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  • Joan Mary Gruce

    Joan Mary Gruce, 72, of Trumbull died July 28 at St Vincent’s Medical Center. She was born in Southport, and was the daughter of the late Theresa and Michael Gruce.

  • Sezaltina Silva

    Sezaltina “Tina” Silva, 91, died July 27, with her family by her side. Born in Ludlow, Mass., December 18, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Rosa Ribas Pinheiro and Joao Silva Pinheiro.

  • Charles Valente

    Charles “Tom” Valente, 64, “Mr Music,” of Sandy Hook, died peacefully July 27 at Regional Hospice and Home Care Center of Western Connecticut in Danbury. He was born November 17, 1950, to Helen and Charles Valente in Peekskill, N.Y.

  • Mitchell Alan Falconer

    Mitchell Alan Falconer, 58, of Southbury, formerly of Newtown, died unexpectedly July 20. He was born in St Paul, Minn., February 1, 1957, and was a son of the late Hazel (Ramberg) and Ward Falconer.

  • Frank J. Slinko

    Frank J. Slinko, 87, of Sandy Hook died peacefully July 24 at the Vitas Innovative Care Unit at St Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury. He was the husband of Candide (Szymanowski) Slinko. He was born May 21, 1928, in Bridgeport, and was the son of the late Stefania (Radkiewicz) an...

  • Reverend Peter A. DeMarco

    Reverend Peter A. DeMarco, 80, a retired priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport, died July 20. Father DeMarco was born in Bridgeport, November 8, 1934. He was the son of Peter and Diane Verrilli DeMarco.

  • Edith G. Buynak Cooper

    Edith G. Buynak Cooper, 89, of Milford, wife of the late Harry J. Cooper, died peacefully July 23 at Golden Hill Health Care Center in Milford. Three daughters, Carol Buynak, and her partner David Szekeres, of Sandy Hook...

  • Aimee Mignon Houghton

    Aimee Mignon Houghton, 100, of Wilmington, N.C., and a longtime resident of Newtown, died peacefully July 27. She was born December 10, 1914, in Brooklyn, to Amanda and William Lissy.

  • Robert D. Palmieri

    Robert D. Palmieri, 58, a lifelong Bridgeport resident, died July 21. Born on December 9, 1956, in Bridgeport, he was a son of Nancy Telesco Palmieri of Bridgeport and the late Michael Palmieri. In addition to his mother, survivors include sisters Charlene Calandro and her husband, Dan, of Sandy Hook and Diane Martell of New Milford; his brother Michael Palmieri and his wife, Theresa, of Stratford; a godchild, Jodi; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

  • George M. Sando

    George M. Sando, 86, of Summerville, S.C., husband of Marie “Mary” Sando, formally of Trumbull, died June 27. Four sons, Michael of Sandy Hook...