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Richard M. Sperling

Ansonia, Connecticut

Jul 31, 1936 – Sep 21, 2020 (Age 84)


July 31, 1936
September 21, 2020
Ansonia, Connecticut
American Cancer Society


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Spinelli - Ricciuti Funeral Home - Ansonia Obituary

ANSONIA: Richard M. Sperling, age 84, also known as James Shafer, peacefully entered into eternal rest on September 21, 2020, at Gardner Heights H.C. in Shelton. He was the beloved husband of the late Charlotte Benjamin Sperling.

     Richard was born in Bridgeport on July 31, 1936, son of the late Richard J. and Louva Cook Sperling. He grew up living with family in both Tennessee and Connecticut and was a graduate of Hillhouse High School in New Haven 1954. Richard was employed as a Laboratory Technician at United Illuminating in Bridgeport for thirty-five years until his retirement in 1996. A proud veteran of the United States Marine Corp., he honorably served from 1954-1957. Richard always worked hard to provide for his family and enjoyed bowling and playing horseshoes. He was a member of the St. Sebastian Club in Ansonia.

     He leaves to cherish his memory, a son, Douglas J. Sperling of Ansonia, daughters, Joanne Herriott (Derek) of Oxford and Susan Sperling (Lester Pannone) of Ansonia, a brother, Ronald Sperling of Stratford, cherished grandchildren, Melissa Pannone of West Haven, Vincent Pannone of Ansonia and Schuyler Sperling (Anastasia Ruiz) of Torrington, great-granddaughter, Izabella Sperling of Torrington and several nieces and nephews.

     A walk-through visitation for family and friends will be held on Monday, September 28, 2020, from 4:00 to 6:30 pm in the chapel of the SPINELLI-RICCIUTI/BEDNAR-OSIECKI FUNERAL HOME, 62 Beaver Street in Ansonia. Visitors are asked to wear masks and social distance as they walk through, pay their respects and exit without lingering to ensure all guests can come through. At 6:30 pm, a funeral service in celebration of Richard’s life will take place with Rev. James Midgley officiating. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at To sign, Richard’s guestbook or share a memory, please visit

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I'm very glad I had the opportunity to know you Mr Sperling. You will truly be missed. May you rest in peace.

Richard you and Charlotte always welcomed our family with open arms into your home. Chelsea and Erik were small but remember swimming in your pool. You and myself scratching tickets on your deck looking for the big one. Always great conversations and a cold one. Rich, Charlotte is waiting for you and now together for ever. Heather and I will never forget you both and with a prayer, keep you both in our hearts. God Bless all the Sperling Family

Richard was a very kind and generous person who loved his family very dearly. He will be greatly missed by many. Our thoughts and heartfelt sympathy go out to all family and friends. May his spirit continue on through all who knew him.

To my uncle. I remember you well. You live in my memory as a happy man with a great smile. I remember you playing horseshoes with my father when I was a kid. May you rest in peace with my wonderful aunt. My prayers are with my cousins that they may find comfort from the Lord during this time. You will be missed. May you rest in paradise for eternity with God. No goodbye only so long. See you again.

May the memories you have shared, give you strength, to help you in the days ahead. My thoughts are with you all.

RIP Richard to my son Sky and my granddaughter Bella and the rest of the family my heart goes out to you ❤ he was a great man

Loved Uncle Jimmy so much. Always looked forward to his visits and visiting y’all. Love you.

So very sorry for the sperling family’s loss of a wonderful man! May he Rest In Peace .

Sorry Joanne and your family on the loss of your father