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Calamita, Yolanda Christina

Yolanda Christina Calamita, 89, of Cheshire, passed away peacefully at her home on April 15, 2015.

Born on April 22, 1925, in New Haven, she was the daughter of Marietta and Frank Christina of Mistretta, Messina, Sicily. After graduating from Hamden High School, she graduated from Stone Business College, worked as a secretary at Southern New England Telephone, and was a beloved special education paraprofessional at Hamden Middle School for 25 years. She remained active in Hamden High’s alumni network, attending her 65th high school reunion. When not spending time with her beloved family, she enjoyed traveling, bowling, shoe shopping, playing the piano, attending dances at the Knights of Columbus Hall, and playing dominoes with her close friends. Most of all, she loved to laugh and tell jokes and stories.

She leaves behind two daughters, Jacalyn (Jeffrey) Calamita Davis of Cheshire and Carolyn (Peter) Calamita Gaetano of North Haven; a son, F. Stephen Calamita of Beverly Hills, Calif.; a granddaughter, Meredith (Kevin) Davis Rufino of Guilford; a great-grandson, Kieran Rufino of Guilford; nieces, nephews and several great-nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her three sisters, Mary Scafidi, Anna Torello, and Josephine Peterson; a brother, Paul Christina; and her husband of 47 years, Frank C. Calamita. The family would like to extend special thanks to her devoted caregivers for their love and compassion.

Her funeral was held from Sisk Brothers Funeral Home, 3105 Whitney Ave., Hamden, on April 20 with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Thomas Becket Church. Burial was in All Saints Cemetery. Calling hours were on April 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Prudence Crandall Center, 594 Burritt St., New Britain, CT 06053. To leave an online condolence, please visit

Pulisciano, Doreen

CHESHIRE – Doreen (DiMeola) Pulisciano, 68, passed away on April 20, 2015 at CT Hospice in Branford. She was the wife of the late Michael D. Pulisciano Sr.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at 9:15 a.m. from the Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Cheshire, 615 South Main St., to St. Bridget Church for Mass at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Bridget Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Please visit for full obituary.

Waldman, Thomas James

CHESHIRE – Thomas James Waldman, age 81, of Cheshire, Conn., entered into eternal peace on Wednesday, March 26, 2015 at The Highlands Health Care Center after a long illness. He was the husband of 60 years of Ruth Waldman.

Mr. Waldman was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey on June 26, 1933, a son to the late George and Grace Hayes Waldman. He was a retired salesman from the 3M Corporation and proudly served his country in the Air Force during the Korean War.

In addition to his wife, Ruth, Mr. Waldman is survived by his sister, Joyce Bodnar of Bricktown, N.J., and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Howard, Jack, and George Waldman.

All services are private and will be held at the convenience of the family. Prospect Memorial Funeral Home, 72 Waterbury Rd., Prospect, Conn. is in charge of arrangements. To place an online condolence, please log on to

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