Obituary: Donald “Otto” Felix

Donald “Otto” Felix, 84, of Stratford, CT quietly passed away on May 28th, 2021 after a long and courageous fight with cancer.

Don (“Otto)” to his close friends) was born on August 24, 1936 Bridgeport, CT to Helen and Otto Felix. As evidenced by the lifelong friendships he held with a close-knit group of fellow East Enders, his upbringing played a central role in shaping his optimistic and selfless outlook on life. Don graduated Harding High School in 1954 then proudly served his country in the United States Army. Don was a consummate professional and worked hard his entire life to provide for his family, starting in Manufacturers Box Company, moving on to EDDCO and finally retiring from Curtis Packaging in 2001.

Every year since 1980 he created a unique and whimsical Christmas ornament for each and every family member and close friends from Stratford to Portland, OR. These are cherished reminders of his creativity and sense of humor, they will have a more meaningful impact in the years to come. An avid Red Sox fan who finally saw them break through “The Curse” in 2004 and go on to win three more championships, much to the chagrin of his Yankees supporting pals. He was something to everyone, a simple greeting, a helpful gesture, a lighthearted joke, these are the small interactions that left a piece of him in everyone he met. Husband, father, grandfather, friend, neighbor – to all these roles Don brought kindness and generosity.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 58 years, Annette; his children Laura Haley Stratford, CT; Donald (Hiroe) Felix, Portland, OR. Grandchildren are Evan Felix and Cody Haley; several niece and nephews; his childhood friend James Gerwien; and all his friends from church. He was predeceased by his mother Helen (Bailey) Felix, his father Otto Felix and his sister Betty Lou (Felix) Bray.

A special Thank You to the nurses and doctors at the VA Hospital in West Haven for all the love and care they gave Don in his final months; we are eternally grateful.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Don’s name to Veteran’s Hospital CLC T3W, 950 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516. Make checks to: VA Healthcare System on memo line Hospice/T3W – Donald Felix

To offer online condolences please visit www.dennisanddarcy.com

Obituary: Margaret Ann Bachtel

Known as Meg to most, Margaret Ann Bachtel, age 69, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 8, 2021. A California transplant, Meg relocated to Stratford, CT, in 1984. Having never made her peace with New England winters, Meg retreated to the beach as often as possible and in as many different locations as she could manage.

Meg enjoyed a rewarding and ground-breaking career, culminating as the Director of Market Research for a large marketing firm. She spent decades advocating for LGBTQ and women’s rights including serving as a leading advocate of the Same Sex Co-Parent Adoption legislation, a celebrated founding member of the Triangle Community Center in Norwalk, and an active member of the Stratford DTC. Meg’s love of literature and community involvement led her to become a past president of the Stratford Library Board with a lifetime position, an organization she cherished and for which she worked tirelessly.

A self-proclaimed cat lady, Meg also volunteered with multiple organizations to transport, rehome, and provide love to all felines. She had a particularly soft spot for misfits and became mom to many over the decades.

Meg is survived by two families, the one she was born into and the one she made. She was a beloved and treasured member of both. Her kind heart, generous spirit, fierce mind, and sharp wit earned her friends and family everywhere. She will be remembered for the love she shared graciously and the passion with which she embraced life and encouraged others to do the same.

A gathering at the beach will be scheduled for later this year. For additional information or to share a message of condolence, visit www.wrmcdonaldfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Meg’s honor to Stratford Cat Project, www.stratfordcatproject.org or Triangle Community Center, www.ctpridecenter.org.

Obituary: John Joseph Williamson

John Joseph Williamson, “Jack”, passed to his new life on March 14th in his home, after many years of enduring Alzheimer’s and never losing his smiling personality.  Born in Somerville, Massachusetts, on December 14, 1930 to Theresa (Heggarty) and William Williamson, Jack’s life centered around his faith and love for his family.

Upon graduating high school in 1950, Jack entered the Society of Jesus and was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1963. After completing his final year of studies in Wales, UK, he accepted an assignment in Jamaica to work as a missionary.  There, he taught mathematics for several years at St George’s College in Kingston. Jack then turned the page, returned to Connecticut, and chose to enter family life.

He married Mary Ellen Schwartz, a decision that their five children— Leilani, Marites, Ricky, Joy and Megan (three of whom were adopted from the Philippines)- are very happy about.

Survivors, in addition to his beloved wife of almost 51 years, Mary Ellen Schwartz Williamson, include three daughters: Marites Belcourt and her husband Chris; Joy Lawrence; Megan Gallant and her husband Chris; eight grandchildren, including Jasmine and Noah Belcourt; Samantha, Gregory and Ryan Lawrence; Madison, Cody and Chase Gallant; a sister Beatrice O’Hara and numerous nieces and nephews around the country.

In addition to his parents, Jack was predeceased by his son and daughter, Ricky and Leilani; sister and brothers Margaret, William, Lawrence and Paul.  Funeral services, entrusted to the Adzima Funeral Home in Stratford CT, are by invitation only due to COVID restrictions.  Heartfelt thanks to Vitas Hospice Care, especially Beverly and Ricky, for their loving care of Jack and his family.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to KAIROS Prison Ministry or Alzheimer’s Association.  Visit www.adzimafuneralhome.com to send condolences and more information

Lois Meri Burritt

Lois Meri Burritt, age 83, of Stratford, beloved wife of the late Arthur L. Burritt, passed away on March 1, 2021 in Bridgeport Hospital.

Lois was born in Bridgeport on September 5, 1937 to the late Frank X. and Alma (Pjura) Barvenik and had been a lifelong area resident. She was a graduate of Stratford High School class of 1956. Survivors include her devoted children, Arthur Burritt and his wife Peg of Pennsylvania, Susan Santillo and her husband Mark of New Hampshire, and Melissa Pinto and her husband Chris of Stratford, 11 cherished grandchildren, Arthur, Christopher, Matthew, Eric, Gregory, Christopher (Cortney), Danielle (Tom), Kris, Alex, Elizabeth, and Cathlyn, 3 great-grandchildren, Isabella, Emily and Savannah, a brother Frank Barvenik Jr., and his wife Trina, several nieces and nephews, and many dear friends. In addition to her beloved husband and parents, Lois was pre-deceased by his daughter-in-law Penny.

Due to the current health situation the family has elected to have a private family service. The Adzima Funeral Home-Stratford has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements For more information or to make an online condolence please visit www.adzimafuneralhome.com

Obituary: Daniel J. Elliott

Daniel J. Elliott, age 72, of Stratford, passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2020 in The West Haven VA Hospital. Mr. Elliott was born July 12, 1948 in Bridgeport, son of the late George and Adeline (Dinan) Elliott.

Dan was a retired VA Police officer and a United States Marine Veteran of the Vietnam War. He was also a member of the U.S. Army National Guard. He was a military history buff and enjoyed tracing his family’s ancestry. He was a member of Stratford’s Raymond Goldbach VFW Post 9460. He also enjoyed reading, traveling, and spending time outdoors.

Survivors include his son, Daniel D. Elliott of New Windsor, NY and his brother, James Elliott of New City, NY and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his two brothers, George Elliott and his twin brother, William Elliott.

Friends are invited to attend his funeral with Military Honors on Friday, December 18, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in Saint Michael’s Cemetery, 2205 Stratford Ave, Stratford, CT. Face masks and social distancing are required.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the West Haven VA, 950 Campbell Ave, West Haven, CT 06516. For additional information or to share a message of condolence, visit www.wrmcdonaldfuneralhome.com

Obituary: John “Jack” F Wojnarowski Jr

John “Jack” F Wojnarowski Jr, age 79, of Stratford, the beloved husband of 60 years to Arlene Kramer Wojnarowski, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 8, 2020 in his home, with his loving family by his side. Jack was born in Bridgeport, on June 27, 1941, to the late John F and Elsie (Salik) Wojnarowski and had been a lifelong area resident. He was the retired owner of Wojnarowski Builders and was also an owner of Donut Crazy, both family owned businesses. You would often find Jack behind the counter at Donut Crazy in Paradise Green serving up smiles one coffee and donut at a time.  Jack enjoyed his role in both businesses; however, he most enjoyed spending time with his family, whom he was most proud.

He was an active member of the Bunnell High School sports community and was an integral part in making sure the Bulldogs had a field house to call their own.  In 2019, the Bulldog field house was dedicated to Jack and his family, for their generous donation. In his spare time, he would attend his grandchildren’s sports events and personally enjoyed hand sewing patchwork blankets that were handed out to countless sick children and adults over many years. Survivors in addition to his beloved wife Arlene, include his sons, John F. Wojnarowski III and Jason Wojnarowski, his grandchildren, Gregory Wojnarowski Jr, Jack Wojnarowski, John Wojnarowski IV, Ava and Hunter Wojnarowski, daughter-in-law, Courtney Boyle and her husband Tom, several nieces and nephews. Jack was predeceased by his son, Gregory Wojnarowski Sr. Due to the pandemic and restrictions on public gatherings, the family has elected to hold a private service.

A memorial service to celebrate Jack’s life will be announced at a later time. On behalf of The Wojnarowski Family, they would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. The Adzima Funeral Home has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. For more information or to make an online condolence please visit www.adzimafuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Dorothy B. Marsan

Dorothy B. Marsan, age 92, of Stratford, beloved wife of the late Joseph Marsan, passed away on November 16, 2020 in her home. Dorothy was born in Bridgeport on April 5, 1928 to the late John and Martha (Oleyar) Babey and had been a lifelong area resident.

She was a retired lead lady for Schick Safety Razor Co. and was a member of the Carpatho Russian Orthodox Church of St. John the Baptist in Bridgeport. Survivors include her devoted children, Barbara Perusse, and Michael Marsan, grandchildren, Brian Perusse (Tiffany), Laura Peruse, Michael Marsan (Tina), Meghan (Bill), Melissa Marsan, and Joe Marsan, 7 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her beloved husband and parents, Dorothy was pre-deceased by her son, David Marsan, son-in-law, Robert Perusse, brothers, Peter and George Babey, and sisters, Martha Kasper, Mary Jankura, and Anne Babey. Due to the pandemic and restrictions on public gatherings, the family has elected to hold a private service. The Adzima Funeral Home – Stratford has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. For more information or to make an online condolence please visit
www.adzimafuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Alicia L. O’Donnell

Alicia L. O’Donnell of Stratford passed away peacefully on November 10, 2020. She was born in Bridgeport on May 18, 1946 and was the daughter of the late Alice and Thomas Lally.

Alicia graduated from Bassick High School and held several positions with the Department of Defense until her retirement. The highlight over the years has been spending time with her beloved grandchildren, Riley and Kaelly O’Donnell and John Patrick O’Neill. Alicia is survived by her three children, Robert S. O’Donnell (Stacey)

of Tucson, AZ; Marcy O’Neill (John) of North Haven, CT; and Timothy O’Donnell (Rebecca) of Monroe, CT; her sister Marcia Maxwell (Harvey) of Stratford, CT; her sisters-in-law Wanda Lally of Phoenix, AZ and Patricia
Wittmer of Beacon Falls, CT as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, Alicia was predeceased by her beloved husband, Robert E. O’Donnell, and brother, Thomas Lally. A mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Stratford, CT.

Services will be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube under “St. James RC Community of Faith.” Arrangements were entrusted to the Adzima Funeral Home, Stratford, CT. Should friends desire, memorial contributions in memory of Alicia & Bob O’Donnell may be sent to the Stratford Old-timers Athletic Association, P.O. Box 226, Stratford, CT 06615. For more information or to make an online condolence, please visit www.adzimafuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Edward D. Stupak

Edward D. Stupak, age 90, of Stratford, beloved husband of Margaret Blasko Stupak, passed away on November 9, 2020 in his home. Edward was born in Bridgeport on May 5, 1930 to the late Michael and Mary (Glevanak) Stupak and had been a lifelong area resident.

He was a graduate of Stratford High School and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Edward was a retired heavy machinery mechanic for Jacob Brothers Scrap Metal Co, Bridgeport. Survivors in addition to his wife of 63 years, include his devoted children, Mark Stupak and his wife Laura of Trumbull, and Kathleen McGrath and her husband Steve of Stratford, 3 cherished grandchildren, Rachel Ayala (Kevin), Michael and Kevin Stupak, great-grandchild, Kyle, a brother, Joseph Stupak and his wife Linda of Florida, and several nieces and a nephew. Funeral services are private and have been entrusted to the Adzima Funeral Home – Stratford. For more information, please visit www.adzimafuneralhome.com.