Carole Crawford Ferguson, 75, wife of Charles Ferguson of Fairfield, died Oct. 24, 2009, in her home.

Born and raised in New Kensington, Pa., she moved with her family during her husband`s career to Long Branch, N.J., Augusta, Ga., Uniontown and Erie, Pa., and Midland, Mich., before settling in Fairfield 34 years ago.

A graduate from Chatham College, Ferguson embraced being a wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed crafting, needle point and ceramics.

In addition to her husband of 54 years, she is survived by her children, Scott Ferguson and his wife, Kim, of Lunenburg, Mass.; Amy Exline and her husband, Russell, of Naugatuck; Cathy Kane and her husband, Thomas, of Fairfield; Charles Ferguson and his wife, Jane, of Alpharetta, Ga.; 10 grandchildren, Julianne Magnuson, James, Trisha, Scott and Cooper Ferguson, Megan Exline, Caroline and Olivia Kane, and Reid and Hannah Ferguson; two great-grandchildren, Penelope and Tucker Magnuson; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Services were private. Memorial contributions may be directed to Heifer Project International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AR 72202.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, Fairfield. To sign an online register, visit www.LeskoPolkeFuneral


Luciano "Louie" Franzese, 56, of Seymour, died Oct. 27, 2009, in Griffin Hospital, with his family by his side, after a long battle with cancer.

Born on Dec. 13, 1952, he was a son of the late Cesare and Angela Osso Franzese. Franzese was the co-owner and operator of Traynor Auto Body & Collision of Milford and Fairfield. A husband, father, brother and uncle, he was dedicated to the care and love of his family. He was also a volunteer at the Oxford Special Olympics.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Coleen Noonan Franzese; two sons, Sean Thomas and Daniel Christopher; brothers and sisters, Maria Mirafiore of Stratford, Ida Franzese, Romilda Franzese and her husband, Raffaele, all of Italy, Franco Franzese and his wife, Rosa, Anna (Nina) Goessinger and her husband, Jim, John Franzese and his wife, Mary Beth, all of Shelton, Nella Cioppa of Seymour, and Rosa Bousquet and her husband, Craig, of Stratford; brothers and sisters-in-law, Kathleen Glover and her husband; Philip; of Bridgeport, Maureen Genga and her husband; Gary; of Stratford, Dr. Robert Noonan and his wife; Elaine; of Massachusetts, Dr. Thomas Noonan and his wife, Judy, and Doreen Nelson and her husband, Gary, all of Stratford; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his mother and father-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Robert H. Noonan; and brother-in-law, Jack Noonan.

A Mass of Christian burial will take place today, Oct. 30, at noon in St. Michael the Archangel Church, 75 Derby Ave., Derby. Entombment will follow in the St. Monica Mausoleum at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Trumbull. Calling hours took place yesterday at the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Swim Across the Sound, c/o St. Vincent Medical Center Foundation, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06606; or The Oxford Special Olympics, through the funeral home.

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Grace Thompson, 81, died Oct. 15, 2009, at Bridgeport Hospital, surrounded by her friend and caregiver, Helena F. Sousa.

Born on Jan. 31, 1928, in Sutton in Ashfield, England, the daughter of the late Harry and Florence Thompson, she came to the United States on April 20, 1928, and had been a Fairfield resident most of her life.

She was a graduate of New Britain College, Columbia University and Fairfield University. Thompson retired following 33 years of service as a school teacher for the Fairfield Public Schools. Her last position was at Tomlinson Middle School.

A member of the order of the Eastern Star, she was a member of St. Paul`s Episcopal Church and also worshipped at Christ and Holy Trinity Church in Westport. Every year, Thompson volunteered for Project Peace for Nicaragua, and also volunteered with projects to assist those who live on Cape Verde Island. An animal lover, she made monthly contributions of food to the Fairfield Animal Shelter, and cared deeply for her chihuahua, Lauren; Akita, Sarah; and handicapped black labrador, Vicki-Victoria.

She is survived by her caregiver, whom she considered a daughter, Helena F. Sousa of Fairfield; and her daughter, Stephanie Ally da Silva.

A memorial service will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1, at St. Paul`s Episcopal Church, 661 Old Post Road, Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, 103 Old Iron Ore Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002; or Eagle Hill School, 214 Main St., Southport, CT 06890.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. To offer an online condolence, visit www.SpearMiller


Lillian Mary Shelton White, 82, a lifelong resident of Fairfield, died Oct. 26, 2009, at Bridgeport Hospital.

She was the wife of Charles Francis White for 58 years. She was predeceased by her parents, Florence Jennings Burr and Philo Sherwood Shelton, and an infant son, James Timothy White.

White received a bachelor of arts degree in fine arts and English from Skidmore College in 1949. She was an artist and gardener who won numerous awards for her floral arrangements. White was a past president and the longest tenured current member of the Greenfield Hill Garden Club. She enjoyed tennis, skiing, horseback riding and traveling. She was a long time member of the Fairfield Beach Club.

White was a direct descendent of Jehue Burr, a charter settler of Fairfield, and of the Rev. Philo Shelton, who was the first Episcopal minister ordained in North America (in 1785) and was rector of St. John`s Parish, Bridgeport, and Trinity Church, Southport, for 45 years. She was also a direct descendant of Sarah Shelton Henry, the first wife of revolutionary orator Patrick Henry.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children and their spouses, Mary and Stefan Ossowski of Chesterfield, Va.; Sandra and Peter Altieri of Fairfield; James Sherwood and Suzanne White of Monroe; Tracey and Gregory Tuthill of Basking Ridge, N.J.; and seven grandchildren, Tyler Ossowski, Brianna and John Altieri, Megan and Aubrey White and Lillie and Trevor Tuthill; her sisters, Emma Cathcart, Martha LePrell and her husband, Laurence; and brother, Philo Shelton Jr. and his wife, Carolyn.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28, at St. Timothy`s Episcopal Church, 4672 Congress St., Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer`s charity of your choice. The Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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