September 17, 2021

Death of Agnes Quaini O’Connor, 90; Long-time Resident, Community Volunteer of Old Lyme

OMAHA, NEB./OLD LYME — Agnes was born as a United States citizen in Varese, Lombardy, Italy on January 18, 1931, … she married Joseph E. O’Connor in West Haven on July 4, 1953 …

After moving many times with the Navy, Agnes and Joe moved to their beloved Old Lyme in 1979 …

She served on the Lyme-Old Lyme School Board for many years, including a term as Chairwoman. She was a lifelong learner who loved reading and was a generous volunteer and donor at the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library and would often say “if you can read, you can learn to do anything.” She loved nature and was an avid gardener and member of the Duck River Garden Club and the Florence Griswold Museum Garden Gang as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Old Lyme Land Trust …

Agnes … was very involved at Christ the King Church in Old Lyme in many capacities over the last 40 years …

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 11:00am in Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Road, Old Lyme, CT. Interment will follow in Duck River Cemetery, Old Lyme. Calling Hours will be held on Friday, October 1, 2021 from 5:00 until 7:00pm in Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Beckwith Ln., Old Lyme, CT 06371 …

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Agnes Q. O’Connor to …

Visit this link to read the full obituary, published on DignityMemorial.com

Death of Beverly Burgess Stadnick Announced, Mother of Glenn Stadnick of Old Lyme

NIANTIC — Beverly (Burgess) Stadnick died peacefully at Crescent Point in Niantic, Sept. 3, 2021, at the age of 84 …

Beverly is survived by her son Glenn Stadnick and daughter-in-law Theresa Stadnick of Old Lyme; and daughter Tamie Smith of Niantic. She also leaves behind grandsons, Samuel Stadnick of Old Lyme, and Patrick Smith of Fort Collins, Colo.; granddaughters, Carey Stadnick Greggila (Christopher) of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Rebecca Smith of Golden, Colo., each of whom was her favorite.

A memorial service is scheduled for Beverly at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Main Street, Niantic, with a reception to follow at McCook’s Point Park. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Beverly’s life …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Sept. 12 in The Day.

Death Announced of Barbara Marsh Gustafson, Resident of Lyme for 50 Years

CLARENCE, N.Y. — Barbara Marsh Gustafson, age 94, died on August 12, 2021, in Clarence, NY after a brief illness …

In 1948, she graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in education and married her beloved husband, Richard L. Gustafson, a fellow graduate of the University of Connecticut. In 1965, she and her family moved to Lyme, CT, where she resided for 50 years. She was very active in that community, serving in civic, community, and church organizations. Her interests included gardening, sewing, knitting, and swimming. In 2015, she moved to Clarence, NY to live with her daughter, Sarah. …

An Interment Service was held at Eight Mile River Cemetery in Lyme on September 4, 2021. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice Buffalo (www.hospicebuffalo.com)

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Sept. 12 in the Buffalo News.

Death of Arthur ‘Art’ Sibley Announced; Active Community Member, Father of Skip Sibley of Old Lyme

Art Sibley, 1933-2021

Arthur Emerson Sibley, beloved husband of the late Margaret Warren Sibley, passed away peacefully on August 22, 2021 at home. The Sibley family is so grateful for the numerous caregivers that provided Dad great comfort during these past 4 months of his journey.

Born on January 6, 1933 in Milton, MA, Art was the oldest son of the late Arthur Howard Sibley & Helen Gertrude Sibley. He spent his early childhood growing up in Braintree, MA and graduated from Greenwich, CT High School. He attended Pace University in NYC, where he developed an interest in television production. His first job was working on the Steve Allen show.

In 1954, he met his future wife Peggy on a blind date. They were married in 1956 in Riverside, CT and made their first home in Meriden, CT. In that same year, he started A.E. Sibley, Inc., a Hercules explosives distributor that supplied many blasting projects throughout CT, MA and NY.

Later moving to Middletown, he was active in the Church of the Holy Trinity where he spearheaded the construction of the “new” St. Luke’s Home. He also was a founding member of INFORM (Industry for Middletown) which created a successful municipally managed industrial park.

In 1988, Art and Peggy moved to Old Lyme, where he became an active member of Old Lyme’s Zoning Board of Appeals for many years. In that role, he used his diplomatic talent in helping residents resolve issues in a sensitive and effective way.

Art was a hardworking husband and loving husband and father who possessed a larger-than-life personality. He was a wise counselor not only for his family but also for employees and friends alike. He led by example in always maintaining a high level of integrity. His number one love was being with family especially when delicious food was featured.

He loved working outside with his wife as their horticultural vision created many beautiful landscapes that still exist today. As a great lover of jazz, Art could often be seen at Bill’s Restaurant enjoying music and dancing with friends.

As his days were approaching sunset, he kept repeating over and over again how lucky a guy he was. He will be missed by his children Skip Sibley (and Sheree) of Old Lyme; Katharine Edmonds (and Bryson) of Birmingham, AL; Stephen Sibley of Fort Worth, TX and Anne Groleau (and Michael) of Traverse City, MI. He leaves 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his younger sister Laura Sibley Rhodes (and Fred) of Chatham, MA. He was predeceased by his sister Sara Sibley Lenhart and brother-in-law Mark Lenhart of Lyme, CT.

There will be a memorial service celebrating his life on Thursday, September 23rd. The service will begin at 10:30 AM at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church located in Old Lyme. Donations in his memory can be made to St. Ann’s Church, 82 Shore Rd, Old Lyme, CT. 06371.

Please visit www.fultontherouxoldlyme.com for directions and for the online guestbook.

Death Announced of Richard “Tex” Teixeira of Old Lyme, ‘Decades-long Volunteer With OL Fire Department, Ambulance Association’

OLD LYME — Richard “Tex” Teixeira, of Old Lyme, passed away Aug. 24, 2021 at age 86. He is survived by his wife Helene; and his daughter Donna Szymczyk (Chuck), both of Old Lyme …

Tex, also known as “Skip,” was a U.S. Navy veteran, a Sears Roebuck & Co. retiree and a decades-long volunteer with Old Lyme Fire Department and its Ambulance Association …

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, at Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Road in Old Lyme …

Visit this link  to read the full obituary published Aug. 29, in The Day.

Death Announced of Marilyn (Gibson) Stitham of South Lyme, Her Ancestors Among Original Founders of Point O’Woods

OLD LYME — Marilyn (Gibson) Stitham of South Lyme, Conn., departed this world to the Great Grange in the sky on Aug. 20, 2021, after a courageous battle with her illness …

She moved to her ancestral home at Point O’Woods Beach, South Lyme in 2006. Her ancestors were among the original founders of the Point O’Woods community in 1919 that now includes seven generations.

She was a member of the POW Women’s Club, and volunteered on many POW activities. An avid reader of over 100 books a year, that she shared with friends and neighbors, she was the motivation to establish the Point O’Woods Library by her family 18 years ago.

She was a member of Lyme Grange 146 where she was serving as a trustee and is the former secretary of the Lyme Grange. She was also very active with The Hamburg Fair that is sponsored by the Grange.

In Old Lyme, she was a member of the former Old Lyme Grange 162 where she served as Secretary and volunteered for many charitable programs. She was also a member of The Old Lyme Historical Society …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Aug. 20 in The New Britain Herald.

Death of Carl Wohlmuth, 56, Announced; Communicant of Christ The King in Old Lyme

IVORYTON — Carl Wohlmuth, 56, of Ivoryton, returned to the Lord early Saturday morning, Aug. 14, 2021, in the loving care of his family …

Carl is survived by his wife, Rosa Wohlmuth of Ivoryton; son Daniel Wohlmuth and wife Carol of Middletown; sons, David and Steven Wohlmuth; daughter, Susan Wohlmuth …

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, at Christ the King Church, Old Lyme. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any charitable donations be made to Christ the King in Carl’s name.

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Aug. 18, in ‘The Day.

Death Announced of Pamela Gould, 56, Formerly of Old Lyme

OLD LYME — Pamela Gould, 56, of Branford and formerly Old Lyme, passed away Aug. 2, 2021. Born Dec. 18, 1964, she was the daughter of the late Richard Cook and Patricia (Rapp) Cook …

There will be no public services held for Pamela. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Pamela’s name to Forgotten Felines in Westbrook, CT. www.forgottenfelinesct.org …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Aug. 15 in ‘The Day.’

Death Announced of Lidia Carmen Ilvento, 77, of Old Lyme;

OLD LYME — Lidia Carmen Ilvento, 77, of Old Lyme passed away Monday evening, Aug. 2, 2021, at the Groton Regency …

Besides her husband Nicholas, she is survived by her children, son Nicholas Jr. of Florida, daughter, Tammy Ilvento of East Lyme, son John of Old Lyme, son Peter of Columbia, and son Christopher of Texas …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Aug. 4 in ‘The Day.’

Death Announced of Sheldon Baker of Old Lyme, Long-Time Member of ‘Con Brio’ Known for His ‘Beautiful, Tenor Singing Voice’

OLD LYME — Sheldon Arthur Baker, 78, of Old Lyme, CT passed away peacefully on August 6, 2021. He was born in Barre, VT on January 24, 1943, the son of George Baker and Hazel (Griffith) Baker.

His early education took place in Montpelier, VT after which the family relocated to Pittsburg, PA. Sheldon attended Middlebury College in VT and was always fond of claiming membership in the classes of ’65, ’66 and ’67.

Notwithstanding the tenuous beginnings to his college career he graduated successfully in 1967. After trying his hand at various forms of gainful employment he soon settled into the field of wholesale paper sales, at which he excelled. He retired in 2010.

One of Sheldon’s greatest gifts was his beautiful tenor singing voice. Whether performing solo, with a chorale, notably with Simsbury Light Opera and Con Brio, in a barbershop quartet or just jamming, he was a delight. To his friends life’s singular joys included listening to or singing with Sheldon.

He also enjoyed stamp and coin collecting, wagering on the horses and visiting his friends and relatives in Vermont and elsewhere.

His passion for birding took him on trips all over the United States, to Central America and Kenya.

With Sheldon’s absence ice cream futures are predicted to drop precipitously.

He satisfied his gastronomic interests on TV’s PM Magazine as the Phantom Diner in the 80’s.

He had an inspiring talent for nurturing and maintaining life-long friendships. Spending time with Sheldon was always a pleasure. His humor and laugh were loved by all.

Sheldon was predeceased by his parents and his wife, Brenda Gael (Broughel) Baker. He will be greatly missed by his partner Gail Barber, his brother George Baker, sister-in-law Sandra Baker, his nephew and niece Chris and Heather Baker as well as his myriad of friends and his “adopted” family, the Halls.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, August 14 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church located at 82 S re Road, Old Lyme, CT, to be followed immediately by a funeral service at church at 11am. His burial will take place on Monday, August 16 at 11 a.m. at Cedar Grove Cemetery located at 13 Cemetery St., Fair Haven, VT.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sheldon’s memory to the Con Brio Choral Society at 1 McCurdy Rd, Old Lyme, CT 06371.

Death Announced of Thomas Leonard Kratzert of Old Lyme; Musician, Master Carpenter, 1974 OL State Championship Soccer Team Captain

OLD LYME — Thomas Leonard Kratzert of Old Lyme, CT died unexpectedly in his home on July 27, 2021 at the age of 64. He was a profound musician and master carpenter whose work remains all over his hometown. He was also captain of the ’74 Old Lyme State Championship soccer team …

In Denver, he met Nancy Pinney and they married at the First Congregational Church in Old Lyme in 1990. They share two sons; Sean is 30 and Alex is 29 …

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at the First Congregational Church in Old Lyme. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund FCCOL or the Shoreline Soup Kitchen.

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Aug. 4 in the ‘Hartford Courant.’

Death Announced of Donald Southworth Brodeur Sr.; Formerly of Old Lyme, ‘He Believed in a Life Dedicated to Service’

March 9, 1931 – August 2, 2021 Donald Southworth Brodeur Sr. of Old Saybrook was granted eternal rest on August 2, 2021 …

He attended Old Lyme Elementary and High Schools and graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.  Don met the one and only love of his life, Elizabeth “Nancy” Hartung when each of their families was watching a parade in Hartford; Don was 6 years old and Nancy 5 …

Fate would eventually bring them together again when both of their families relocated to Old Lyme …

In his retirement, Don was a fixture at the Black Hall Golf Club … He believed in a life dedicated to service.

He served on both the Board of Education and Board of Finance as Chairmans of the Town of Old Lyme …

He was a dedicated member of Christ the King Church in Old Lyme …

Visitation will be held Friday, August 6th from 4-7 PM at Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home, 34 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, August 7th at 11 AM at Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Road, Old Lyme followed by burial with military honors in the Duck River Cemetery, Old Lyme …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Aug. 4 in the ‘Hartford Courant.’

 

Obituary for Milton James Walters Published

LYME — Milton James Walters passed away July 15, 2021, after a brief illness. Born May 21, 1942, “Milt” was the middle son of Frances and James Walters …

Milt loved his causes- Hamilton College, The Lyme Land Conservation Trust and served on boards of Hamilton, Friends Academy, Sun Health Care, Fredericks of Hollywood, Sabra Health Care REIT, and Lyme Land Trust …

A memorial celebrating Milt’s life will be held at a time to be announced.

In lieu of flowers donations in Milt’s memory can be made to the Lyme Land Conservation Trust Endowment Fund.

Visit this link to read the full obituary published July 28 in ‘The Day.’

Visit this link to read a tribute to Mr. Walters from the Lyme Land Trust.

Death Announced of John J. “Jay” Speirs III of Old Lyme; Husband of Anita, Brother of Peter, Both of Old Lyme

OLD LYME — John J. “Jay” Speirs III, 67, of Old Lyme, passed away unexpectedly at his home July 11, 2021. Jay Speirs was born May 30, 1954, in Middletown, to the late John J. Jr. and June (Briggs) Speirs. He was the beloved husband of Anita (Fatone) Speirs, who survives him …

Jay will be missed by many, but we know he is having a blast up there riding the waves and whistling along. Jay Speirs is also survived by his daughters, Samantha Speirs of Old Lyme and Tara Wyatt of Niantic; chosen niece Arla Muller of Maine; sister Pamela McDonald and husband Mac of Illinois; brother Peter Speirs and wife Michellee of Old Lyme; …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published July 25 in ‘The Day.’

Death Announced of Julie Anne Buchanan; Wife of Kevin, Mother of Tori, Liz, All Formerly of Old Lyme

Julie Anne (Johnson) Buchanan, of Deep River, CT and Stowe, VT, passed away Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Julie was married for 44 years to the love of her life, Kevin Buchanan, and was the Mom of the brightest stars in her sky, Victoria (Tori) Buchanan and Elizabeth (Liz) Buchanan, and Grandmother to her sunshine Macallan Silva, Easton Silva, and Ryland Silva …

… [Julie] is survived by her loving husband, Kevin, her daughters and their families, Victoria Buchanan, of East Lyme; Elizabeth Buchanan and Alex Silva, of Deep River; and her three grandchildren, Macallan Silva, Easton Silva, and Ryland Silva. Julie is predeceased by her daughter, Katelyn Buchanan …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published July 22 in The Record Journal.

Death Announced of Ernest P. Bauer, Grandfather of Tosh Urbowicz of Old Lyme

OLD SAYBROOK — Ernest Philip-Paul Bauer, of Old Saybrook, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2021. He is now reunited with his beloved wife, Ellen, and is at home with the lord …

… Family was everything to Ernie and he was very proud of his 57 year marriage to Ellen.

He is survived by his son Erich Adam Bauer and his wife Sacha of Salem, OR; daughter Karen Perkins-Pulaski of Boulder City, NV; grandchildren Tosh Urbowicz of Old Lyme and her husband Keith Urbowicz, Forrest, August and Ansel. His great-grandson Beckett loved his ‘Pop’ very much …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published on Dignity Memorial.

Death Announced of Long-time Lyme Land Trust Member Milt Walters, ‘Valued Colleague, Tireless Fundraiser’

Milt Walters. Photo courtesy of the Lyme Land Trust.

LYME — The death of Milt Walters has been announced in an email sent to all Lyme Land Trust members by its Board Chair John Pritchard and Executive Director Kristina White.

Describing Mr. Walters as, “our valued colleague,” the email states, “Milt had a long and extremely effective tenure on the Land Trust Board.  He was one of those rarest of all charitable board members — he loved fund raising.”

It continues, “Many of you have first hand knowledge that, unlike most of us, he enjoyed asking people to support the causes in which he believed so deeply. As the long-time Chair of our Philanthropy Committee, the funds Milt raised went toward the acquisition of properties (most recently our Thach and Brockway/Hawthorne Preserves), to the Land Trust’s general operating needs and to grow our endowment.”

Adding, “Milt was particularly focused on securing the long term financial health of the Land Trust, recognizing that our property stewardship obligations run in perpetuity.  He both created and championed our endowment fund,” the email notes, “And he was tireless in promoting participation in our Heritage Society, whose members have notified us of their planned giving intentions.”

Finally, Pritchard and White announce, “To honor Milt’s long, effective and consequential service, and particularly his very successful efforts to grow our endowment fund, the Land Trust Board recently voted to name it the “Milton J. Walters Endowment Fund.”  This recognition will be reflected in our upcoming Annual Report and in the Land Trust’s next Newsletter.”

The email concludes, “We will all miss Milt’s energy, devotion, wisdom and friendship.”

Details regarding services for Mr. Walters have not yet been announced.

Death Announced of Americo Richard (“Rick”) Lombardi, 92; Services in Old Lyme Thursday, Friday

Americo Richard (“Rick”) Lombardi. “Willow weep for me….” Rick Lombardi passed away on June 30, 2021, at the age of 92. He was born on September 2nd, 1928 in Beverly, Massachusetts, the child of immigrant parents from San Giovanni Incarico, Italy, and lived most of his life in Massachusetts and Connecticut …

He played ferocious golf, as the scoreboards at the Old Lyme Country Club and Isla del Sol in St. Petersburg Florida will attest – his name is listed over, and over, and over …

He loved the lush fecundity of the New England summer; and in his later years would go to his house in Old Lyme and sit in the shade, book in hand, and “supervise” the grandsons doing yard work …

There will be a wake at Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home in Old Lyme CT on Thursday July 15 from 5-7pm followed by a Mass of Christian burial at Christ the King Catholic Church in Old Lyme on Friday July 16 at 11am. There will be a burial next to his beloved Alice in Duck River Cemetery, Old Lyme …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published July 11 in the Hartford Courant.

Death Announced of Elizabeth J. Bigiarelli, Mother of Michael of Old Lyme

Elizabeth J. Bigiarelli, 92, of Lexington, South Carolina (formerly of Martinsburg) passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on June 19, 2021. She joined her beloved late husband of 64 years, Elio (Bigi), who departed in 2014, at their heavenly home …

Elizabeth is survived by her three children and four grandchildren all of whom held a special and proud place in her heart: son Michael Bigiarelli and wife Corinne of Old Lyme, CT and their two daughters, Krista and husband Bryan, and Laura; …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published July 8 in The Journal.

Death Announced of Salvatore A. “Sal” Caruso of Lyme, Cofounder of Sunset Hill Vineyard

LYME   — Salvatore A. “Sal” Caruso, a longtime resident of Lyme, passed away peacefully June 25, 2021. He was born in Greenwich, June 5 1939 …

He is survived by his wife, MaryEllen of 59 years; sons, David and Matthew; wives Laurie Farrell Caruso and Donna Moore Caruso; grandsons, Zachary and Ryer …

Sal was a member of the Hamburg Cove Yacht Club, the Mile Creek Beach Club and served as a member of the Lyme Board of Appeals …

In 2007, he established, along with the family, Sunset Hill Vineyard in Lyme. Growing the grapes, making the wine and offering tastings to the public on weekends satisfied his desire to make good use of the property …

… a Celebration of Life will be held at the vineyard for family and friends on a date to be announced in late summer or early fall of this year …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published July 4 in The Day.