Milton Hayles Beecher, 102
Milton Hayles Beecher, 102, died peacefully at home January 20, 2012. He is survived by his children, Barbara Stiles, Leslie Wilcox, Edward Beecher, and Viola Beecher as well as his grandchildren Jessica Wilcox, Robert Beecher, and Alice Beecher. A native of Hamden, Connecticut, Milton worked as a highway engineer for the State of Connecticut for over forty years. A gentle and loving family man, he enjoyed the company of his large extended family, who recently gathered from all over the country to celebrate his 100th birthday. He cared for his wife of 55 years, Alice, throughout her long battle with Alzheimer's disease, and spent the last 15 years of his life with his son Edward and his family in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Donations may be made to Alzheimer's support groups or to the St. Joseph's Indian School, Chamberlain, SD 57326. For information or to send a condolence see obituary at www.beecherandbennett.com.
Joan M. Testa Brown, 83
Joan M. Testa Brown, 83, formerly of Knob Hill Drive, Hamden died Friday January 27, 2012 at the Connecticut Hospice, Branford after a long illness. She was the beloved wife of Donald E. Brown. Mrs. Brown was born in West Haven on July 22, 1928, a daughter of the late Frank and Lena Como Testa. She had resided in Hamden for the past forty eight years, and previously in Northford for more than thirty years, and was a cashier at the former Caldor Department Store, Hamden for several years. Mrs. Brown is also survived by a daughter, Kathleen (Lawrence) Madow, and a son, Kevin D. (Brenda) Brown of Wallingford, a brother, Frank Testa of Lakeview, CA, and five grandchildren, Rachael, Allison and Katie Madow, and Kelsey and Tyler Brown. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Parkinson's Disease Associaton, CT Chapter, 27 Allendale Drive, North Haven, CT 06473. www.washingtonmemorialfh.com
Doris Ann Burton, 79
Doris Ann Burton, 79, of Hamden, departed this life January 30, 2012. Born in New Haven, CT, November 28, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Columbus and Anna Morse. Mrs. Burton was most recently employed at Griffin Hospital as a Certified Nurse's Assistant. She is survived by daughters, Cheryl Jackson (Charles) and Terryl Parrilla (Carlos); sons, Macceo Moss and Deark Lewis; a sister, Betty Gallentine; and a host of grandchildren; great grandchildren; a great-great grandchild; other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by daughters, Daine Burton and Beverly Williams; and a brother, Rev. Roger Skinner.
Albert C. Cofrancesco
At his home, Cumpstone Dr., Hamden, January 8, 2012, Albert C. Cofrancesco, beloved husband of Margaret Cicarelli Cofrancesco and devoted father of Ernest A. Cofrancesco and his wife Monica of Durham, Rita Smith and her husband Kevin of Durham, Brenda Barth and her husband Jerry of Mass. and Joan Ranniger and her husband Brian of Utah, brother of Frank Cofrancesco of Hamden, Hugo Cofrancesco of New Haven, Matilda Sullo of New Haven and the late Genevieve Palmese, Eleanor Ragozzino, Theresa Vece, Anthony and Ernest Cofrancesco. He is also survived by 6 cherished grandchildren. Mr. Cofrancesco was born in New Haven, son of the late Frank and Pasqualina DiLella Cofrancesco of Italy. He was a resident of Hamden for over 55 years, an avid golfer and Yankee fan. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Assoc., Founders Affiliate, P. O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.
Joseph B. Cohen, DDS, 82
Joseph B. Cohen, DDS, 82, of Mix Ave., Hamden, and formerly of New Jersey, died at his home on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Oct. 8, 1929, he was the son of the late Samuel & Malvina B. Cohen. A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was a graduate of Univ. of Pennyslvania School of Dentistry and practiced in Hazlit, N.J. for more than 35 years until his retirement in the late l990s. Father of Neil A.(Vicki) Cohen of Fairfax Station, Va. & Marion(Michael) Turiano of Milford, Ct. Brother of the late Loretta LaCamp. Also survived by his grandchildren, Sasha, Hannah, & Madaline.
Pearl Epps Evans, 96
Pearl Epps Evans, 96, of Hamden, passed away January 25, 2012. Born Oct. 14, 1915 in Hazelhurst, Mississippi. Predeceased by husband Wendell Evans, she retired from Olin Research as a Lab Servicer. She leaves two daughters Georgianna E. Coleman of Hamden, and Gail E. Brooks of Urbana, Ill and one son George T. Epps Jr. of New Haven. Three Grandchildren Renee Epps, Chris Coleman and George Epps III, three great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, two loving friends, Geneva Perkins and Lucille Worthy of Hamden and Godson Mark Kittrell of Meriden.
Doris M. Falchero, 87
Doris M. Falchero, 87, of Hamden, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 22, 2012. Born in Hamden on February 19, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Cherubino and Emma Verna Falchero. She had worked as a bookkeeper for the E.J. Davis Company, was a member of the New Haven Catholic Woman's Society and the Hamden Senior Citizens Center. She is survived by her sister Ines Falchero of Hamden and many close friends. Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made to a charity of ones choice. www.northhavenfuneral.com.