Edmund Paul Jeanfaivre (Ed), 84, a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, died Jan. 7, 2010, at his home in Sebring, Fla., with his wife of 62 years, Ruth (Chamberlain), by his side.
Born March 2, 1925, in Waterbury to the late Paul and Marguerite (Fourtot) Jeanfaivre, he was a 1943 graduate of East Haven High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1943 to 1946, as a sonar man, third class, on the destroyer USS Hale.
Jeanfaivre worked as a machinist for the New York-New Haven-Hartford Railroad for 18 years, where his work ethic earned him the nickname "Beaver."
In 1967, he went into business for himself as the president and co-owner of M&J Pool Specialists and, in 1976, founded Jeanfaivre Pools with his wife, Ruth. A pioneer in the swimming pool industry who inspired many to pursue their own endeavors, Jeanfaivre's signature trademarks were his honesty, integrity and quality workmanship. His business was based in North Haven, where he resided for many years with his wife and three children. The Jeanfaivres also lived in Wallingford, Branford and East Haven before moving to Florida.
Retirement in 1989 afforded Jeanfaivre more time to pursue some of his passions, including golfing, fishing, bowling, playing cards and building and flying remote control airplanes.
Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and friends.
In addition to his wife, Ruth, he is survived by his children, Paula Jamieson (David) of East Lyme, Sandra Menillo (Paul) of North Haven and Gary Jeanfaivre of Florida; ten grandchildren, Mark Jamieson (Stephanie), Matthew Jamieson (Alexa), Leah Jamieson Myrick (Tony), Nicole Menillo, Paul Menillo Jr., Amy Krasowski (Jeremiah) of Fairfield, Gary Edmund Jeanfaivre Jr., and Joseph, John and Juliana Jeanfaivre; and seven great-grandchildren, Adam, Nora and Grant Jamieson, Briana, Mya and Karlie Krasowski of Fairfield, and Gianna Menillo. He is also survived by his sister, Georgette Simoni (Lou) of Florida, as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sister, Doris Harrick (Dag), of Clinton.
Jeanfaivre will be lovingly remembered for his many talents, sense of humor, generosity, love of animals, intellectual curiosity, fun-loving spirit and courage.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held in Connecticut at a later date. Donations in his honor may be made to the Good Shepherd Hospice, 105, Arneson Ave., Auberndale, FL 33823.
RIVKA `BETTY' KINORI
Rivka "Betty" Kinori, 87, of Fairfield, died Jan. 23, 2010.
She was born in Ripin, Poland, a daughter of the late David and Hinda Rachel Blaustein.
The youngest of seven children who predeceased her, she immigrated to Palestine in 1934 with her family. During World War II she volunteered and served with the ATS, in the British Army, stationed in Cairo, Egypt, mostly near Giza, where the Pyramids are located.
In 1947 she married her husband, "Zoli," and began raising a family. In 1960, she came to live in the U.S. with her husband and three children. She and Zoli acquired and ran the Bridgeport Modern Electric Co. from 1963 until 1993, and were well known and respected in the Bridgeport business community.
Kinori was a hard-working, positive person who always encouraged others. She cared deeply about her family and friends, and adored her grandchildren. Her passions included cooking for her family, travel, literature and visiting casinos. She was an inspiration and will be greatly missed.
Kinori was predeceased by her husband, Zoltan, in 1993.
She is survived by her children, Shelly Kinori and her husband, Jacob Romi, Ariela Ben-Dor and her husband, Isaac, Dr. Ilan Kinori and his wife, Dr. Laurel Lobovits-Kinori; five grandchildren, Gilat, Tami, Orli, Julien and Evan; and extensive family in Israel.
Services will take place today, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m. from The Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Road, Fairfield, with interment following at B'nai Israel Cemetery on Kings Highway.
Glenn Robert Scofield, 55, of Bridgeport, died Jan. 22, 2010, at Bridgeport Hospital.
Born in Greenwich, the son of the late George and Eleanor Scofield, he had been a Stamford resident for many years prior to moving to the Bridgeport area 11 years ago.
Scofield served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was employed as an HVAC technician for most of his career. He loved to fish in his spare time.
Survivors include four children, Kenneth Scofield, PFC, USMC of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Kelly Scofield and Brent Scofield, both of Stratford, and Danny Scofield of New Mexico; a sister, Susan Gallagher of Danbury; a brother, George Scofield of Bethel; his former wife, Heather Scofield of Stratford; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will take place Thursday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. Interment with military honors will follow in the State Veteran's Cemetery, Middletown. Friends may greet the family today, Jan. 27, from 6to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.
To sign an online guest register, visit www.SpearMillerFuneralHome.com
Elsie Farkas Sedlak, 85, a lifelong resident of Fairfield, wife of Joseph E. Sedlak, mother of David Sedlak, died Jan. 23, 2010, in Bridgeport Hospital.
A graduate of Roger Ludlow High School in 1942, she worked as a secretary for several organizations, including the Fairfield Board of Education, Patterson Country Club, the Veterans Administration in Bridgeport and a local medical practice, before her retirement.
Sedlak was involved with her church, Calvin United Church of Christ, where she served as the secretary for many years and was a member of the choir. She volunteered freely and often for numerous church events.
In addition to her husband and son, she is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Calling hours took place Tuesday in the the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, Fairfield, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. today, Jan. 27, with the Rev. Bela Poznan to officiate. Interment will follow in Lawncroft Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to either Calvin United Church of Christ or the American Diabetes Association.
To sign an online register, visit www.LeskoPolkeFuneralHome.com
ROBERT P. WADE SR.
Robert P. Wade Sr., 82, of Fairfield, died Jan. 7, 2010, in Cambridge Manor Fairfield, with his family by his side.
Born in Stamford on March 17, 1927, the son of the late John and Margaret (Griffin) Wade, he was a Fairfield resident most of his life. He was a graduate of Bassick High School, was employed by the Famous Art School, the United School of Art, was art director at Glenndening and and later a self-employed graphic designer.
Wade was a member of the Gaelic American Club, the Catholic War Veterans and U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a beer can collector and an avid Red Sox fan.
Survivors include his wife, Irene (Fitso) Wade; his daughters, Eileen Wade and Kathleen Young and her husband, Bill, all of Fairfield; a daughter-in-law, Kim Wade of Maryland; one sister, Mary Dailey of Monroe; five grandchildren, Heather Green, James and Katie Wade, and Lauren and Brett Young; one great-grandson, Wade Green; and one niece.
He was predeceased by a son, Robert P. Wade Jr.
Funeral and services took place Jan. 11. Interment was in Oaklawn Cemetery Fairfield. Arrangements were handled by Parente-Lauro Funeral Home, 559 Washington Ave., Bridgeport.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent's Swim Across the Sound, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06606.