Lucille Iannarelli Carriero, 73, of Fairfield, wife of the late Ronald Carriero, died Oct. 17, 2009, with her family by her side.

Born and raised in Mamaroneck, N.Y., Carriero had been a Fairfield resident for nearly fifty years.

Most well known for her willingness to help others, she was an active volunteer in various ways, including fund-raising for organizations such as the Sons of Italy, Operation Hope and the Glenmary Missions.

An advocate of helping the developmentally disabled, Carriero was a dedicated, 35-year volunteer of Southbury Training School, especially Cottage No. 2. She also was nationally interviewed on her works by Ed Bradley of "60 Minutes."

Survivors include her sons, James Carriero and his wife, Cindy, of Milford, and Michael Carriero of Fairfield; a daughter, Rosemary Carriero of Southbury; grandchildren, Matthew and Nicholas Carriero; brothers, Edward Iannarelli and his wife, Louise, of Rye, N.Y., and William Iannarelli and his wife, Alice, of Fort Pierce, Fla.; a sister, Margaret (Mickey) Camillo of Greenwich; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services took place on Tuesday in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, Fairfield, and in St. Anthony of Padua Church,149 South Pine Creek Road, Fairfield. Burial followed in Mt. Grove of Easton Cemetery. Calling hours were on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Parents Group Cottage No. 2, c/o 83 Bonney Terrace, Fairfield, CT 06824; or to St. Anthony of Padua Church.

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Lena Louise Urciuoli Holms, 93, died Oct. 19, 2009, at home in the company of her family.

Born in Westport on April 22, 1916, she was a life-long resident.

She was predeceased by her husband of 68 years, Alfred A. Holms.

She is survived by her daughter, Carol Holms Cook and her husband, Jim, of Westport; her son, Michael Holms and his wife, Barbara, of Fairfield; three grandsons, Christopher Holms and his wife, Christina, of Trumbull; Matthew Holms of St. Louis, Mo., and Adam Holms of New York; two great-grandsons, Alexander and Andrew Holms of Trumbull. Holms is also survived by one brother, Rocco Urciuoli of Westport, and many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial Thursday, Oct. 22, at 10:30 a.m., at Saint Luke Church, 49 Turkey Hill Road N., Westport. There will be no calling hours; interment will be private.

The Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road E., Westport, is assisting the family with the arrangements.


Martha Cookman Kimberly, 65, of Fairfield, wife of the late Oliver A. Kimberly Jr., died Oct. 14, 2009, after a long illness.

She was the daughter of the late John and Anne Cookman, and sister of the late Thomas Cookman.

Kimberly is survived by her siblings, Shirley Babington, Edward Babington and John Cookman Jr.; children, Tucker Cavanaugh, David Cavanaugh and Jeffrey Kimberly; grandchildren, Graham Cavanaugh, Jake Cavanaugh and Hannah Cavanaugh; and three stepchildren.

Services will be held at the Congregational Church of Greens Farms in Westport, at 11 a.m., on Friday, Oct. 23.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405.


Betty Malcolm Ljungquist, 87, of Fairfield died Oct. 17, 2009, in her home.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of the late Antonio and Margaret Pipitone, she had been a Fairfield resident for the last 64 years.

She was a member for many years of Black Rock Congregational Church, where she enjoyed traveling on church related trips.

Survivors include a daughter, Janet C. Noy of Shelton; two granddaughters, Cheryl L. Bisset of Shelton and Rebecca A. Csech of Shelton; five great-grandchildren, Devin, Joey, Kaitlin, Jacob Anthony and Coralea; and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a brother and a sister.

A funeral service will take place at 1 p.m. today, Oct. 21, at Black Rock Congregational Church, with the Rev. James Marshall officiating. Entombment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery Mausoleum, Fairfield.

Friends may call today from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Black Rock Congregational Church, 3685 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield, CT 06825.

To offer an online condolence, visit www.Spear


The Rev. W. Laurence O'Neil, S.J., a member for nearly 50 years of the Fairfield Jesuit Community at Fairfield University and Fairfield Prep, died Oct. 19, 2009, at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, after a short illness. He was 79.

Born in Westfield, Mass., on July 4, 1930, he was the son of the late William L. and Mary (Murphy) O'Neil.

After graduating from Cathedral High School in Springfield, Mass., he entered the Society of Jesus at Shadowbrook, Lenox, Mass., on July 30, 1948. Following the Jesuit course of studies and formation, he received academic degrees from Boston College and Fairfield University.

O'Neil was ordained a priest by Richard Cardinal Cushing at Weston College in Massachuetts on June 17, 1961.

As a seminarian, O'Neil worked at Fairfield Prep from 1955 to 1968, and returned there as a priest from 1963 to 1971. After a sabbatical, he served in various capacities at Fairfield from 1972 to the present, most recently as chaplain for the school's sports teams.

He was a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Officers and the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors. He was a member of the Fairfield Prep Hall of Fame, and was honored to have the Fairfield University Yearbook dedicated to him in 1982. He was the Fairfield University Employee of the Year in 2003-04, and a member of the Board of Directors of St. Thomas More School, in Oakdale, for several years.

For many years, O'Neil assisted at area parishes on weekends, most recently at St. Anthony Church in Fairfield.

In addition to his brother Jesuits, O'Neil is survived by his sisters, Mrs. Glenn (Maureen) Alletson of Canton, Mrs. John (Eileen) Stanley of Kingwood, Texas, Mrs. John (Kathy) Fitzgerald of East Longmeadow, Mass., and Mrs. Gerard (Jean) Connor of West Springfield, Mass; and many nephews, nieces, grand-nephews and grand-nieces.

A wake for O'Neil will take place on Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola, Fairfield University, from 3 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, Oct. 23, at 9:30 a.m., at the Egan Chapel. There will be a public viewing at Campion Center, Weston, Mass., on Friday, Oct. 23, at p.m., followed by burial in the Jesuit Cemetery at Weston at 3:45 p.m.

Contributions in O'Neil's memory may be made to The Rev. W. Laurence O'Neil, S.J. Scholarship Fund (for the benefit of students at Fairfield University), c/o: Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, Fairfield.

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Lorraine D. Polster of Fairfield, the wife of William J. Polster for more than 65 years, died Oct. 17, 2009, at the Carolton Chronic and Convalescent Home, surrounded by her family.

Born in the Bronx, N.Y., to the late Anthony and Johanna Aloia, she was a long-time Fairfield resident.

A home-maker at heart, she was a substitute secretary and a long-time volunteer at the Fairfield Women's Exchange. She was involved in the Roger Ludlowe High School PTA and was a co-founder of the Roger Ludlowe Arts & Crafts Fair, which existed for more than 40 years.

She had a passion for flowers, gardening, traveling and watching her children and grandchildren in their various sporting events.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Robert K. Polster and his wife, Laura, of Bernardsville, N.J., and their two children, Douglas and Christopher; W. Jeffrey Polster of Fairfield and her daughter, Joan P. Keane of Fairfield, and her son, Patrick W. Polster.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral on today, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m., at. St. Pius X Church in Fairfield, for a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will be private. Greeting hours took place Tuesday at the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road, Fairfield.

Donations may be made in her memory to the Fairfield Women's Exchange, 332 Pequot Ave., Southport, CT 06890.


Gabriella Lavetsky Samuels, 94, formerly of Trumbull, wife of the late George Samuels, died Oct. 5, 2009.

Born and raised in Scranton, Pa., she had lived in Bridgeport and, for most of her life, in Trumbull, before moving to Fairfield five years ago.

Samuels worked for the Remington Rand Co., from which she retired. She was a long-time parishoner of St. Theresa's Church and belonged to the Edison Originals seniors group. She enjoyed gardening, bowling and crossword puzzles.

She is survived by her son, George F. Samuels and his wife, Anne Catell, of New Hampshire; a daughter, Gabrielle Gaydosh and her husband, Robert, of Fairfield; sisters, Ann Randazzo of Scranton, Pa., and Amelia Miller; four grandchildren, Catherine Samuels, Phoebe Tinney and Joseph and Julia Samuels; great-grandchildren, Charles and Noah Tinney; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Bart and John Lavetsky, and sisters, Mary Lavetsky and Helen Kizis.

Funeral services were held privately in the care of the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, Fairfield. To sign an online register, visit www.LeskoPolke