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Published 1:02 am, Wednesday, February 10, 2010
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ADELINE NAPOLITANO BERZINSKIS

Adeline Napolitano Berzinskis, 77, of Fairfield, wife of the late John Berzinskis, died Feb. 5, 2010.

Born and raised in Bridgeport, Berzinskis was a Fairfield resident for more than 50 years. She had worked for the Coppola Ford Auto dealership and later for the University of Bridgeport until her retirement. A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Berzinskis cherished the times that she spent with her grandchildren; they were her life. She is survived by her daughters, Jan Coppola and her husband, Anthony, Carey Martin and her husband, David, and Carmella Terek and her husband, Peter, all of Fairfield; sisters, Regina Napolitano and Rose Napolitano, both of Bridgeport; her grandchildren, Dale Zupsansky, Brian Coppola, Nicholas and Elliot Terek and Hayley Coppola; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her infant son, Michael; a brother, Vincent Napolitano; and a sister, Carmella Napolitano.

Funeral services took place Tuesday in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, Fairfield, and in St. Emery's Church on Kings Highway, Fairfield; burial followed in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation (Attn: Donations) 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923; or the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Yale School of Medicine, P.O.Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508-9979. Proceeds will be directed to the study of pulmonary hypertension.

To sign an online register, visit www.LeskoPolke

FuneralHome.com

MARGUERITE ALBERGHINI BOLUCH

Marguerite Alberghini Boluch, 84, a longtime resident of Easton, died Feb. 6, 2010.

Born in Bridgeport, she spent her retirement years in Monroe and Boynton Beach, Fla.

Boluch was a graduate of Bassick High School. She worked as a bookkeeper for Morgan Linen and Bridgeport Fabrics, taught sewing at Monroe Fabrics and was a secretary at the University of Bridgeport.

She will be best remembered for her warm heart and great sense of humor. Among her favorite things were fabric shopping, flower arranging and eating ice cream. She also enjoyed bowling for many years, most recently with the Easton seniors.

Survivors include a daughter, Laura Salma and her husband, Steven of Monroe; and a grandson, Jason of Bridgeport.

She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Theodore, and a son, Richard.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Boluch's memory to the American Cancer Society, 372 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897.

The Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield, is assisting the family with arrangements. To sign an online guest book, visit www.SpearMillerFuneral

Home.com

ANNE COTTER COLES

Anne Cotter Coles, 60, of Fairfield and formerly of Trumbull, wife of Kevin Coles, died Feb. 5, 2010, in St. Vincent's Medical Center.

In addition to her husband of 40 years, she is survived by her children, Steven Coles and his wife, Amy of McLean, Va., and Leland G. Coles of Stratford; two grandchildren, Connor and Colton Coles; her mother, Mary Leland Galvin Cotter of Fairfield; her brothers, sisters and their spouses, including Daniel Cotter and his wife, Pamela of Trumbull, Sara Cotter of Monroe, John Cotter and his wife, Amy of Milford, Thomas Cotter and his wife, Megan of Lordship, William Cotter and his wife, Laura of Mooresville, N.C., Rosemary Dulaff of Fairfield, Gerald Cotter of Bridgeport, Noreen von Brauchitsch and her husband, Eric of Fairfield, and Jacqueline Sheehan and her husband, Thomas of Easton. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters-in law, Matthew Coles and husband, David Ma of San Francisco, Calif., Brigid Guttmacher and her husband, Alan of Washington, D.C., Albert Coles of Stinson, Calif., Mary Norah Clark and her husband, Stephen of Manchester, N.H.; 33 nieces and nephews; several aunts, uncles, cousins, grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was predeceased by her father, John (Jack) Cotter.

Coles was a past program coordinator for challenged persons at STAR, Inc., and The Kennedy Center. An accomplished writer, she wrote "Roasts & Toasts," creating personal-touch poems based on clients' family and life experiences. She also wrote a column named "Angels Among Us," which featured in-depth stories of courageous people who were helping others in quiet ways.

She was an active volunteer for many organizations over the years, including various positions for St Vincent's Medical Center Auxiliary and a stint as president of the Home School Association, St. Catherine of Siena, in Trumbull. She was a member of the Gaelic American Club in Fairfield and Fayerweather Yacht Club Auxiliary.

Coles had an uncanny and natural ability to help people, whether long-term friends or new friends. People always opened their hearts to her and she responded in kind with compassion and calm. She was an unrivaled mother and wife, sister and daughter to the Coles and Cotter clans.

Calling hours took place Monday in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, Fairfield. A funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday in St. Anthony's Church, 197 South Pine Creek Road, Fairfield, with Father John Baran officiating; interment will be private.

Memorial contributions may be directed to either St. Vincent's Foundation/ Swim Across the Sound, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06606; or Operation Hope, 636 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824.

To sign an online register, visit www.LeskoPolke

FuneralHome.com

MARION McLAUGHLIN DAWSON

Marion McLaughlin Dawson, 94, of Fairfield, died Feb. 3, 2010, in her home.

She was the wife of the late Sydney T. Dawson Jr., an attorney. Born July 5, 1915, in Newark, N.J., she was the daughter of the late James Joseph and Florence Sylvester McLaughlin.

Dawson had been a long-standing member of the Greenfield Hill Garden Club and the Fairfield Historical Society.

Survivors include her daughter, Deborah A. Dawson of Fairfield; her sisters, Doris Glenn of Delaware and Rita Conway of Massachusetts; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Claire Bettcher.

Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Norwich.

Arrangements are in the care of the Redgate-Hennessy Funeral Home, on the corner of Main Street and Gorham Place in Trumbull.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of one's choice. To send an online condolence, visit www.redgatehennessy.com

JOYCE GILBERT

Joyce Gilbert of Fairfield died Feb. 7, 2010, at Bridgeport Hospital.

Born July 17, 1932, in West Roxbury, Mass., a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Art, she received her graduate degree in art education from Harvard University.

Gilbert was a member of the newly reformed Fairfield Arts Council, the Bridgeport Council of the Arts and founder of Art Place in Fairfield. She was reviewed in the New York Times by art critic Hamilton Kramer as lyrical, a poetic avocation of nature.

She was the recipient of many awards, including top prize in Art of the Northeast U.S.A. in 1984, the Out of Town Scholarship from the Art Students League, and Individual Artists Grant from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts.

A pioneer in the design of color television commercials, her work appeared in scores of television commercials. Her works also appear in many corporate headquarters throughout the northeast, including an entire floor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York, where 14 of her works are displayed, as well as in many private collections.

To sum up her art, Gilbert felt her work has been concerned more with pleasure rather than theory.

She was active at Congregation B'nai Israel, where she designed stationary, brochures, concert programs and Cantica Hebraica. Art Place, at 111 Unquowa Road in Fairfield, honored Gilbert with a retrospective of her works, which opened on Feb. 6 and will continue through Feb. 28.

Gilbert is survived by her husband of 55 years, Cantor Ramon Gilbert of Fairfield; her children, Caryn Turner and her husband, Meir of New York, N.Y., and Eliahu Ben Reuven and his wife, Adena of Jerusalem, Israel; a sister, Janice Milligan and her husband, Arthur of Venice, Fla.; and by her grandchildren, Daniel, Gavriel and Yona.

Funeral services took place on Tuesday at Congregation B'nai Israel, 2710 Park Ave., Bridgeport. Shiva will be observed at the Gilbert residence in Fairfield today, Feb. 10, and Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. Interment will be private.

The Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements.

JOHN MICHAEL MACKNO

John Michael Mackno, 85, of Georgetown, Texas, died Jan. 31, 2010, in Austin, Texas.

He was born Oct. 16, 1924, in Southport to John Mackno and Catherine Dublanica. After graduating high school, Mackno enlisted in the U. S. Army. He served in Europe during World War II and at the Battle of the Bulge as a medic.

Upon his return to the U.S., he founded the Mackno Fuel Company in Southport, where he loyally served his customers for more than 40 years. Mackno was well respected for his integrity, fairness and hard work.

In 1961, on a boating expedition, he met the love of his life, Beverly. They married in 1963 and raised four children together. In 1980, he retired and moved to San Diego, Calif. In 1991, he packed up the family again to move to "God's Country" -- Austin, Texas.

He traveled to many points of the globe. He loved taking exotic cruises, watching movies and listening to music, especially from the Big Band era. His latest passion and love was spending time with his grandchildren. He loved to talk with people, and when he spoke, it was usually words of kindness and wisdom. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched.

Mackno was a member of the Elk's Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars and a lifetime member of the Ukrainian Society.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Beverly; daughters, Stacy, Melissa and Stephanie; a son, John; and nine grandchildren.

Visitation took place Feb. 5 at Cook Walden Davis Funeral Home Chapel in Georgetown, Texas. A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 6 at St. Helens Catholic Church in Georgetown, Texas; Monsignor Louis Pavlicek officiated. Entombment followed at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.mem.com

DEBORAH M. PIACENTE

Deborah M. Piacente, 57, of Fairfield, wife of Ronald J. Piacente and mother of Jason M. Piacente, died Feb. 6, 2010, at Norwalk Hospital, surrounded by her family.

Born in Norwalk, she had been a Fairfield resident for the last 31 years. She graduated from Central Catholic High School in Norwalk and Berkeley Business College in Westchester, N.Y. She worked for 10 years for the City of Norwalk Parks and Recreation Department.

After raising her son Jason, Piacente worked as a teacher's aide for the Norwalk Board of Education. She will be fondly remembered as a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend who delighted in time spent with her family.

Survivors in addition to her husband and son include her parents, John and Jo Denicola of Norwalk; two sisters, Sherry Alberta of Norwalk and Pamela Auerbach and her husband, Read of Norwalk; a sister-in-law, Debra Corvey and her husband, Russ of Chapel Hill, N.C.; two nieces, Tiffany Auerbach of Norwalk and Nicole Corvey of Chapel Hill, N.C.; two nephews, David Auerbach of Norwalk and Andrew Corvey of Chapel Hill, N.C.; and six first cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1719 Post Road, Fairfield. Entombment will follow in St. John Cemetery Mausoleum, Norwalk. Friends may call Friday, Feb. 12, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield.

If desired, contributions in Piacente's memory may be made to the Whittingham Cancer Center, 24 Stevens St., Norwalk, CT 06850.

To sign an online guest register, visit www.Spear

MillerFuneralHome.com

DENNIS B. RENTZ

Dennis B. Rentz, 64, of Stratford, formerly of Fairfield and the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, the husband of Linda Terry Rentz, died Feb. 4, 2010, in Connecticut Hospice after a long battle with Leukemia.

The son of the late George and Grace Ludvinsky Rentz, he served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and was a life-member of Port Five Naval Club. A talented marine mechanic, he spent most of his career working with the Williams family at Captain's Cove Marina.

Truly a kind man, Rentz enjoyed spending his leisure time outdoors with his family and friends. Claming and fishing on the Long Island Sound, fly fishing for trout on the beautiful rivers of Montana, Wyoming, California and Alaska were among his greatest memories.

In addition to his wife, Linda, he is survived by his brother, George Rentz and his wife, Jan of Milford; two nephews, Chris Rentz and his wife, Elaine of Fairfield, and Greg Rentz and his wife, Pam of Bridgeport; one niece, Kathy Landau of Hamden; six grandnephews, Ryan, Zachary and Corey Landau, Cole Rentz, Wyatt and Cooper Rentz; and numerous friends.

Calling hours will take place Thursday, Feb. 11, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, Fairfield. A prayer service will begin at 7:30. All other services will be private.

Memorial contributions may be directed to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.

To sign an online register, visit www.LeskoPolke

FuneralHome.com

SALLY BLANCO RICHARDS

Sally Blanco Richards, 42, of Fairfield, formerly of Garden City, N.Y., Washington, D.C., and New York City, wife of George H. Richards II, mother to George III, William and Kate, died Feb. 6, 2010, in her home, after a battle with cancer.

In addition to her husband of 17 years and their children, Richard is survived by her parents, Salvatore and Rose Blanco of Garden City N.Y.; her mother-in-law, Sally Richards of Guilford; one sister, Christine Beaty and her husband, David of Garden City N.Y.; two sisters-in-law, Sarah Richards of Coupeville, Wash., and Ruth Richards of Cabet, Vt.; and three nieces, Alexandra, Elizabeth and Caroline Beaty.

Her gift to connect so positively with those she met also leaves many friends to remember her caring ways.

She was predeceased by her father-in-law, Frederic Richards.

She was a graduate of Garden City High School, Georgetown University and Yale University. A nurse practitioner, Richards taught at Yale- New Haven Hospital's School of Nursing for several years before raising her family. Spending time with her family at their summer home in Southampton, N.Y., where she would play on the ocean beaches with her children, gave her much joy.

She was a member of the Saugatuck Rowing Club. A talented photographer, she had a real knack for capturing her subjects' character on film.

Calling hours took place Tuesday from 3 to 9 p.m. in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, Fairfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. today, Feb. 10, in St.Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield.

Contributions in her name may be made to Connecticut Challenge (supporting cancer survivors) 860 Canal St., 3rd Floor, Stamford, CT 06902.

To sign an online register, visit www.LeskoPolke

FuneralHome.com