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Wordie, Dawn Mary (Nolan) - Palm Coast (North Haven Citizen)  
PALM COAST, Fla. - Dawn Mary Nolan Wordie, 53, of Palm Coast, Fla., formerly of West Haven, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 28, 2015, at the Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House, Palm Coast, Fla. with her family by her side. Dawn was born in New Haven on Nov. 26, 1961, beloved daughter of Retired Hamden Police Chief Robert F. Nolan and Shirley Matressa Nolan, of North Haven. Dawn was attending Daytona University, was working at Bob Evan's Restaurant in Palm Coast, Fla., and loved the beach, water skiing and reading. She was the loving mother of Robert Pesapane of Philadelphia, Pa., Eliscia Pesapane, of St. Augustine, Fla., and Haley Wordie, of Palm Coast, Fla. She was the beloved grandmother of Gage Louis Colon. She was the beloved sister of Robyn Nolan of Hartford. She was the loving niece of Jane Kowaleski, of Wallingford and Dorothy Rubino, of Palm Coast, Fla. Her funeral procession left the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Ave., Thursday, June 25. A Mass of Christian burial was followed in St. Therese Church. Interment was followed in All Saints Cemetery. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Looking Forward c/o Yale New Haven Hospital, Office of Development, P.O. Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508.
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Published in North Haven Citizen on June 26, 2015
Wrobel, John - Wallingford (The Record-Journal)  
MERIDEN - John Wrobel, 76, longtime partner of Joyce Hall passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2015, at Connecticut Hospice in Branford after a brief illness. Born in Meriden on June 14, 1939, he was the son of the late Adolph and Sophie (Recko) Wrobel. John resided in Meriden and Misquamicut, R.I. He graduated from Wilcox Technical School in 1957. Mr. Wrobel was employed by Greenbackers as "The Milkman" and then retired from Guida's Dairy as a Route Supervisor and salesman in 2006. He was a parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church in Meriden and St. Clare in Westerly, R.I. John was a former member of the North Italian Home Club. John's passions were his family, Rhode Island, golf, and Maloney Football and Basketball. He always loved children and committed many years to coaching at Jack Barry Little League, Meriden Junior Football and several years as MHS Freshman Football coach. He was a strong supporter of The Meriden Boys & Girls club and he always loved to have a good time with friends. Besides his longtime partner, Joyce Hall, he is survived by his daughter, Julie (Wrobel) Maguder and her husband, Jeff, of Berlin; his two sons, Michael J. Wrobel and Steven C. Wrobel, both of Meriden; his daughter-in-law, Donna Wrobel; his three grandchildren, Maxwell J. Wrobel, of Meriden, Mollykate, and Luke Maguder of Berlin. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his sister, Pat; and his brother-in-law, Charlie Berndt. The funeral will be held on Saturday, June 27, at 8:45 from the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden, and at 9:30 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Church for a Mass of Christian burial. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the funeral home Friday, (TODAY) from 4 to 8 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405 or to a charity of one's choice. For online condolences and directions please visit
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Published in The Record-Journal on June 26, 2015
Zawilinski III, John - Plainville (Plainville Citizen)  
PLAINVILLE - John Zawilinski III, 56, of Plainville, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Born in New Britain, he was one of six children to John Zawilinski, Jr., of Broadbrook ,and the late Helena (Haber) Zawilinski. A lifelong resident, John was a 1976 graduate of Plainville High School. Known for his vast knowledge and multitude of talents when it came to fixing just about anything, John worked for various heavy equipment companies, specializing in mechanics. He had a magnetic personality, especially with children of all ages, and was an upbeat and fun-loving guy who was happiest when surrounded by his family. In addition to having a love for the outdoors, his greatest passion was riding his Harley. He will be greatly missed by his family and endless circle of friends, leaving many cherished memories. John is survived by his two daughters, Carley LaVallee and Tonya Prescott and her husband, Jake, of Sneads Ferry, N.C.; and his pride and joy, his grandson, Carson Prescott; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Marlene and Natale Arini, Karen and Curt Schmelter, and Diana and Albert Valentine; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Peter and Kathy Zawilinski and Skip and Kathy Basiel; along with many nieces and nephews, with whom he shared a special bond. Family and friends gathered in celebration of John's life on Monday, June 1, at Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad St., Plainville. Burial will be held privately. For online expressions of sympathy, please visit
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Published in Plainville Citizen on June 25, 2015
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