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Iacono, Giuseppe - Norwalk  
Giuseppe Iacono, age 85 of Norwalk, died peacefully at his home on Sunday. January 25, 2015. He was the loving husband of the late Dina DiMeglio Iacono. Giuseppe was born in Barano di Ischia, Italy on March 15, 1929, the son of the late Sammuel and Marcella Mattera Iacono and has lived locally since 1955. He was retired from Nash Engineering where he had worked in the maintenance department for 25 years. He was a member of the Norwalk Senior Center, enjoyed gardening, making wine, playing bocce and walking. He was also a movie buff, enjoyed music and especially enjoyed spending time with his family. Survivors include a son, George J. Iacono and his wife Theresa of Norwalk, a daughter Marsha M. Sargent and her husband Russell of Trumbull, his siblings Lucia Lombardi of Italy, Franca Mancusi of Norwalk, Giovanni Iacono of Norwalk and Georgette Migliccio of Italy. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Alyssa, Derek and Justin, and many nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by his brother Michael and sister Mary. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 31, 9:30 AM at St. Joseph Church, 85 S. Main St., Norwalk, with burial to follow at St. John Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Magner Funeral Home, 12 Mott Ave., Norwalk on Friday from 4-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to St. Joseph Church. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please go to www.magnerfuneralhome.com .
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Published in The Hour from Jan. 28 to Jan. 29, 2015
Iosifides, Sotiria - Norwalk  
Sotiria Iosifides (Yiayia Sotira), age 88, wife of the late Konstantinos Iosifides of Norwalk, died peacefully on Saturday, January 24, 2015 in her home at 19 Elm Street in Norwalk, CT, surrounded by her loving family. Sotiria was born on December 9, 1926 in Klitos, Greece, to the Reverend Nikolaos and Parthena Kitmirides, refugees from the area of Pontos in Asia Minor during the population exchange between Turkey and Greece in 1923. Although her circumstances limited her opportunity for formal education, she was well schooled on the subjects of life, faith, family, community and culture. Her stoic humor sometimes belied the true strength and wisdom that she possessed. Generations of her offspring will be guided by the valuable lessons that she upheld by example. When in Greece, she was a hard-working mother and homemaker, while at the same time, fervently assisting her husband in all facets of farm-life. No task was too difficult for her to tackle. While her four children were still in their teens, she and her husband made the difficult choice of immigrating to the US in 1969, in order to secure a better future. Her first job in the US was as a factory worker at Caprice Footwear in East Norwalk, CT, and she later worked at Holson Company Consumer Sales, in Wilton, CT, before choosing to become a full-time caretaker for her elderly in-laws and many grandchildren. She was an avid volunteer for St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Norwalk, CT, where she gave lovingly of her time, talent and treasures. She was also very supportive of the Pontian Society in Norwalk, CT, in the perpetuation of her culture and heritage. Sotiria is survived by her four children: Eleni and her husband Kosta of Middletown, RI, Nopi and her husband Gus of Norwalk, CT, Leeza and her husband Telly of Middletown, RI and Jimmy of Norwalk, CT; 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her two sisters, Eleni of Greece and Kiriaky of Tarrytown, NY and more than 25 nephews and nieces. In addition to her husband Konstantinos, Sotiria was predeceased by her first child, Parthena, at the age of 9 months, her daughter-in-law Georgia and 7 siblings (3 of which died during the Turkish/Greek exchange before she was born, and 4 siblings died subsequently in Greece and the US). Friends and Family may call on Wednesday, January 28th at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 238 West Rocks Road, Norwalk, CT, from 5:00 to 8:00pm. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, January 29th at 10am, in St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Interment will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT. Donations in Sotiria’s memory may be made to: St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 238 West Rocks Road, Norwalk, CT. Please visit www.collins-funeral.com to leave condolences.
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Published in The Hour on Jan. 28, 2015

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Ivanyi, Magda - Norwalk  
Magda (Mandak) Ivanyi, age 83, of Norwalk died on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at her home. Born in Sopron, Hungary, she received her accounting degree in Budapest and has lived in Norwalk since 1954, after escaping Hungary in August 1951. She is the beloved wife of 54 years to Andrew Ivanyi. Magda worked as a bookkeeper and comptroller for various local firms including Don Hansen Advertising of Westport, Deckers and the Law Offices of Miklos Koleszar in Norwalk and Rose Adams Construction of Westport. Magda was the past president of the Hungarian Committee of Norwalk and Vicinity and has overseen many projects such as the Hungarian Heritage Wall plaque and the Freedom Fighters memorial in Freese Park. She also hosted a weekly Hungarian language radio show on WNLK for many years. In addition to her loving husband Andrew, she is survived by their children Magda Bennett of Norwalk, Andrea Brennan and her husband Bob of Sherborn, MA and Niki Beddoe and her husband Wally of Trumbull, 6 cherished grandchildren; Bobby and Andrew Brennan and Carly, Jake, Kirk and Amy Beddoe of Trumbull, as well as brother and sister in law; Miki and Jolie Ivanyi and numerous other loving relatives. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 am on Monday, January 26 at St. Jerome Church, 23 Half Mile Rd., Norwalk, with burial to be held privately at a later date. Magda’s family will receive friends on Sunday from 3 to 6 PM at the Magner Funeral Home, 12 Mott Ave, Norwalk. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hungarian American Coalition, www.hacusa.org or the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please go to: www.magnerfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Hour on Jan. 23, 2015
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