on...
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Robert Bruce Burns

June 18, 2017 - July 15, 2017

Ledyard- Robert Bruce Burns, of Ledyard died suddenly in a motor vehicle accident on July 15, 2017. He was born June 18, 1938 in Missouri to George N. and Millie Burns, who later made their home in Ledyard directly across the street where Burns was living at his time of death. Mr. Burns is survived by his six children; Kelly (Alexander) Lieber of Bozeman, Montana,...
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Timothy Norton

May 29, 1946 - July 11, 2017

Niantic - Timothy R. Norton, 71, of Niantic, died at home Tuesday July 11, 2017 following a brief battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday July 17th at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home, 48 Grand St., Niantic. There will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. A reception will follow at Smarty’s on Main Street in Niantic. ...
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Joseph Brian Valentini

April 30, 1976 - July 7, 2017

Joseph B. Valentini Bridgeport- Joseph B. Valentini, 41 passed away Friday, July 7,2017 at his residence. Joseph was born April 30,1976 in New London. He is the son of Joseph F. and Agnes C. Valentini. Joe leaves behind a sister Teri (Valentini) Williams and her husband Eric Williams, Great-Aunt's Genevieve Salvio and Carmella Hudson and families. Raymond Valentini (Uncle)...
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Shirley Ann McCarthy Plue

December 11, 1935 - July 5, 2017

Waterford - Shirley Ann McCarthy Plue, 81, of Waterford, passed away on July 5, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. Shirley began her life in Montpelier, Vt. on Dec. 11, 1935. She was the eldest of three children. From an early age, she exhibited a zest for life and learning, and her curiosity helped her excel in all of her ambitions. Professionally&...
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Robert Edward Emery

January 11, 1931 - July 2, 2017

Waterford - Captain (U.S. Navy Retired) Robert E. Emery Sr., 86, beloved husband of Eleanor (Muldoon) Emery, died peacefully, on Sunday, July 2nd, 2017 in the presence of his loving family. Bob was born in Manchester, NH, on January 11, 1931 to Harold and Teresa (McGuigan) Emery. After graduating from St. Joseph’s High School in Manchester, Bob...
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Denise Ann Donelin

December 3, 1963 - June 29, 2017

Niantic- Denise Ann Donelin, after a short, but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer peacefully took her last breath on June 29, 2017 with her family by her side. She was predeceased by her mother Loretta Tardibuono and father John Donelin. Denise was born on December 3, 1963. A native of the Bronx, NY, she attended Saint Raymonds Academy and distinguished herself as one of the first females...
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Elaine Aiken Smith

December 17, 1947 - June 26, 2017


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Elaine Aiken Knight

December 17, 1947 - June 26, 2017

Elaine Knight Gales Ferry- Elaine Aiken Knight, 69, of Gales Ferry, died June 26, 2017, at the William Backus Hospital in Norwich. She was born in Cortland, NY December 17, 1947, the daughter of William and Bette Voorhees. She was the wife of Gary Knight who survives her. In addition to her husband Gary, she is survived by two sons, Gregory R. Aiken (Crystal) of Bristol, NY, Scott J. Aiken (Kim)...
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Margaret P. McPartland

June 19, 1962 - June 24, 2017

New London - Margaret "Peggy" McPartland, 55, of New London, passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017, after a brief battle with cancer. Peggy was born in New London the daughter of John "Jack" McPartland of Chicago and the late Beryl (Sullivan) McPartland. A graduate of Saint Bernard High School and Ridley-Lowell Business School, Peggy spent many happy days managing the Subway stores in Waterford...
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Andrea Egan Baldi

June 21, 1939 - June 24, 2017

New London - Andrea Egan Baldi, 78, of New London, passed away on Saturday, June 24, at the Beechwood Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, following complications of lung disease. Andrea was born in New London on the first day of summer in l939, the second of three daughters to Margaret McCarthy Egan and Irving S. Egan (Ret. Lt. Cmdr. USCG). Andrea is survived by her ex-husband and lifelong...
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Leon Hugh Calanquin

October 8, 1949 - June 20, 2017

Niantic - Leon Hugh Calanquin, beloved husband of Anne (Sullivan) Calanquin, passed away at home on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the age of 67. He was born on October 8, 1949, in New London, the son of Leon V. and Virginia (Lena) Calanquin, and the grandson of Leon J. and Mary Calanquin, and Dr. and Mrs. Hugh F. Lena Sr. Leon was a graduate of St. Bernard High School and Culver-Stockton...
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Donald E. Harrington

May 8, 1927 - June 19, 2017

Obituary Donald E. Harrington Donald E. Harrington, 90, passed away peacefully at the Groton Regency on June 19, 2017. Born in Fort Morgan, Colorado on May 8, 1927, the son of Frank M. and Mabel E. Harrington. His family later moved to Wells, Nevada. Don was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II. He worked for First National Stores in several towns in Connecticut, first as a meat cutter, then as...
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Elizabeth Kenyon

June 18, 1920 - June 19, 2017

Mrs. Elizabeth Mary Collins Kenyon of New London passed away peacefully on Monday June 19, 2017, asleep in her bed at 8:30 in the morning one day after her 97th birthday. "Betty", as she was known by those close to her, was born in New London June 18th, 1920 the fourth child of seven to the late Helen Patricia Boyle and William Collins. When she was born the community of New London rejoiced,...
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Linda Marie Hunter

April 25, 1952 - June 8, 2017

Linda Hunter Waterford- Linda Marie Hunter, 65, of Waterford, died Thursday, June 8, 2017, at the Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London. She was born in Middletown April 25, 1952, the daughter of Florian and Dixieann Usher Czaja. She was the wife of Wayne Hunter who survives her. Mrs. Hunter had last been employed as a cashier for the Waterford Rite Aid Store. She was a former Auxiliary...
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Nancy Lynn Fagan

April 8, 1958 - June 6, 2017

Nancy Lynn Fagan, 59, of Stonington, passed away June 6, 2017 at the Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London surrounded by her friends and family. She was born April 8, 1958 in Norwich, CT., the daughter of David and Edith (Marshall) Fox. Nancy grew up in Norwich, CT and loved her jewish faith. She was an active member in the synagogue and Young Judaea. After graduating, Nancy moved to Boston...
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Alvin L. Bezanson

September 4, 1935 - June 6, 2017

Waterford - Alvin L. Bezanson, 81, of Waterford, passed away June 6, 2017, at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven. He was born in New London, the son of the late Arthur and Laura (Edwards) Bezanson. A 1954 graduate of New London High School, Alvin served honorably in the National Guard from 1954 to 1962 as a Radar and Transportation Specialist in both the active and the reserve. Al spent most...
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Margaret Griffiths

June 23, 1917 - June 4, 2017

Margaret Griffiths New London- Margaret (Peggy) Griffiths, 92, a longtime resident of Niantic and New London, died June 4, 2017. She was born June 23, 1924, the daughter of the late Bernard and Mary Dougherty. She was the loving wife of Frank Griffiths for 55 years. He predeceased her in 1999. She lived a life of love , laughter, and happiness and will be missed by all who knew and loved her....
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Thomas Morosky

December 28, 1925 - June 2, 2017

Thomas Morosky, 91, of Norwich, CT, and Delray Beach, FL, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on June 2, 2017, at Bayview Health Care Center in Waterford, CT. Tom was born on December 28, 1925, in Montville, CT, the second son of Michael and Caroline (Chop) Morosky. He attended Norwich schools and graduated from Norwich Free Academy in 1943. He distinguished himself as Class Athlete...
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Timothy Patrick Buckley

January 30, 1995 - May 30, 2017

Timothy Buckley Old Lyme- Timothy Patrick Buckley, 22, of Old Lyme, died unexpectedly in Dana Point, CA, on May 30, 2017. He was born in New London on January 30, 1995, the son of Christopher and Lisa Buckley of Old Lyme. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving sister, Allison, and his adoring brother, John, at home. He is also survived by his paternal grandmother, Irene Buckley...
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Robert H. Grills

June 5, 1937 - May 29, 2017

New London – Robert H. Grills, devoted husband, father, and loving grandfather (affectionately known as Poppy) peacefully entered eternal life early on Monday, May 29, 2017, after battling a long illness. Son of the late Harry R. Grills and Mary C. Aguiar, Bob was born and raised in New London, CT. He graduated from New London High School in 1954 where he met his beloved wife of 50 years,...
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Lou Ann Bailey

February 8, 1955 - May 21, 2017

New London - Lou Ann Bailey, 62, of New London, wife of Ronald Bailey, died Sunday, May 21, 2017, at Yale New Haven Hospital. Mrs. Bailey had been employed as a computer scientist for N.U.W.C. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday in St. Mary Star of the Sea Church. Interment will be on a later date in Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, Long Island, N.Y. In...
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Stewart C. Clark

June 20, 1947 - May 13, 2017

Waterford - Stewart C. Clark, age 69, died Saturday, May 13, 2017, at his residence with his family by his side. Born in New London, he was the son of the late Ralph Clark and Jeanne (Chalmers) Clark. Stew graduated from Waterford High School in 1965. He worked as a production manager with the Coca Cola Bottling Company in New London from 1966 through 1975, at which time he was hired by the...
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Cleo Poulios

March 14, 1931 - May 3, 2017

Niantic- Cleo Poulios, 86 passed way peacefully on May 3, 2017 at New London Rehabilitation & Care of Waterford. She was born in New London the daughter of the late Evangelos and Polikseni Cipas Poulios. Cleo graduated from WMI and was employed by Electric Boat, General Dynamic in the legal department until her retirement in 1992. She was a communicant of St. Sophia Hellenic Orthodox Church and a...
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Martin Bruckner

October 14, 1925 - May 3, 2017

Martin Bruckner, 91, long-time resident of New London, Conn., passed away in Boca Raton, FL. . Mr. Bruckner was born in the Bronx and grew up in Brooklyn, NY, attending Boys High School and Long Island University, Brooklyn campus. He received his master's degree and 6 th year administrator's certificate from the University of Hartford and the University of London, respectively. He was a Captain...
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Kenneth T. Young

February 28, 1935 - May 3, 2017

Kenneth T. Young, 82, of Niantic, CT, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT. Ken was born in East Boston, MA on February 28, 1935, the son of Joseph and Anna (Connelly) Young. He graduated from Don Bosco High School, class of 1953 and then attended Northeastern University. Ken retired after more than 35 dedicated years with Electric Boat. After his...
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Marilyn Elizabeth Keefe

March 22, 1938 - May 2, 2017

Marilyn Elizabeth Keefe, 79, of Waterford CT passed away Tuesday May 2nd 2017. Marilyn was surrounded by her children, grandchildren and her sisters at the time of her death. She joins her husband, Richard Anthony Keefe, who predeceased her in 1985, in heaven. Marilyn or Nana, which she was commonly referred as, was met at the gates of the kingdom by her recently departed Grandson, Matthew...
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Bernard Isadore Flory

July 31, 1921 - April 30, 2017

Lt. Colonel Bernard I. Flory (USAF retired) 1921-2017 Niantic- Bernard Isadore Flory was born July 31, 1921 in Napoleon, Ohio to Urban Isadore Flory and Clara Etta Hettel. At the age of five he and younger brother Andrew lost their father. He graduated from Central Catholic High in Toledo, Ohio in 1939 and then attended the University of Detroit. On December 5, 1943 he received a commission...
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Ira Spector

January 13, 1936 - April 29, 2017

Ira Spector, 81, passed away surrounded by his family on April 29, 2017, following an illness. He was born and raised in the Bronx, NY by his parents Samuel and Lillian Spector. He graduated from CCNY with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering. He went on to join the Air Force where he became a 2nd Class Airman and worked in Air Force Intelligence. On return from his military career he...
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Frances I. Kurk

December 18, 1928 - April 27, 2017

Niantic- Frances I Kurk, 89, of Niantic, entered eternal life April 27, 2017 in the comfort of her loving family. She was born December 18, 1928 in Worcester, MA, the daughter of the late Karol and Amelia (Walet) Roman. She was united in marriage to George J. Kurk in Worcester, MA. on October 31, 1963. Mr. Kurk died on July 14, 2010. Frances loved cooking for her family and enjoyed going to the...
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Debra Lee Brouwer

April 20, 1967 - April 27, 2017

New London- Debra L.Brouwer (Klinefelter) of New London passed away Thurs, April 27 in Groton, Connecticut surrounded by her loving family. Debbie was born on April 20, 1967 in New London. The daughter of William Klinefelter, and the late Patricia Klinefelter. Debbie was a graduate of New London High School, Class of 1985. She was employed for 30 years for the State of Connecticut as a...
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Mary Elizabeth Mather

February 18, 1942 - April 25, 2017

Mary E Mather Oakdale- Mary Elizabeth Mather, 75, of Oakdale, died Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at her home. She was born in New London February 18, 1942, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Ruddy McCaffery. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, William W. Mather. They were married in St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in New London on July 11, 1959. Mrs. Mather worked for many years as a home...
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Deniece Champlin,

September 24, 1944 - April 20, 2017

Deniece Champlin, 72, died April 20, 2017 at William W. Backus Hospital after a short illness. Deniece was born on September 24, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan. She was the oldest of seven children. Deniece grew up on Block Island, where she met her husband David, who survives her. The couple moved to Connecticut in 1961 and has been married for 55 years. Deniece graduated from the Licensed Practical...
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Josh Alan Gubbs

January 29, 1988 - April 18, 2017

Ledyard - Josh Alan Gubbs, 29, of Ledyard, passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2017. He was born Jan. 29, 1988 in New London. He is survived by his mother, Sally Lynn Gubbs; a brother, Bryce Edwin Gubbs; a sister, Christina Marie Hundt; his maternal grandmother, Margaret "Peggy" Gubbs; and a cousin, Bruce "Kyle" McCullough. Josh will be remembered for his huge heart and his smile. He is now...
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Katherine A. Griffith

May 16, 1917 - April 18, 2017

New London- Katherine A. Griffith from New London passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday April 18, 2017 Katherine was born on May 16, 1917 the daughter of the late Mary Ellen and Clarence Ables. Katherine graduated from The Williams School in New London. Katherine loved being around people. She would take great joy in being outdoors and playing cards. In her younger years, she...
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Carmen Porello

September 26, 1913 - April 15, 2017

Niantic - Carmen Porrello, 103, of Niantic, passed away peacefully, on Saturday. April 15, 2017. Carmen was born in Manilla, Philippines on September 26, 1913 where she eventually met and married Peter Porrello, who was serving in the United States Navy, in 1938. Carmen led an amazing life, having survived a three-year internment in the Japanese prisoner of war camp following the invasion of...
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Patricia Klinefelter

June 6, 1947 - April 11, 2017

New London- Patricia Klinefelter, age 69, formerly of New London, passed away April 11, Deltona, Fl. Patty was born June 6, 1947 in Staten Island, NY, the daughter of the late Daniel and Edna (Donnelly) Poblete A graduate of New London High School, class of 1965 she was employed for 30 years as a driver at Seaside retiring in 2002 Patrica was not only a beautiful example to all those who knew...
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Dorothy M. Ramistella

April 25, 1916 - April 10, 2017

Waterford- Dorothy M. Ramistella, 100 years old, formerly of 54 Rope Ferry Road and of Douglas Lane in Waterford, CT died April 10, 2017. She was born April 25, 1916 at the Morgan Homestead in Waterford, the daughter of Stanley D. Morgan Sr. and Reba Kenyon Morgan. On Sept 1, 1943 she married John A. Ramistella who predeceased her in June 1983. She was also predeceased by her brother S....
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John Joseph Gwiazdowski

March 12, 1926 - April 6, 2017

In Loving Memory of John Joseph Gwiazdowski, Jr. March 12, 1926 – April 6, 2017 John J. Gwiazdowski, 91, was born in Lebanon, CT to John J. and Mary (Jorczak) Gwiazdowski, Sr. of Versailles-Lisbon, CT. He grew up in Norwich, CT and was a long-time resident of Waterford, CT. John was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Edith May (Edwards), younger brother Joseph, stepson Jimmy and...
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William Whaley Miner

April 16, 1930 - April 6, 2017

William Whaley Miner was born in New London, CT on April 16, 1930, the son of William Page Miner and Augusta Whaley Miner. After attending Harbor School in 1944, he followed his father's footsteps and attended both Phillips Andover Academy, and Yale University from where he graduated from in 1952. After college he served two years in the Army in the field artillery as a Lieutenant mostly...
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Barbara Ann Kotecki

August 2, 1936 - April 1, 2017

Barbara Ann Kotecki Montville- Barbara Ann Kotecki, 80 formally of New London, and a current resident of Uncasville died at home on March 31st, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. Barbara (Nana has she was best known by all who loved her) was born August 2, 1936, in New London, Connecticut, she was the daughter of the late Eunice (Daniels) and the late Albert Hamler. She was the wife of the...
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Matthew Richard Manavas

November 24, 1994 - April 1, 2017

Matthew Manavas, 22, an intelligent and charismatic young man, passed away unexpectedly on April 1, 2017. Matthew is survived by his parents Christopher and Kimberly, his sister Alexandria, brother Nicholas, and sister-in-law Julia Manavas of Oakdale. Matthew was recently engaged to his high school sweetheart, Stacey Bowen. They formed a bond that was inseparable. Their recent engagement party...
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Ronald W. Rothgeb, Jr.

November 18, 1945 - March 31, 2017

Niantic- Ronald W. Rothgeb Jr., 71, of Niantic passed away March 31, 2017 at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT. He was born November 18, 1945, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the son of the late Ronald W. and Roselyn (Agler) Rothgeb Sr. A graduate of Purdue University, Mr. Rothgeb began graduate work at Notre Dame University. A call to serve his country interrupted his studies and he joined the...
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Louise Marie Richards

December 14, 1932 - March 31, 2017

Waterford – Louise Marie (Russell) Richards, 84, was called home on March 31, 2017. Born in Northampton, Massachusetts on December 14, 1932, Louise was the daughter of Agnes Elizabeth (North) Russell and James Henry Russell. She married the love of her life, Chuck Richards, on June 5, 1954 and was the Wendy to Chuck's Peter Pan, trying to keep him grounded while he in turn enchanted her...
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Deion Anthony Pittman

December 12, 1994 - March 31, 2017

Waterford-Deion Anthony Pittman, 22, of Waterford, Connecticut, went to be in the arms of the Lord on March 31, 2017. Deion was born Dec. 12, 1994 in Irving, TX, the son of Michael Anthony and Robyn Taeza Pittman. A 2013 graduate of Waterford High School, Deion's first job was as an intern at Sonalysts. He was currently employed as a shift supervisor at Cold Stone Creamery and also worked at...
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Jeffery M. Clark

November 16, 1970 - March 29, 2017

Jeffrey Clark Waterford- Jeffrey M. Clark, 46, of Waterford, died Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at the Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London after a long illness. He was born November 16, 1970, in New London. He was the son of Elise Matthews of Waterford and Stewart and Mary Ann Clark of Waterford. He was a graduate of Waterford High School, class of 1988, and received his Bachelor's Degree...
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Rosemary Anderson Green

July 15, 1935 - March 26, 2017

Waterford - Rosemary Anderson Green passed peacefully on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at home in Waterford, looking out her window on the Niantic River. Her beloved husband of 25 years, Peter Green, was at her bedside. She suffered from congestive heart failure. Born in Bellingham, Wash., on July 15, 1935, she was the first of Magnus and Rose Anderson's three daughters. Nancy and Karen followed....
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Janet Elaine Baratko

December 18, 1931 - March 23, 2017

Janet Baratko East Lyme - Janet Elaine Baratko, 85, of Niantic, died Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London after a short illness. Janet was born in Olmsted Falls, Ohio on December 18, 1931, the daughter of Kenneth and Caroline (Gibson) Lower. Janet left Ohio in 1971 with her 2 sons, German Shepard, and Siamese cat in a big celery green Cadillac bound for...
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Bernard Loyal Plaisted

October 14, 1934 - March 21, 2017

WATERFORD--Bernard Loyal Plaisted, 82, of Waterford died Tuesday, March 21 at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, New London. Bernard was born on Oct. 14, 1934 in Washington D.C. to George and Lucille Plaisted. He was attending Bulkeley High School in New London when it closed, graduating from New London High School in 1953. As a member of the U.S. Army he served in Germany. He married Ruth Esada in...
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William Russell Sousa

March 29, 1917 - March 18, 2017

William Sousa Waterford- William R. Sousa, 87, of Waterford, died Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Bayview Healthcare. He was born in New London on March 29, 1929, the son of Joseph and Julia Burgess Sousa. He had been employed as a truck driver for the Town of Waterford for 38 years. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the United States Army. He is survived by two sons, William...
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Holly Susan Hedge

February 14, 1976 - March 16, 2017

Waterford-Holly Susan Hedge, 41 passed away surrounded by loving family on Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Deep River after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born at home in Waterford on February 14, 1976 to parents Charles Hedge of Deep River and the late Barbara Hedge. Holly was a devoted mother and daughter who shared a special bond with her children, Cassandra Palmieri of Gales Ferry,...
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Fuzzy Gipstein

December 24, 1924 - March 13, 2017

Edith "Fuzzy" Gipstein passed away peacefully March 13, 2017 at her home in New London surrounded by the love of family. She was 92. Fuzzy was born in New London on December 24th, 1924 to Charles and Victoria Glassenberg. She was predeceased by her sister Bobbe and brother Albert and her husband Dr. Edward Gipstein. She is survived by her two sons: Todd and his wife Marcia, of Groton, and...
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Judith Grillo

September 7, 1960 - March 10, 2017

Groton - Judith (Colgan) Grillo, passed away Friday, March 10, 2017. Born in 1960, Judy grew up in New London. She worked in the medical profession, first as a CNA and later as an LPN. Judy's ability to soothe the fears of patients and residents allowed many an anxious family member a peaceful nights sleep . She was predeceased by her parents, Edwin Colgan of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Ellen Andersen...
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Greta J. Neilan

July 16, 1926 - March 5, 2017

Greta Neilan New London- Greta Johnson Neilan, 90, of New London, died peacefully Sunday, March 5, 2017, at Westerly Hospital after a brief illness with her family at her side. She was born in New London on July 16, 1926, the daughter of Ole and Amy Krogsvold Johnson who emigrated to Groton from Oslo, Norway. Greta was raised in Groton and was a 1944 graduate of Fitch High School, where she led...
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Winifred Jane Donovan

August 14, 1920 - March 2, 2017

New London- Winifred Jane Donovan, one of ten children, and the youngest daughter of Patrick M. and Mary O'Keefe Donovan, passed away on March 2, 2017, at the Community Hospice in Washington, D.C. Born in New London, she was 96 years old. After graduating from Business School, in CT., Jane moved, in 1950, to Wash. D.C., where she secured a position as a legal secretary on Capitol Hill. ...
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Jane Jane Maynard

August 20, 1930 - March 2, 2017

Waterford - Jane Maynard, a longtime resident of the New London/Waterford area, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 2, 2017, at New London Rehab in Waterford, surrounded by her loving family. Jane was born Aug. 20, 1930 to Albert and Beatrice Marie (Holtham) Di Rocco. Both of her parents died young, her mother at 27 years old and Jane's father at 43. As she was being raised, Jane left high...
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George B. Choisy

February 22, 1924 - February 25, 2017

East Lyme- George B. Choisy, age 93, of Niantic, died Saturday at Bayview Healthcare in Waterford. He was born in New York City February 22, 1924, the son of Hubert and Agnes Costa Choisy. He was the husband of Beverly Murray Choisy. She predeceased him in 2004. Mr. Choisy was a veteran of WWII, serving in the United States Army Air Corps. He was retired from the Electric Boat Company in Groton...
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John Louis Mountzoures

December 15, 1941 - February 24, 2017


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Theresa B. Browne

May 11, 1942 - February 20, 2017

Theresa B. Browne, 74, beloved wife of George Browne and mother of MIchelle Kavanaugh, passed away surrounded by family and friends on February 20, 2017 at the Lawrence & Memorial Hospital. She was born May 11, 1942 in Newark, NJ, the daughter of the late Andrew and Viola (Clark) Bodino. Mrs. Browne was employed as a nurse at both Windham Hospital and Uncas on the Thames Hospital. After nursing...
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Theresa B. Browne

May 11, 1942 - February 20, 2017


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Winifred V. Solarczyk

August 18, 1928 - February 20, 2017

Gales Ferry - Winifred Vega Solarczyk, 88, passed away Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London, after a short illness. Born Aug. 18, 1928, in New York City, she was the daughter of the late John and Blanche (Friberg) Burkhardt. She raised her family in Bayshore, N. Y. and later moved to Gales Ferry. She was retired from Entenmann's Bakery. She loved gardening, cooking...
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Robert Charles Nelson, Sr.

December 25, 1927 - February 17, 2017

Robert Nelson, Sr. Waterford- Robert Charles Nelson, Sr., age 89, of Waterford, died Friday at the Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London with his son Robert at his side. He was born in New London December 25, 1927, the son of Benjamin Barker Nelson, Sr. and Mary Alice Kelsey. He was the devoted husband of his beloved wife Lydia Holcvegaite Nelson, and later this month would have celebrated...
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Susan Elizabeth Traphagen

January 2, 1947 - February 13, 2017

Uncasville- Susan Elizabeth Traphagen 70 of Lisa Lane passed away on Monday February 13, 2017 at the WW Backus Hospital, Norwich. She was born January 2, 1947 in New London the daughter of Mildred Saunders Whipple of Gales Ferry and the late Stanley Whipple. She married Gary Traphagen on May 5, 1971 in Fresno, CA. Susan graduated from NFA in 1965 and last worked as a sales clerk for Brooks...
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James William Lyons III

February 23, 1993 - February 11, 2017

East Lyme- James William Lyons III (Jamesy) 23, unexpectedly passed Saturday February 11, 2017. He was born February 23, 1993 in Newport R.I. the son of Cynthia Lorah and James W. Lyons Jr. He was a life long resident of East Lyme. Surviving are his mother Cynthia Lorah, father James W. Lyons Jr, sister Jacqueline D. Lyons, grandparents Edwin H. Lorah Jr. (Papa) and wife Stella (Mema) of...
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Viola Langley

November 9, 1929 - February 10, 2017

Viola Langley Viola Langley 87, passed away peacefully Feb. 10, 2017 at her home surrounded by her children in Waterford after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Providences R.I. November 9, 1929 daughter of the late Frank and Rose Capraro. Viola "Meme" to her many friends and family, was predeceased by her husband Earl Langley. Also predeceased by two sisters, Mary Capraro and Gladys...
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Edward Allen Rothman

May 20, 1931 - February 9, 2017

Edward Allen Rothman Niantic-Edward Rothman completed this life's journey on February 9, 2017. He was born May 20, 1931, the second child of Esther (Hermanson) and Leo Rothman. His parents and sister, Mrs. Agnes (Rothman) Hersey predeceased him. He attended Woodbridge Center and Hill House High Schools and the University of Connecticut, where in 1954 he was inducted into Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical...
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Nicholas Niko Provatas

May 4, 1924 - February 8, 2017

NICHOLAS PROVATAS OBITUARY Nicholas "Niko" Provatas, 92, passed away peacefully at his home in Waterford with his wife of 59 years, Angeliki Provatas, and his daughter, Rita Provatas, at his side on February 8, 2017. Niko was the son of Anastasios and Antonia Kermidas Provatas. Born in Paterson, New Jersey on May 4, 1924, Niko returned to his parents' native country of Greece at the age of six...
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