Branca, John A.

John A. Branca passed away at his home on March 24, 2013. The beloved husband of Linda and father of John S. and Gene (Lisa) Branca. Cherished grandfather of Gene Michael, Valerie and Paige Branca. He is survived by his sister Ann (Bob) Allison and predeceased by his brother Ralph Branca.

John was born in Port Chester to Salvatore and Caroline Branca. He married his childhood sweetheart Linda. He proudly served in the US Army from 1969 to 1971. John worked as a Program Director for IBM for over 25 years. He was elected Village Trustee in Port Chester in 1983 and served until 1992. In 1993 he was elected Mayor of Port Chester and served until 1995. He was re-elected Trustee in 2010. John was a member of the Elks, the American Legion and served as an usher in church. He will always be remembered as a dedicated, loving family man.

Visiting hours will be held at Gunipero Farenga Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 26th from 4 - 9 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Port Chester on Wednesday, March 27th. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Rye Brook.

In lieu of flowers donations to Jansen Hospice 670 White Plains Rd., Scarsdale, NY 10583, would be greatly appreciated.



CUMMINS, JEFFREY DREW, 60, on March 23, 2007. Jeff was the loving husband of Patricia, the caring father of Alexis and Brian, devoted son of Betty and the late Jerry Cummins and faithful brother of Seth. Jeff practiced law for more than 25 years with Larry Wanshel in the Miami law firm of Cummins & Wanshel and was president of Champion Title & Trust Company, with offices in Kendall, Hollywood and Miramar. Jeff grew up in Port Chester, New York and was a graduate of Drew University and University of Miami School of Law. A lifelong athlete, his hobbies included boxing, racquetball, softball, spinning and, most recently trap shooting, and he was a regular fixture at the ranges at Trail Glades and Markham Parks. A gathering will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, March 27th from 5:00 7:00pm, followed by a memorial service at 7:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jeff's memory to the Support Drew Arts campaign at his alma mater. For more information, contact giving@drew.edu or Greg Ellmer, Director, Annual Giving, Drew University, Alumni House, Madison, NJ 07940; 973-408-3988. VAN ORSDEL - KENDALL DRIVE 11220 N Kendall Dr (305)279-6644 Family Owned Since 1924 To visit this Guest Book Online, go to www.MiamiHerald.com/obituaries.


This photograph was taken at our 40th reunion on September 18, 2004.  The Class of 64 extends it's heartfelt condolences to Isabel Silvestro and all of Joe's family.  You are in our thoughts and our prayers.

SILVESTRO, JOSEPH NICHOLAS - Joseph Nicholas Silvestro, of South Salem, NY and formerly of Port Chester, died unexpectedly on Sunday afternoon September 25, 2004. Joe was born September 21, 1946 to the late Thomas and Rosanna Christiano Silvestro in Bronxville, NY. He grew up in the Washington Park section of Port Chester, graduated from Port Chester High School in 1964 and remained in Port Chester until moving to South Salem 17 years ago. He loved spending time with his family and friends, as well as being an avid hunter and fisherman and all around sportsmen. Joe was an extremely skilled craftsman. Throughout his life, he took absolute pride in everything he did. He is survived by his wife, Isabel of 36 years; son, Joseph and his wife, Kellie; daughter, Laura and her husband, Mario; grandchildren: James, Joseph, Zachary, Tyler, and Amelia, as well as Helen Kalvaitis, his mother-in-law, with whom the family resided. Brother, Patsy Silvestro; sister, Mary Silvestro, Vera Gardell, Rosanna Silvestro, as well as nieces, nephews and friends. Joe had a wonderful life and had been blessed in many ways. He will be terribly missed by all his family and friends. Visitation will be 4-9 pm on Wednesday, September 29, 2004 at Craft Memorial Home, Inc. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 am on Thursday, September 30, 2004 at Our Lady of Mercy Church, Westchester Ave., Port Chester, NY. Interment will follow at Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Rye Brook, NY. CRAFT MEMORIAL HOME 40 Leicester St., Port Chester (914)939-0131

With great saddness, we announce the passing of our dear friend and classmate, PAUL BUDRIS.  He lost his courageous battle with multiple myeloma on June 24, 2006.  His wife, Fran, wrote us a note stating, "It would not hurt this bad if we didn't love him so much.  Bless all of you for enriching this fine man's life." 

Paul J. Budris (State College)

State College, Pa. - Paul Joseph Budris, 60, of State College, died Saturday, June 24, 2006, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Born June 7, 1946, in Boston, he was a son of late Joseph and Jane Howard Budris. On Nov. 29, 1969, he married Frances Putz, who survives at home.Paul graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor of science in chemical engineering and from the State University of New York with a bachelor of science in forestry. He had been a paper maker and a plant manager at the Meadwestvaco plant in Tyrone.He was a member of St Andrew's Episcopal Church.In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Thomas John Budris and his wife Katie, Arlington, Va., and Allison Marie Budris, of Baltimore; a brother, Robert Budris and his wife Donna of Pleasanton, Calif.; and a sister, Linda Coles of Bradenton, Fla.Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Koch Funeral Home, 2401 S. Atherton St., State College.A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 29, at 1 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Larry Hofer officiating.Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Cumberland, Md.Memorials may be made to Feed the Children, 333 N. Meridian Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73101-0036, Multiple Myeloma Foundation, 383 Main Ave., 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851, or a charity of the donor's choice.



LUNDQUIST, WADE ALLYN - Wade Allyn Lundquist, 54, of New Canaan, CT died Wednesday, May 23, 2001 in Norwalk Hospital. He was the husband of Kathleen Kappy Lundquist, and had been a resident of New Canaan for the past seven (7) years. Mr. Lundquist was a self-employed Song Writer. Born in Wellsley, MA, he was the son of Elsie Mary Lundquist and the late Francis Irving Lundquist. In addition to his wife, Kathleen of New Canaan and his mother,Elsie, of Sacramento, CA, he is survived by one daughter, Jennifer Morand of Bradenton, FL, one son, Brian Wade Lundquist of New Canaan, one brother, Craig Hallowes Lundquist of New York, NY, two sisters, Linda Schultz of Stockholm, Sweden and Tina Gould of Sacramento, CA. One grandchild also survives. Wade‘s joy for life is being translated into good works through the Wade Foundation. A celebration of life will be held at a later date and time convenient to the family. There are no calling hours, the F. Hoyt Funeral Home, 199 Main St., New Canaan has been entrusted with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wade Foundation, c/o 69 Louise‘s Lane, New Canaan, CT 06840.

Published: Saturday, May 26th, 2001


MORGANTI, PETER A. - Peter A. Morganti, a lifelong resident of Port Chester died January 29, 2002. He was 55 and born October 19, 1946 in Port Chester to Anthony and Marie Sikora Morganti. He was raised and educated in Port Chester and graduated from Port Chester High School in 1964, he received a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Loyola University in 1968 and a Masters Degree in public administration from Ballstate in 1972. He was married July 24, 1977 in Rye Brook to Victoria Frances. Mr. Morganti was a Paralegal for the Bronx County District Attorneys Office. He was a parishioner of the Our Lady of Mercy Church in Port Chester, a fourth degree member of the Port Chester Knights of Columbus, Past President of the Manhattan Paralegal Association and active in paralegal education. He was acfive in Westchester and New York County Alzheimer's Associations. He is survived by his wife, Victoria Morganti, mother Marie Morganti, sister, Kathryne Milliken, all of Port Chester, NY, sister Diane Dunn of Palm Bay, FL and two nieces. There will be no visitation. A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2002 at 10 am at the Our Lady of Mercy Church, Westchester Avenue, Port Chester, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 785 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY. CRAFT MEMORIAL HOME INC 40 Leicester Street, Port Chester (914)939-0131

Cheryl (Scafa) Basso (10/30/46 - 4/44/96)

Photo taken Winter 92/93


BRUCE A. MERRITT, Sr. "Mouse", a resident of Harrison and formerly a longtime resident of Port Chester, died June 18,2006.  He was 59 and was born July 18, 1946 in Port Chester to the late Donald and Pauline Anderson Merritt.  He was raised and educated in Port Chester, graduation from Port Chester High School in 1964.  He was married October 30, 1966 to Josephine Lomiento in Port Chester.  Mr. Merritt was a retired employee of Westchester County.  He was an avid fisherman.  Mr Merritt is survived by his wife Josephine of Harrison, NY; sons:  Bruce Jr. of Harrison, NY, Michael of Yonkers, NY and Scott of Harrison, NY, also a brother Gary Merritt of Somers, NY and three nephews.  Visitation will be 4pm to 7:30pm on 6/21/06 at Craft Memorial Home.  Funeral Service to follow at the funeral home.  Interment  is private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Rd., Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.

HATCH, WILLIAM E. January 28, 2007

William E. Hatch, Jr of Greenwich, CT, died on January 25, 2007 at Greenwich Hospital. He was 60 years old. Bill was a retired Senior Sales Manager for Verizon formerly known as NYNEX at 2 World Trade Center in New York City. He was with the company for 30 years before retiring in 1997 and was instrumental in the renovation of the New York Stock Exchange communication system. Throughout his career he had achieved multiple awards, the President/Chairman's Club, he was honored by the Sales and Marketing Club of New York City and was entered into the National Hall of Sales Excellence in 1992. He was most proud of holding the record for continuous years of achieving 100% sales from 1977 to his retirement. He was most recently employed by Biagi Plumbing Co., and the Greenwich Country Club as Assistant Skeet Manager. He was born November 5, 1946 in Mt. Vernon, NY to William E. and Elsie Ruth Hatch. Bill was educated in Port Chester, NY and graduated from Port Chester High School in 1964. He attended the Paul Smiths School of Forestry in Lake George, NY and received his Bachelors degree from New York University in 1969. On June 1, 1969 he married Joanne Jacobsen at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Rye Brook, NY. Bill lived in Greenwich, CT for the past 30 years. Before that, he lived in Port Chester, NY since age eight. He was a 42 year volunteer member and past Captain and President of Reliance Engine and Hose in Port Chester, NY. Bill was an avid cyclist with many 50 and 100 mile rides and was proudest of his ride from San Francisco, CA to Monterey, CA and back and also from Rhode Island to New York. Bill was a past president of Cos Cob Revolver and Rifle Club where he devoted his heart and soul. He served multiple terms as President as well as designing and supervising all club projects and major improvements over the last decade. He was also a member of the Ansonia Rod and Gun Club in Ansonia, CT where he volunteered as range officer and shot skeet and trap. Bill held many awards in Pistol, Target and Rifle competition on the local and national levels. He was a former member of the Blue Jay Rod and Gun Club in Glen Spey, NY. He was a member of the American Gunsmithing Association as well as a certified NRA instructor; he had a passion for making custom knives and unique pistol grips out of exotic woods. For over 42 years he participated and planned a yearly fishing trip in the month of September to Oakland, ME with family and friends and enjoyed the comraderie, food, and fishing and loved the loons on the lake. Bill is survived by his wife Joanne, his two daughters, Amy Beth Pollard and her husband Charles of Norwalk, CT and Deborah Aulfinger and her husband Erich of Mamaroneck, NY. He is also survived by his two sisters Elsie Mallonee of Oakland, CA and Elizabeth Donagher of Sacramento, CA and his grandchildren David William, Emily and Megan Pollard and Sara Aulfinger and another grandchild to be born in February. He was a beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, boss, mentor, friend, coach and will be greatly missed. Friends may call from 2 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM on Sunday, January 28, 2007, at the Castiglione Funeral Home, 134 Hamilton Ave, Greenwich, CT. 203-869-0894 A graveside service will be 11 AM on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at Fairfield Memorial Park Cemetery, Stamford, CT. CASTIGLIONE FUNERAL HOME 134 Hamilton Ave. Greenwich (203) 869-0894


On a personal note, Bill and his wife Joanne were dear friends of ours.  Unfortunately, we lost touch when we moved but we thought about them often.  To Joanne, Amy, Debbie, go our deepest sympathy.  We always admired Bill's creative spirit and energy.  We'll miss him.  To all our classmates.....make contact with your old friends today before good intentions turn to regret.




Rosemary A. Rich, 61, of Clinton died Tuesday September 30, 2008 in Hartford Hospital. She was born in Port Chester NY, daughter of Alfred A. and Philomena (Golia) Rich. She is survived by her brother Alfred J. Rich and his wife Ann of New Rochelle NY, her longtime friend, and companion, Doris Harris of Clinton, a niece, Julie Dubie and her husband Mark of Port Chester NY, a nephew Alfred A. Rich and his wife Lily of Ryebrook, NY and, a nephew Andrew Wallach. She also leaves her great nieces and great nephews, Mikayla and Erin Dubie, and Liana and Alfred James Rich II. She was predeceased by a sister Mary Lou Wallach. A Funeral Service will be held TODAY, October 3, 2008, 11 AM at the Swan Funeral Home, 1224 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook. Interment will be private. Family will receive friends on TODAY October 3, from 9 AM until 11 AM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers Memorial Donations in Rosemary's name may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 169 Old Colchester Rd., Quaker Hill CT 06375 or the American Heart Association, 1 Union St. #301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691, or a charity of the donor's choice. Please visit www.mem.com to leave an online tribute or condolence.





Edward Charles Laska, age 61, of New Milford, CT died Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at Bethel Health Care, Bethel, CT after a year long battle with cancer. He was the husband of Marie Mollica Laska. He was born in Port Chester, NY, November 22, 1946, son of the late Edward A. and Georgia Manstream Laska. He worked as an Accountant most of his life and was an avid golfer and bowler. In addition to his wife of 42 years, he is survived by his son: Stephen E. Laska of Wappingers Falls, NY; 2 daughters: Cheryl Dee of Bethel, CT, Kristen Smith of Del Ray Beach, FL; brother: Gary Laska of Middlebury, CT and 5 grandchildren: Ashley, Jimmy, Dan, Nick and Kelly. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary's Church, Bethel, Friday morning at 10:00. Interment will take place at St. Mary's Cemetery, Rye Brook, NY Friday at 12:30. The family will receive friends at the Bethel Funeral Home, 215 Greenwood Ave., Bethel, Thursday evening from 5:00 to 8:00. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 372 Danbury Rd., Wilton, CT 06897-2523.



June 20, 2009

Daniel A. Palmer a resident of Brewster, NY., formerly of Port Chester died Friday, June 19, 2009. He was 62 and was born on July 9, 1926 in Port Chester to the late Anthony and Jessie Gasparini Palmer. He was raised and educated in Port Chester graduating from Port Chester High School in 1964. He graduated from Cumberland College in Kentucky. Mr. Palmer was a teacher for 33 years with the Port Chester School District having taught in Kennedy and Park Avenue Schools. He was a member of the Port Chester Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Port Chester Knights of Columbus. Mr. Palmer is survived by his life partner, Leslie Xavier of Brewster, NY., son Anthony Palmer and his wife Debbie of Robbinsville, NJ., daughter, Jessica Palmer and her husband Peter Hurd of Port Chester, NY., and grandsons Anthony and Daniel Palmer. He is also survived by his extended family, Joseph Xavier, Dana Xavier and grandsons Quinton and Daquon Xavier. Visitation will be 5-9 PM on Monday, June 22, 2009 at Craft Memorial Home, Inc. Funeral Service and Interment are private. Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association. CRAFT MEMORIAL HOME, INC. 40 Leicester St.reet Port Chester, NY 10573 (914) 939-0131




Toni Marie Opalinski, age 64 of Norwalk, beloved wife of Joseph Opalinski, Sr., passed away Friday, October 8, 2010 at Norwalk Hospital. Born in Port Chester, NY., the daughter of the late Anthony and Catherine (Grandison) Pizzarello. Toni was an avid member of The Fairfield County Model A Car Club and also involved with The REACH Program at St. Jerome Parish. In addition to her husband Joseph, she is survived by her two sons, Joseph Jr. and Thomas, five loving grandchildren, Madison, Miles, Olivia, Kiley and Jagger, a brother, Louis Pizzarello, a sister Cathie Dodge and six nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 from 5 to 8PM at The Magner Funeral Home, 12 Mott Avenue, Norwalk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday October 13, at 10AM in St. Jerome Church. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, High Street, Rye Brook, New York 10573. In Lieu of flowers, the family request donations may be made to, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. P.O. Box 489, Wilton, Ct. 06897, or The Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven., 20 York Street. New Haven, Ct. 06510. To sign an online guestbook, go to magnerfuneralhome.com

Philip H. Colaluca, age 66 of Shelton, entered into eternal rest on April 2, 2012 at Griffin Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Lynne Christie Colaluca, his wife of 30 years. 
Philip was born in Port Chester, NY on January 25, 1946, son of the late Henry and Helen (Santora) Colaluca. He had the distinction of serving his country with the Air Force during the Vietnam Conflict and was later employed as a telecommunications specialist at several local businesses. 
Philip is survived by his children Christopher, Tracey Colaluca Stacey ; and several grandchildren including Scott and Emily Supsak. 
He was predeceased by his sister, Roseanne Muller.
His funeral service will be held on Thursday Evening at 6 p.m. with Rev. John Collins officiating in the Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Road, Shelton. Friends and family may call on Thursday from 4 p.m. until the time of the service.

Eric Omdahl 

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ERIC OMDAHL died on April 17, 2012 after a short illness surrounded by his loving family. Eric was born on October 1946 in Greenwich, CT, to Marguerite (Spofford) Omdahl and the late Jacob Omdahl. Eric is survived by his loving wife of 44 years Andrea (Edixon) Omdahl and their two children Jodi (Michael) Gentry and Evan, grandchildren Emma, Kate and twin boys Jacob and Charles Gentry. He is also survived by sisters Ingrid (Peter) Betts, Karla (Michael) Fredal and brothers Peter (Lynnette) and Bruce (Christine) and brother-in-law Roger (Debra) Edixon along with several nieces and nephews. He attended Port Chester Public schools and graduated from Pace University with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Besides his loving family Eric had two passions in his active life. The pride of his Army military career and his devotion to the Greenwich Volunteer Special Police Division.. Although he did not speak about his tours of duty in the Navy and Army, Eric proved himself to be a brave conscientious soldier. He served in Vietnam with honor and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds suffered during operations against enemy forces. Additional awards included the Vietnam Service medal, National Defense Service medal, Combat infantryman badge, Special Forces Qualified badge and several more. It was found that Eric participated in several top secret patrol missions in countries surrounding Vietnam, but because of his modest being never spoke about his heroic activities. He was a hero and warrior to his family and country. After being Honorably Discharged from the United States Army, Eric joined the I.B.M. Company where he spent 25 years before retiring. It was during this time in 1976 Eric was sworn in as a volunteer Patrol Officer with the Greenwich Special Police Division. In 1980 he was promoted to Sergeant in the organization and was in charge of a squad of several officers. Again he distinguished himself as a dedicated officer who spent many of his evenings away from his family protecting the citizens of Greenwich while on his Police patrols. Eric also retired from the Town of Greenwich in the Parks and Recreation Department after eleven years and was currently employed by the Belle Haven Land Company performing security duties. Eric will be missed by his friends, Police Department, but most of all by his loving family. There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 28 at the Harvest Time Church, 1338 King St., and Greenwich CT. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Eric's Memory to the WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or to COMBINED ORGANIZATION of POLICE, c/o Chief James Heavey, 11Bruce Pl. Greenwich, CT. 06830. COP is a nonprofit organization that contributes money for scholarships, uniforms for the Police Explorer program and youths in the area. To leave an online condolence please visitwww.leopgallaghergreenwich.com


Please take a moment to honor the memories of:

Mary Theresa Accurso

Mary (Banks) Sawicki

John Branca

Barbara (Broussard) Murphy

Paul Budris

Ida Lee (Bullock) Williams

Odessa (Chambless) Robinson

Phillip Colaluca  4/2/2012 

Jane Corliss

Alita (Crump) Calloway

Jeffrey Cummins

Philip Dolitsky

Diane (Distasio) Del Vecchio

Beverly DeMott

Fred Dumlao

Sarah Durant

John Green

William Hatch

Edward Hoerner

Jane Hyman

Richard Karpinski

Gregory Lafaro

Edward Laska

Gerry Lovito

Robert Lowden

Sal Lucente

Wade Lundquist

Bruce "Mouse" Merritt

Peter Morganti

Eric Omdahl 4/17/12

Daniel Palmer

Robert Pastore

Toni Marie Pizzarello Opalinski

Rosemary Rich

Cheryl (Scafa) Basso

Richard Seligson

Joe Silvestro

Tommy Tenza

Russell Tucker

Carolyn (Whitfield) Simmons


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