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Elizabeth Herrmann

Jun 13, 1930 - Nov 30, 2023

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Branford, CT

Elizabeth (Betty) Herrmann, age 93, of Branford, CT, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 28, 2023. Betty was born in New Haven, CT on June 13, 1930, daughter of the late Thomas and Natalie Hughes. Betty was the wife of the late Robert Herrmann, Sr. Betty graduated from Commercial High School in New Haven and worked for the Southern New England Telephone Company until the time she met her husband and moved to Branford in 1955. She began a new career in 1976 at the Pine Orchard Yacht &...Read More

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Richard William Marot

Dec 10, 1935 - Feb 17, 2024

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Branford, CT

Richard William Marot (Rick), of Melbourne, FL, formerly of Warwick, passed away peacefully atConnecticut Hospice in Branford, CT on February 17, 2024, after a short and courageous battle withcancer. He was 88 years old. Rick was predeceased by his beloved wife of 54 years, Betty (DeNuccio),his parents Raymond and Edna (Carr) Marot, and his brother James Marot. He left a legacy of love withhis children Maureen Marot Edgerton of Auburn, ME, Sharon Marot Jagel of Glastonbury, CT, andColleen Marot Mrowka and husband Bill of Cheshire, CT, grandchildren Amanda Leone (Jagel) andhusband Christian, Kate Courto (Mrowka) and husband Richard, Erika Jagel, Elizabeth Manta (Edgerton)and husband Vincent, Julia Edgerton, Shelby Jagel, Cooper Mrowka, and Griffin Jagel, and greatgrandchildren Sloane and Scott Courto. He wasn’t shy about expressing his pride for each-and-every oneof them. He will be missed by his beloved dog and loyal companion Buddy.Born in Providence, RI on December 10, 1935, Rick attended Cranston schools and proudly served in theUnited States Air Force. After retirement, Rick and Betty relocated to Lamplighter Village in Melbourne,FL where they developed many close friendships. He loved cooking and entertaining. With the socialrestrictions imposed during the Covid pandemic, he started cooking and delivering Sunday dinners to hisfriends, a practice that he continued until his illness slowed him down. Everyone knew when Rick entereda room – he was extremely outgoing and had a tremendous sense of humor. He loved to laugh and makeothers laugh, and wasn’t afraid to be silly and goofy, especially with his family. He was a voraciousreader, devouring mystery and crime novels on a daily basis. He loved all things lobster, whether it waseating a two-pounder on the Maine seashore or sporting a lobster tie or pair of socks! A lifelong sportsfan, he especially loved the Red Sox, Patriots, or any team on which his children/grandchildren played.He was also a talented woodworker and helped his family and friends with many renovation and repairprojects.Respects may be paid to the family at Barrett and Cotter Funeral Home, 1328 Warwick Avenue, Warwick,RI on Sunday, February 25, 2024, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St.Timothy Church, 1799 Warwick Avenue, Warwick, RI on Monday, February 26, 2024, at 10:00 AM,followed by burial at RI Veterans’ Cemetery in Exeter. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in hismemory to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (nhpco.org), Disabled AmericanVeterans (help.dav.org), or the Brevard Humane Society (brevardhumanesociety.org).

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Frank Migliaccio

Jul 22, 1951 - Feb 16, 2024

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Branford, CT

Frank Migliaccio, 72, passed away peacefully in Branford Friday, February 16th, 2024 surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 22nd, 1951 in New York, NY and would later become a Branford resident. During his life, he served 22 honorable years in the United States Army. Frank loved summers in Ogunquit, Maine with his family and also enjoyed fishing at the Branford Point with his friends. Frank enjoyed cooking for his family and grandchildren and was a passionate Philadelphia eagles fan. As many know Frank loved to play at Foxwoods Casino with his wife Helen by his side . We will miss his kind heart and soul . He is survived by his beloved wife Helen Migliaccio of Branford. His children Jason Migliaccio and his wife Laura and Jennifer (Migliaccio) Daynorovicz of Pennsylvania. His step children Joseph Porcello and his wife Gina , Jennifer Morales and her husband Brian, Michael Porcello and Ashley and all of his grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends. Frank also leaves behind his sister Marie Macaluso and her husband Nick, his brother Silvio Migliaccio and is predeceased by his sister Margaret Vargas. Frank will be deeply missed. As we mourn his passing, let us remember the joy he brought into our lives and the warmth of his affection. To to the family or in memory of Frank Migliaccio, please

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Melanie Beth Abbott

Aug 21, 1951 - Feb 13, 2024

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Branford, CT

Melanie Beth Abbott, retired Law Professor, age 72, of Branford passed away February 1 3, 2024. Born in New Haven on August 21 , 1951 she was the daughter of the late Rev. John Abbott and Virginia (Towns) Abbott and sister of the late Timothy Abbott. She grew up in Hamden and she has lived most of her life in Branford. Melanie attended Bates College in Maine for her undergraduate degree and Syracuse University for a Masters degree. She graduated from Bridgeport Law School (now Quinnipiac University) in 1984. Melanie joined the University of Bridgeport (now Quinnipiac ) law faculty in 1989, after clerking for the Hon. Ellen Bree Burns, U.S. District Court-D. Conn., Hon. Thomas J. Meskill, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and working as an associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft in Washington, D.C. as well as Day, Berry & Howard in Hartford, CT. Melanie was committed to studying and addressing poverty and its interactions with law and policy. She devoted much of her professional and personal energy to this cause. In 1996, with Peter Yarrow of the famed folk trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, she founded the Law Students’ Legal Action Fellowships to supp ort law students who want to use their skills creatively on projects in the public interest. Melanie served as a faculty advisor to QUSL’s Public Interest Law Project and worked with students on many initiatives connected to her Poverty Law course, including food, clothing and toy drives, preparation and serving of Thanksgiving dinners, and providing legal services outreach to low-income communities and people experiencing homelessness. Her scholarship focused on poverty, homelessness, and policy interventions to alleviate these ills. Melanie’s colleagues and friends benefitted from her warmth, humor, and care for students. Her song parodies, and occasional performances in community musical theatre productions reflected her creative side; her beloved Flat Coated Retrievers (with whom she competed in dog agility trials) reflected her sporting side. This balance and integration are reflected in Professor Abbott’s service as an Advisory Board member in the Center for Third Age Leadership, a consortium of business and academic professionals educating baby-boomers about opportunities to continue to work and contribute in “post retirement” years. About this project, Professor Abbott has said, “Lawyers work very hard for a long time, and they get through the whole process and they think, ‘Is that all there is?…[The Center for Third Age Leadership asks] what these people can do either within the practice or outside the profession to give themselves a chance to experience their whole self rather than just part of their life.” Friends are invited to gather from 3:00 -4:30pm on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden. Interment will be private. Contributions in Melanie’s memory may be made to the Quinnipiac University School of Law Public Interest Law Project. Online gifts can be made at: www.qu.edu/givelaw.

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Mark A. Gasparini

Dec 08, 1960 - Feb 16, 2024

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Branford, CT

Mark A. Gasparini, of New York City, age 63, entered eternal rest on February 16, 2024, at Connecticut Hospice in Branford, surrounded by his family and friends. Mark was born in Derby on December 8, 1960, son of the late Aldo J. and Kathryn Pascuzzo Gasparini. He grew up in Derby and attended Derby High School, graduating in 1979. Mark went on to attend Bryant College earning his Bachelor’s degree in accounting. He lived and worked for the past thirty years in Manhattan, having many leadership, and high-profile positions at GMHC, MTA, Lambda Legal and Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Mark loved the beach, choosing to spend many summers on Fire Island visiting his large group of friends and spending time with family. He never missed the opportunity to support his niece and nephew at religious and sporting events or spend time with family for holiday gatherings. Family and friends remember Mark as sharp witted, intelligent, loyal, and loving. He liked cars, attending automotive events and socializing for any occasion. Mark will be lovingly missed. Mark leaves to cherish his memory, his sister, June Genna (Gregory) of Seymour, his niece, Kate Finnucan of Hamden and his nephew, Steven Genna of Hamden, along with many cousins and a large network of friends. He was predeceased by his partners, Jim Barbagallo (1996) and Charles Pease (2023). Burial will be private. A memorial service in New York City will be announced by the family on a later date. The SPINELLI-RICCIUTI FUNERAL HOME, 62 Beaver Street in Ansonia has been privileged with the arrangements. Contributions in Mark’s memory may be made directly to the Alzheimer’s Association at, https://act.alz.org or to Connecticut Hospice at, www.hospice.com. To sign Mark’s guestbook or share a memory, please visit, www.spinelliricciutifh.com.

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Ann Rosalie Mucchiari Castellon

Oct 05, 1931 - Feb 08, 2024

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Branford, CT

Ann Rosalie Mucchiari Castellon of Branford passed away Thursday February 8, 2024 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Ann was born in Brooklyn New York on October 5, 1931, daughter of the late Antonio and Lena Minando Mucchiari. She had worked as a legal secretary and after marriage worked for her family business, Castellon Bros. Bakery in Branford, for many years. She is survived by her beloved husband of 72 years, Henry Castellon Jr., and their children, MaryLee Collopy of Branford, Anthony (Cindy) Castellon of Branford, and Patti (Mark) Kennedy of Ponte Vedra Beach Florida; seven grandchildren, Tracy and Jim Collopy, Stephen, Allison, and Brian Castellon, Zachary (Kaitlin Ponce) Kennedy, and Amanda (Ryan) Wernli and one great grandchild, Henry Kennedy.The family would like to thank the caregivers from Euro-American Homecare, Peggy Dowd, and Ann’s very caring neighbors and friends for their love and support.Ann was predeceased by her brothers Joseph and Frank Mucchiari.A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. John Bosco Parish at St. Mary Church, 731 Main Street, Branford, on Wednesday April 10, 2024 at 11:00am. Burial will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery. Visiting hour prior to Mass from 9:00 - 10:15 at the W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Ann’s name to Home Care Plus Community Healthcare & Hospice.D3BNQQA7

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Vicki G. Denaro

Dec 07, 1953 - Feb 13, 2024

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Branford, CT

Vicki G. Denaro of Branford died Tuesday, February 13, 2024. She was the wife of the late Robert Denaro.  Vicki was born in Yonkers, NY on December 7, 1953, a daughter of the late Frederick and Rosemarie Dunne Tiedeman. Vicki lived for her family. She had a beautiful and loving marriage to her late husband for over 40 years. She was a constant caregiver with unquestionable generosity with her caring and support. Her sons were the most important thing to her. Every choice and sacrifice she made was to ensure their betterment and wellness. She worked as a salesperson for building supplies for many years until retiring. She did this for the love of working with her hands. In a male driven industry, she not only made her mark but gained respect from her peers, not only with her skill and knowledge but with her tenacity and strong will. She loved all music, but especially country music and Elvis Presley.  Vicki is survived by her sons, Steven Denaro (Lyndsay O’Neill) of Branford and Charles Denaro of Branford, her sister Veronica (Tom) Molloy (niece and nephew Erica and Tommy as well as Carey Tiedeman) of Wallingford as well as her aunt and uncle, Connie and Eddie Sasso of Wallingford. She was predeceased by her son Robert Denaro and her brothers, Craig and Bruce Tiedeman.Relatives and friends may call at the W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main Street, Branford, Saturday February 24th from 9:00 – 11:00 AM. Following the services friends and family will gather at Tommy Sullivans for food and drinks to celebrate a life well lived (11:30). 

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James L. Ardito

Aug 31, 1943 - Feb 13, 2024

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North Branford, CT

Entered into rest Feb.13, 2024, James L. Ardito, 80; husband of Caroline Gargano Ardito of North Branford; proud father of Gabriel (Gianna) Ardito and Margaret (Mathew) Calkins; also survived by his granddaughters, Eva Ardito and Madison, Mia and Margaret (Marnie) Calkins, who were the absolute love of his life. Other survivors include a brother-law, Frank A. "Butch" (Carolyn) Gargano, nephew, John (Elaine) Ardito, and a niece, Carolyn Cocco; predeceased by a brother, John Ardito, and a sister, Margaret Iaccarino. Born in New Haven on August 31, 1943, he was the son of the late John and Pasqualina (Lena) Ardito. Prior to retirement, he worked as an ironworker. James was a member of the Elm City, Hamden, and Guilford Gun Clubs and the Prihillian Club. He was an avid fisherman, loved golfing, skeet shooting and cooking. He was famous for his stuffed breads, anginette cookies and eggplant parmesan. He enjoyed having company, cooking for his guests, especially on holidays and special occasions. James was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society relay for life in North Branford, donating over 500 anginette cookies to raise money for the event. He enjoyed watching UConn women basketball games, both in person and on TV. He was a lover of animals, especially dogs, and will be greatly missed by his companion, Woody. Nothing brought him more joy than spending time with his granddaughters. Friends may call on Friday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at MARESCA & SONS FUNERAL HOME, 592 Chapel St., and are invited to go directly to Blessed Michael McGivney Parish in the Church of St. Michael on Saturday, at 10 a.m. for a Mass of Christian Burial. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter, 749 East Main St., Branford, CT 06405. To to the family or in memory of James Louis Ardito, please

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Brian P. Fitzgerald

May 04, 1968 - Feb 03, 2024

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North Branford, CT

Brian P. Fitzgerald, 55, of North Branford, passed away peacefully after a brief illness with his family by his side on February 3, 2024. He was born May 4, 1968, the son of Betsy Fitzgerald and the late Raymond Fitzgerald. Brian was a very thoughtful, and kind person. He worked in the medical records department at Yale New Haven Hospital for many years. He loved music and cinema. In addition to his mother, Brian leaves behind his sisters Laura, Tricia, Susan, and Jenn, brother in-laws John, Rich, and Bill, his nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephew. In addition to his father, Brian was predeceased by his brother, Christopher. A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday February 15th and will be private. Services are being provided by Keenan Funeral Home of North Branford. Memorial donations may be sent to the North Branford Senior Center 1332 Middletown Ave, Northford, CT 06472 in Brian’s name. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Brian P. Fitzgerald, please visit our

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John (Jack) Durfee

Apr 04, 1925 - Feb 11, 2024

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North Branford, CT

John (Jack) Durfee passed away peacefully at his home in Evergreen Woods, North Branford, CT with his family by his side on Sunday February 11th, 2024. He was born in Waterbury, CT April 4, 1925 to Charles P. Durfee and Beatrice Miller Durfee. He graduated from McTernan School in 1939, The Taft School in 1943 and Williams College in 1947. He fell in love with Suzanne (Sue) Cavanaugh and they were married for 59 years. Jack worked as a sales representative for 33 years at the Anaconda American Brass Co. His job took him to Waterbury, CT, Willoughby, OH, Columbus, OH, and 48 years in Pittsburgh, PA. Before children, he and Sue played golf at the Kirtland Country Club in Willoughby where he also enjoyed taking care of his apple orchard and a large vegetable garden. Jack spent every summer at his house in Madison, CT and was a member of the Madison Beach Club. Much of his time was spent playing tennis, lawn bowling, backgammon, sailing, fishing and gardening. In 2006 he and Sue moved to Evergreen Woods in North Branford, CT. While he was at Evergreen, he became very involved with several committees including Building, Cinema, Employee Appreciation, directing the Country Store and, for 7 years, Scholarship Treasurer. To keep his mind active, he took up the game of bridge after forty years. He is predeceased by his wife Sue, his son John William, and his great grandson Thomas Joseph (TJ) Sakmar. He is survived by his three children, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren who will always fondly remember him as “Boppie”. Linda D. Sakmar, her husband Joseph, of Madison, CT, and their children, Ryan J. Sakmar, his wife Kelly, and their children Ella, Grace, and Andrew of Schwenksville, PA, Ashley S. Nahmias, her husband Matthew, and their children Sienna, Layla, and Nina of Duxbury, MA, Taylor D. Sakmar, his wife Alyssa, and their children Lyla and Ava of East Falmouth, MA, Miller D. Sakmar, his wife Marisa, and their child Maeve of Kirkland, WA, Welles P. Sakmar of Darien, CT, and Connor C. Sakmar of Scituate, MA, Marcie D. Reed, her husband Jonathan (Jon), of East Hampton, NY, and their children, John Maxwell (Max) Reed and his wife Angela, of Richmond, VA, and Katie H. Reed of East Hampton, NY, and Peter C. Durfee and his wife Carol Ann of Lewis Center, OH. He will be truly missed by all who knew him. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday February 17, 2024 at 9:00 am in St. Margaret Church 24 Academy St. Madison, CT 06443. Burial will be private at Riverside Cemetery in Waterbury, CT. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Evergreen Woods Scholarship Fund, 88 Notch Hill Road North Branford, CT 06471.

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Barbara A. Parise

Mar 04, 1950 - Feb 11, 2024

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Branford, CT

Barbara A. Parise, of Branford passed away peacefully February 11, 2024 in Connecticut Hospice. Born in New Haven on March 4, 1950, daughter of the late Paul and Laura Wiatrak Parise, Barbara was an office manager for Prudential Life Insurance Company for many years. She was a member of the Santa Maria Maddalena Ladies Society and enjoyed traveling to destinations including Las Vegas, Florida, Mexico, Bahamas and Saratoga, NY. She is the sister of Paula (John) Ranciato, Julia (John) Alves, Maria (Paul) Bishop and Michael and John Parise. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday February 15, 2024 at 11:00AM in Blessed Michael McGivney Parish at St. Michael Church, 29 Wooster Place in New Haven. Burial will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery. The Iovanne Funeral Home, Inc. is in care of her arrangements. Should one wish, memorial contributions in Barbara's name may be made to the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter, 749 East Main Street, Branford, CT 06405. 

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