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Gilda Rinaldi

Feb 09, 1934 - Dec 07, 2023

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Waterbury, CT

Terryville, CTGilda Rinaldi"Loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother"Mrs. Gilda (Rinaldi) Rinaldi, 89, of Terryville formerly of Waterbury, entered into the Gates of Heaven on Thursday December 7, 2023 at the Sheridan Woods Health Care Center in Bristol. She was the widow of Domenic Antonio Rinaldi who passed away on May 3, 2008. Gilda was born on February 9, 1934, daughter of the late Giuseppe and Anna (Longo) Rinaldi. She settled to Waterbury on December 23, 1967. She worked at Specia...Read More

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Emile J. Rehel

Mar 07, 1932 - Feb 19, 2024

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Waterbury, CT

Waterbury, CTEmile J. Rehel“Loving father, grandfather & great grandfather”Emile J. “Poppy” Rehel, age 91, of Waterbury, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 19, 2024 at Waterbury Hospital. He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy M. (Birdsall) Rehel.Emile was born on March 7, 1932 in Chandler, Quebec, Canada, a son of the late Emile and Marianne (Beaudin) Rehel. He served his country honorably in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. Prior to his retirement, Emile worked as a steam fitter for Uniroyal Inc. in Naugatuck for many years. He was a longtime member of the American Legion Oakville Post. He enjoyed coffee at McDonalds every morning and spending the weekends with friends at the American Legion Oakville Post.Emile leaves his daughter, Rebecca Rehel and her spouse, Suzanne Caron of Bloomfield, CT, granddaughter, Amanda Sheehan and her husband, Dave of Oxford, CT and great grandson, Jake Sheehan. He was predeceased by his son, Emile Rehel, daughter, Barbara Hnyda, sisters, Stella Rehel, Aldea MarcAurele, Yvette Polonis and Noella Aubin and brothers, Gerard and Euclid Rehel.Arrangements: A calling hour will be held on Friday morning, February 23, 2024 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Chase Parkway Memorial/The Albini Family Funeral Home, 430 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT. A prayer service will follow the wake at 12:30 p.m. Burial with full military honors will follow the prayer service at 12:30 p.m. at Calvary Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the American Legion Oakville Post. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Emile’s name may be made to: American Legion Oakville Post, 62 Bunker Hill Rd., Oakville, CT 06779. There are no gallery images.#recaptcha-container label {display: none}Upload a PhotoLabel: *Image: *Gallery:Obituary Photos Required Confirmation: Upload Gallery Image

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Thomas M. Leece

Jun 15, 1948 - Feb 11, 2024

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Waterbury, CT

WATERBURY- Thomas M. Leece, 75, of Waterbury passed away Sunday February 11, 2024. Tom was born June 15, 1948, in Waterbury to the late Herbert and Mary Genevieve (Phelan) Leece. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury and attended Quinnipiac University while playing baseball. Tom worked at the US Postal Service and Precision Wire Cut. On his spare time, He enjoyed playing golf at Crestbrook Park in Watertown. His love of sports led him to teach his sons golf and coach them in youth sports. He coached baseball at many levels and girls basketball at St. Johns the Evangelist in Watertown. He was also a basketball referee, officiating many prep-school games. One of his most cherished memories was being an assistant coach for the 1997 Watertown High School Baseball State Champions. Tom was a Circle of Sports Award winner in 1999 through the Water-Oak Gold Circle of Sports. While tending bar at Charles Dickens Pub, Horatio’s and Café 1650, Tom enjoyed many in depth discussions about the Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots and Bruins. It was here Tom earned the nickname as the Singing Bartender during Karaoke Nights. Later in life, you would find him at the baseball and lacrosse fields, gymnasiums and hockey rinks watching his grandsons, Dylan and Ryan, play. Tom is survived by his sons Matthew Leece, his partner Ashley, and her daughter Himalaya, and Steven Leece, his wife Michelle, and grandsons Dylan and Ryan; his sisters Barbara Mancini and her husband Eduardo of Carlisle, MA and Mary Fitzgerald Leece of Venice, FL; his nephews Andrew Mancini, his wife Elizabeth and their daughters Zoe and Tess of Chelmsford, MA, and Michael Mancini, his wife Katie, daughter Harper, son Bobby and daughter Rosalie of Lakewood, CO; and many more nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Friends are invited to call Monday February 26, 2024, from 5-7 p.m. at Hickcox Funeral Home, 195 Main St. Watertown. All other services are private and at the convenience of the family.

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Mary Barbara (Ondera) Chomitz

Dec 02, 1923 - Feb 16, 2024

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Waterbury, CT

Mary Chomitz Obituary Mary Barbara (Ondera) Chomitz, a resident of Heritage Village in Southbury, passed away on February 16 while in hospice care at Waterbury Hospital. She was 100 years of age. Before she relocated to Southbury to be near family, Mary lived for 22 years in Vineyard Haven on Martha’s Vineyard, an island that she considered to be a New England paradise. She moved to Martha’s Vineyard after retiring from Bloomingdale’s department store in Short Hills, New Jersey, where she worked in Sales for over 20 years. In her youth, Mary was employed in Manhattan as a telephone operator for New York Telephone. During World War II, Mary joined a team of her fellow women who worked as riveters in a Tarrytown, New York assembly plant, where she built Spitfire airplanes. After her marriage to Nicholas Chomitz, a World War II veteran and chemical engineer, Mary took a long break from employment to raise her children, two sons and one daughter. She was a quiet, peaceful and kindly woman who cared deeply for her family and was much loved in return. Mary loved cats, babies and anything chocolate. Her favorite film, which she viewed again with pleasure shortly before her passing, was “Casablanca”. She will be intensely missed by her family and friends. Mary’s eldest son, Nicholas, an artist, died after many years of struggle with Agent Orange poisoning after his service in the Army Infantry in Vietnam. Mary is survived by her remaining children, a younger son, Christopher Chomitz, her daughter-in-law, Sherry Thomas, both residents of Southbury, and her youngest daughter and caregiver, Marsha Cerner, from Morristown, New Jersey. Service information will be updated soon. Please check back. To leave a message of support for Mary’s family, please visit www.munsonloveterefuneralhome.com. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Mary Barbara (Ondera) Chomitz, please visit our floral store. Read More

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John P. Stolze

Nov 22, 1940 - Feb 13, 2024

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Waterbury, CT

John P. Stolze, age 83, of Waterbury, beloved husband of the late Kathryn Hull Stolze, passed away peacefully on February 13, 2024 with his loving family by his side. Born on November 22, 1940 in Williamsburg, Virginia, he was a son of the late Edward and Cleo Prosoco Reilly. A proud U.S. Navy veteran, John was a graduate of Bassick High School and after his service to his country, earned his degree at Housatonic Community College. He was formerly employed by Therma Tool Manufacturing, Neil Tran Manufacturing and retired as traffic manager for Shultzie Manufacturing. John was an avid golfer and a loyal fan of the Washington Redskins. But above all things he was a loving father and grandfather. He treasured time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren. John will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Survivors include his three loving sons, Douglas Stolze and his wife Sharon, Andrew Stolze and Matthew Stolze and his wife Chin and their mother, Sharon Stolze, four adored grandchildren, Hunter, Reilly, Lindsey and Owen, two brothers, Ralph Stolze (Sandy), Tom Reilly (Gulzira), two sisters, Phyllis Reilly and Margaret Schneider (Walt), as well as several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Gathering celebrating John's life will take place on Friday, February 23, 2024 from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Rd., Trumbull. Military honors will be rendered at 6:45 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Norma F. Phriem Breast Cancer Center c/o Bridgeport Hospital Foundation, 267 Grant St., Bridgeport, CT 06610. To leave an online condolence please visit www.abriola.com.

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Joseph V. Wasilauskas Sr.

Dec 31, 1934 - Feb 16, 2024

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Waterbury, CT

OAKVILLEJOSEPH V. WASILAUSKAS SR.“Loving husband, father, grandfather and brother”Joseph V. Wasilauskas Sr. age 89 of Oakville, passed away peacefully February 16, 2024 at the Cheshire House in Waterbury surrounded by his loving family. He was the loving husband of Loretta (Prigioniero) Wasilauskas.Joseph was born December 31, 1934 in Oakville, a son of the late Victor and Evelyn (Mendelis) Wasilauskas Sr. Prior to his retirement, Joseph was employed as a vice president at the former Woodbury Savings Bank and Center Bank in Waterbury. He enjoyed summers on Bantam Lake and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and granddogs.Besides his loving wife of 66 years of Oakville he leaves his children Joseph V. Wasilauskas Jr. of Oakville, Laurie Jamele and her husband Edward of Marion, David Wasilauskas and his wife Jennifer of Ludlow, VT, his grandchildren Brittany Piacenza and her husband Tommy, Jennifer Zambiella, Lindsey Zambiella, Sarah O’Neill and her husband Ryan and Tamah Bushka and her husband Randall, and Zachary, Alex and Edward Jamele III, his brothers Dr. Benedict Wasilauskas and his wife Carol of Yadkinville NC, Dr. Victor Wasilauskas Jr. of Southington and his son in law Jerry Zambiella III of Oakville. He was predeceased by a daughter Susan Zambiella.Arrangements: Funeral Thursday February 22, 2024 at 10 am from Chase Parkway Memorial/Albini Family Funeral Home, 430 Chase Parkway to Saint Mary Magdalen Church in Oakville to celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am. Entombment will follow at Mount Oliver Mausoleum. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 5 to 7 pm at the funeral home.There are no gallery images.#recaptcha-container label {display: none}Upload a PhotoLabel: *Image: *Gallery:Obituary Photos Required Confirmation: Upload Gallery Image

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Kenneth R. Collette

Sep 30, 1945 - Feb 16, 2024

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Waterbury, CT

WATERBURY, CTKenneth R. Collette“Beloved husband, father, grandfather & brother”Kenneth R. (Ken) Collette, 78, a lifelong Waterbury resident, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 16, 2024 at Waterbury Hospital. He was the loving husband of (Cindy) (Cruciani) Collette. Ken was born in Waterbury on September 30, 1945, son of the late Ernest and Tessie (Obidjenski) Collette. He was a proud alumnus of St. Mary's School, Crosby High School, Class of 1963, and The Pennsylvania State University. Class of 1967. Ken served his country honorably in the U.S. Army's 101 Airborne Div., 506th (Curraheee) during the Vietnam War with time spent overseas in both Germany and Vietnam and was awarded a Bronze Star. After his service was over in 1970, he returned to his deep Waterbury roots and eventually settled in the East End where he proudly tended to the family home for over 50 years. He worked for the Waterbury Republican/American newspaper for over 38 years, until his retirement as its assistant director of circulation. Ken enjoyed traveling the globe with his wife and family, drew great pleasure from organizing several milestone reunions with his Crosby classmates, and, as he was with his children, became an avid fan of anything his active grandchildren were doing, always arriving with a box of donuts to share.Besides his wife, Cindy, of over 54 years, he leaves his three children, Kristen Wohl and her husband, David of Bridgeport, Kenny Collette and his wife, Lisa, of Glastonbury, and Karyn Johnson and her husband, Jarrett, of Fort Mill, SC; his five cherished grandchildren, Allyson, Owen and Ryan Collette and Jake and Emily Johnson; his brother, Brian Collette and his wife, Betty, of Naugatuck; and a wonderful group of nieces, nephews and Collette cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, Daniel Collette.Arrangements: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, February 23, 2024 at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 74 West Main Street, Waterbury. Anyone wishing to attend the Mass are asked to meet directly at the Basilica on Friday. Burial with full military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Waterbury. Calling hours will be held Thursday evening, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Chase Parkway Memorial/The Albini Family Funeral Home, 430 Chase Parkway, Waterbury. CT. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the Veteran's charity of your choice.There are no gallery images.#recaptcha-container label {display: none}Upload a PhotoLabel: *Image: *Gallery:Obituary Photos Required Confirmation: Upload Gallery Image

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John R. Bridges

Jan 14, 1957 - Feb 15, 2024

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Waterbury, CT

"WATERBURY - John R. Bridges, age 67, of Waterbury, passed away peacefully, knowing that he was truly loved on Thursday, February 15th, 2024, at Waterbury Hospital after an extended illness. John was born January 14th, 1957, in Presque Isle, Maine, the son of the late John Jacob and Elizabeth (Haggerman) Bridges. John grew up in Bethlehem, CT, where he spent many years working as a framing carpenter for various construction companies throughout the Connecticut area, but for the last 23 years, he has been overseeing the daily operations at All Saints Cemetery in Waterbury. John truly enjoyed working in the cemetery and took great pride in the care of the grounds and the descendants he cared for over the years there. What brought the greatest Joy to John was spending time with his family. He always looked forward to Sunday dinners together, loved seeing his children and granddaughter, and was looking forward to the arrival of his next grandchild. Left to cherish John’s memory and honor his legacy are his children, Katie Francis and her husband, Eugene of Watertown, and Jacob Bridges and his wife, Katie of Middletown. He also leaves his granddaughter, Cassidy as well as several nieces and nephews and many friends. A celebration of John’s life will be held on Saturday, March 2nd, 2024, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Water-Oak VFW Hall post 5171 at 866 Thomaston Rd Watertown. Casey’s Eastside Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 1987 East Main St., Waterbury, has been honored to care for John and the Bridges family. Loving kindness is always welcome, and it only takes a moment to offer a message of condolence or words of comfort or share a memory of someone important to you with your family and friends. Please visit the funeral home’s tribute page at www.caseyfunerals.com to do so."

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James Sylvester Brown

Jan 02, 1954 - Feb 12, 2024

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Waterbury, CT

James “Cooky” Sylvester Brown, 70, of Danbury, CT, gain his wings on February 12, 2024 at Saint Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury, CT. Cooky, as he liked to be called, was born on January 2, 1954 in Bethel, NC to Hattie Brown Person and raised by stepfather Elbert Person, Jr. He was educated in the Bethel, North Carolina school system before relocating with his family to Danbury, CT where he graduated from Danbury High School. He was employed with the Amphenol Corporation for many years and with Helicoil Corporation where he retired from. Cooky was a dancing fella. LOVED to dance. His favorite dance move was doing the hustle. Winning many dance contests. His other passion was keeping his car washed, cleaning his tires whether it rained, snowed or on a sunny day. If your car was next to his, he’ll start washing your car too. He likes to go to relatives; houses and start moving things around to see where it looks good. We’ll tell him to move it back. His favorite places to go were Seaside Park in Bridgeport, CT and festivals around Connecticut with his road cousin Wendell Ward. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. Cooky loved his family and will be missed by all that loved him. To cherish his memory, he leaves behind two daughters; Angela Harris, Monique Nazario (Virgilio). Two grandchildren; Jada Lee and Pershaya Harris; Great-granddaughter Milani Harris; Goddaughter, Latosha Armstrong; Two sisters, Shirley Person Armstrong, Marilyn Brown; Two brothers, Jimmy Person and William Person; Two sisters-in-law Vanessa Person and Launia Brown; One brother-in-law, Glen Highsmith and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. And his longtime friend Marvin Sheppard. In addition to his parents, Cooky was preceded in death by two sisters, Rosa Highsmith and Daisy Little; three brothers, Willie “Bro” Brown, Milton “Wayne” Brown and Carleton Brown. His special nephew Taronio Highsmith. A celebration of life gathering will be held at Danbury Memorial Funeral Home (117 South St. Danbury, CT.) on Monday, February 19th from 10:00am - 11:00am, with the Going Home service beginning at 11:00am. To to the family or in memory of James "Cooky" Brown, please

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John C. DiFelice

Jun 22, 1938 - Feb 14, 2024

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Waterbury, CT

LOVING HUSBAND AND FATHER Mr. John C. DiFelice, age 85, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family in the comfort of his own home on Wednesday, February 14, 2024. He was the beloved husband of Bernice (Cathcart) DiFelice.Born on June 22, 1938, in Waterbury, John was the son of the late Cesare and Lucy (Ciccarelli) DiFelice. John grew up in Waterbury and resided in Naugatuck for many years. He worked as a commercial painter for the Heritage Village Master Association for over 35 years. He was a member of the B.P.O. Elks #967 in Naugatuck and of the Mattatuck Drum Band for over 25 years. John was a retired volunteer firefighter in both Prospect and Naugatuck.Along with his wife, Bernice and his family, John spent summers at the Lone Oak Campsite in Canaan for over 40 years. John was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather who will be missed tremendously. He loved Italian food and was happiest when spending time with his family. In addition to Bernice, his loving wife of 47 years, John is survived by his son Richard DiFelice, Sr. of Waterbury; his stepsons Donald Savoy of Waterbury, Kenneth Savoy and his wife Cathy of Waterbury, Robert Savoy of Thomaston, and Dennis Savoy and his wife Denise of Ruskin, FL; many grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. He also leaves several generations of nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his brothers Nicholas DiFelice and Carmine DiFelice and his sisters Phyllis DiFelice and Marie Rodney.A calling hour will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 from 9:00 – 10:00am at Maiorano Funeral Home, 95 Willow St., Waterbury. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions in John’s name may be made to: Animal Rescue Foundation, 366 Main St., Terryville, CT 06786. For additional information or to leave online condolences please visit www.maioranofuneralhome.com.

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Mildred Anne Jones

Feb 10, 1943 - Jan 05, 2024

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Waterbury, CT

NAUGATUCK - Mildred “Millie” Anne (Keliar) Jones, age 80 of Naugatuck, wife of the late William Jones, entered peaceful rest on Friday, January 5, 2024 at St. Mary Hospital, Waterbury. Born in Bridgeport on February 10, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Mildred (Hubina) Keliar. “Millie” was a retired administrative assistant who worked for Fairfield University and later for the University of Bridgeport. As a young girl, Millie learned to sew from her grandmother and made clothes for her dolls. This hobby later lead to a job in the early 1960’s designing and sewing lingerie with Warnaco, Inc. in Bridgeport. Once she started a family, Millie went on to sew much of their clothing. She picked up knitting and made several sweaters for her children. A type of needlework known as cross-stitching later became a decades long hobby of hers. She gifted her cross-stitched Santa Clauses to many! Millie enjoyed cooking and baking. She had a sweet tooth and loved having a cookie or cupcake while watching evening TV game shows. One of her favorite days of the year was the annual Christmas cookie baking day with her daughter. Survivors include her children, Deborah Jones of Naugatuck, Gregory Jones and his partner Paul Wiemer of IN, and Glenn Jones and his wife Beth, and cherished grandchildren Patrick and Payton Jones of CA; her brother, Andrew Keliar, as well as her adored chosen family, Gary Hylinski, Jr. and Jillian Celentano. Relatives and friends are invited to greet the family on Friday, February 23, 2024 from 5pm to 7pm in the Ralph E. Hull Funeral Home, 161 W. Church St. Seymour, CT 06483. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. For more information or to leave an online condolence, please visit us at www.hullfh.com

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