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Gaiss, Sally

Sally Gaiss, 62, of Cheshire, Conn., passed away on October 11, 2014. Sally was a selfless and beautiful soul. Her qualities that stand out to all are her beautiful smile and infectious laugh, her gracious demeanor, her quick and witty sense of humor and her natural caretaking abilities to help anyone in need. Sally was a blessing to all whose lives she touched. She was artistic, loved antiques, cooking and baking, painting, and music, but mostly she loved spending time with her family. She was a proud grandmother to Thomas Gaiss, who was the apple of her eye. She lived with her son Andrew and Thomas Gaiss for the last four years and treated Thomas as her own. Caregiving came naturally to Sally. While raising their son, she and her late husband cared for her nieces, Jackie, Shayna, Danielle and Leah, all of whom are crazy about her.

She was predeceased by her husband Kevin. Sally and Kevin were happily married for 23 years. After Kevin’s passing, she became a CNA. She took care of an elderly couple in Waterford, Conn. and while living in Maine she cared for an autistic woman.
Sally leaves her only son, Andrew Gaiss; two sisters, Nancy and her husband Luke, and Carol and Charlie Chamberlin; her mother-in-law, June Gaiss; her brother-in-law, Larry and his wife Beth; five nieces, Jackie, Shayna, Danielle, Leah and Shelby; and a nephew, Kevin Gaiss (named after her late husband). She also leaves Michael Pettinicchi, her neighbor and best friend growing up, and many other beloved friends and extended family.

There will be a memorial Mass in her honor on November 1 at 11 a.m. at St. Bridget Church. Burial will be private.

Grele, Jean Harris

Jean Harris Grele died with dignity and grace at Saint Mary’s Hospital on October 28, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Derby, Conn. on December 1, 1925, and is predeceased by her parents, Emily Senger Harris and Charles E. Harris and her sister Evelyn Harris Blythe. She attended Seymour High School where she formed the basis of many lifelong friendships and where she first met her husband Milton Drummer Grele, with whom she cherished 65 years of wedded bliss.

She began her career as a teller at Seymour Trust and was a conscientious and hardworking employee. The majority of Jean’s adult years were spent in Naugatuck, Conn. raising her family with Milt and living life to the fullest while giving back to the community. She volunteered for many organizations, including the Girl Scouts, the Naugatuck Food Bank, the Waterbury Hospital Gift Shop and Auxiliary Board and Immanuel Lutheran Church. She loved teaching nursery school at the YMCA where she was employed for over 13 years.

She and Milt travelled extensively, taking trips to Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia, in addition to many excursions throughout the U.S. They placed a high value on family, faith and friends and celebrated many milestones and holidays entertaining with parties, games, food and song. Their second home on Dayton Road was notable for its generous spaces for family visits with special places for grandchildren both inside and out. Jean gave an abundance of unconditional love to each and every one of them.

Jean was a quintessential hostess and maintained her home with style and a keen attention to detail. She was the master of pea soup, Jewish Coffee Cake, and perfected the art of dish garnishing. She was a loyal, devoted friend who always remembered birthdays and other special occasions with phone calls and sent thoughtful notes in her elegant handwriting. Jean was an avid bridge player, an erstwhile golfer and a true wordsmith, dutifully working her daily Jumble. She possessed a sharp, quick wit and an elegant demeanor.

She and Milton moved to Elim Park Place in 2007 and enjoyed building a new community of friendships while engaging in all of its amenities. Jean was frequently seen playing bridge and Scrabble. She enjoyed outings with her “Red Hat Ladies,” attending concerts and events in Nelson Hall, taking water aerobics and working in the gift shop. She knew everyone’s name and was always ready with a bright smile and cheerful greeting. And she always looked terrific, right up to the end.

In addition to her husband Milton, Jean is survived by her daughters, Laurie Grele Cain and Lisa Grele Barrie; and six amazing grandchildren: Elizabeth, Molly, Tucker and Sam Cain and Ian and Simon Barrie who affectionately referred to her as “Nonny” or “Non.” She also leaves behind faithful dog Harri.

Her spirit will live on in her family’s memories, in the bright red flicker of a cardinal, in the smell of a freshly baked coffee cake and in the hearts and minds of everyone who had the privilege of knowing her.

A celebration of her life is planned for Saturday, November 29, at 1 p.m. in the Nelson Hall at Elim Park, 150 Cook Hill Rd., Cheshire, CT. Donations can be made to the Rotary Club of Naugatuck to support the Jean Harris Grele and Milton D. Grele Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 484, Naugatuck, CT 06770. The Bergin Funeral Home, 290 East Main St., Waterbury, has the honor of assisting the family with the arrangements. To leave a message of condolence, share a memory or photo, please visit Jean’s page at www.BerginFuneralHome.com.

Zentek, Peter “Stanley”

CHESHIRE – Peter “Stanley” Zentek, 94, passed away on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Coccomo Healthcare Center in Meriden.
Mr. Zentek was born on August 16, 1920 in Cheshire, the son of the late Paul and Anelia “Nellie” (Jablonski) Zentek. His life’s work was on the family farm which he loved and retired from at the age of 90. Stanley had an infectious smile and was a generous, kind man.

He is survived by his sisters, Helen Petrowski of Santa Ana, Calif., Mary Galko of Prospect, and Louise Curry of Wallingford; his brother, Paul Zentek of Cheshire; his beloved nephews, Paul (his wife Donna) and Michael Zentek of Cheshire; his beloved nieces, Jane Paternastro and Joan Chevier of Florida; as well as many other cherished nieces and nephews who loved their uncle. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters, Anna Cardo and Stella Behrmann; his brothers, Michael, Joseph and Frank Zentek; and his beloved dog, Spotty.

Funerals services will be held on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 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. Visitation will be held on Tuesday morning from 8:30 a.m. until the funeral procession leaves for church. For online condolences, and to share a photo or a story, please visit www.fordfh.com.

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