Nancy Rader Jankura
(November 6, 1941 - October 15, 2011)
Nancy Rader Jankura, age 69, of Milford, widow of Richard Jankura, passed away on Saturday October 15, 2011 in her home. Nancy, a retired employee of Health Net was born in Bridgeport to the late Henry and Olga (Leson) Rader and has been a life long area resident. She was a graduate of Stratford High School and earned her Associates Degree from the University of Bridgeport. Survivors include her 3 devoted children Jill Bilcheck and her husband Christian of Milford, John Jankura of Stratford, and Michael Jankura and his wife Gina of Milford, 5 cherished grand-children Matthew and Emily Jankura, and Nicholas, Zachary and Katerina Bilcheck, a sister Evelyn Intelisano of Oregon, a brother Ronald Rader of Florida, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her beloved husband and parents she was pre-deceased by a brother Henry Rader. Funeral services will take place on Wednesday October 19th at 10:30 a.m. in the Adzima Funeral Home 50 Paradise Green Place Stratford. Interment will be in Kings Highway Cemetery Milford. Friends may call on Wednesday from 9:30 –10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers those desiring may make donations to the American Diabetes Association P.O Box 11454 Alexandria, VA 22312 in honor of Nancy’s grandson Nicholas.
Betty L. Berescik
(October 22, 1917 - February 21, 2012)
We mourn the passing of Betty Morris Berescik who died peacefully on February 21 in Seymour, CT at the age of 94, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Born in Denver, CO on October 22, 1917 to Leona [Elliot] Morris, who died shortly thereafter, and to Harold Morris, Betty grew up in Toledo, OH with beloved father Harold; devoted stepmother Mary; her dear brothers James and William, and close family friends, the Potschners. As a child of the Depression Era, Betty spent her early adult years working, both as a retail clerk and later, as a dentist’s assistant. She also traveled with friends before enlisting in the United States Army in 1945. She served as a Sergeant in the Section 1 Medical Detachment stationed at Fort Jackson, SC. She met and married the now late Michael M. Berescik, a 4th Grade Army Medical Technician and later plumber by-trade in 1946. They raised their children in Michael’s hometown, Bridgeport, CT before moving the family to Shelton, CT in 1968. In all ways, Betty was ahead of her time. Strong of mind and heart and fiercely loyal to her family, she started work in 1959 as a switchboard operator at Park City Hospital in Bridgeport, CT, retiring 22 years later as the Director of Hospital Admissions. After retirement, she volunteered for near a decade at Griffin Hospital in Derby, CT, lending a hand in the hospital’s gift shop. Betty’s place in our world was deeply marked by her ability to keep family close and make friends for life. Warm, innately kind, and equipped with both love of the natural world and an unstoppable sense of adventure, she shared many trips with her family or long-time friends, enjoying a tour of Europe and at age 60, white water rafting down the Colorado River. Well after the time she was first stricken with Alzheimer’s, Betty still sensed her adventurous spirit through long drives with her children and her love of nature, by way of the words of her favorite poem, Joyce Kilmer’s Trees. Betty is survived by her four children Matthew M. Berescik of Milford, CT; Michael J. Berescik of Seymour, CT; Catherine A. Prairie of Manchester, CT; and Susan M. Berescik of East Hampton, CT. She is also survived by her brother, James R. Morris of Toledo, OH, four grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. In memory of the dignity Betty showed throughout her life and in the face of adversity, those desiring may make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
John "Cheeks" Bludevich
(July 12, 1968 - February 23, 2012)
John Sotir Bludevich “Cheeks”, age 43 of Stratford passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2012 in his home. Born in Bridgeport to the late Sotir “Terry” Bludevich and Marica Cukaleva Bludevich, he has been a lifelong Stratford resident. Cheeks was an avid car enthusiast with the Mustang being his favorite car. He worked as an Automotive Tech for some area garages and was a member of the Seymour Lions Club and loved going to all the car shows with them. Survivors include his beloved mother Marica Cukaleva Bludevich of Stratford; his devoted brothers George Bludevich and his wife Amy of Stratford and Ted Bludevich and his wife Theresa of Milford; nieces and nephews Emily, Nicholas, Alexander, Christopher, Eli, Owen and Anna; his paternal grandmother Nada Bludevich of Stratford; two Uncles Zivko "Jeff" Blude and his wife Jeanne of Stratford and Zafir Bludevich and his wife Jackie of Colchester, VT; several cousins. Private funeral services took place on Friday, February 24, 2011 at 11:30 am in St. John’s Cemetery Stratford with the Rev. George Lardas officiating.
(December 2, 1917 - February 24, 2012)
Margaret Pristas Jakim, age 94 of the Huntington Section of Shelton, the widow of Michael Jakim passed away on Friday February 24, 2012 in Gardner Heights Health Care Center in Shelton. Born on December 2, 1917 in Curtisville, PA to the late Michael and Mary (Zipay) Pristas, and married her husband Michael on January 25, 1934 she has been a longtime area resident. Margaret was a retired assembler with Dresser Industries in Stratford where she also was a member of the Quarter Century Club. She was a parishioner of St. John’s Byzantine Catholic Church where she was a member of the ladies guild and the baking crew. She loved to cook and bake especially holiday cookies and breads. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting and taking walks. In addition to her parents and husband she is predeceased by her brother Michael Praestas, sisters Anna Koritko, Susan Koritko and Mary Jakim, also her infant grandson Timothy Christian. Survivors include her devoted daughters, Rosemary Christian and her husband Bud with whom she lived with in Shelton and Eleanor Coletta and her husband Carl of Easton; her beloved granddaughter Christine Booth and her husband Eric of Trumbull; her cherished great-grandsons Samuel, Benjamin, Brayden and Joshua; several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will take place Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 9:00 am in the Adzima Funeral Home 50 Paradise Green Place Stratford and at 10:00 am in St. John’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 100 St. John’s Lane, Trumbull. Internment will take place in St. John’s Cemetery Stratford. Friends may call on Monday from 4-7pm Panachida will take place at 5:00pm. Those desiring may make donations in Margaret’s memory to St. John’s Byzantine Catholic Church.
William H. Trede
(February 11, 1916 - February 29, 2012)
William H. Trede, age 96, formerly of Stratford, now residing in Spring Meadows, Trumbull, husband of the late Mary Stephonick Trede, passed away on Wednesday February 29, 2012 in Bridgeport Hospital. Bill was born in Mount Vernon, NY; and was retired from Dichello Beer Distributors, and as an auxiliary State Trooper, and was also a former part-time employee of Adzima Funeral Home. Survivors include his daughter Joan (Radozycki) Teevin and her husband Jim of Trumbull, granddaughters Josephine (Jill) Robbins of Maine, Jina L. Radozycki, of Virginia, great-grandson Kevin Robbins, a sister MaryLou Lenkowski and her husband Ed of Stratford, step-children, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services and interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery will be private. Calling hours have been omitted. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Adzima Funeral Home 50 Paradise Green Place Stratford.
(November 7, 1928 - February 27, 2012)
Nadie Marmish Rostocki, age 83 of Shelton, the widow of Edward Rostocki, passed away on Monday February 27, 2012 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. She was the daughter of the late Paul and Julia Marmish. Nadie had lived in Stratford for most of her life before moving to Shelton. She was retired from Warnaco Corporation. She was predeceased by a sister Sophie Marmish. Nadie leaves behind her niece Judy Holgerson of The Villages, Florida, her dear friends Elsie VanAmburgh, Helen Stochmal, and Barbara Scholz. Special thanks would like to be extended to Monica Limberti who so lovingly cared for Nadie. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to the Swim Across the Sound Cancer Center 2800 Main Street Bridgeport, CT 06606. Funeral services will take place on Monday March 5, 2012 at 10:00am in the Adzima Funeral Home 50 Paradise Green Place Stratford and at 11:00 am in Holy Ghost Russian Orthodox Church East Main Street, Bridgeport with the Rev Steven Belonick officiating. Internment will be in Lakeview Cemetery Bridgeport.
Gilbert George Tanguay
(November 20, 1958 - April 12, 2012)
Gilbert George Tanguay, age 53 of Bethel passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2012 in Danbury Hospital. Born in Bridgeport, Gilbert had lived in Stratford until moving to Danbury 19 years ago and has resided in Bethel for the past 2 years. Survivors include his parents George and Charlotte Smith, 2 brothers Joseph and Frank Eanotti and a sister Shirley Eanotti all of Stratford, 3 nieces Nicole, Kristen and Rachuel Tenk, 2 great nieces, a great nephew and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends may call on Monday, April 16th from 4-7pm in the Adzima Funeral Home 50 Paradise Green Place Stratford. A Prayer service will take place at 6:45 pm. Interment will be private. The Family would like to thank the staff of Mountain View and Dodgingtown for the care shown to Gilbert. In lieu of flowers those desiring may help Gilbert’s family with a donation to help with his funeral expenses.
Celeste Timmins Bologna
(April 26, 1957 - April 11, 2012)
Our dearly beloved Celeste (Timmins) Bologna, age 54, of Seymour, formerly of Bridgeport, passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Celeste was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Patricia Timmins. Survivors include her daughter, Victoria Bologna and her fiancé Nicholas Guarna of Ansonia, two sons, Joseph Bologna of Waterbury and Andrew Bologna of West Haven; four grandchildren, Nina, Valentina, Nicholas and Caleb; two sisters, Michelle Lyons and her husband Thomas of Bridgeport and Patrice Hanko and her husband, Thomas of Shelton; several nieces Heather Goulet, Lea, Molly, and Emily Hanko; great nephew, Joseph, her devoted friends, Debbie, Jamie and Lily and her loving yorkie, Tootsie. Celeste will be affectionately remembered for her big heart, carefree ways, unique sense of humor and her culinary expertise. Friends and family may call on Monday April 16th from 5-7 p.m. in the Adzima Funeral Home 50 Paradise Green Place Stratford. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers those desiring may help Celeste’s family with a donation to help with her funeral expenses.
Helen Bednarik LaCroix
(January 17, 1934 - April 10, 2012)
Helen Bednarik LaCroix, age 78, of Stratford, the widow of Raymond J. LaCroix, passed away on Tuesday April 10, 2012 in Bridgeport Hospital. Mrs. La Croix, a homemaker was born in Brooklyn, New York to the late John and Eva (Laisure) Bednarik and has been a long time area resident. Helen was a member of the Baldwin Center and enjoyed playing Bingo. She was also an avid fan of the New York Mets. Survivors include her beloved daughter Kimberly LaCroix of Stratford, her cherished grandson Nicholas Cavanaugh, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her beloved husband and parents she was pre-deceased by her siblings Bud, Ralph, Bob and Al Bednarik, Betty Jastermsky, and Kitty Frederikson. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday April 13th at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of Grace Church 298 Second Hill Lane Stratford; Interment will follow in Mountain Grove of Easton Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. in the Adzima Funeral Home 50 Paradise Green Place Stratford.
Ann Demchak Vayser
(August 21, 1921 - April 10, 2012)
Ann Demchak Vayser, age 90, of Stratford, the widow of Joseph H. Vayser Jr., passed away on Tuesday April 10, 2012 in Milford Health Center. Mrs. Vayser, a retired secretary for the Bridgeport Brass Company, was born in Bridgeport to the late George and Helen (Kosch) Demchak, and has been a life long area resident. She was a member of the Seniors of St. John’s Church. Survivors include her brother Michael Demchak and his wife Mary of Bridgeport, 3 sisters-in-law Eleanor Demchak, Dorothy D’Mato and her husband Michael, and Nora Vayser, all of Stratford, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her beloved husband, Joseph and parents, she was pre-deceased by her brother George Demchak, and sisters Mary Shomsky and Helen Karaffa. Her family would like to thank the staff of Milford HCC for their kind and loving care. Funeral services will take place on Thursday April 12th at 10:30 a.m. in the Adzima Funeral Home 50 Paradise Green Place Stratford, and at 11 a.m. in the Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church of St. John the Baptist, Bridgeport for a Requiem Funeral Service. Interment will be in St. John’s Cemetery Stratford. Friends may greet her family on Thursday from 9:30 –10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers those desiring may make donations in Ann’s memory to St. John’s Church.
Joan L. Fleischer
(July 21, 1936 - April 5, 2012)
Joan L. Fleischer, age 75, of Bridgeport passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2012 in St. Vincent’s Medical Center. Born in Bridgeport to the late Libero “Leon” and Helen (Laluna) D’Ausilio, she has been a lifelong Bridgeport resident. Joan was the beloved wife of 51 years to Otto Fleischer. She was a retired secretary at Zion Lutheran School in Bridgeport with over 36 years of service. Joan loved working at the school and loved all the children. She was predeceased by her sisters Lillian Landau and Eleanor “NorNor” Paris; brother-in-law Richard Landau and sister-in-law Elvina D’Ausilio. In addition to her husband, Otto, she is survived by three brothers John D’Ausilio of Stratford, Robert D’Ausilio and his wife Sylvia of Utah and Frank D’Ausilio of Bridgeport; brother-in-law Joseph Paris of Bridgeport; three sons Mark Fleischer of Mattapoisett, MA, Frederick Fleischer and Raymond Fleischer of Bridgeport; five grandchildren LT Christopher Fleischer of Texas, Matthew and Scott Fleischer of New Mexico, Rebecca and PVT Ashley Fleischer of West Haven; a beloved niece Linda DellaRocco and great nephew Nicholas of Stratford along with many other beloved nieces and nephews, and a loving family pet Patches. Funeral services will take place on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 10 am directly at Zion Lutheran Church, 612 Grand St, Bridgeport, CT 06604 with Pastor Benjamin Loos officiating. Interment will be private. Friends and Family may call on Thursday from 4-7PM in the Adzima Funeral Home 50 Paradise Green Place Stratford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Zion Lutheran Church