Joseph Charles Velky, Sr, 72, of Monroe died July 20 at St Vincent Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Bridgeport, November 9, 1941. Mr Velky graduated from Bullard Haven Technical School in 1959. One month later, he enlisted into the United States Navy, stationed on the USS Harwood (DD-861), serving for four years, extending his time to include the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Regina E. Lennon, 76, a resident of Botsford since 1970, died July 22 in Danbury Hospital. She was born August 31, 1937, in Danbury, and was the daughter of the late Esther (Waters) and Clarence Lincoln.
“A man of true grit has passed on.” Tom Kearns, “T.K.,” of Sandy Hook, died July 18.“He gave it a valiant battle for five long years, having been inflicted with bone cancer. Tom was a man’s man, he knew how to look fear in the eye and he knew how to crush it. He worked the family dairy farm in Sandy Hook hand in hand with his mother, Florence, and his brother, Ed. The three made the distinguished dairy farm sparkle with pride, dignity, and enjoyment for all to behold. The three of them literally created a true touch of heaven.”
Bertha Heneghan Kiernan, 94, longtime resident of Trumbull, died peacefully July 15 at Lakewood Manor in Waterville, Maine. She was born in Trumbull, October 16, 1919. She was the wife of the late Edward T. Kiernan, Sr.
Geoffrey “Jeff” Edward Page, 87, of Roxbury, formerly of Newtown, died July 15 at Bethel Health Care Center. He was the husband of the late Jennie Curro Page. He was born in Athol, Mass., January 16, 1927, son of Benjamin Whitney and Caroline Blanchard Page.
Sharon Louise (Shepard) Burch, 52, a lifelong resident of Sandy Hook, died peacefully July 14 in the loving company of her husband, children, and extended family. She attended Newtown High School, married George William Burch on August 25, 1984, and became a loving wife, mother, and homemaker, as well as confidant to so many who loved her for her open approach to life.
Betty Ann Bedini, 78, of Nunnawauk Meadows, Newtown, died July 15 at Pope John Paul II Center, Danbury. She was the wife of Francis J. Bedini, Jr, for 54 years. She was born in Norwalk, July 20, 1935, and was a daughter of the late Mary (Eleck) and Thomas Lehotsky.
Louis B. Gentile, 63, of Fairfield, beloved husband of Joan Szilagyi Topolski Gentile, died July 10, at St Vincent’s Medical Center. Born in New Haven, son of the late Marie Pastore Gentile and Louis R. Gentile, he was raised in Fairfield and had been a lifelong Fairfield resident.
Dorothy “Dolly” Bruno, 78, of Orange, Conn., died July 4 at her home. Born September 27, 1935, in Bridgeport to Dorothy and Thomas Vastano, she was the beloved wife to Americo Bruno for 51 years. Americo “Ric” Bruno, 82, of Orange died July 9 at Yale-New Haven hospital. Born December 28, 1931, in Bridgeport to Anna and Frank Bruno, he was married November 17, 1963, to Dorothy Vastano.