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Father Joseph Saba, 78 September 22, 2021 - BRIDGEPORT—Father Joseph Saba, who served the diocese as a teacher, chaplain, parochial vicar and pastor died on Sunday, September 19, 2021. He was 78 years of age. “Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Saba and for the consolation of his family,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano in announcing Father Saba’s passing. “Let us keep him in our minds and hearts as we commend him to our Lord,…

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Sister Marie Burns, D.C.  August 13, 2021 - ALBANY—Sister Marie Burns died at St. Louise House, Albany, N.Y., on July 29, 2021. She was born April 5, 1933 in Trenton, N.J., to Mary Margaret (McLaughlin)and George Joseph Burns and grew up with two brothers and two sisters. Her early education took place in…

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St. Vincent’s Swim founder passes away August 3, 2021 - Ronald J. Bianchi, age 78, of Trumbull, beloved husband of Lynette Carosella Bianchi, passed away on Saturday, July 24, 2021 with his loving family by his side. Born in Hartford on December 13, 1942, he was the son of the late Armando and Rose Santamaria…

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Sister M. St. Mel Wright, IHM May 25, 2021 - SCRANTON—Sister M. St. Mel Wright, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Thursday, May 20, 2021, at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton. She was born on June 26, 1929, in Baltimore, Md.; and given the name Barbara…

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Deacon Vincent Heidenreich, 79 March 24, 2021 - Deacon Vincent J. Heidenreich of Greenwich passed away on Monday, March 22 at the age of 79. “It is with great sadness I must inform you of the death of Deacon Heidenreich. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Deacon Vincent and for…

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Rev. Joseph F. Palacino, 93 February 26, 2021 - TRUMBULL—Reverend Joseph F. Palacino, age 93, of Trumbull passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at Bridgeport Hospital. Ordained at age 55, after serving his country as a veteran of two wars, working as a chemist and running owning his own market, Father Palacino…

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Msgr. Walter C. Orlowski, 68 December 21, 2020 - NORWALK—(updated Tuesday, December 22, 5:10 pm) Msgr. Walter C. Orlowski, beloved pastor of St. Matthew Parish in Norwalk, passed away suddenly on the morning of Monday, December 2). He was 68 years old. (Arrangements have been announced and are listed below). “It is with a…

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Andrew Walther remembered on All Saints’ Day November 3, 2020 - NEW HAVEN—Andrew Thomas Walther, president and chief operating officer of EWTN News, died Sunday evening in New Haven, Connecticut. Remembered first as a loving husband and father, in his life’s work he was dedicated to serving the Catholic Church and defending persecuted religious minorities throughout…

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Linda Michaud, 71 October 20, 2020 - FAIRFIELD—Linda Michaud, 71, of Fairfield, passed away peacefully at her beautiful home on Friday, October 16, 2020, surrounded by her loving family after a brave battle with metastatic breast cancer. Linda was known to many in the Diocese of Bridgeport as a clinical social worker for…

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Fr. Frank Winn, 79 September 2, 2020 - BRIDGEPORT–The Reverend Frank A. Winn, who became a priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport after a successful career in advertising, died in Providence, Rhode Island, August 31 after a long illness. “Fr. Winn will be affectionately remembered by many across the diocese, particularly at St.…

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Reverend F. William Verrilli, 68 July 27, 2020 - BRIDGEPORT—Reverend F. William Verrilli passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2020. He was 68 years of age. “Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Verrilli and for the consolation of his family,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, who praised Father Verrilli for…

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Fr. Bernardo Rodriguez, 66 July 18, 2020 - DANBURY– Reverend Bernardo Rodriguez passed away on July 16, 2020. He was 66 years of age. “Through his work as a hospital chaplain, his service in prison ministry, and his ministry to migrant workers, Father Bernardo reached out in a special way to those who…

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Father Paul F. Merry, 73 July 16, 2020 - DANBURY—Reverend Paul F. Merry passed away on the morning of July 15, 2020. He was 73 years of age. “Father Merry is fondly remembered by many across the diocese as a kind and humble man and a true servant priest who worked tirelessly and gave…

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Fr. Stephen J. Balint, 81 May 22, 2020 - BRIDGEPORT—The Reverend Stephen J. Balint passed away on May 16, 2020. He was 81 years of age. A prayer service will be held at Saint Ann Parish in Bridgeport on Tuesday, May 26th at 11:00 AM led by Monsignor William J. Scheyd, P.A. Interment will…

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Rev. Canon Albert W. Watts, 88 May 1, 2020 - STAMFORD—Rev. Canon Albert W. Watts, a priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport for over 60 years, passed away on Friday morning May 1 in Stamford Hospital. He was 88 years old. His death follows the loss of his brother, Msgr. Roger Watts who passed away…

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Msgr. Roger J. Watts, 91 April 24, 2020 - STAMFORD—Msgr. Roger J. Watts, 91, a priest of the diocese for over 60 years, died on Wednesday, April 22 in Stamford Hospital. Bishop Caggiano has asked for prayers for the repose of the soul of Msgr. Watts and the consolation of his family, especially his…

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Obituary: Antoinette Gloria Bosco, 91, of Brookfield March 30, 2020 - BROOKFIELD—Antoinette Gloria Bosco, 91, of Brookfield, died peacefully in her home on March 20, 2020 with her devoted daughter, Margee Minier by her side. She was born in Rome, New York on September 18, 1928, daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Sgambellone) Oppedisano of…

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Death of Francis Lori, 98 February 25, 2020 - BRIDGEPORT—It is with great sadness that the Diocese of Bridgeport has learned of the passing of Francis Lori, the father of Archbishop William Lori, fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, at the age of 98. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has asked that all the…

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Ilene F. Ianniello, 78 January 28, 2020 - TRUMBULL—Ilene F. Ianniello, age 78, of Trumbull, beloved wife of Deacon Daniel J. Ianniello, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 26, 2020 holding the hand of her beloved husband of 58 years. Born in the Bronx, NY, the daughter of the late Lincoln Wiseman and Gertrude…

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Monsignor Thaddeus F. Malanowski, 97 January 24, 2020 - NEW CANAAN—Monsignor Thaddeus F. Malanowski died on Thursday, January 23, at Waveny Care Center in New Canaan. Named after the famous Polish General and American patriot Thaddeus Kosciuszko, he himself became a Brigadier General. Msgr. Thaddeus Malanowski was a retired Brigadier General in the United States…

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Deacon Frank Chiappetta, 84 January 19, 2020 - Deacon Frank Chiappetta passed away at the age of 84, on Friday January 17, 2020 in Spring Hill Florida. He is known to many in the diocese for his ministry as Deacon at St. Philip Parish in Norwalk and for his leadership of New Covenant…

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Fr. Dan Lynch, 71 December 27, 2019 - TENFALY, NEW JERSEY—It is with deep sorrow that the Society of African Missions (SMA) announce the death of their brother Father Dan Lynch, who entered into Eternal Life December 20, 2019 in New Jersey. Reverend Daniel James Lynch, S.M.A. was born on November 18, 1948…

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Peter E. Nelsen, Organist August 28, 2019 - STRATFORD—Peter E. Nelsen of Stratford passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 6, surrounded by his loving family at the age of 72. An accomplished musician and singer, “Pete” served for 58 years as the only organist at his beloved St. Mark Church. He taught music…

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Sr. Julia Mary Van Rossem, 84 August 16, 2019 - WILTON—Sister Julia Mary Van Rossem, a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, died on August 10, 2019, at Lourdes Health Care Center in Wilton, CT, at age 84. Margaret was born in Jamaica, New York, in 1934, the daughter of Henry Nicholas Van…

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Sr. Lucy Caporaso, SSND June 17, 2019 - WILTON—Sister Lucy Caporaso, a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, died on June 13, 2019, at Lourdes Health Care Center in Wilton at age 74. She was born in Bridgeport, in 1945, the daughter of Leonard and Concetta (Marranzino) Caporaso, both of Bridgeport.…

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Deacon Kevin Moore, 75 June 8, 2019 - BRIDGEPORT– It is with great sadness that the diocese has learned of the death of Deacon Kevin Moore, 75 of Trumbull on Friday, June 7. Deacon Moore is fondly remembered by many as an unassuming man of great faith and dignity who tirelessly served others…

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Father Emeric, Szlezak, OFM, 101 March 22, 2019 - FLORIDA—Father Emeric, Szlezak, OFM, a professed Franciscan friar for 79 years and a priest for 74, died on March 16 in St. Petersburg, where he had lived since 2005. Father Szlezak was 101 years old and the longest living friar in the history of Holy…

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Rev. Edward A. Colohan, 86 March 15, 2019 - BRIDGEPORT—Reverend Edward A. Colohan passed away at St. Vincent’s Medical Center on Thursday  March 14, 2019, at the age of 86. Father Colohan’s body will be received at Saint Stephen Church located at 6948 Main Street, Trumbull, at 9:30 AM on Friday, March 22, 2019…

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Father Sangiovanni, former principal & president of N.D.H.S. February 6, 2019 - I am sorry to inform you of the death of the Reverend William F. Sangiovanni yesterday, February 4, 2019. He was 77 years of age. William Francis Sangiovanni was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 24, 1941, son of Francis and Margaret (Muldoon) Sangiovanni.…

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Father William F. Sangiovanni, 77 February 5, 2019 - BRIDGEPORT—Reverend William F. Sangiovanni passed away on Monday, February 4, at Bridges Memory Care Assisted Living in Trumbull. He was 77 years old. A full obituary with details on the Mass of Christian Burial and other funeral arrangements will be published as soon as it…

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Reverend Monsignor Ernest T. Esposito, 83 January 17, 2019 - BRIDGEPORT—Reverend Monsignor Ernest T. Esposito died on January 15, 2019 after a brief illness. He was 83 years of age. “Monsignor Esposito will be remembered as a man who truly enjoyed his life as a priest and shared that joy and good spirit with all…

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Priest, Musician Monsignor John C. Sanders, 93 January 6, 2019 - STAMFORD—Reverend Monsignor John C. Sanders passed away today, January 6, 2019, the Epiphany of the Lord. He was 93 years of age. “Known to jazz fans across the country as the priest who played in the Duke Ellington Band, Monsignor Sanders was also much loved…

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Reverend Monsignor Thomas J. Driscoll, P.A., 81 December 20, 2018 - BRIDGEPORT—Reverend Monsignor Thomas J. Driscoll, P.A., passed away today, December 20, 2018.  He was 81 years of age. “Monsignor Driscoll will be fondly remembered by many for his service in several leadership posts in the diocese and for his faithful witness over many decades as…

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Father Carducci D’Amico, 83 November 30, 2018 - BRIDGEPORT—Reverend Carducci D’Amico, born on November 1, 1935, returned to his Heavenly Father on Friday, November 23, 2018 in Cercemaggiore, in the province of Campobasso. Italy. “Many in the Bridgeport area fondly remember Fr. D’Amico for his energy, vision and commitment to the renewal of…

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Msgr. Louis A. DeProfio, 91 August 17, 2018 - STAMFORD—The Reverend Monsignor Louis A. DeProfio, P.A., passed away on August 15, 2018, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Stamford. He was 91 years of age. Perhaps best remembered for his long and distinguished service as Pastor of St. Theresa…

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Obituary of Sister Sheila O’Brien O.P. August 10, 2018 - WILTON- Sister Sheila O’Brien, O.P., age 93, a member of the Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of the Springs of Bridgeport, went to the Lord on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Lourdes Health Care Center, Wilton. Born in Glen Cove, Long Island on March 11,…

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Photographer John Glover, 64 July 11, 2018 - KENT—Former Fairfield County Catholic photographer John Glover, 64, passed away suddenly last Friday in his home in Kent. A full obituary including funeral arrangements will be released as it becomes available. Glover joined Fairfield County Catholic in 1998 as staff photographer at the invitation of…

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Deacon Dean W. Finch, 72 June 1, 2018 - NORWALK—Deacon Dean W. Finch passed away on Thursday, May 31, at his home in Norwalk at the age of 72. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has asked all to pray for the repose of the soul of Deacon Finch and for the consolation of his family.
Deacon Joseph Melita, 96 May 16, 2018 - BRIDGEPORT—Deacon Joseph M. Melita died Sunday, May 13, at the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield. He was 96 years old. Born in Bridgeport on April 22, 1923, Deacon Melita graduated from Warren Harding High School in 1941 and served as Technical Sergeant in…

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Msgr. John Hossan, 90 May 8, 2018 - STAMFORD—Msgr. John Bernard Hossan died on May 6 at the Catherine Dennis Keefe Queen of the Clergy Residence in Stamford. The retired pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Redding Ridge was 90 years old.
Msgr. Thomas Green, professor of canon law April 30, 2018 - Msgr. Thomas Green, professor of canon law, died on April 28 at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Chester, Penn., at the age of 79.
Peter Thomas Farrelly, Jr., former assistant editor of Fairfield County Catholic April 11, 2018 - SHELTON—Peter Thomas Farrelly, Jr., age 65, a parishioner of St. Lawrence Parish in Shelton, entered into rest on Friday, April 6. He is the beloved husband of 40 years of Mary Jo (Ertola) Farrelly. Farrelly was born in the Bronx, NY on July 30, 1952.…

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Father Andrew G. Marus, 72 March 26, 2018 - BRIDGEPORT—Father Andrew G. Marus, Pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Stratford, passed away on March 26, at New York Community Hospital in Brooklyn at the age of 72. The body of Father Marus will be received at 9 am on Monday, April 2,…

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Fr. John Baran, 59 March 24, 2018 - FAIRFIELD—Rev. John P. Baran, age 59, Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, died and entered eternal life on Saturday, March 24, 2018 in Bridgeport Hospital. Father John was born in Derby, son of the late Andrew and Mary Bulbert Baran. Raised in Shelton, he…

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In Memoriam: Rev. Martin J. Nikodem March 11, 2018 - STRATFORD—Reverend Martin J. Nikodem, age 78 of Trumbull passed away peacefully on March 8, at Lord Chamberlain after a courageous battle with cancer. (Please note re-scheduled funeral time below due to impending snow storm.)
Diocese mourns the loss of Judge Dan Caruso February 27, 2018 - FAIRFIELD—The Diocese of Bridgeport is saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Fairfield Probate Judge Daniel Caruso 60, on Sunday at his home in Fairfield. “The passing of Judge Daniel Caruso is a loss not only for the people he served so well as…

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Sister Victoria Ann Nolan, DC January 11, 2018 - Sister Victoria Ann Nolan, DC died on January 7, 2018 at St. Louise House in Menands. Sister was 98 years of age and 80 years vocation as a Daughter of Charity.
Msgr. David Liptak, Former Transcript Editor, Dies January 6, 2018 - Msgr. David Quentin Liptak, 89, of Enfield, a columnist and editor for The Catholic Transcript newspaper for more than 60 years, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 1, 2018.
Deacon Salvatore Clarizio, 81 December 5, 2017 - TRUMBULL—Dr. Salvatore M. Clarizio, PhD, 81, of Trumbull, passed away peacefully on December 1 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center.
Deacon William Murphy, 82 October 12, 2017 - NORWALK—Deacon William Owen Murphy, a retired deacon of St. Joseph Parish in South Norwalk, passed away peacefully at his home in Norwalk on October 6 at the age of 82.
Father Seraphim Rohlman, 52 October 3, 2017 - BRIDGEPORT—Father Ralph Seraphim Rohlman, former director of the Propagation of the Faith, died on October 2 in Bridgeport. Father Seraphim was born on July 13, 1965, in Bridgeport, and attended area elementary schools and Central High School.
Fr. Louis Michael Pintye, 62 August 27, 2017 - BRIDGEPORT— Father Louis Pintye, O.F.M., Pastor of St. Emery Parish in Fairfield ’s for 13 years from 1998 to 2011 passed into eternal life on August 20, 2017 at Mount Alverna Friary-Shrine of Our Lady, Comforter of the Afflicted in Youngstown, Ohio, after a lengthy…

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Msgr. Kohut, 98, Former Pastor of St. Matthew August 8, 2017 - NORWALK—Msgr. Joseph Kohut died on August 5 at Notre Dame Convalescent Home in Norwalk. He was 98 years old. Joseph John Kohut was born on December 12, 1918 in Peekskill N.Y. After graduating high school he was employed as a stenographer at Standard Brands, Inc.,…

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Sister Rosemary Sheehan, rscj, passes away June 22, 2017 - Sister Rosemary Sheehan, a Religious of the Sacred Heart and a well known educator, passed away suddenly on June 20. From 1953-1956 she worked at the former Convent of the Sacred Heart girls’ school in Noroton, where she taught, worked in the infirmary and served…

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Loretta McCarthy, 86, Director of Religious Education June 19, 2017 - WILTON—Loretta Kelly McCarthy, of Wilton, passed away peacefully in the presence of her family on June 8, 2017 at the age of 86. Kelly gave the world 6 beloved children: Laurie, Maureen, Kathleen, Christeen, Patrick and Michael, 14 treasured grandchildren and 2 great–grandchildren. She leaves…

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Msgr. Peter Dora, 76, Educator, Pastor and Chaplain June 6, 2017 - Msgr. Peter P. Dora died on June 5 at Calvary Hospital, Bronx, NY. A Stamford native, he was born on April 29, 1941, the son of Paul and Rose Kmetz Dora. He attended K.T. Murphy Grammar School, St. Mary School and Stamford High School, and…

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Lawrence W. Arszyla Sr. April 25, 2017 - BRIDGEPORT—Lawrence W. Arszyla Sr. age 76 of Bridgeport, beloved husband of 53 years to Janice Fazekas Arszyla passed away suddenly at home on Friday April 21, 2017. Born in Bridgeport, Conn. on September 23, 1940 to the late Joseph and Margaret York Arszyla.
Father Clifford Grisé, First Pastor of St. Agnes March 28, 2017 - GREENWICH—Father J. Clifford Grisé, first pastor of St. Agnes Parish in Greenwich, died on March 25 at the Jerome Home in New Britain. He was 97 years old.
Oldest Catholic Bishop Dies at 104 September 22, 2016 - It’s not clear if he ever threw a Hail Mary pass when he played football at Shelton High School in 1929, but he later made goals few achieve in a lifetime.