Benjamin F. Sylvester Jr.
Jul 31, 1924 - Feb 15, 2024
Benjamin F. Sylvester Jr. of Guilford, a retired history teacher and coach, died February 15, 2024 at age 99 at home. Born in Omaha, Neb., he was the son of Benjamin Sylvester and Ruth Mills Sylvester. A graduate of that city’s Central High School, he was elected to the school’s Hall of Fame. After Army service in World War II, he earned degrees from Harvard University and from St. Catherine's College, Oxford, England, where he was a championship rower and an annual prize is named after him. Mr. Sylvester taught and coached crew at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford for 40 years; the school’s boathouse on Lake Quonnipaug in Guilford is named for him. In 1961, he married the former LeMoyne Dodge, who survives him. He also leaves two children, Benjamin Sylvester III and Nina Healy; and six grandchildren, Ben Sylvester IV, Tyler Sylvester, Toby Sylvester, Norah Healy, Finn Healy, and Aidan Healy.A private graveside service with military honors will take place at North Guilford Cemetery, Guilford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Choate Rosemary Hall crew program in honor of Benjamin Sylvester Jr., 333 Christian St., Wallingford, CT 06492 or www.choate.edu/giving.
Jul 22, 1946 - Feb 08, 2024
Donna DeCicco was born on July 22, 1946, in Brooklyn, NY. The family moved to Staten Island, NY when Donna was a child. Donna passed away on February 8, 2024.Donna was a dramatic, larger-than-life person, who could stop a room when she entered! That was before a horrendous car accident severely limited her world. She was young, in her thirties, when the accident happened.When we think of Donna, let’s remember the fun-loving, witty, and warm person that she was, traits that were not affected by her accident.Donna is survived by sisters Denise Manzione (Linda Rizzuto), Barbara Barbieri, Elaine Boschi; nieces and nephews Nadine Cioffi (Terry), Renee Norris, Joseph Boschi, Steven Boschi, David Boschi, Rick Cordo (Denise); grandnieces and nephew; and a long list of people who called her “friend.”Friends are invited to calling hours on Wednesday, February 21 from 2 – 3:45 pm at the Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church St, Guilford. Followed by a prayer service at 3:45 pm at Guilford Funeral Home. Burial services will be held privately.
Paul H. Johnson
Oct 26, 1936 - Feb 06, 2024
Paul H. Johnson, a long-term resident of Guilford, Connecticut, and Orchid Island, Florida passed away peacefully on February 6, 2024. Mr. Johnson was a graduate of Brown University and, University of Connecticut Law School, and received a PMD from Harvard University. He retired from active business in 2001 but maintained a focused activity of helping families work through the problems of moving family businesses from generation to generation. After graduating from Brown in 1958, he was commissioned as an Officer in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Witek. While still serving, he met the love of his life Gwendolyn Davies on a blind date. They married in August of 1962. Paul graduated from law school in 1966. He was employed by the First New Haven National Bank from 1961 to 1971, resigning when he was elected President and CEO of Connecticut Savings Bank. He remained in that office for the next twenty years. In 1991, at the invitation of the Honorable Guido Calabresi, he became the Assistant to the Dean and the Director of the Campaign for Yale Law School. In 1994, he became the President and CEO of the Gaylord Hospital, in Wallingford, CT, retiring in 2001. Paul was an active Connecticut resident serving on the Board of Directors of The New Haven Water Company, Middlesex Mutual Insurance Company, Connecticut Energy, the Southern Connecticut Gas Company, Cooper Instrument Company, SLAM Collaborative Architects, Essex Financial, and for several years after retirement, on the Board of Giesecke & Devrient, a worldwide company headquartered in Munich, Germany. He was an impassioned advocate for service on not-for-profit boards that served others. Paul served on the Board of Trustees of Brown University and the University of Connecticut Health Center (Hospital, Medical School, and Dental School) in addition to long-term service on the Board of Directors of Yale New Haven Hospital. His interest in education prompted his serving on the Dean’s Council of the Yale Medical School, and the Board of Trustees at Hopkins School where he served as the Chairperson, as a fellow of Calhoun College at Yale. He also served as the President of the United Way of New Haven and the New Haven Downtown Counsel. Paul was asked to serve by the Governor of the State of Connecticut as the President of the Tennis Foundation of Connecticut. This Foundation was instrumental in bringing the Volvo International Tennis Tournament from Vermont to New Haven. Paul then helped to create a partnership between the Tennis Foundation and Yale University, where the Tennis Center was eventually constructed in 1991. His organizational skills led to his appointment as Chairman of the Greater New Haven United Way Campaign on two different occasions, his Chairmanship of the Capital Campaign for Yale New Haven Hospital and the Capital Campaign for Hopkins School. An avid golfer who formed his love for the game as a young caddy at Shennecossett Golf Course in Groton, Connecticut, he took a hiatus from the game while his children were young to play tennis at the New Haven Lawn club. Paul started playing competitively again once his kids were grown. He won the Senior Championships at New Haven Country Club and at Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club. Most pleasing to him was winning the State of Connecticut Father / Daughter Championship with his daughter, Kirsten, and the annual Member-Guest “Orchid Cup” tournament with his son Peter in 2003. Paul is survived by his wife of 62 years, Gwendolyn “Meg” Johnson, their beloved children Kirsten Johnson Adams (John Adams) of Madison, CT, Philip Johnson (Stephanie Maggart Johnson) of Guilford, CT and Peter Johnson (Julie Momchilov Johnson) of Kentfield, CA, and his seven adoring grandchildren, Hannah Johnson Martin, Sarah Johnson, Summer Adams, John “Trey” Adams, Wiley Johnson, Paul “Ryland” Johnson, and Rowan Johnson. A family and friends gathering is being planned for the late spring.
Trent Jay Liseo
Feb 07, 1997 - Feb 05, 2024
Trent Jay Liseo, 27 of Guilford, formerly of Hamden, also known as "The Trenster, T, Trentapus, Trentino" passed away unexpectedly at home in his sleep on February 5, 2024. He was born February 7, 1997 in Burlington, VT to Lawrence Liseo Jr. of Guilford and Ellyn M. McDonald of New Haven. Trent grew up in Hamden where he attended school at Dunbar Elementary through Hamden High. Trent enjoyed attending church at Dunbar United Church of Christ. He was attending Gateway Community College where he loved taking classes to better himself. Trent was an accomplished drummer. Anyone who had the opportunity to work with him, musically, could see his need to be the best drummer he could be. He would spend hours every day (driving the family crazy) trying to perfect his skills. He was proud of his gigs at the Webster, Toad's Place and many other venue no matter how small or large and no matter the band he was playing for. He worked at Grand Brass Lamp Parts and enjoyed the friends he made there. He loved disc golf with his friends, and snowboarding, and was looking forward to an upcoming trip to Stratton for his birthday. He was an aficionado of mac and cheese, trinkets, Rock and Roll, Tool, vinyl records, and the color orange. Most of all Trent loved his family. He looked up to his younger sister, Kate Liseo, who always had his back. He enjoyed spending time with his dad, Lawrence, fishing on the Long Island Sound, although the fish seemed to always avoid their lines. He loved his mom, Ellyn, and they spent many nights making homemade ramen and mac and cheese. Recently, they attended a concert in Manhattan that Trent really enjoyed. Trent was funny, silly, kind, and an amazing son, brother, grandson and friend. He was quirky, his own man, and always strived to be better. He wanted to be “The Dude” and was an ordained "Dudiest Priest" (certificate and all). He is survived by his sister, Kate Liseo of Guilford, step-siblings, Abigail and Drew Malton, mother, Ellyn McDonald, father, Lawrence Liseo Jr., stepmother, Tracy Malton, Aunt Suzie McDermott, Uncle Mike McDermott, cousins Caroline and Daniel McDermott, "Crazy Auntie" Robin Liseo and cousin Cory Liseo of Iva, SC, paternal grandparents Lawrence Liseo Sr., Kitty Liseo, Cynthia and Len Matejek all of Tamarac, FL and maternal grandmother, Margaret McDonald of Waterbury along with his pet bearded dragon, "Bazoobala." He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Robert S. McDonald. ? Family will receive friends on Sunday, February 11th, 2024 from 1 - 4 P.M. at the Clancy-Palumbo Funeral Home, 43 Kirkham Ave., East Haven. All are invited to meet and attend a Funeral Service on Monday, February 12th at 11 A.M. in Dunbar United Church of Christ, 767 Benham Street in Hamden with a burial to follow at Alder Brook Cemetery in Guilford. In honor of Trent's love of the color, please wear something orange. Donations may be made to Jonathan and Nancy Bishop Fund for Musical Opportunities for Youth, 44 Boston Street, PO Box 35, Guilford CT 06437 in memory of Trent Liseo.
Maryellyn Welch Page
Nov 13, 1930 - Feb 05, 2024
Maryellyn Welch Page, 93, of Guilford passed away peacefully on Monday, February 5, 2024 at her home. She was born November 13, 1930, daughter of the late Frank G. Welch and Kathryn Meehan Welch.Maryellyn was the salutatorian of her Guilford High School class and received her B.S. in Zoology from the University of Connecticut. She was a teacher before marrying George W. Page in 1953. After raising her family, she worked with her husband in the family-owned business, Page Insurance, LTD, before retirement. When she was 66 years old, she obtained her pilot’s license and logged thousands of miles on her Piper Cherokee over the years.Maryellyn was predeceased by her husband, George W. Page, who died in 2014 after 60 years of marriage. She leaves behind her daughters, Stephanie Page Bardwell (A. Clifford) New Bern, NC; Charlotte Page Johnston, Monroe; Connie Page Miller, Norfolk, VA; Jennifer Clark Page, Guilford; Sarah Page Kyrcz (Robert), Madison and Martha Page (Frederic Boursier), Warren, ME and sons, George W., Jr., Guilford and Geoffrey Alexander (Natalie), Shoreview, MN. She is also survived by her 19 grandchildren Vincent III and Nicholas Gianfredi; Bradley, Bryan and Kelsey Johnston; Lindsay (Miller) Pryor, Matthew and Alanna Miller; Rachel and Shannon Page; Ana and Sophia Kyrcz; Amos, Zoe, Marieke and Rowan Page and Ky, Mackenna and Nora Page and 17 great grandchildren, Carina, Roman and Della Gianfredi; Vincent Gianfredi; Luella, Goldie, Dove and River Johnston; Gemma, Finn, London and Everett Johnston; Lila and Ryder Perone; Dylan, Gus and Nina Pryor and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Charlotte Welch Quaintance and brother, Frank G. Welch, Jr.The family would like to express their gratitude to Connecticut Hospice for their comfort and support and her daughter, Jennifer, whose support made it possible for Maryellyn to live out her life in her own home.Friends are invited to calling hours on Friday, February 9 from 5 – 8 pm at the Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church St, Guilford. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. George Church, 33 Whitfield St, Guilford on Saturday, February 10 at 10 am. Burial will follow in North Guilford Cemetery, 159 Ledge Hill Rd, Guilford. Memorial contributions may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd, Branford, CT 06405; https://www.hospice.com/ or Connecticut Chapter Ninety-Nines Scholarship Fund, c/o Eileen Mitchell, treasurer, 16 Commerce Road, Newtown CT 06470.
Joseph T. Londa
Nov 11, 1931 - Jan 31, 2024
Wednesday, January 31, 2024 Joseph T. Londa, 92, longtime resident of Guilford passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family. Husband of the late June Marie (Lyne) Londa, Mr. Londa was born in Queens, New York on November 11, 1931, son of the late Albert Londa and Sarah (Tobin) Londa. Loving father of Christopher (Deana) Londa; Matthew Londa; John (Rebecca) Londa; predeceased by three sons, Joseph Londa Jr., Gary Londa, and Edward Londa. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Brittany (Alex) Hirsch, Megan Londa, Kelsi Londa, Matthew Londa Jr., Christopher Londa Jr., Mason Londa; and great granddaughters, Isabella Bontempo and Riley Hirsch. Also predeceased by a brother Albert Londa.Mr. Londa's life was marked by honorable service and dedicated commitment. After graduating from Bryant High School, he served his country in the US Air Force, stationed at the Wasserkuppe, Germany radar site. Following his military service, he embarked on a successful career, working for New York Telephone and later for SNET as an accounting manager. His professional endeavors were matched by his passion for community service. A longtime member and past president of the Guilford Lions Club, he found joy in giving back and making a positive impact. He will be fondly remembered by his friends and family for his unwavering generosity, wise counsel, and love for life's simple pleasures. Whether traveling, or enjoying the company of loved ones, he approached each moment with dedication and enthusiasm. Though he may no longer be with us, his spirit of kindness and his commitment to the things he held dear will continue to inspire and resonate within our hearts.Friends are invited to calling hours on Wednesday, February 7 from 9:30 – 11 am at the Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church St, Guilford. Followed by a prayer service at 11 am at Guilford Funeral Home. Burial will take place at West Cemetery, 71 Jannas Ln, Madison. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; www.stjude.org.
Howard E. Straight
Dec 01, 1927 - Jan 23, 2024
Tuesday, January 23, 2024 Howard E. Straight, 96, longtime resident of Guilford, passed away at The Guilford House. Mr. Straight was born in Troy, New York on December 1, 1927. He was the son of Howard Straight and Agusta (Orth) Straight and the youngest of eight children. Howard is the father of Carla Straight of Montpellier, VT and step-father of John (late Debbie) Wynne of Guilford and Dolores (James) McSpadden of Geneva, IL. Howard is also survived by five grandchildren: Ashleigh (Joe) Duval, James (Erin) McSpadden, Katherine McSpadden, John (Kara) McSpadden and Emma McSpadden and one great grandchild Madison Rae McSpadden. Howard was predeceased by his wives Ruth Brockett Straight and Dolores M. Wynne Straight.Howard honorably served his country in the US Navy during the Korean War. Before retirement he worked as a design engineer at the Upjohn Corporation. He enjoyed traveling, wood working, and barbershop singing.A graveside service will be held at the CT State Veterans Cemetery, 317 Bow Lane, Middletown on Wednesday, January 31 at 12:00 PM.
Sr. Mary Paul Augustine of the Passion, O.P. (Edna May Conroy)
Sep 08, 1933 - Jan 20, 2024
North Guilford, CT
Sr. Mary Paul Augustine of the Passion, O.P. (Edna May Conroy) died peacefully on January 20th in the Infirmary of Our Lady of Grace Monastery after a brief illness.Sister was born on September 8, 1933 in Meriden, Connecticut where she was raised and received her early education. She was awarded a B.A. degree in Math from Albertus Magnus College and also did some graduate work in Math at Wesleyan University. After a few years of teaching, she entered the Monastery of Our Lady of Grace in September 1958 where she made final profession of vows in April 1963.Two years later, in April 1965, Our Lady of Grace made a new foundation in Nairobi, Kenya. Sr. Mary Paul Augustine was one of the twelve sisters who were sent to begin the new monastery. She totally immersed herself in the culture and loved the African people. In the early seventies she returned to North Guilford, and the community in Kenya now consists totally of native sisters.Sister’s great passions were music and gardening. Already an accomplished pianist when she entered the monastery, she became proficient at the organ and for many years served as the main organist for the community Mass. And even after her ninetieth birthday she could still be seen in work clothes, with garden tools in hand, on her way to attend to her beloved flowers and shrubs.Sr. Mary Paul Augustine was the eldest of five siblings and is survived by John (Helen) Conroy, David (Patricia) Conroy, Robert (Margot) Conroy, Rita Smith, and innumerable nieces, nephews and grands. She was predeceased by parents John Irving and Edna Rose (Dooley) Conroy.Calling hours will be held on Thursday, January 25 between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. and Friday, January 26 between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. and again between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. in the chapel of Our Lady of Grace. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 27 at 10:00 a.m. followed by interment in the monastery cemetery. Funeral arrangements are being made by Guilford Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be sent to the Monastery of Our Lady of Grace, 11 Race Hill Road, North Guilford, CT 06437-1099 or www.dominicannuns.org.
Ann Marie Stringer Kerrigan Robins
Jun 04, 1929 - Jan 13, 2024
Ann Marie Stringer Kerrigan RobinsShe would greet you with that broad smile, and that double chuckle laugh as she asked, "How are YOU?" She cared. You were the focus of her attention. You were missed. You were loved.She was like that, gracious, warm and kind to all.In Connecticut, she was known as Ann Robins of Pawcatuck, after being Ann Kerrigan of Riverside. But she was always Ann Marie Stringer of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, born on June 4th, 1929.It was a different time then, growing up there in the thirties and forties, in high society, at the height of the motor city's prowess. Her life was full of family and friends. She reveled in her roots. Her friends from then remained friends for life.She was competitive, played field hockey, tennis, sailed, and loved to swim. There were parties and beaus. She loved music, and loved to dance. All of which was tempered by the Catholic Church and a strict upbringing, which gave her a fierce moral sense of right and wrong that she passed on to her children.She finished her schooling at Duchesne, in New York City, where she studied interior design. While in New York, she met and soon married Richard Thomas Kerrigan of Summit, New Jersey.Married life began in the '50s in Manhattan, after which she made homes on Peters Road, then Stoney Ridge Lane, both in Riverside, Connecticut. In '64, it was onto Konigstein, Germany, then back to Riverside on Quigley Island.However, it was the home she made for us on Club Road that became Hotel Kerrigan with Ann Stringer as manager and maître de. Relatives and friends, relatives of friends, and various other travelers dropped in over the years. They were all welcomed, no one was turned away.The sixties were a whirlwind. The seventies were different.Left alone with a brood of six rambunctious offspring, life became difficult. Family life was downsized from Club Road to Riverside Avenue. She struggled, but went to work, becoming the assistant to the Head of the Middle School at Greenwich Country Day.Then love returned. In 1979, she married James Davis Robins (dec.) of Morristown, New Jersey. They moved on to Hinkley Hill Farm on Pequot Trail in Pawcatuck, Connecticut. She and Jim re-made their lives.Jim and Ann renovated their historic home. They immersed themselves in the life of Stonington; they joined the Wadawanuck Club. They made many friends. She was a longtime member of the Stonington Garden Club, and made frequent trips to the Stonington Free Library to pick up the latest editions of the popular authors she loved.Life flourished. Cruising with Jim in his boat on the Sound, tennis at the Wad Club, and well into her nineties she played bridge, twice a week. Ann became an expert at needlepointing, making heirloom-quality Christmas stockings for her grandchildren, and great-grandkids.They lived together for 43 years. Jim passed away, at the age 92, on September 25, 2022. Now, Ann Robins, 94 years old, has left us as well.She died on Saturday morning, January 13, 2024, at Solstice Senior Living in Guilford, Connecticut. She leaves 6 children, 3 stepchildren, 11 grandchildren, 8 step-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and 1 step-great-grandchild.Ann Marie Stringer Kerrigan Robins was loved because she gave her love freely and without question to all.The family asks, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to Home Care Plus, Community Healthcare & Hospice, Guilford - https://www.ynhhs.org/locations/guilford-753-boston-post-road-personal-care
Miriam (Mimi) Miller
Jan 11, 1933 - Jan 13, 2024
Miriam (Mimi) Miller, 91, of Guilford, formerly of North Branford, passed away Saturday, Jan. 13, after a brief illness. Mimi was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Jan. 11, 1933, daughter of the late Lester and Gertrude (Gallery) Miller.She is survived by brother Edward Miller of Hamden; daughter Joan Beal and her husband Jeff, of Manhattan; son Adam Sapiro of Baltimore; and grandson Henry Beal of Lewisville, Texas. She was predeceased by a son, Jason Sapiro of Bradenton, Fla.After earning a bachelor of arts degree at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Mimi taught English at St. Michael’s Grammar School in New Haven (1954-55) and East Haven High School (1955-61). After taking time off to raise her three children, Mimi returned to teaching, first at St. Mary’s High School in New Haven (1982-92), where she later became principal, and then Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden for 13 years.Mimi had a gorgeous soprano voice and a lifelong passion for music. She performed with the local chapter of the Sweet Adelines in her 20s and sang as a soloist and choir member at St. Augustine Church in North Branford, where she was a parishioner for 60 years. She also served as a Eucharistic minister and a member of St. Augustine’s parish council, taught catechism, and chaired the church’s 25th anniversary committee. After moving to Guilford in 2022, she joined the parish of St. George Church, where she regularly attended morning Mass and sang in the choir.Politically active throughout her life, Mimi served as a member of the North Branford Town Council for 12 years and was a 12-year member of the North Branford Board of Education, which she chaired from 1973 to 1976. In 2002, North Branford recognized Mimi for her years of service to the town and her efforts guiding school construction and expansion projects. She was a member of the governing board of Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES), serving as chairman from 1973 to 1975. She also worked with the League of Women Voters, took part in the campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment and volunteered with the NAACP.Friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at St. George Church, 33 Whitfield St., Guilford on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 700 Middletown Ave, North Haven. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Relief Services www.crs.org