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MacNeil, Jennie "Cookie"  
NORTH HAVEN - Jennie "Cookie" MacNeil, 69, of North Haven and Wallingford, died on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Jennie was born on May 25, 1946 in New Haven, she was the daughter of Helen Cuozzo and the late Andrew Parillo. Jennie graduated from North Haven High School in 1964 and married the late Robert MacNeil, the love of her life, on April 1, 1967 in North Haven. They lived for a year at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga, after Robert returned from the Viet Nam War, before settling in North Haven, where they raised three children. Jennie was affectionately referred to as the "CEO of the household" and assisted with Robert's business ventures in West Haven and New Haven. Jennie was active in the lives of her three children including the PTA, Boy Scouts, sports, and music. She took pride in maintaining a meticulous and lively home that was perpetually enjoyed by her family and all of their friends. Jennie enjoyed dancing, the beach, the casino, and rocking her red lipstick. She loved taking family vacations to Los Angeles, Vermont, and Cape Cod. She was devastated when her 16-year-old son, Scott, was killed as a passenger in an alcohol-related car crash on Aug. 4, 1991. With her husband Robert and the support of MADD, she lobbied state leaders to pass a zero-tolerance law and spoke before the General Assembly, resulting in the 1995 legislation which made it illegal for drivers under the age of 21 to have any alcohol in their system while driving. In October 2007, MADD honored Jennie with its highest award, the Hilda Davis Award. The same month, the North Haven Courier named Jennie "person of the week" for her efforts in fighting alcohol related crashes with Saved under: New Haven Reg 2.doc MADD. She established scholarships in Scott's name with MADD, which was active for 15 years, and North Haven High School, which is still ongoing. It brought Jennie great joy to select and meet the recipients, many with whom she kept in touch. Above all, Jennie's greatest joy was her children and grandchildren. She said, "My children have brought me such joy, my grandchildren are my heart." Jennie will be remembered for her positive attitude, sense of humor, and selfless commitment to her family. Her courage will continue to inspire those who knew her. Jennie is survived by her son, Dean MacNeil, and grandson, Dean MacNeil II, of Los Angeles, Calif.; daughter, Deanna MacNeil Bernier, son-in-law, Joseph Bernier and grandchildren Skyelyn, Scott, and Spencer of North Haven; mother, Helen Parillo and brother Don Parillo, of North Haven; and many loving and supportive cousins, nieces, nephews, god-children, and longtime cherished friends. Family and friends met directly at the Office of All Saints Cemetery, 700 Middletown Ave. North Haven on Tuesday, Aug. 25, and follow the funeral procession to the MacNeil family plot for an 11:30 a.m. graveside service. There will be no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Scott B. MacNeil Scholarship Fund, North Haven High School, 221 Elm St., North Haven, CT 06473-3251 or to MADD. The North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Ave. has been entrusted with the arrangements. www.northhavenfuneral.com
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Published in North Haven Citizen on Aug. 28, 2015
Markoja, Steven  
MERIDEN - Steven Markoja, 71, husband of 49 years to Rosemary (Ackley) Markoja, died on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 at Yale New Haven Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Born in Bridgeport on March 13, 1944, he was the son of the late Steven and Olga Markoja. He had resided in Meriden for the past 35 years and prior to that he lived in Fairfield. He was a graduate of Andrew Warde and the University of Bridgeport. Mr. Markoja was employed by Hoffman Fuel of Bridgeport and Tunxis Ohr. After retiring, he kept busy as a bus driver for the Meriden YMCA. He was a veteran of Vietnam, having served with the U.S. Navy. In the late sixties, he was a drum teacher for the Fairfield PAL. He was a volunteer firefighter for the Fairfield Engine 2, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and was the past president of the Ed Walsh Little League. Steven lived a full life and loved his children and grandchildren, never missing any of their activities. Besides his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Theresa Markoja; one son, Steven Markoja and his wife, Jennifer; five grandchildren, Kirsten and Mason Pruitt, of Texas, Alyssa Habel, Addison and Kaylee; two sisters, Betty Ann Markoja, of Wilmington, N.C., and Maryann Sanford and her husband, Dave, of Stratford; one brother, Robert Markoja and his wife, Kathleen, of Cheshire; several nieces and nephews and his beloved companion, Fenway. Friends and relatives are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial to be held on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 22 Goodwill Ave., Meriden. Everyone is asked to meet directly at the church. Burial with military honors will be in the State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown. Friends may call at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden, on Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to The Connecticut Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 101 Centerpoint Drive Suite 107 Middletown, CT 06457 or to the National LeioMyoSarcoma Foundation – NLMSF, 2843 E. Grand River Ave., - 230,East Lansing, MI 48823. For online condolences, please visit www.jferryfh.com.
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Published in The Record-Journal on Sept. 1, 2015
Miller, Clara Lasko  
CANOGA PARK, Calif. - Clara Lasko Miller of Canoga Park, Calif., formerly of Meriden, Conn., passed away peacefully yesterday in Tarzana, Calif. Clara worked at Universal Studios and Bauman Hiller Talent Agency in Los Angeles, Calif., for 35 years. She loved traveling to England, France, Italy, Russia, Hungary and her last trip was to China. Her favorite place was New York City, where she lived for a short time. She returned home to Meriden for past 18 years during the holidays and enjoyed going back to NYC to enjoy a Broadway shows, fine restaurants and a glass of red wine. She also enjoyed spending time with her family. She was an amazing woman who lived life to the fullest. She will be greatly missed by all. She is survived by three sisters, Helen Newport, of Berlin, Marcy Hosack and her husband, Dr. Grant Hosack, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., and Alma Garlock, of Meriden. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be private.
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Published in The Record-Journal on Aug. 29, 2015
Mishcke, Rita Reynolds  
MIDDLETOWN - Rita Reynolds Mischke, 90, of Wesleyan Hills, Middletown, beloved wife of John J. Mischke passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. Born on July 15, 1925 in Meriden, she was the daughter of the late John E. Reynolds and Anna F. Taylor Reynolds. Rita and her husband John were longtime residents of Meriden and St. Rose Church prior to moving to Middletown and joining St. Colman's Parish for the past 20 years. Rita was a warm and caring person who always had a smile and kind words for everyone she came in contact with. She was fiercely proud of her Irish heritage and had traveled back and forth to Ireland many times in her younger years. Rita's life was her family. She hosted many family gatherings and enjoyed sharing time with her loving husband of 66 years, Johnny (aka John), her five children and 14 beautiful grandchildren. Rita was an active member of her community. She was an executive board member of the Meriden Junior Women's Club, St. Rose Parish Council, League of Women Voters, Secretary of the Meriden Save the Parks Committee, Secretary of the Meriden Beautification Committee, Knights of Columbus Women's Auxiliary, and the Miller Memorial Housing Admissions Committee. She was employed by Connecticut Light and Power for eight years, Choate Rosemary Hall of Wallingford for a number of years, as well as by the Social Security Administration from which she retired. Besides her husband, she is survived by her loving children, Dr. Karl Mischke and his wife, Nyla of Kansas City, Ms., Antaylor Mango, of Farmington, Kevin Mischke and his wife, Diane, of Durham, Ellen Lee and her husband, Denis, of Marana, Ariz., and Kurt Mischke and his wife, Leslie, of Meriden; she is also survived by her 14 grandchildren who loved her dearly. She was predeceased by her brother, Raymond J. Reynolds; and her sisters, Ruth Lang and Marjorie Imbert. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial to be held on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 10 a.m. at St. Colman Church, 145 Hubbard St., Middlefield. Everyone is asked to meet directly at the church. Family and friends may call at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden, on Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. The family would like to thank the staff of Home Instead, especially Jennifer and her co-workers and Middlesex Hospital's Home Care and In-Patient Hospice Unit for all the love and care they extended to Rita and the rest of the family. For online condolences, please visit www.jferryfh.com.
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Published in The Record-Journal on Sept. 1, 2015
Murphy, James E.  
MERIDEN - James E. Murphy, 86, husband of Mary (Garity) Murphy, joined the Holy Spirit on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 with family and friends by his side, at his home in Meriden. He was raised in Branford, in 1929. Son of the late James T. Murphy and Maguerite Carignan. James attended Branford High School, where he excelled in sports and was later voted into the Branford Sports Hall of Fame. The Murphy family was well known in Branford, his aunt the late Mae T. Murphy a beloved local teacher had a school named after her. He attended both Suffield Academy and UConn College playing basketball, but was called to duty for the Korean War acting as a radio operator on a B 29 Bomber, for the U.S. Air Force. After serving in the military he returned home and completed his education, receiving his B.S. degree in physical education from the New Haven Teachers College. Later his interest turned to sales and he formed the T.J. Mar Co. and continued the business until his retirement, while living in Meriden for the past 61 years. In 1954 James married Mary Garity, of Noank, and she has been by his side ever since and together as he departed this world. James had many interests including exhibition of poultry and was known in many of the local Connecticut Fairs. He also coached local little league. He and his wife Mary traveled out west and to Europe, enjoying many good times together. He is survived by his four children, James Murphy, of New Hampshire, Marykate Murphy and her partner, Kathy Spigner, of Branford, Terrence Murphy and his wife, Mary Murphy, of East Haddam, Timothy Murphy and his wife, Paula Murphy, of Middlefield; and five grandchildren, TJ Murphy, Thomas Murphy, Ryan Murphy, James Murphy and McKayla Murphy. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Maguerite Murphy Mischler, of Cheshire. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral service on Monday, Aug. 31, at 11:30 a.m. at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden, and at 12 noon at St. Rose of Lima Church for a Mass of Christian burial. Burial with military honors will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, 295 E. Main St., Branford. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. prior to the service. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Connecticut Chapter, 200 Executive Boulevard, Suite 4 B, Southington, CT 06489 or to the Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405. For online condolences, please visit www.jferryfh.com.
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Published in The Record-Journal on Aug. 29, 2015
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