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Alejandro Gonzalez

Aug 26, 1928 - Nov 29, 2023

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Meriden, CT

Alejandro Gonzalez, 95, of Meriden, CT passed away on November 29, 2023. Alejandro was born in Aguada, Puerto Rico on August 26, 1928, one of 18 children to the late Valentin Gonzalez and Crisanta Lorenzo. He honorably served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War. Alejandro married Carmen Lydia in 1950 in Bronx, New York, later moving to Meriden, CT. Alejandro worked for MRM Industries for many years before his retirement. He is predeceased by his loving wife of 68 years, Carmen Lydia Gonzalez...Read More

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John C. Callaghan

Sep 12, 1938 - Mar 01, 2024

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Meriden, CT

John C. Callaghan, 85, of Wallingford, loving husband of Maureen (Cantwell) Callaghan for 60 years, passed away March 1, 2024 at MidState Medical Center in Meriden.John was born in Navan, Ireland on September 12, 1938, a son of the late Christopher and Brigid (Moore) Callaghan. John emigrated to the United States in 1959. John served in the United States Army and was assigned to Korea during the Cold War. He worked as a fleet manager in the electrical services industry in NYC for over 35 years and was accomplished in many trades. John enjoyed time with family, sports, travel, working on his home, and golf. In addition to his wife, Maureen, he is survived by his son, John Callaghan and his wife, Amy; his daughter, Karen Robison and her husband, James; daughter-in-law, Meredith Callaghan; his sister, Joan Callaghan; his brother, Robert Callaghan; his grandchildren, Graham Callaghan and his wife, Linh Do, Connor and Katie Robison and Emer Callaghan; and many nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his brothers Dermot Callaghan of Ireland and Michael Callaghan of Australia.His funeral Mass will be held privately for family and invited friends. Arrangements are under the direction of The Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 North Main Street Ext. Wallingford. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory can be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research or the Lyman Hall Music Parents Association.

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Gina M. Hoag

Mar 14, 1955 - Feb 27, 2024

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Meriden, CT

In the early morning hours of February 27, 2024, Gina M. Hoag, a lady of magnificence, presence, elegance, style, and dignity died in her home in Meriden at the age of 68.Beautiful beyond words, Gina made heads turn and tilt in immediate adoration. Purported to have the “perfect walk,” her gait was once noted by Wayne Newton as “a symphony without music.” Gina’s conversational charm, made her especially attractive to clients and all those who had the privilege to know her, if only for a mere few minutes. Originally from Cheshire and a graduate of Cheshire High School, Gina’s career included multiple layers of dedicated service during her 33 years with the State of Connecticut with long stints with the Department of Mental Health, Department of Labor, Department of Motor Vehicles and the 19 devoted years she spent with the State Department of Education, where she developed so many cherished friendships. A gifted teacher, Gina was able to creatively present information to teachers, students, and dog-owners alike and was always there to reinforce the principles that she believed were fundamental to sustained learning.Despite her full-time employment, Gina was relentless in her pursuit of her one true passion, the love, care, and training of dogs. A nationally recognized professional dog trainer, CPDT-KA, she became renown for her development of the “positive energy training theory.” An experienced teacher, a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and a committed leader in the world of animal advocacy, her personal mission was to help clients and their dogs build successful and positive relationships. Gina’s journey down this path began almost thirty years ago when she adopted a three-month-old puppy that exhibited extreme signs of fear reactivity. She sought help through countless trainers and breeders and was told by all to cut her losses and have the puppy destroyed. Refusing to give up on her puppy, she began researching his behaviors and learned how to make his world a less scary place by developing a relationship with him through positive behavior methods. It took time, but he lived happily for over sixteen years. ?Gina always owned dogs. Of those many beautiful K-9’s she called her “children,” maybe her most enduring companion is the incredible “Gaa-Goo” who shared many training adventures with Gina, including the award-winning, “Read with Rover” program as they performed at schools and libraries all over New England.Always, elegantly attired whether it was in her professional life or just walking her own dogs, her self-mandated 1.5 miles daily per dog, Gina’s wardrobe was expansive with a breath-taking array of formal wear.Gina lived in Meriden, Connecticut with her husband of many years, Dr. Stephen W. Hoag, their two beautiful Shetland Sheep dogs, Ga-Goo, and Michaleen and the newest addition to the family, the “Blue-eyed bombshell,” a mini-Aussie, Brooklyn. She and Gaa-Goo have been a registered therapy team for more than seven years. Her commitment to Animal Assisted Intervention prompted her to become a licensed instructor for Pet Partners. Additionally, Gina and Gaa-Goo especially enjoyed their weekly visits with the children at the American School for the Deaf. Gina continued to train for over a year despite the debilitating effects of cancer.The world has known many beautiful people, but Gina Hoag was the most pure and beautiful woman who has ever graced the earth and God’s children.Gina’s Family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday, March, 5th, from 4-7pm, in The Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 N. Main St. Ext., Wallingford. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday at 10:30am at In Memoriam Cemetery, 18 Maplewood Ave., Wallingford. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be made either of her favorite animal charitable organizations: Pet Partners (www.petpartners.org) or Our Companions (www.ourcompanions.org) Please see online guest book and information at www.wallingfordfh.com

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Margaret L. Irving

Dec 27, 1931 - Feb 22, 2024

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Meriden, CT

Margaret L. "Peg" Irving, age 92, of Cheshire entered into rest on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at MidState Medical Center in Meriden. She was the devoted wife of Robert C. "Bob" Irving for over 62 years until his passing in 2014. Peg was born on December 27, 1931 in Amesbury, MA, daughter of the late John and Mary (Brennan) Greaney. Peg was raised in Massachusetts where she met her husband, Robert. Peg and Bob were married in 1952 and in 1957 they brought their family to Cheshire. They were founding members and active parishioners of St. Thomas Becket Parish. She was the Director of Little Folks Nursery School in Cheshire before becoming the Director of Religious Education at St. Thomas Becket Parish. Her hard work and dedication did not go unnoticed, she was presented the Archdiocesan Medal of Appreciation by Archbishop Cronin. Peg was a member of the Early Bird Bowling League, a great card player, and an avid word game player on her iPad. After moving to Elim Park, she became involved in many activities including Bingo, calling many games. Peg also volunteered at Elim Park, where again her service to the community was acknowledged by her Volunteer of the Year Award. In 2017 she officially retired and spent time with her many friends and family, she was always surrounded by people she loved. Peg is the beloved mother of Deborah MacDonald and her husband, Michael of Guilford; Robert C. Irving Jr. and his wife, Margaret of Cheshire; and Richard C. Irving and his wife, Rhonda of Coventry, RI. She also leaves her cherished grandchildren; Michael (Meg) MacDonald, Robert (Janice) Irving, Kristen Mielert, James (Leigh) MacDonald, Craig (Cassondra) Irving and Kyle Irving (Kayla - fiancé); her adored great-grandchildren; Natalie Mielert, Jane MacDonald, Tim MacDonald, Shelby MacDonald, Sloane MacDonald, Benjamin Irving, Anna Irving and Conrad Richards-Irving; and several nieces and nephews. Peg was predeceased by her siblings, Frank and Leo Greaney and Mary Shaw. Friends may greet Peg’s family at the Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Cheshire, 615 So. Main St., Cheshire, CT 06410 on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 from 4PM until 6PM. On Wednesday, February 28, 2024 her funeral procession will leave the funeral home at 9:15AM for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10AM at St. Bridget of Sweden Parish-ST. THOMAS BECKET CHURCH, 435 No. Brooksvale Rd., Cheshire. Burial will follow in St. Bridget Cemetery, Higgins Rd., Cheshire. At the request of her family, memorial contributions may be made to the CT Community Foundation, c/o Elim Park Resident Council Scholarship - 43 Field St. Waterbury, CT 06702. To share a story or leave condolences for her family, please visit www.fordfh.comFind out if pre-planning is right for you.https://www.fordfh.com/planning-ahead

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Peter A. Traini

Jul 22, 1949 - Jan 19, 2024

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Meriden, CT

Peter A. Traini, 74, of Wallingford and formerly of Southington, passed away peacefully at MidState Medical Center on Friday, January 19, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. Peter was born on July 22, 1949 in Foggia, Italy, one of seven children, to the late William and Barbara (Hendrickson) Traini. Peter proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. Upon his return home, he took a position with the Marriott Company which brought him to Southington in the early 80’s. Peter spent many years working in the restaurant industry for Roy Roger’s, D’Angelo’s and local diners. Most recently, he was a non-emergency driver for Hunter’s Ambulance in Meriden and a van driver at New Britain Transportation. Peter will be remembered for his joyous personality, sense of humor and the ability to make others smile. He loved watching football and was a fan of both the Washington Redskins and New England Patriots. Ultimately, he was the biggest fan of his grandchildren, cheering them on at their sporting and school events. He also enjoyed family vacations to the Outer Banks, dinner at Chiapparelli’s in Little Italy, Baltimore and music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, always knowledgeable of the title, artist and year the songs came out.Peter is survived by two children, Elizabeth Kostenko of Southington and Philip Traini and his husband Jim Zulick of Norwalk, 4 granddaughters: Kaeley, Ryley, and Stephaney Kostenko and Bryana Goldman and one cherished great-grandson, Oliver. He is also survived by six siblings: Michael Traini of MD, Christopher Traini (Jackie) of FL, Susan Klauenberg (Jeff) of MD, David Traini (Christina) of MD, Keith Traini of PA and Monica "Moh" Traini of NC and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. He also leaves behind his former wives and dear friends, Joan Traini (Becky Fede) of Southington and Betty Glenn of Wallingford.In lieu of flowers, donations in Peter’s memory may be made to the American Legion Auxiliary, Post 45, 835 Hanover Rd, Meriden, CT 06451.A Celebration of Life will be held for close family and friends, in lieu of funeral services. Plantsville Funeral Home has been entrusted with handling the arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.plantsvillefuneralhome.com.

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Pedro Ortiz

Oct 22, 1955 - Feb 25, 2024

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Meriden, CT

Pedro Ortiz, 68, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 25, 2024 at his home. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on October 22, 1955, he was the son of the late Pedro Ortiz and Haydee Martinez. Pedro enjoyed fishing, listening to music and family gatherings. He had a great sense of humor and loved making people laugh. He is survived by his daughter Mindy Ortiz, a sister Carmen Soto, and several grandchildren. He is also survived by his cousins, that he considered siblings, Judith Silva and her husband Wilfredo, Migdalia Alicea, Tomasita Alicea, Tomas Alicea and his wife Diana, Margarita Cruz and Juan Alicea, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousin and friends. He was predeceased by his son Pedro Ortiz and grandmother Maria Alicea. Funeral service and burial will be in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main Street, Meriden, CT 06450 is entrusted with the local arrangements. For online condolences, please visit jferryfh.com.  

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Nancy (Nunziatina) Privitera

Aug 12, 1937 - Feb 27, 2024

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Meriden, CT

Nancy (Nunziatina) Privitera, 86, beloved wife of the late Francesco Privitera, passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, surrounded by her loving family after a brief illness. Born in Randazzo, Sicily on August 12, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Vincenzo and Gaetana Gullotto and had attended school in Italy. She retired from Walbro. She was a parishioner of Our Lady Mt. Carmel Church. She was best known for the love of family and her famous Sunday dinners for the entire family. Her sauce was unbeatable. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Also known for her generosity and kindness, her home was always open and welcoming. She loved to go on vacation with the family.She is survived by her two daughters, Connie Privitera and Gaetana DeBella and her husband Joseph; her three sons, Salvatore Privitera, Vincenzo (Jim) Privitera and his partner, Nancy Dontigney and Joseph Privitera and his fiancee, Susan Graham; her eight grandchildren, Francesco V. Privitera, Francesco Lamb Privitera, Cassandra Privitera, Michael Privitera, Salvatore Privitera, Jr., Joseph J. DeBella III, Nicholas DeBella, Andrew DeBella and her bonus granddaughter, Emily Ayaroyd and her seven great-grandchildren, Vinny Privitera, Giovanni DeBella, Antonio DeBella, Sebastian DeBella, Milan Privitera, Christian Privitera and Luciano DeBella. She is also survived by her three sisters, Maria Alessandro of Syracuse, NY, Luisa LaMacchia of Syracuse, NY and Graziella Farina of Italy; her three brothers Salvatore Gullotto, Antonio Gullotto and Emanuele Gullotto, several nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Sunday, March 3rd from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden, CT 06450. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 4th at Our Lady Queen of Angels Parish, Mt. Carmel Church, 109 Goodwill Ave, Meriden. Everyone is asked to meet directly at the Church. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at stjude.org. Her family would like to give a special thanks to the Franciscans for their love and support during her transition. For online condolences, please visit jferryfh.com.

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Lynn (Matos) Vergnetti

Jul 25, 1956 - Jan 20, 2024

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Meriden, CT

Meriden, CT Lynn (Matos) Vergnetti of Meriden, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 20, 2024 at VITAS at St. Mary’s Hospital after a long illness. Lynn was born on July 25, 1956 to the late William and Marieta Matos of Naugatuck. Lynn graduated from Naugatuck High School and worked at Hunter’s Ambulance prior to her illness. In her younger years she loved to square dance with her friends and was a member of many Square Dancing Clubs. Lynn and her daughter Sara shared a passion for Poodles and traveled to shows including Westminster Kennel Club, Saratoga Kennel Club and many more. She took care of many fur babies and of course her feathered friend Chuka. Even during her illness Lynn always had her yarn nearby and was always crocheting. She leaves to cherish her memories, her daughter, Sara Vergnetti; her sister, Karen Boccuzzi and her husband Nicholas Jr.; her brother, Paul Matos and his wife Irene; her nieces and nephews, Erica Boccuzzi, Nicholas Boccuzzi III, Danielle Streifel and her husband James and Alex Ryley Matos; her uncle, Manuel Matos as well as many cousins, extended family members and friends. Lynn was predeceased by her parents William and Marieta Matos, her brother, Mark Matos, her infant nephews, Kyle Boccuzzi and Brett Boccuzzi; her grandparents and several aunts and uncles. We would like to send a special thank you to the staff at Village Green of Bristol for their many years of care and compassion for Lynn during her illness. Also a special thank you to Chaplin Michael Lynn for his kindness and grace in the time spent with Lynn. A Graveside service will be held Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at 11:30am at St. James Cemetery, Cross Street, Naugatuck. Everyone attending is kindly asked to please meet directly at the cemetery. There are no calling hours and arrangements have been entrusted to the Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Avenue, Naugatuck, CT. In lieu of flowers and to honor Lynn’s memory, donations are requested to www.poodlerescuect.org.

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Joel Patrick Pattavina

Aug 02, 1967 - Feb 23, 2024

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Meriden, CT

Joel Patrick Pattavina passed away Friday, February 23, 2024. He was born in Meriden, the son of Margaret (Hartigan) Pattavina and the late Carl Pattavina. He was a custodian for Tolland Public Schools for 20 years. He loved the people he worked with. Joel enjoyed going to Shenipsit Lake, flea markets and antiquing. Besides his mother, he is survived by his siblings and their spouses, Paul Pattavina and Lori of Vernon, Jude Margaret Pattavina and Douglas Arroyo, Jonathan Pattavina and Maria of Fairview North Carolina, Colleen Isenberg and Ron of East Haddam, and a large extended family. Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family from 6 to 8 PM on Monday, February 26th at the Burke-Fortin Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM on Tuesday February 27th at St. Joseph Church. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to ALS United Connecticut, 4 Oxford Rd. Suite E4, Milford, CT 06460.

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Thomas William Schafrick

Dec 17, 1968 - Feb 21, 2024

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Meriden, CT

Thomas William Schafrick, 55, of Meriden, passed away suddenly of cardiac arrest at his home on February 21, 2024. He was born on December 17, 1968, in New Haven, to William and Lois (Waller) Schafrick of Meriden. A son, brother, friend, and father, Tommy has touched the lives of so many. Being self-employed, he spent a lot of time working, but all his free time was dedicated to being with Madison and Thomas, who meant the world to him. He will be dearly missed by his son Thomas, daughters Madison, Rachel Molnar, and Rebecca Latham, his brother James Schafrick, brother-in-law Christopher Carlone, former wife Lisa Besek, many extended relatives, and lifelong friends. Both of Tommy’s parents predecease him. A Memorial Service celebrating Tommy’s life will be held on Saturday, March 16 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hubbard Chapel located in Walnut Grove Cemetery, 817 Old Colony Road, Meriden. Friends are invited to visit with his family from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. before the service. His family asks that flower orders be sent to Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a fund created for Madison and Thomas: . “When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.”

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Richard James Fahey

Mar 02, 1957 - Feb 18, 2024

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Meriden, CT

Richard James Fahey (The Owl), 66, husband of Dawn Fahey, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 18, 2024. Born March 2, 1957 in Meriden, he was the son of the late Norbert T. and Nancy (Kamenoff) Fahey. He graduated from Maloney High School in 1975 and was a lifelong plumber in Meriden. Throughout his life, Rick was a big supporter and fan of local wrestling and boxing. Over the years, he was involved with and spent many hours working with both the Meriden Youth Wrestling Club and the Silver City Boxing Club.In addition to his wife, Rick is survived by his son, Jonathon (Stacey), his siblings Tom (Cathy), Ken (Dawna), Diane, and Dave (Lisa) and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his step-children Desiree and James, his cherished step-grandchildren Dakota and Jacqueline, brother-in-law Gary Rogers, sister-in-law Debbie Shepard, in-laws June and William Rogers, and a grand-pup, Chip. Services will be private and there will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rick's memory can be made to Beat The Street Community Center Meriden (121 So. Colony St., Meriden, 06450). Arrangements are under the direction of the Meriden Memorial Funeral Home, 450 Broad St.

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