Sad News: Paul Dolson, Jan 22, 2021

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Sad News: Paul Dolson(ret.1996 Business Law Ffld High, R. Ludlowe)

*** In addition to the obituary below, I have been told that Paul had a special seat at the bar at the Gaelic Club where he would sit and talk for hours and that he was one of a family of 11 children. 

Paul Dolson, age 87, of Fairfield, passed away peacefully Friday, January 22, 2021 at St. Vincent's Medical Center. Born in Cambridge, MA, the son of the late Charles and Frances (Ryan) Dolson, he had been a Fairfield resident since 1963. Paul proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1956-1958. He received his Bachelor's degree from Husson College in Bangor, ME and his Masters in Education from Fairfield University. He also received his 6th and 7th Year diplomas. Paul taught Business Law and Typing at Roger Ludlowe and Fairfield High School retiring in 1996. In 1999 following his retirement, Paul began a long and rewarding career as a Fairfield Special Police Officer where he developed many great friendships with his fellow officers. He was a member the B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge 2220 in Fairfield where he was past Exalted Ruler and District Deputy. He was a member of the Gaelic American Club, the National Association of Naval Veterans, Port 5 and the Norden Club. Survivors include two beloved sons, Peter D. Dolson of Fairfield and Michael P. Dolson of St. Petersburg, FL; a sister, Ruth Merrullo of Waltham, MA; the mother of his sons, Mary Polen of Seminole, FL and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, Walter, Jack, Robert, Terry and Charlie Dolson, Clare Johnson, Olive Tebbits, Charles Dady and Arthur Dady. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1719 Post Road, Fairfield. Interment with military honors will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery. A walk-through visitation will be held Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home. Social distancing and face masks are required for the wake and the Mass. The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the Fairfield Police Department. Working for the police department brought great joy to Paul in his later years. For information or to offer an online condolence, please visit:

Sad News: Nora Nancy Goggin (ret. 1985 World Languages Andrew Warde)

Long-time educator Nora Nancy Goggin, age 87, passed away on January 6, 2021 in Newtown, CT. Nancy was born in Stamford, Connecticut in 1933 to the late David Edward Goggin and Martha Flaherty Goggin.

She was a 1951 graduate of Stamford High School, received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Connecticut in 1955, her Masters from the University of Iowa in 1957, and pursued further graduate work at the University of Maine and the University of New Hampshire.

Nancy was a longtime parishioner of St. Pius Church in Fairfield and was a member of St. Pius’ Forget-Me-Nots. Nancy was an accomplished linguist and taught World Languages, primarily Spanish, for 25 years in the Fairfield Public School system, retiring in 1985.

She was a devoted New Englander, having spent many summers in Hyannis, Massachusetts and coastal Maine. She was predeceased by her brother, James, and her sister, Jacqueline. She is survived by many cousins. Services were private with interment in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

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Sad News: Barbara "Candy" Lombardo (Sp. Ed. Fairfield, other districts)

Barbara M. "Candy" Lombardo, of Lakewood Ranch, Florida passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. Candy was born in Stamford, Connecticut, to the late Thomas Lawrence Williams Jr. and Hyacinth (Heitzman) Williams. Candy had a long, successful career in education and was an advocate for students with disabilities in her role as Director of Special Education in the school districts of Redding-Easton, Fairfield, and New Canaan, Connecticut.

Candy is survived by her husband of 32 years, Gerry Lombardo and their Bichon, Caydee; sister Kyle Vasina (Peter) of Sunset Beach, NC; sister-in-law Donna Popowski (Donald) of Bradenton, FL; brothers-in-law Robert Lombardo (Debi) of Waterbury, CT; John Lombardo (Penny) of Oxford, CT; Armand Liguori of Naples, FL, and several nieces and nephews. Candy was preceded in death by her sisters, Lorraine Williams and Kimberly Liguori.
A Memorial Service for Candy will be in the spring at the convenience of the family. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy for the Lombardo family may be shared, and full obituary seen, at To honor Candy's memory, donations in her name may be made to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Rd., 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540.

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Published in Connecticut Post & Stamford Advocate on Dec. 4, 2020.

Edith O'Dwyer Webb (Home Ec.-Andrew Warde High)

Edith F. (Bunny) (O'Dwyer) Webb, age 87 of Fairfield passed away peacefully, Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Born at home on Colony Street in Fairfield, the daughter of the late Edith (Sigerson) Fitzpatrick and William J. Fitzpatrick, founder of the Fitzpatrick Insurance Agency, she had been a lifelong town resident. She attended St. Thomas School, graduated from Lauralton Hall, and attended Regis College and St. Joseph's College in Hartford. Upon graduation she became a Home Economics teacher at Fairfield High School. This is where she met and fell in love with her first husband, Carter O'Dwyer, the young Biology teacher there. After her marriage to Carter, she became one of the charter teachers at the newly built Andrew Warde High School. Bunny then chose the noble profession of homemaking in 1959 preparing for the birth of her son, Michael J. O'Dwyer. Active in the Fairfield community, she was a member of the Fairfield Democratic Town Committee and was elected to the Representative Town Meeting. She worked for the Fairfield Welcome Wagon and looked forward to welcoming new members to the community.
Bunny was an award-winning REALTOR for the Richter Real Estate Company for over 30 years and was recognized with the Yvette MacDonald Award and the REALTOR-Associate of the Year award from the Fairfield Board of REALTORS. She volunteered countless hours at St. Vincent's Hospital where she became President of their Auxiliary and helped spearhead the creation of The Second Act. Bunny was loved by many and she loved them all back. She enjoyed hosting parties and entertaining, and was a consummate giver. A woman to be emulated in a generation of heroes of whom emulation was well-deserved. An avid Bridge player, she amassed Masterpoints in tournaments for her Bridge prowess. She played Bridge at several local spots until Covid-19 curtailed these activities. Later in life, as a widow, she married Edwin Webb of Greenwich. They enjoyed a long "Bi-Coastal" life between Fairfield and Naples, FL. She is survived by her son, Michael O'Dwyer of Fairfield and her step-son, Ed Webb of Norwalk with his son, Daniel. She had many nieces and nephews plus grandnieces and nephews whom she loved very much. She leaves many close and dear friends from her childhood up to the recent community at the Sullivan McKinney Elder Housing. She was predeceased by her husbands J. Carter O'Dwyer and Edwin J. Webb; a sister, Margaret Fitzpatrick Smith and brothers, William J. Fitzpatrick and The Hon. John T. Fitzpatrick.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, November 9, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Pius X Church, Fairfield. A walk through visitation will be held Sunday from 3-5 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Rd., Fairfield. Social distancing and face-masks will be required for both the Mass and visitation. Interment will be private in St. Thomas Cemetery. 

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 Published in Connecticut Post on Nov. 6, 2020.

Sad News: Steve Smith (ret. Stratfield School 1999)

Stephen R. Smith, an award-winning teacher in Fairfield Public Schools for more than 35 years, died, October 3, 2020. in Chesterfield, MO. He was 84.

Steve taught in the Fairfield Public Schools for more than 35 years, but he created ripple effects felt across the world.
Mr. Smith taught sixth, then fifth grade in Fairfield, starting at Grasmere School in 1965. When Grasmere closed in 1981, he moved to Stratfield School, where he remained until his retirement in 1999.
He taught a wide variety of subjects, but specialized in Math and Social Studies. While at Stratfield, he was named the Connecticut Math Teacher of the Year. He wanted his students to learn how to apply the subjects to everyday life. He drew acclaim for his multi-part lesson, “Let’s Build a Playground,” which used the planning of a playground to teach groups of students how to devise, plan and oversee a project, manage a budget, and be collaborative.
Mr. Smith helped create a groundbreaking multimedia educational series, “Insights & Ideas” in the 1970s. The multi-unit Humanities project featured books, audio tapes and film strips.
He combined his love of teaching and his Jewish faith by teaching sixth and seventh grades for 25 years at Congregation B’nai Israel in Bridgeport, where he also was a congregant. He helped create cutting-edge classes for seventh-graders on “Death and Dying.”
Smith’s students went on to make their marks in a wide range of vocations, including business, medicine, acting, professional tennis and music. Former students constantly approached him to tell him how he had made a difference in their lives – anywhere in the world.
“Our family was on vacation in Europe in the early 1980s and sitting in a café on the Champs d’Elysee in Paris,” his son, Scott, recalled. “My mom teased him that we were finally somewhere where we could be the Smiths and not Mr. Smith’s family. Right on cue, from across the street, we hear a man cry out, ‘Oh wow, it’s Mr. Smith. He was my teacher in sixth grade.’ It turned out to be a student from one of his first classes at Grasmere, on vacation with his family.”
Stephen Robert Smith was born on July 20, 1936, in Hartford to Mitchell and Ida (Norman) Smith. He was raised in Springfield, Mass., where he graduated from Classical High School and American International College.
Mr. Smith intended to pursue a career in business, but a friend suggested he try teaching. He quickly realized he had found his true calling, and earned a master’s degree in Education from Westfield (Mass.) State College. He then taught in West Brookfield, Mass., before moving to Fairfield.
Mr. Smith was an avid golfer and devoted fan of the Boston Red Sox. He also passionately followed the Boston Celtics, New England Patriots and UConn Women’s Basketball. An accomplished recorder player, he recorded an album, “Fond Memories,” with his friend and fellow educator, Robert Gillette.
After retiring from teaching in 1999, Mr. Smith and his wife, Linda, moved to Georgetown, Texas, the next year. They moved to Chesterfield, Mo., earlier this year.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife of 57 years, Linda Paris Smith; two children, Scott Smith (Susan Zweibaum) of Fairfield, and Lisa Smith Goodman (Gary Goodman) of Chesterfield, Mo.; four grandchildren, Casey, Elena, Brett and Evan; a sister, Beverly Jackowitz of Simsbury; a brother, Stuart Smith, of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina; and a brother-in-law, Michael Paris, of Ooij, Netherlands.
The family asks to have donations made in his honor to the Fairfield Foundation for Education ( or the Gillette Judaic Enrichment Fund at Congregation B’nai Israel (

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Published in Connecticut Post on Oct. 8, 2020.


I received this note from REF member, Bob Gillette ( ), onSaturday, Oct. 3, 2020, and I wanted to include it with Steve's obituary:


Hope you are well and safe. I just received a call from Scott Smith (Steve's son) to inform me that Steve Smith died last night. Steve was a very good friend. He taught mostly fifth grade at Grasmere and Stratfield Schools. He was an excellent teacher known for his high standards that prepared his students well. He was innovative with forever working through new approaches to teaching. He was a staunch teacher and student advocate. I worked with Steve in several capacities in the Fairfield School system and at Congregation B'nai Israel Religious School where he taught for many years. Steve was a quality guy, loved and respected. We played recorder together for many years. Scott will be contacting you. So many of my generation of teachers are dying, seemingly all at once. A very sad time, but one of celebration for a life well-lived. 

Be well.


Sad News: Maynard Taylor (Ret. 1998 FHS Fitts English)

A celebration of life will be planned once COVID restrictions are lifted

Maynard A. Taylor
On the afternoon of September 15, 2020, Maynard A. Taylor, of Fernandina Beach, Florida, passed away from Covid-related complications. Maynard was born in New York City on March 2, 1940, he grew up in White Plains, NY and raised his family in Shelton, CT. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Philosophy from Iona College, and earned a Master's degree in Philosophy from Fordham University. He taught English at Fairfield High School, in Fairfield, CT and retired in 1998.
Known affectionately as "Poppy" he was a lively spirit who loved spending time with his family. He spent years as a volunteer, coaching youth basketball, baseball, and soccer for his children's teams, mentoring children in Head Start, and advocating for social justice. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Kathryn Taylor, whom he has loved since the day they met. He will be fondly remembered by his children, Jacqueline Gattoni, Donna Gregorio, Kim Taylor, Marc, and Neil; his son- and daughters-in-law, and his 11 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter Lisa.
A celebration of life will be planned once COVID restrictions are lifted. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Michaels' Church, 202 North 4th Street , Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 

Published in Connecticut Post on Sep. 18, 2020.


Sept.20, 2020

Retired FEA President, Anne Pasco, writes the following:

I was saddened to read in the Post obits today of the passing of Maynard.  I knew him and his Wife, Kathy.  On a couple of occasions, I would get a call at night- Anne please come over, Kathy is in labor, we need you to stay with our kids.

I also taught in the same unit with him- Fitts House, just a couple doors down the hall from me.

After the Kent State killings, we drove to D.C. and were part of the huge protest in the Ellipse.

Maynard was a warm, kind, gentle soul.  His success in the classroom was in part due to his gift of weaving the art of story-telling into his lessons.

May his family be comforted in this time of grief. Sadly, he died of complications of covid, joining the 200,000 other souls whom we as a nation mourn.

Ann Pasco

Paula Sweeley, REF Blog Editor, writes the following:

September 20, 2020

Sincere condolences to Maynard's loved ones. I never met Maynard in person, but he and I were email pals for years. Maynard started emailing me through our Fairfield retired teacher organization. He had a lively interest in EVERYTHING and shared his thoughts freely and entertainingly. He spoke very warmly about his teaching years and the warm memories he had of students and co-workers. Though we never met in person, I consider his passing as my loss of a dear and loving friend. Rest in peace, Maynard. You made the world a better place, and you will be sorely missed.

Paula Sweeley

Sad News: Judy Boos

Judith A. Boos, age 79, died peacefully on August 1, 2020 at Waveny Care Center, New Canaan. Born in Monroe, Michigan, Judy was the daughter of Walter and Hazel Boos. After graduating from college, Judy dedicated her life to educating high school students in Social Studies and Psychology. Early in her career, Judy taught in Michigan before moving to Connecticut in 1969. Judy taught at Andrew Warde High School (now known as Fairfield Warde High School) in Fairfield, Connecticut for over 30 years. Judy's love of politics and service led her to serve on the RTM of the Town of Fairfield, as President of the Fairfield Education Association, and as Vice President of the Connecticut Education Association. In addition to her professional and political activities, Judy enjoyed spending time with her dogs, gardening in her beautiful yard, and international travel, including her sabbatical to Thailand. Judy is survived by her aunt, Shirley Boos of Monroe, Michigan and her cousins, Mary and Kathy. She is also survived by many friends, including her dear friend, Agnes Esposito of Trumbull, Connecticut. Contributions in Judy's memory may be made to The High School Scholarship Foundation of Fairfield (HSSFF Scholarship Fund) P.O. Box 682, Fairfield, CT 06824, To send online condolences, please visit:

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Sad News: Tom O'Dwyer (Ret.1994, Soc. Studies, Ffld Woods)

The family is deeply saddened, and welcomes memories to be posted on the GREGORY F. DOYLE FUNERAL HOME'S website at

Thomas Patrick O'Dwyer Jr., 89, of Milford, CT, beloved husband of Patricia Elin O'Dwyer, died of natural causes on July 24, 2020. Born in Bridgeport, CT, Tom was the son of the late Thomas Patrick O'Dwyer Sr. and Catherine Gleason. Tom was a lifelong educator in Connecticut who especially liked teaching social studies at Fairfield Woods Middle School. Tom retired after 40 years of service. Tom's students will remember both his mastery of the subject and his wonderful humor. Tom was also an established showman outside the classroom. An accomplished magician, Tom performed magic in facilities across the US, from Connecticut to Hawaii. He was especially happy to entertain at senior living facilities and schools, where his light-hearted interaction with the audience matched his magical performances. An avid runner, Tom enjoyed running and racing with his friends. In addition to his wife Patsy, Tom was loved and adored by his siblings, Sister of Mercy Dorothy, Jack (deceased), Margaret (deceased), his children Carolyn, Michael (deceased), Timothy (deceased), Jeff, Scott, Tracy, Amy, his grandchildren Kara, Lindsay, Michael, his great-grandchildren Devin, Paislyn, and his loving nieces and nephews. The family is deeply saddened, and welcomes memories to be posted on the GREGORY F. DOYLE FUNERAL HOME'S website at Private services will be held. Tom O'Dwyer, Educator, Magician, Humorist, you will be missed. 

A Social Studies teacher at Fairfield Woods, retired June 1994 following 40 years of service.  Was Married to Patricia Thornton, a PE teacher. also at Fairfield Woods.

Sad News: Helene Guarnaccia (ret.1985 Spanish AWHS, Tomlinson)

Helene Sulzer Guarnaccia died at age 92 on April 26, 2020 at the Stein Assisted Living Residence in Somerset, NJ. Helene was the daughter of Ted and Essie Sulzer and the sister of Richard Sulzer and grew up in Woodmere, Long Island, NY. She pursued a Spanish major at Connecticut College (then for Women) after she traveled with the Experiment in International Living to Mexico in 1945. She went on to study at the Middlebury College summer language school, where she met her husband, Paul, playing tennis in Spanish. They both had long careers as Spanish teachers in the Fairfield, CT Public Schools. After more than 20 years of teaching, she retired and went on to establish a successful business selling antiques and collectibles, including Depression-era china, salt and pepper shakers, snow globes and handkerchiefs. Her numerous price guides for Collector Books, including two on illustrated handkerchiefs with Barbara Guggenheim, sold over 100,000 copies. Helene is survived by her brother, Richard, and his three children and their families, as well as by her sons, Peter and Steven, who were influenced by their parents' love of language and culture. Peter studied anthropology with the Harvard Chiapas (Mexico) Project and Steven studied Italian in Perugia and illustration in Urbino, Italy, while on leave from Brown University. Peter is now a human ecology professor at Rutgers University and Steven is a professor of illustration at Parsons School of Design. Peter is married to Linda Melamed and has two children, Jaime and Shara. Steven is married to Nora Krug and has two children, Jasper and Ava. All have continued Helene's love of languages. Contributions in Helene's memory can be sent to Connecticut College or the Experiment in International Living.

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Published in Connecticut Post on May 27, 2020.

Sad News: Bette DelGiorno

A private burial will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Meriden. A memorial event for Bette will be held in Old Saybrook at a date to be determined.

Bette J. DelGiorno (MARCH 5, 1932 – MAY 10, 2020)(Ret. 1992, Chair Science Dept.) 

Bette Joyce DelGiorno, PhD., age 88, of Old Saybrook passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 10th, 2020 at home with her family by her side. Bette was born March 5th, 1932 in Meriden to the late William and Anne DelGiorno from Meriden, CT – former owners of Billy’s Beauty Salon on West Main Street. She was the third of three girls. Bette graduated from Meriden High School in 1950. She attended UCONN and received her B.A. in 1954 in Bacteriology and Science education. She taught at Maloney Hight School in Meriden and furthered her education with a Master’s Degree from Trinity College in 1961. She went on to pursue her PhD in science education and graduated from UCONN in 1967. Bette became the Science Curriculum Coordinator for Fairfield Public Schools and was a published author of the 1975 “Environmental Science Activities: Handbook for Teachers”. Bette was a pioneer in STEM education. She loved teaching, environment science and life. In May 2000, she received the Connecticut Science Supervisors Association’s Presidential Award for Meritorious Service “for her lifetime of dedication to the education of our children”. Bette was an avid outdoors woman. She loved skiing, swimming and golf. She had motorcycles, many sports cars and convertibles, sail boats, motorboats and once even brought home an amphibious car for a weekend trial. Besides her parents, Bette was predeceased by her beloved sister, Sylvia Schmitt, of Old Saybrook and her niece Sanna Middleton. She is survived by her nieces Candace and her husband Paul Beacham, Heidi Pascucci and her daughter, Priscilla Pascucci and her nephew and Godson, Gary Schmitt. She is also survived by her older sister, Barbara Middleton of Old Saybrook and her daughter and Bette’s niece, Terra Middleton. Bette has two great nephews and a great-great niece and nephew who reside in Tampa, Florida. Bette was active in the Old Saybrook Republican Woman’s Club, the Cornfield Point Association and a member of the Old Saybrook Republican Town Committee. Bette loved traveling especially with her sisters. She was always up for an adventure. Bette loved her family - she was generous, sweet, kind and loving person who will be missed by everyone who knew her.

A private burial will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Meriden. A memorial event for Bette will be held in Old Saybrook at a date to be determined. 

Sad News: Janet Rosen Fantozzi (Music, Fairfield and Farmington)

Janet R. Fantozzi peacefully passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2020, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Originally from West Philadelphia, she had been a Connecticut resident since 1985.

 Janet’s life and career was a testament to her passion for the arts, and her decades of teaching brought music to the lives of countless students. Her love of music also brought her to her husband, Donald Fantozzi, Jr., who she met while teaching in Fairfield, CT.  Janet always said a home should be filled with music, and together they created a home filled with arts, endless creativity, and love for their children and family. 

 Janet was a master at creating musical environments, including traditional concert performances, theatrical productions, and adult education. One of the legacies she was most proud of was co-founding a vibrant and robust Farmington String Summer Music Academy, popularly known as String Camp.  For her outstanding efforts in advancing music education, she was recognized as the 2004-2005 “Farmington Teacher of the Year.” Janet made music memorable and accessible to students, colleagues, and family through her expert teaching and endless patience. But most of all, making music with Janet was fun.

 Janet is survived by her husband of 33 years, Donald R. Fantozzi, Jr.; her children Danielle Vesper and her husband Matthew, and Donald R. Fantozzi, III and his wife Rebecca; her sister Donna Rosen; and several nieces and a nephew.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Philomena Rosen and her brother David Rosen.

As a musician, Janet performed as a violinist in numerous ensembles and orchestras.  For the past dozen years, she has regularly performed with the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Janet enjoyed playing harp, as well in numerous craft hobbies, such as quilling with paper and cross stitch.  Janet was also a master at feeding her large (and hungry) family, and her memory will live on with many of her “world famous” recipes.

 Private funeral services have been entrusted to Cook Funeral Home. A celebration of Janet’s life will be held at a later date.

 Janet will be greatly missed by family, friends, and colleagues. Donations in her honor may be made to:

Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra

10th Annual Closer to Free Ride – Yale New Haven Smilow Cancer Hospital  

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Sad News: Rita Bennett (ret. Dwight, 28 years)

Rita Middlemiss Bennett, age 90, passed away peacefully at her home in Bridgeport, CT on Monday, April 6, 2020. Rita was the loving wife of over 60 years of the late Franklyn Emerson Bennett and adored mother of Diane Speer (Patrick) of Bridgeport, CT, Susan Batchelder (Richard) of Fort Lauderdale, FL, James Bennett (Veronica) of Clifton, VA, Nancy Harris (Don) of Darien, CT, Eileen Devore (Michael) of Trumbull, CT, Elizabeth Bennett of New York, NY, and Steven Bennett (Deirdre) of Fairfield, CT, a proud grandmother of 20, and great-grandmother of 7, with many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A resident of Southport, CT for over 40 years and Trumbull, CT, Rita was born in Brooklyn, NY to the late James and Mildred (O'Connell) Middlemiss and raised in Queens, NY. Rita graduated high school from The Mary Louis Academy, received her undergraduate degree from Good Counsel College, and earned a Master's in Education from Fordham University.
A devoted teacher, Rita taught for 28 years at Timothy Dwight Elementary School in Fairfield, CT before retiring to travel and enjoy time with her family. She was an avid reader, accomplished knitter, docent at the Fairfield Historical Society and Ogden House, Girl Scout troop leader, and loved the violin. Rita instilled her love of travel, reading, music, and history to her grateful children and grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, she is predeceased by her grandsons, LCpl Daniel Ryan Bennett and Graham Harris, and sisters, Mildred Veltri of Fairfax, VA and Elizabeth Laughney of Franklin, MA.
There will be a private Christian Burial with a celebration of life to be held at a later date. If you would like to make a contribution in her memory, we suggest the American Diabetes Association (, Sisters of the Divine Compassion (, or to a charity of your choice.
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Published in Connecticut Post on Apr. 12, 2020

Sad News: Ken Mills (English, RLHS, FHS 50 years and Sacred Heart U)

A celebration of Ken's life will be held at a later date at First Church Congregational in Fairfield.

Kenneth W. Mills, age 77, of Bridgeport, CT, died peacefully in his sleep on April 3, 2020. Ken was born June 22, 1942 in Portland, Maine to Walter and Rose Mills. Ken was the youngest of two children (older sister, Barbara), and the last surviving member of his family. He was also predeceased in 2010 by his loving companion of 41 years, fellow teacher, Claire Martin. As a young man, Ken :traveled broadly, and developed diverse interests in transatlantic ocean liners, Brazilian jazz music, and social justice. A fierce intellect, Ken earned multiple degrees in English and Education from The University of Maine and Fairfield University, and found his calling as a teacher of writing, for nearly fifty years at Roger Ludlowe High School, Fairfield High School, and at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. As a high school teacher, Ken pioneered an elective writing course in Satire that has remained one of the most popular English courses in Fairfield for decades, and has consistently engaged students in critical awareness of contemporary issues. In the classroom, he had a charismatic candor, and kept students engaged not only with his sharp wit, but with his deeply genuine concern for their personal voices and larger well being. Ken formed countless lasting relationships with his students over the years, and was particularly proud of being able to help at-risk students find stability and success through some of the stormiest years of their lives. His mentorship transcended the classroom, and he often built lifelong relationships with students and their families. Many of his closest friends, who have become an extended family to him, are former students. Ken also volunteered his time for many years at Operation Hope in Fairfield and served as a longtime board member for The Regency condominium association, in Bridgeport. He loved conversation over a fine meal, and had a true knack for cutting to the chase and addressing problems frankly with his signature charming wit. Ken maintained a large, eclectic network of important relationships, and he will be fondly remembered as a loyal and loving friend. Any offerings in Ken's memory should be made to Operation Hope of Fairfield. A celebration of Ken's life will be held at a later date at First Church Congregational in Fairfield. For information or to offer an online condolence, please visit :

Sad News: Lucille J. Marottoli (ret. K Oldfield 1979)

Miss Lucille J. Marottoli, born July 29, 1921, daughter of Emilius and Lena Marottoli, and sister of Ann (predeceased), passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on March 22, 2020. She was born in Fairfield, Connecticut, and was a longtime resident of Easton, Connecticut. She was a graduate of Grasmere Elementary, Roger Ludlowe High, and received her B.S. from the New Haven State Teachers College, continuing her education at the University of Bridgeport. Lucille was an admired and respected Kindergarten teacher in the Fairfield public schools system for over 37 years. Lucille leaves a very long list of friends and relatives who loved her warmth, sense of duty and humor, sharpness of intellect, and an indomitable spirit combined with a fearless commitment to life and the energy to live fully until the end. She had many interests including reading, Dixieland/Jazz music, dancing, entertainment, history, architecture, interior design, fashion, antiquing, needlepointsewing, rug hooking, and always loved a good joke. For 98 years, Lucille went to the Jennings Beach in Fairfield to enjoy the beauty of the day and a good swim. Predeceased family members are Frank and Jenny Nitto, Carl Sr. and Dorothy Nitto, Louise Nitto, Robert and Ann Nitto, Harold and Jean Nitto, Dick and Dot Nitto, Carl Jr. Nitto and Susan Nitto Kruetz. Surviving family are Dick and Trish Nitto, Ryan and Keri Nitto, Reed and Melanie Nitto, Marissa Colon, Jean Nitto, Robert and Melissa Nitto, Bill and Ashley Nitto, Matt and Letha Kruetz, Mike and Darcy Kruetz, Kathy and Rich Roessner, Kathy and Bob Hart, Robert and Susan Nitto, Barbara and Bill Munden, Carolyne and Anthony Travisano, Nancy and John Lorenz, Dr. Richard Marottoli and many very special and dear friends. A private graveside service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Easton Senior Center; 650 Morehouse Road, Easton, CT 06612. For information or to offer an online condolence, please visit :

Published in Connecticut Post on Mar. 25, 2020

Sad News: Dan Bruno (ret. 1999 RLMS, P. E.)

Daniel Christopher Bruno, loving father, grandfather and friend, passed away Thursday, February 13, 2020 at age 81, after a period of declining health. Dan was bE.)orn on November 6, 1938 in Norwalk, CT to Dominic P. and Carmela (Bottone) Bruno.

After graduating from Norwalk High School in 1955, Dan proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1955-1959. He then worked at a variety of jobs prior to and while attending college, including driving a school bus, working in sales for Burndy Corp., and several years as personal driver for Bette Davis. Dan met Carolyn Cunningham in 1964 and they were married after a 6-month courtship in February, 1965. They raised two daughters, Carynne and Blair. Although they divorced after 23 years, they maintained a connection through their children and their granddaughter, Sophia. Dan was a wonderful father and an even better grandfather.

Dan graduated in 1969 from Southern CT State University with a bachelor’s degree in education. He went on to earn both a master’s degree in education and a sixth-year teaching degree from Fairfield University. An educator at heart, Dan spent his entire 30-year career as a physical education teacher, a vocation he loved and was clearly born for. Over the decades, he taught thousands of Fairfield students in several schools, including Grasmere and Oldfield Elementary Schools and more than 20 years at Fairfield Woods Junior High/Middle School. Although he was a physical education teacher (please do not call it “gym”), students often found to their dismay that he was also a firm believer in grammar, proper English, and writing skills. When he retired from teaching, his “retirement hobby” allowed him to pursue his other passion: driving. During that 10+ years, his drive-your-car service attracted a large and loyal following of clients who were more than happy to have him drive them in their luxury vehicles to and from airports, outings in NYC, and second homes all over the tri-state area. He loved driving and prided himself on his exhaustive knowledge of alternative routes and his ability to get anyone where they needed to be, on time.

Dan loved music, from his childhood playing the accordion in a big band on the radio, playing the flute and piccolo in the Fife and Drum Corp, to playing the piano at some really great parties and singing in the church choir as an elder at Calvin Church. He was a voracious reader, a lover of crossword puzzles (but only in pen, please), and a big fan of jigsaw puzzles. He loved his time with the Poets’ Society. He had some strong opinions. He loved his family. And when someone needed him, he showed up.

Dan was preceded in death by his father, Dominic, his mother, Carmela, and his older sister, Irene. He is survived by his daughters, Carynne (Bruno) Fillmore of Henniker, NH and Blair (Bruno) Turnbull of Stratford, CT, his daughter-in-law Karen O’Donnell, his much-beloved granddaughter Sophia Turnbull, and his many cousins, friends, and former students.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, February 17, 2020 from 4 – 7 p.m. at Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road in Fairfield. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Calvin United Church of Christ, 901 Kings Highway East in Fairfield. A private burial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fairfield Police Athletic League, PO Box 423, Fairfield, CT 06824.

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Sad News: Lou Hada (ART in Fairfield and other CT towns)

Louis Warren Hada, of Stratford, CT passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 5, 2020. He was the devoted husband of 53 years to Marcia Danberg Hada. In addition to his beloved wife Marcia, he is survived by his loving daughter, Jennifer Hada and her husband, Troy Gayeski of New Canaan, CT along with his grandchildren, Jayden and Jaxon, who Louis loved dearly and thought the world of. He is also survived by several siblings, nieces and nephews and his sister-in-law, Linda Danberg Peck. He was pre-deceased by his brother Edward Hada, who also passed recently. Louis was born in Bridgeport, CT on October 2 and lived a full and rich life. In his early years, he served as a Specialist in the U.S. Army, but later earned his Master's degree and was a thesis short of his Doctorate degree. Mr. Hada went on to pursue a career as a teacher and taught in many different towns in CT. He was an art teacher for the Fairfield Public School system for many years and then as a teacher of Blueprint Reading and Mechanical Drafting at Bullard Havens Technical School, where he retired. It was common to hear a call-out of … "Mr. Hada" from a previous student, when out at a restaurant or in a store somewhere, as he touched the hearts of many students and was admired greatly everywhere he taught. A lover of books and avid reader, he was also a talented artist who enjoyed drawing, painting, sculpting and making jewelry. He also loved nature, crystals and stones and was intrigued with all stone work. For years, he built many intricate stone walls all around his property for which he later received a Stratford Town Beautification Award. He and his wife owned many businesses in CT and were shop owners in Provincetown, MA for over 25 years, where he and his family enjoyed life to the fullest. Provincetown and Cape Cod, MA is where his heart always lived and he vacationed there with his family every year. He enjoyed the simple things and was happy just enjoying a coffee and stroll down Commercial Street. A beachcomber, he loved visiting the sunny, relaxing beaches every day as well. Louis was also fond of travel and enjoyed many memory-filled vacations with his adventurous family to locations ranging from Europe and an amazing European cruise, a California coast tour, Las Vegas, NV, Key West and Disneyworld, FL, and even a trip to Mt. Tremblant, Canada. Watch Hill, Rhode Island was where he spent many days during the summertime with his family. It was also a favorite place where he loved to read, enjoy the sun, walk the beach and pick up 'only the best stones' with Jayden and Jaxon. The past two summers he went to Bar Harbor, Maine with his family and could not stop commenting how much he really loved it there, and how scenic and beautiful it was.
A philosophical and intellectual soul and mentor, amazing and loving husband, father and grandfather. A nature and animal lover, forever beachcomber and artist. Friend to many. He loved his thoughtful and caring neighbors and always spoke of them as if they were family. He will be greatly missed to all who knew and loved him. We miss and love you Gaga, and you are forever in our hearts and thoughts.
At the request of Mr. Hada, a private interment took place in Mt. Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport, CT. He was a lover of nature and animals and it has been requested to forgo any flowers, but have donations in his memory made to the Stratford Animal Rescue Society, 225 Beacon Point Rd., Stratford, CT 06615 To offer online condolences, please visit:

Published in Connecticut Post on Jan. 12, 2020

Sad News: Peter Holskin (ret. COOP Program, taught 30 years)

Peter Holskin, of Monroe, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 10th, 2020 on his 71st birthday, at Bridgeport Hospital. Mr. Holskin was born in the Bronx, NY, a son of the late Ira and Ruth Holskin. Peter was a teacher for the Fairfield Board of Education for over thirty years, having contributed to the development of the former Coop Program. Following a short retirement period, Peter taught classes at Norwalk Community College and took on an even more important role of grandfather. Peter was known for his sense of humor, sincerity and compassion for his family. Peter is survived by his beloved wife Carrie Holskin, children Matthew (Alex), Rachel Holskin (Badre), step-children Sam (Ariane), Josh, Sara Rubin, a sister Patti Stern (Mike), his grandchildren Safiya, Sahar and Giovana, nieces and nephews Leigh and Jennifer Solomon, Daniel and Lily Stern, and brother-in-law Louis Solomon. He was predeceased by a sister Judy Solomon. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at The Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Road in Fairfield, with interment following at Beth El Cemetery on Reid Street in Fairfield. Shiva will be observed following services at the Holskin residence in Monroe from 5-7 p.m.

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Sad News: Ed Bengermino (ret. 1970 AWHS coach)

January 4th, 2020 - Ed Bengermino - Loving father of Rick and Emily Bengermino, dear brother of Ray Bengermino and Alice Scott, cherished grandfather of Michael and Sarah, beloved uncle of John, Nick, and Meghan Bengermino and Doug and Jeff Scott.

Celebration of Life to be held at Penfield Pavilion in Fairfield, CT. on January 25th from 11am to 3pm, Open House.

Published in Baltimore Sun on Jan. 9, 2020


Note and Blog Posting from House Master, Paul Cavanna,

Dear Staff,

Longtime Andrew Warde High School coach Ed Bengermino has passed away.

Mr. Bengermino was a member of the Andrew Warde and Fairfield Warde High School communities from 1970 through 2005. 

A memorial service will be held in his honor on Saturday, January 25, at Penfield Pavilion in Fairfield.

Please see the link below for more information.

Thank you,


Paul A. Cavanna, Headmaster

755 Melville Avenue

Fairfield, CT 06825

Phone: (203) 255-8354

Fax: (203) 255-8284

Sad News-Joe Ricciotti (ret. Principal Riverfield School)

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, January 12 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the Lesko and Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, in Fairfield Center. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 13 at The Chapel at St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield, CT. Interment will follow at Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Dr. Joseph Anthony Ricciotti, age 86, beloved husband of the late Claire Marie Ricciotti, entered into eternal life on January 9, 2020. Born in Newburgh, NY, to the late Alfred and Anna Ricciotti, Joseph was the first in his family to earn a college degree. He went on to obtain a PhD in Education from Columbia University by traveling to New York City in the evenings while continuing to work full time as an elementary school principal in Fairfield, CT. He will be remembered for his innovative work in improving the well-being and development of children in public elementary school education. He dearly loved his wife, children and grandchildren. A man ahead of his time, he supported his wife, daughters, and grandchildren to have full lives while maintaining work/life balance. He will be remembered for his innovation in public school education as a beloved elementary school principal. He implemented a creative non-graded program in the Fairfield Public Schools that was based upon his PhD focus at Columbia. After retiring from being an elementary school principal, he was a professor at Fairfield University, teaching future educators. Joseph's memory will be lovingly remembered by his two daughters, Faith Ricciotti, of Fairfield and Hope Ricciotti and her husband, Vincent Connelly, of Brookline, MA, and his three children whom he was very close with: Joseph and Leo Connelly, and Chernet Sisay; a sister, Marie Silverman, of Arizona; nieces, Linda and Michelle; a nephew, William Constantino; and two sisters-in-law, Hazel Ricciotti, of Gulf Port, FL and Gloria Massaro of Washington DC. Joseph was predeceased by his loving wife, Claire, a brother, Alfred Ricciotti; two sisters, Florence M. Constantino, and her husband, William, and Connie Guadagno, and her husband, John; a nephew, Gene Guadagno; and brothers-in-law, George Silverman and Donald Massaro. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, January 12 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the Lesko and Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, in Fairfield Center. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 13 at The Chapel at St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield, CT. Interment will follow at Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial Donations can go in his name to Connecticut Audubon Society, 203-259-0416 x410, or mail checks to 314 Unquowa Road, Fairfield, CT 06824 with printable donation form. For travel directions, or to sign his guest register, please visit 

In addition, see Joe's numerous op ed articles.  He was an accomplished and impassioned writer on all things pertinent to educationDr. Joseph Ricciotti

Jane Gallow: teacher of the deaf (Fairfield, Milford, Wilton)

Jane C. Gallow, 66, of Fairfield, CT, passed away peacefully at home on July 23, 2019, surrounded by her family. Our beautiful and beloved Jane has joined our Heavenly Father and her parents, William Alexander Gallow and Eunice Pulcine Gallow, in eternal companionship and peace. Jane (Janie, as she was known to family and friends) grew up in New Britain, CT. She graduated from Central Connecticut State University and earned a Master of Education in Special Education of the Hearing Impaired from Boston University. She began her teaching career in Montgomery County, Maryland before relocating to her home state of Connecticut, where she taught for more than 30 years, primarily in the Fairfield Public Schools and later in the Wilton and Milford Public Schools. Jane was, first and foremost, the matriarch of her family, and also the best friend or favorite teacher to many. A loving and devoted mother, nothing was more important to Jane than her children, Deanna and Sandy. She participated uncompromisingly in their education and activities, helping with homework, attending countless piano rehearsals, ballet lessons, recitals, sports practices and games. Full of love, compassion and generosity of spirit, she was a second mother to many. Family and friends were Jane's delight. She loved vacationing every summer on Martha's Vineyard with family and the many friends she would invite. The hot summer days on South Beach and the crisp December nights of "Christmas in Edgartown" were her favorites to spend time with family. She looked forward to returning as soon as she stepped off the ferry in Woods Hole. Nothing made her happier than making everyone a sandwich for a long day at the beach. She relished family excursions, making sure that all appreciated the richness of being together as a family. Always ready to welcome anyone into her home with a contagious smile, she treated all like family. Just like her mother, she loved preparing heartwarming meals for family and friends, especially over the Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays. She was delighted to invite those without plans to join in on her holiday gatherings. Jane is survived by Fernando de Arango; Deanna de Arango Grant, and husband, Alistair, of Fairfield, CT, Alexander "Sandy" de Arango and wife, Logan, of Boston, MA; sister, Cheryl Delldonna, and her husband, Anthony, of New Britain, CT; nieces and nephews, Michaela and Curtis Thierling of West Stockbridge, MA and Christopher Pandolfi of Wilbraham, MA. Lastly, by her beloved Labrador and constant companion, Maisie. The family wishes to thank those who cared for Jane during her courageous battle, as well as those who extended love and support throughout her life. She was and will always be the constant light of her family's lives. Friends and family can celebrate Jane's life during calling hours on Thursday, August 1 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, in Fairfield Center, with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. All other services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Joshua Hermsen Heart Fund ( For travel directions or to sign her guest register, please visit

Published in Connecticut Post onJuly 30, 2019       

Alan Katz 27.03.2020 22:30

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Rena Schine 03.08.2019 14:00

Jane was an invaluable member of the Deaf Ed staff while I served as School Psy. She was a master teacher and mentor sharing her enthusiasm for life with all

Paula Sweeley 03.08.2019 16:57

Thanks Rena. I didn't know her, but she sounds like a wonderful woman.

Bob Gillette 03.08.2019 13:58

So very sad to hear that Jane died. She graced my classroom in assisting a deaf student. She was always so enthusiastically engaged and helpful.

Paula Sweeley 03.08.2019 17:00

Thanks Bob. I didn't know her but wish I had. She sounds so wonderful.

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