Dorothy Marriott Cole
Dorothy Marriott Cole, "Duke", 82, of Brookfield, formerly of Wilton, died Dec. 22, at CT Hospice, Branford. Born in Norwalk, the daughter of the late Ernest and Annie (Mills) Marriott, she was the beloved wife of the late John H. Cole, and was also predeceased by her brother William Franklin Marriott.
She had retired from Norwalk Hospital as an administrative assistant, after 20 years of service.
She is survived by three loving daughters; Jacqueline Hartmayer and her husband Warren of Brookfield, Karen Miller of South Carolina and Lori Keen, and her husband Robert of Mt. Holly, Vt., grandsons; Brian Keen, staff sergeant David Hartmayer, USAF and staff sergeant Michael Hartmayer, USMC, as well as a brother Ernest Marriott Jr.
Funeral services will be held privately with burial at Riverside Cemetery.
Born in Norwalk, she has been a lifelong Stratford resident. She graduated from Bunnell High School in 2004 and the University of Rhode Island in 2008 and was a registered nurse at Norwalk Hospital in the Telemetry Department.
Survivors include her parents Karl Fischer and Margaret Canavan Fischer; a sister Rebecca Fischer all of Stratford; her grandparents Karl and Barbara Fischer and Owen and Joan Canavan all of York Town Heights; her boyfriend Erik Dobyns and two special friends Nicole Robillard and Sandi DeRose.
A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date. The Adzima Funeral Home 5o Paradise Green Place Stratford has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Sylvia H. Griffith
Sylvia H. Griffith, 81, of Norwalk, died Dec. 28, in her home, while surrounded by her children, following an illness.
She was a resident of Norwalk since 1953.
Born on April 8, 1928 in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Alphons and Martha (Schenker) Hurzeler and grew up in New Rochelle, N.Y.
She was a 1949 graduate of the College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, N.J.
Prior to her marriage she worked at B. Altman in New York City. She spent 17 years as volunteer coordinator at S.T.A.R. (Society to Advance the Retarded). She also worked at RSVP, Christian Community Action and Daybreak Nursery and she enjoyed each position fully.
She especially loved the Norwalk Symphony and the Westport library. She volunteered for various causes over the years, most recently at Sunrise Assisted Living. She loved and helped many. Her friends and family were her greatest joys.
She is survived by two sons, Gregory and wife Heidi of Falcon, Colorado and Paul and wife Dorothy of Trumbull; one daughter Kate and husband Neil of Omaha, Neb.; eight grandchildren; three brothers Dr. Marc Hurzeler and wife Rosemary of Cheshire, Richard and wife Carol of Tyler, Texas and Phillip and wife Pat of Newburyport, Mass.; one sister, Suzie and her husband Carl, of New Rochelle, N.Y; many nieces and nephews, and former husband, Dr. James J. Griffith of Sarasota, Fla.
There will be Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at noon on Saturday in Saint Jerome R.C. Church, 23 Half Mile Road, Norwalk. Interment will be held privately. There are no calling hours.
Please omit flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to: Saint Jerome R.C. Church's Social Concerns Committee or the charity of one's choice.
The family has selected Norwalk's Hoyt-Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 5 East Wall St. to handle the arrangements.
Michael R. Harke
Michael R. Harke, 65, of Norwalk, died Dec. 23. He was the husband of Donna Tarzia Harke. Harke was born in Manhattan on April 13, 1944, son of the late Henry Harke and Iris Wales Harke.
After attending Pace University, he worked as an accountant and auditor before founding and operating a security business.
He had many hobbies including restoring classic cars, sailing and writing for historical journals. He was a member of the Sons of Italy, the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Connecticut and Sons of the American Revolution.
He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three children, Kimberly, Michael and William Harke and their spouses; his two sisters Anne Marie Harke and Patricia Krankus, five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert Harke.
The Magner Funeral Home in Norwalk handled arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to National Stroke Association, 9707 East Easter Lane, Centennial, Colorado 80112.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Feb. 28, 1927, son of the late Vernon and Sadie Manning Jarboe, he was a Norwalk resident for 55 years. Jarboe served in the U. S. Navy starting in 1944, in the naval reserve, eventually becoming an active duty line officer [Lieut.] aboard the U. S. Intrepid [CVA-11], in the mid `50's. He also attended Brooklyn Poly Prep School and graduated from Brown University in 1947 with a B. S. in structural engineering, and furthered his education at Union College.
After the navy Jarboe worked in the construction field in New York City with the firm Gens -- Jarboe; joining Turner Construction in 1960. During his long career with Turner he worked on many large projects including Equitable Life headquarters and Penn Station/Madison Square Garden renovations.
Jarboe advanced in the company, becoming senior engineer for Turner's New York territory with responsibility over 50 engineers and many millions of dollars worth of projects. Representing Turner Construction, he chaired the United Way Tri-State Fundraising Campaign, for three years.
A devout man, Jarboe was a very active member of St. Thomas the Apostle Church. He served on and was president of the St. Thomas Home School Association, Central Catholic High School Operating Committee, president of Central Catholic H. S. Home School Association, and St. Thomas the Apostle Finance Committee.
Survivors in addition to his wife include nine sons: Mark Jarboe and his wife Jackie, of Montauk, N.Y.; John Jarboe and his wife Martha, of Naperville, Ill.; Paul Jarboe and his wife Marie, of Wilton; James Jarboe and his wife Cindy, of Trumbull; Philip Jarboe, of Los Angeles; Peter and his wife Mary and Christopher Jarboe, both of Norwalk; Stephen Jarboe and his wife Pam, of Groton, Mass.; and Matthew Jarboe and his wife Kim, of Danbury. Also surviving are 15 grandchildren; Nicholas, Clint, Katie, Paul, Daniel, Marianne, Jamie, Kevin, Jeffrey, Jackson, Max, Makinsey, Avery, Wyatt, and Sadie.
Jarboe is predeceased by a sister, Vernona Olsen.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today at 9:30 a.m., in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Ave. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery, Norwalk with full military honors.
Memorial contributions are requested to St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06855
Dorothy O'Connell Kerin of Norwalk, wife of William J. Kerin, died Dec. 27 at Norwalk Hospital after a brief illness. Born in New Britain the daughter of the late Dr. Daniel Webster O'Connell and Helen Curtin O'Connell, she was a resident of Norwalk since 1963. She worked at Fafnir Ball Bearing during World War II and later worked as a medical secretary.
She was an accomplished tennis player and sang soprano in the Norwalk Community Choral Group for 40 years.
She was a homemaker in the true sense of the word and was a loving wife and mother. She cherished her family and shared her beautiful voice at family gatherings often accompanied by her brother James "Jimmy" on the piano.
Christmas was her favorite time of the year and she kept the spirit of the holiday throughout the year. She was an animal lover and had a special fondness for turtles.
She was predeceased by her three brothers; Dr. John O'Connell, James O'Connell and William O'Connell. In addition to her immediate family, she is survived by brother-in-law Dr. Robert Kerin, sister-in-law Claire Kerin, sister-in-law Dee O'Connell, numerous nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today at 10:30 a.m.. in St. Jerome Church, 23 Half Mile Road in Norwalk. There will be no calling hours per request of the deceased. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Alzheimer's Disease Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001, or St. Jerome Church, 23 Half Mile Road, Norwalk, CT 06851. The Collins Funeral Home at 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, is in charge of arrangements.
Charles (Charley) Mark Rochlin
Charles (Charley) Mark Rochlin, 24, of Westport, died Dec. 27.
He was born Sept. 14, 1985 in Norwalk and has been a lifelong resident of Westport. He attended Fairfield Prep for three years where he played competitive ice hockey and graduated from Staples High School June of 2003. He also attended the University of Colorado for three years. Following his time at the University of Colorado, Charley enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in March of 2008. He completed a seven month tour in Iraq, returning home this past September and was currently stationed at camp Lejeune, N.C.
Survivors include his father and stepmother, G. Scott and Lucretia Rochlin of Westport; his mother, Michele Gougeon of Prescott, Ariz.; his three grandmothers, Lois Holly, Gayle Rochlin and Patricia Ingram and his great grandmother, Mary Proto. He is also survived by two brothers, Dylan Rochlin of Weatherford, Texas, Cannon Sorrenson of Prescott, Ariz.. and three sisters, Brittany, Kendall and Taylor Rochlin all of Westport, and numerous cousins. He was predeceased by his grandfather, Arnold L. Rochlin.
In lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517 or visit woundedwarriorproject.org for on line directions.
Mary K. Ryan, 85, of Norwalk, wife of the late George P. Ryan, died Dec. 23, at Norwalk Hospital. Born in Waterbury, the daughter of the late John and Margaret (Gavin) Kenney, she was a resident of Norwalk since 1959.
She was a retired tax collector for the City of Norwalk, and former president of the Tax Collectors Association of Fairfield County.
A loving and devoted family woman, she was also very involved with St. Matthews Church, Norwalk, where she was a Eucharistic Minister and daily communicant. Also a member of the Columbiettes, and the Marian Guild, she had served as an officer for the Council of Catholic Women. She was recognized by the late Pope John Paul II with the Papal honor, "Pro Ecclesia", as well as by Bishop Lori with the St. Augustine Medal. She had also served on the board of Catholic Charities in Norwalk.
Predeceased by her daughter Susan R. Wilhelm and son Thomas Ryan, she is survived by two sons, Msgr. Martin Ryan of New Fairfield, and Joseph Ryan of Norwalk, three grandchildren; Mark Wilhelm and his wife Nicole, Jason Wilhelm and his fiancée Denise Neyhart, and Erica Wilhelm; a cherished great-grandson Tyler Wilhelm and several other loving relatives.
Memorial donations may be directed to: Catholic Charities, PO Box 2025, Norwalk, CT 06851.
Dante S. Somma, 84, of Norwalk, beloved husband of Lucy DeSantis Somma for 59 years, died Dec. 26, at St. Vincent's Medical Center.
Born in Norwalk, the son of the late Salvatore and Maria Ranungola Somma, he graduated from Norwalk High School, and was a naval veteran of WWII. He was also elected Norwalk councilman in 1960.
Somma had retired from the Norwalk Hour after 29 years of service in the composing room. He had previously worked for O'Brien Press for 23 years, then spent two years at City Press. He was a member of the CWA (formerly the International Typographers Union) for more than 50 years.
In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by two daughters, Maria Somma of NYC, and Patricia DiBartolomeo and her husband Joseph of Norwalk, as well as two cherished grandchildren, Lauren and Thomas DiBartolomeo, and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be directed to: St. Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Ave, Norwalk, CT 06850, or to: American Warrior, PO Box 337, Versailles, CT 06383.
Michael R. Testa
Michael R. Testa, 80, of Newtown, formerly of Norwalk, died on Dec. 28, at Norwalk Hospital. Born in Norwalk, the son of the late Samuel and Mary Testa, he had worked as a maintenance contractor for the Burndy Corporation.
Predeceased by his wife, Marie Nazzaro Testa, a brother Samuel Testa and two sisters Theresa Cutrone and Palmie Cusack, he is survived by a son Samuel Testa and his wife Karen of Newtown; a daughter Susan Hittner and her husband Harold, of Cary, N.C., five cherished grandchildren, Leigh Testa, Lindsay Grenier, Michael Testa, Jessica and Justin Hittner, and twin great-grandchildren Ava and Juliann Grenier as well as four loving sisters Patricia Grenier, Elsie Imri, Marie Tarzial and Jennie Holt and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today at 11:15 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, with burial to follow at St. John Cemetery, Norwalk.