June 16, 2021

Death Announced of Laura Jane (Bridge) Dunn, 78, of Old Lyme; ‘The Beach Was Her Favorite Place’

OLD LYME — Laura Jane (Bridge) Dunn, 78, of Old Lyme, beloved wife to Peter W. Dunn, peacefully passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2020, surrounded by her loving family …

… The beach was her favorite place, especially Hawk’s Nest Beach in Old Lyme. Spending many summers there with her Aunt Harriet and Cousin Donald Shaub. She finally got her dream house at the beach and was able to enjoy her retirement with friends and family …

… The family will have a Mass said in remembrance of Laura on her birthday, June 12, 2021 at 10:00AM in Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Road in Old Lyme…

Visit this link to read the full obituary published June 6 in the Hartford Courant.

Death of Thomas M. Long Announced, Father of Maureen Sturm of Old Lyme

Thomas M. Long, age 83 years, of Plymouth, died Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital in Plymouth. He was the husband of the late Martha F. (Loring) Long and the son of the late Edwin and Marjorie (Hallett) Long. Born in Hyannis on November 22, 1937, Mr. long was a United States Navy veteran …

… He will be forever missed by his children, Thomas A. Long and his wife Patricia of Barnstable, Timothy E. Long and his wife Cheryl of Eastham, Joseph D. Long of Woodbury, MN, Kathleen M. Johnston and her husband Douglas of Seminole, Florida, Karen E. DeMartino of Duxbury, and Maureen A. Sturm and her husband Thomas of Old Lyme, CT …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published May 28, in Old Colony Memorial.

Death Announced of Judith Fay Lightfoot of Lyme; Nationally-Recognized Civic Leader, Former President of High Hopes, Lyme Public Library, Numerous Other Organizations

Judith Fay Lightfoot

LYME — Judith Fay Lightfoot, civic leader, mentor, friend, and beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died on May 19 at age 81 at her home in Lyme, Connecticut. Intelligent, caring, generous, and grateful until her last breath, Judy moved in the world with deep optimism, love, and grace as she tirelessly and determinedly worked to make that world a better and more beautiful place. A natural leader with a brilliant, ever-present smile, she inspired all who crossed her path, whether family, friend, colleague, or stranger, to discover and share their best selves. As one family member wrote, “Saying she had a way with people would be a tremendous understatement. She showed us the way with people.”  

Born September 14, 1939, in New York City, Judy was the adored daughter of Robert L. Fay and Margaret Leavenworth Fay and older sister of Robert L. Fay, Jr. She attended public schools in Rye, New York, and Wallingford, Connecticut, and the Day Prospect Hill School in New Haven, where she was valedictorian and class president. She attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. In 1959, she married Richard Lightfoot, moving with her new husband to Hawaii, where he was teaching, and then to Massachusetts so he could attend law school. In 1961, she wholeheartedly embraced her role as a mother with the arrival of their first child, Alexandra, who was followed in short order by Elizabeth, Ann, and John. 

Even as she was busy providing idyllic childhoods for her four children, and later providing worlds of joy and magic for her 13 grandchildren, Judy found time to make a profound difference in the communities around her. Long active in civic matters, she served as president and trustee of High Hopes Therapeutic Riding of Old Lyme; president and trustee of The Lyme Public Library; president and trustee of North American Riding for the Handicapped (now PATH International), Denver; president and trustee of Horses and Humans Foundation, Cleveland; trustee of Day Prospect Hill School, New Haven; secretary and trustee of Hopkins School, New Haven; secretary and trustee of Lyme Public Library Foundation, Lyme; and president of the Westchester, New York, Council of Junior Leagues. In recognition of her service on behalf of people with disabilities, Judy was invited to the White House for the 1990 signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act and in 1995 was honored with the James Brady Professional Achievement Award, which recognizes contributions made in the field of equine assisted activities and therapies. In 1998, she was cited for her public service by The Hartford Courant, and the Board of Directors’ conference room at the Lyme Public Library is named in her honor.

Although Judy’s list of accomplishments is long, it was her gift for galvanizing others to work together to create lasting change that made her presence in any community so invaluable. As an early volunteer for what was then known as LCVERA (Lower Connecticut Valley Educational Riding Association) and later became High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Judy saw the transformative potential of therapeutic riding and helped the program grow into the international leader it is today. In her roles at NARHA and Horses and Humans Foundation, she elevated the conversation about the human-animal bond and skillfully and strategically engaged others in this work. During her 31 years of service to the Lyme Public Library, most of them as Board President, she helped the library win multiple awards for excellence, obtain important collections, and raise funds for the construction of a new, 6,800-square-foot, state-of-the-art library and community center, an undertaking she first championed and then helped shepherd through construction and completion. 

Together, Judy and her partner-in-all-things, Dick, spearheaded countless friend- and fund-raising events to support the nonprofits they believed in, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars and engaging thousands of new volunteers and friends so these ventures could live on and grow well beyond Judy’s and Dick’s involvement. A natural-born teacher, Judy was brilliant at inspiring others to hone their own special gifts, encouraging them to share their talents in collaborative support of the common good. A friend and colleague who worked with her on a local board described Judy as a “community icon.” Another who served alongside her on a national board wrote about her “boundless kindness, leadership, analytical ability, and humor,” adding that she was “unmatched as a mentor and a role model for many of us.” 

Outside of her public roles, Judy was a great friend to all children, giving every young person she encountered the gift of unconditional love. A true baby-whisperer, she was able to calm the most colicky infant and redirect the most obstinate toddler, and among her greatest joys was welcoming a new family member into the world. Even in her last days, Judy was never happier than when she looked into the eyes of a baby, whether those eyes were in a photo or on the face of her first great-grandchild, at whom she beamed with unbridled delight in the days before she died. 

Dick and Judy started out their married life in Honolulu and, over the last two decades, enjoyed spending winters on the island of Molokai, which reminded them of the Honolulu of the late 50s. Throughout their marriage, they enjoyed travel to destinations across the globe, including Brazil, Egypt, Greenland, Kenya, Niger, and Thailand. 

Much as she loved Hawaii and discovering new places and people, though, Judy loved her home in Lyme the most. Her fervent wish, expressed repeatedly over the years, was that she be able to spend her final days at Twin Brooks Farm, the bucolic property she and Dick have called home for 35 years. Her family is thrilled that she got her wish, and they thank her caregivers, Larissa Kilassonia, Siba Sibiya, Mary Mather, and Lynn Farrell, for their invaluable assistance in making it possible. 

Judy is survived by her husband of 61 years, Dick, and their four children and their spouses, Alexandra Lightfoot (Thomas Kelley) of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Elizabeth Lightfoot (Nicholas Clements) of Lyme, Ann Lightfoot (Faulkner Hunt) of Lyme, and John Lightfoot (Apollonia Morrill) of Berkeley, California. Also surviving her are 13 grandchildren, Bowen, Aidan, and Hugh Kelley; Graeme, Isabel (Kevin Smith), Alastair, and Honor Clements; Joab, Henry, Agatha, and Beatrice Hunt; Rose and Olive Lightfoot; and one great-grandchild, Finn Smith. Her brother, Robert L. Fay, Jr. and his wife Carolyn, of Northford, Connecticut, and their family also survive her. 

A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, Connecticut, on Sunday, June 27 at 3 p.m. Masking and social distancing guidelines will be in place. The family invites donations in Judy’s memory to High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, 36 Town Woods Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371, the Lyme Public Library Foundation, 482 Town Street, Lyme, CT 06371, or Molokai College and Career Club, 2140 Farrington Avenue, Hoolehua, HI 96729.

Obituary: Thomas J. Rozanski Jr. (Tom), Lived Most of His Life in Old Lyme, Volunteer Firefighter

Thomas J. Rozanski, Jr.

OLD LYME — Thomas J. Rozanski Jr. (Tom) passed peacefully in the presence of his family on Friday, May 21 at the age of 78. Tom was born August 17, 1942, in New Britain, Connecticut, to parents Thomas J. Rozanski and Helen Rozanski (Kolodziej). He lived most of his life in Old Lyme, Connecticut, before retiring to Florida and South Carolina.

Tom was a Veteran of the U.S Navy, a law enforcement officer and volunteer firefighter for the town of Old Lyme, and worked many years as a meat inspector for the U.S.D.A.

Tom enjoyed cooking, shooting, fishing, and spending time on his boat. He had a special place in his heart for his Bernese Mountain Dog, Sammy, and loved watching the manatees from his lanai.

He is predeceased by his parents; his wife, Patricia Rozanski (Burlingham); and his sister, Elizabeth Yuknat (Rozanski). Tom is survived by his three children: Barbara Rozanski; Thomas Rozanski III and his wife, Jennifer; and Elizabeth Lucas (Rozanski) and her husband, Robert; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and his companion, Elaine Mierzejewski.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Save the Manatee Club or the Bernese Education and Rescue-Northeast Region (BERNER).

Death Announced of Nancy Chase Rogers of Old Lyme, She ‘Leaves a Legacy of Living Life to the Fullest’

OLD LYME — Nancy Chase Rogers was a life force throughout her 92 years. True to form, she beat COVID-19 in February, and then passed away May 18, 2021, on her own terms, peacefully in her beautiful apartment in Saybrook at Haddam, filled with pictures of her family and pets …

… Nancy loved people, but none more than her daughter [Chase] and son-in-law Ted O’Hanlan and her grandchildren, Sean and Ned …

,,, Nancy and Dick moved to Old Lyme, in 2014, to be nearer to Chase and Ted. Nancy leaves a legacy of living life to the fullest with no fear and a smile …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published May 23, in The Day.

Death Announced of John Sholtis of Old Lyme

OLD LYME – John Sholtis, 77, of Old Lyme passed away May 9, 2021.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 55 years, Judy; daughter Adrienne and her husband Jim Lair; daughter Michelle Sholtis, her husband Michel Leroy; and the light of his life granddaughter Vivian Leroy; along with daughter of the heart Natalie Wellmaker and family…

Visit this link to read the full obituary published May 13, in The Day.

Death Announced of Florence G. McMahon of Old Lyme, Formerly of Newington, CT

Florence G. McMahon, 85, recently of Old Lyme CT (formerly of Newington CT and Needham MA) died peacefully in hospice care after a brief illness on Tuesday April 27th …

… She married her beloved husband Walt McMahon in 1959. They settled in Newington where they lived together for 50 years until Walt passed away in 2010. Flo remained in Newington for a short time moving to Needham MA to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Two years ago, she moved to Old Lyme …

Visit this link to view the full obituary published May 2, in the Hartford Courant.

Death of James F Tuohy Announced, Father of Mary Lou Duffy of Old Lyme; Particpated in Okinawa Invasion, Loved Spending Time at OL Shores

James F. Tuohy, 95, husband of the late Dorothy (Sullivan) Tuohy of West Hartford, passed away peacefully Saturday April 17, 2021 …

… He enlisted in the U.S. Navy immediately after high school and was stationed in the Pacific Theater during WWII, participating in the invasion of Okinawa on the LST 890 …

… Jim also loved spending time every year at Old Lyme Shores with his family. He always had a positive outlook on life, a zest for living and a great sense of humor. …

…  Jim will be lovingly remembered by his daughters, Mary Lou Duffy and her husband Jim of Old Lyme, Geralyn Eagan and her husband Michael of West Hartford, ….

Visit this link to view the full obituary published April 21, in the Hartford Courant.

Death Announced of Edward Louis Firgelewski Jr. of Lyme, Devoted Much of Life to “Helping His Community”

OLD LYME — Edward Louis Firgelewski Jr., passed away peacefully the morning of April 20, 2021.

Born and raised on a farm in the town of Lyme, Ed graduated Old Lyme High School in 1964. He went into excavation after high school, starting Firgelewski Construction with his brother William …

… After no longer being able to pull horses, he became the announcer for the horse pulls at Hamburg fair, continuing to do what he loves.

Ed was also a long-time member of the Lyme Fire Company, joining the fire company at the age of 16; he served as fire chief from 1973-1981. He was also a founding board member of the Lyme Ambulance Association, devoting a large part of his life to helping his community …

… Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 30, at Fulton Theroux Funeral Service, located at 13 Beckwith Lane, Old Lyme.

Visit this link to view the full obituary published April 25, in The Day.

Death Announced of Carol Brand Connor, 99; Long-time Volunteer at Florence Griswold Museum

NORWICH – Carol Brand Connor, age 99, passed away on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at home surrounded with loving family …

… Carol devoted her time to St. Patrick Cathedral and Choir, Connecticut Girl Scouts of America, Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, …

… A celebration of Carol’s 99 wonderful years will be held at a future date.

Visit this link to read the full obituary published April 27 in The Norwich Bulletin.

Death of Florence Wendover ‘Wendy’ Kerop Announced; Owned ‘The Turning Page’ Bookstore in Old Lyme, Former Director of Christian Ed. at FCCOL,

CHESTER — Florence Wendover “Wendy” Kerop, 77, of Hickory Hill Drive, passed away Monday, April 19, 2021, at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital.

Wendy was born Feb. 7, 1944, in New London, the daughter of the late John and Alys Griswold Haman. She lived in Old Lyme, until she married …

… She married Harry Kerop Oct. 3, 1969, in Framingham, Mass. …

… They raised their family in Deep River, and later moved to Old Lyme.

Wendy was a member of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, and after moving back to Old Lyme, became the junior choir director and the director of Christian education for many years. Her family and friends lovingly referred to her as “the Church Lady” from Saturday Night Live …

… She volunteered at the Old Lyme schools playing the piano for the chorus or helping with school plays. She was one to always stop and lend a hand to anyone that needed assistance …

… She co-owned the Turning Page Bookstore in Old Lyme, with her daughter for six years. Wendy loved her family and friends, especially her grandchildren. She loved seeing them grow and all their great accomplishments. She was very proud of them.

She is predeceased by her husband Harry. She is survived by her daughter Julie Kerop of Chester; her son Adam and his wife Dana (Concascia) Kerop of Deep River; and her three beloved grandchildren, Gabriella, Adam and Celia Kerop …

… A private burial will be held at Duck River Cemetery in Old Lyme. A celebration of Wendy’s life will take place later this year. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the ASPCA or the American Heart Association.

Visit this link to view the full obituary published April 25, in The Day.

 

Unexpected Death of Frederick Seward Jarvis Announced, Spent Much of His Life at White Sand Beach

Frederick Seward Jarvis, 78, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 1, 2021 in Estero, FL. Fred was born in Medford, MA on January 31, 1943 to the late Seward and Ruth (Poore) Jarvis. He is survived by his loving wife, Letitia (Petrella) Jarvis and his four children, Robert Jarvis and his wife Heidi, Thomas Jarvis and his wife Dana, Kenneth Jarvis and his wife Laura, Jennifer Fichman and her husband Benjamin; …

… The greater part of Fred’s life was spent in Newington, CT and at White Sands Beach in Old Lyme, CT.

Visit this link to view the full obituary published April 13, in The Hartford Courant.

Death Announced of Merlva L. Davis of Old Lyme, Mother of Raymond, Also of OL

OLD LYME — Merlva L. Davis of Old Lyme passed away March 26, 2021. She was born March 10, 1929, in Woodhaven, Long Island, the daughter of Nunzio Patrick Giuliano and Merlva Anderson Giuliano …

… She is survived by her son Raymond Davis and his wife Lee of Old Lyme; …

… A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 24, at Duck River Cemetery, Old Lyme.

Visit this link to view the full obituary published April 4, in The Day.

 

 

Death of James Collins Cushing Announced; Father of Anne Scheel of Lyme, Christopher Cushing of Old Lyme

WATERFORD – James Collins Cushing peacefully departed this world at home, surrounded by his family Tuesday, April 6, 2021 …

… Jim leaves behind the love of his life, Phyllis Cushing, who he married June 22, 1957. Together, they raised five children, Richard Cushing married to Jan Ayer of Niantic, Paul Cushing married to Karen Blodgett of Waterford, Anne Scheel married to Robert Scheel of Lyme, Christopher Cushing of Old Lyme and Julie Wilson married to John Wilson of Niantic. Jim was known as “Grampy” to his 13 grandchildren and “Great-Grampy” his 11 great-grandchildren. His family was the most important part of his life …

… Jim retired as the Chief Procurement Officer at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London …

A celebration of life will be planned for a date in the future.

Visit this link to view the full obituary published April 9, in The Day.

Death Announced of SFC Carmen Joseph DePaulo III, 36; Member of Lyme-Old Lyme HS Class of 2002

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – SFC Carmen Joseph DePaulo III, 36, of Fayetteville, N.C. formerly of Lyme, passed away March 6, 2021. SFC DePaulo was assigned to A Company, 3d Battalion, 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne).

SFC DePaulo was born Sept. 10, 1984, in Jacksonville, Fla. He attended Lyme-Old Lyme High School in Old Lyme, graduating in June 2002 …

… SFC DePaulo’s awards and decorations include … the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award), the Army Service Ribbon, Special Forces Tab, Parachutist badge, and Military Free Fall Parachutist badge. He was posthumously awarded the Meritorious Service Medal …

… He is survived by his wife Abigail DePaulo; and daughters, Kathrine and Alexandra of Fayetteville, N.C., father and mother Carmen and Tonya DePaulo of Lyme; …

… Burial will follow at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.

Visit this link to view the full obituary published April 9, in The Day.

Death Announced of Gerald “Jerry” Walter O’Dell of Old Lyme, ‘Exceptional Engineer, Inventor … Problem Solver,

OLD LYME – Gerald “Jerry” Walter O’Dell, 73, of Old Lyme, passed away April 1, 2021, after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

He is survived by a big and loving family, including his wife of nearly 52 wonderful years, Dawn (Rochette) O’Dell of Old Lyme; his three children and their loving spouses, Brian and Jessica O’Dell of Old Saybrook, David and Kristen (O’Dell) Arseneau of Fairfax Station, VA., and Jason and Kelsey (O’Dell) Cole of Madison; as well as six cherished grandchildren …

… Jerry was an exceptional engineer, inventor with several patents to his name and problem solver, who, as a young husband and father, took on the challenge of designing and building his own home in Old Lyme …

Visit this link to view the full obituary published April 4, in The Day.

Death Announced of Luigi “Gino” Giansiracusa of Hartford, Old Lyme; Owner/Operator of Luigi’s Restaurant, Loved Spending Summers at Miami Beach in OL

HARTFORD & OLD LYME — Luigi “Gino” Giansiracusa, 85, of Hartford and Old Lyme, beloved husband of 60 years of Ines (Santilli) Giansiracusa, peacefully entered into eternal rest on Thursday, April 1, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. Born on March 31, 1936 in Sortino, Province of Siracusa, Sicily, son of the late Sofio and Lucia (Corsello) Giansiracusa, he had been a resident of Hartford for most of his life …

… Gino was a hard worker, throughout his career he was the owner and operator of H&L Dress Company, Gino Fashions, G.G. Sportswear, and Luigi’s Italian Restaurant …

… Gino loved the beach, it was a place he considered his sanctuary and loved spending his summers at his home at Miami Beach in Old Lyme with his family and friends …

Visit this link to view the full obituary published April 6, in the Hartford Courant.

Death Announced of Robert C. Coleman, Jr., Father of Marisa Hartmann of Old Lyme

Robert C. Coleman, Jr.

PARKVILLE, MD. — A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated later in 2021 for Robert C. Coleman, Jr., a resident of Oak Crest Village, who died on April 1, 2021. Born in Indiana, PA he would add, “Jimmy Stewart’s hometown,” as he would introduce himself. Following graduation from the State Teachers College, Indiana, PA, now Indiana University of PA, he enlisted in the Navy and graduated from the Naval Officer Candidate School at Newport, RI. He served almost five years of active duty during the Korean War, aboard the U.S.S. Chickaskia.

While attending a service at Mission San Buenaventura in Ventura, CA, he met wife-to-be, Lou Ann Beacom. They married and came east in 1955. Bob joined the Baltimore County School System that year, serving as a teacher, assistant principal and mainly personnel administrator for thirty-four years.

Family was primary in his life–being involved in the lives of their six children was challenging and rewarding to Bob who was an only child. Camping vacations to multiple state and national parks provided many memories when the children were young. An active lifestyle was important to Bob, enjoying retirement playing golf and bicycling on the North Central Trail.

Religion was a guiding force throughout his life. Prior to Oak Crest, Bob was active at St. Joseph’s Church in Cockeysville where he was a choir member for twenty years and a parish council member. He was also active in the Catholic Community at Oak Crest. Singing enriched his retirement as he sang in barbershop choruses, church choirs and the Oak Crest Chorus.

He is predeceased by his loving wife, Lou Ann. Surviving are their two daughters, Julie of Annapolis, MD and Marisa of Old Lyme, CT; four sons, Brian of Jarrettsville, MD, Michael of Cancun, Mexico, Christopher of Del Ray Beach, FL, and Daniel of West Chester, PA and nine grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oak Crest Benevolent Care Fund, 8800 Walther Blvd., Parkville, MD 21234.

Death Announced of Rachel Wertheimer, 51, of Old Lyme; Daughter of Sheila, Also of OL

OLD LYME — Friday, March 12, 2021, Rachel Wertheimer, beloved daughter, sister, and aunt, passed away at the age of 51. Rachel was born Nov. 21, 1969, in Atlanta, Ga., and moved to Waterford in 1971. She graduated from Waterford High in 1988, and remained a lifelong resident of Southeastern Connecticut …

… In recent years she rescued multiple black labs, including her beloved Lilly. Her cat Jake, a gift for her 40th birthday from her mother, was the love of her life …

… Rachel was preceded in death by her father Stanley. She will be dearly missed by her mother Sheila; sister Alyssa Morin; brother-in-law Eric Morin; brother David; nephew Alec; and niece Emma …

Visit this link to view the full obituary published March 31, in The Day.

Death Announced of Bruce Bennett Smith of Old Lyme, Raised Family in OL with Wife Deborah Over Past 36 Years

OLD LYME — Bruce Bennett Smith departed this live in the early hours of Monday, March 22, 2021.

A loving husband, brother, father, and grandfather, Bruce is survived and celebrated by his sister Sandy; his wife Deborah; and his children, Cathy, Jennifer, Richard, and Lynn; and grandchildren, Devon, Kenneth, Gabrielle, Evelyn, Vera, and Bennett.

Born in Kentucky, Oct. 6, 1951, Bruce was a traveler who made his home with his wife Deborah in Old Lyme, where over the past 36 years they raised their family …

… In lieu of flowers or gifts donations can be made to the Middlesex Hospital Hospice program, who assisted him and his family throughout his final years …

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