Matthew Serra, 39, of Manchester, formerly of Portland, beloved husband of Kristin Serra, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.
Matthew was born August 4, 1981, in Meriden, Connecticut, son of Gerald and Gladys (Cruz) Serra. He was a resident of Portland, Connecticut for many years before moving to Manchester to start his life with his soul mate in 2013.
Matthew was a graduate of Vinyl Tech where he excelled in automotive studies.
He was formerly employed with Electro Methods Inc and found his second home at Portland Napa with Karl where he worked for many years.
The simplest pleasures in life brought Matthew great joy; fixing cars, spending time outdoors riding his quads, going on fishing trips, spending time with family, and scuba diving. Prior to meeting his wife, he created lifelong bonds with friends who lovingly referred to him as “MattSerra.” In recent years, he most enjoyed travelling and finding adventure with his wife, catching sunsets, and being near the ocean. Making moments into memories was important to him.
Of all the titles that Matthew held, one of his favorites was “Uncle Matt” to his eight nephews and four nieces as well as his goddaughter. Spending time with them and watching them grow up brought him great happiness.
Matthew will be remembered by his smile, his mischievous sense of humor, contagious laughter, witty comebacks, and his unconditional kindness to those he held close to his heart. Matthew was greatly loved and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
In addition to his wife and his parents, he is survived by his brother Leo Rosado and his wife Krista of Portland, CT and three sisters; Ashley Perruccio and her husband Jordan of Cromwell, CT, Stephanie Serra and her boyfriend David Archer of Truckee, CA, and Jayde Margison and her husband Greg of Middletown, CT, his nieces and nephews and his closest friends who will continue to honor his legacy by living their lives to the fullest.
Funeral services will be private. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland is in charge of arrangements.
Ami Lynn Martin of Portland passed away peacefully at Middlesex Hospital with family by her side on March 29, 2021 at age 50, after having suffered a rapid progression of lung cancer. Ami was born in Bangor in 1970 but lived most of her life and attended school in Portland Connecticut. She had moved to Florida and then to Tennessee before returning to Portland with her 5 children in 2009. She was a carpenter and performed numerous jobs as Martin Design & Build Construction. She loved working with her hands and she loved helping people. People knew her driving around in her white Toyota Highlander filled to the brim with tools and “stuff” which she loved. She loved people of all walks of life and had no problem striking up a conversation. Mostly she loved her children.
She is predeceased by her father Terence Martin, and her loving companion Thomas Deberi who died in 2016. She is survived by her parents Pamela and Lee Nordstrom of Portland, her brother Christopher Martin of Columbia, South America, her 3 sons David Melton and his companion Krista Clausser of Moodus; Scott Spicer and his companion Angie Leigh of Portland and Zackery Spicer of Portland; her two daughters Chelsi Johnson and Loee Martin both of Portland.
The family would like to especially thank Dr. Emmanuel Kenta-Bibi of Middlesex Health Family Medicine for his ongoing support and coordinated care for Ami. The family would also like to thank Elizabeth Mariano of Connecticut Oncology, Dr. David Gasalberti of Middlesex Radiation Oncology, Dr. Hilary Onyiuke of UCONN Health Neurosrugery and Dr. Chris Yi of Middlesex Health Palliative Care and lastly for the help received by Harford Home Health Care Services.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, April 16that 11:00 at the Swedish Cemetery on William Street, Portland. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 188, North Haven, CT, 06473 or Saint Vincent DePaul, 617 Main St, Middletown, CT, 06457. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, is in charge of arrangements.
William "Bill" Ogren passed away Easter Sunday April 4, 2021 at the age of 92. He was born in Manchester Ct on January 4, 1929 to Albert and Agnes (Finn) Ogren. He served in the United States Army and from 1951-1952 and then in the reserves from 1952-1956. He met his wife Virginia at the F.W. Woolworth Co. where they were both employed. They married on October 2nd 1954 and eventually settled in Portland and were married 58 years prior to Virginia's passing in 2013. He was employed by Pratt and Whitney Aircraft as an accountant for 25 years before retiring in 1986. Bill enjoyed tennis, running and using his camcorder to videotape family activities. One of his greatest passions though was dancing. He regularly attended events and continued dancing well into his late 80's. He is survived by his daughter Dianne and her husband Larry of Middletown, grandson Todd of Middletown, granddaughter Tiffany, her husband Rich of East Hampton and their son, Bill's great grandson, Macklin. He is also survived by his sister Delores and niece Cindy and nephew Don as well as great nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his very special friend Florence. Besides his wife Virginia he is predeceased by his brother Al and niece Debra "Debbie".
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 12that 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Portland. Burial with full military honors will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Portland. A walk-through calling hours will be held on Monday, April 12th from 9-9:45 a.m. at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland.
Michael John Milano, beloved owner of Quarry Ridge Golf Course and member of the Portland, CT community, has passed peacefully at home on April 20, 2021. Michael J. Milano was born on July 12, 1947, in Hyde Park, NY, and was the son of the late Michael P. Milano and the late Rosetta Milano. His survivors include his elder son Todd Michael Milano and his wife Daisy Cheng-Milano, his younger son Brian Ralph Milano, his wife Kristin Sudol-Milano, and their daughter Cora Ellen Milano. Michael is also survived by his long-time life partner Kathy Fox, former wife and mother of his sons Karen Smith Milano, his brother Mark R. Milano and his wife Jessie Milano; his sister Merrily Flanagan, her husband Frank Flanagan, and their children.
Michael received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from his alma mater Purdue University and was the Vice President of Marketing at Perkin Elmer in CT before becoming an active member of the Portland, CT golf community for over a decade. Along with his life partner, they were also known to have brought life and joy to the area through bluegrass music. They have supported and played along with bluegrass musicians and bands at the golf course through their “Music at the Ridge” series as well as bluegrass festivals throughout the nation. Michael has touched the lives and the hearts of so many and will live on in our hearts.
Funeral services and burial will be private. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, is in charge of arrangements.
Anna (Pitruzzello) Fairbank, wife of the late Franklin Denis Fairbank, passed away on April 22, 2021 after a long battle with dementia.
Born on November 26, 1932 to the late Vincenzo and Uliana (Emanuele) Pitruzzello, Anna grew up a lifelong resident of Portland before moving to Middletown in the last few years of her life. She attended St. Mary’s School in Portland and graduated from Portland High School. Anna was a beloved staple and friendly face in the Portland school system for 39 years, working in the high school’s guidance office where she made many lifelong friends.
Her greatest strength was her innate ability to be kind and encouraging to anyone she crossed paths with. Her optimistic outlook on life was infectious and never failed to put a smile on your face. Full of quips, humor and energy, she was always the first to lend a helping hand or remind you that, no matter what, “family is everything.” She will be truly missed by all who knew her.
Anna leaves behind a family that she loved dearly. She leaves her daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth (Betsy) and Richard Borg of Portland, and her son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Stefanie Fairbank of Newington. She leaves four cherished grandchildren (who affectionately referred to her as “Ma”), Christy Borg of New York City, Christopher Fairbank of Middletown, Lindsey Fairbank and Matthew Fairbank of Newington, and a great granddaughter, Evelyn Rae Fairbank of Middletown. She also leaves her brother-in-law Richard Fairbank of Worcester, VT, sisters-in-law Penny Sieffert of Travelers Rest, SC and Judith Randazzo of Port St Lucie, FL, as well as her many nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her first son, William David, who passed away as a toddler and changed her perspective on life. She is also predeceased by all of her siblings, Mary Morello of Rocky Hill, Salvatore (Tootie) and Vincent (Jimmy) Pitruzzello of Portland.
The family is grateful to Anna’s exceptional caregiver, Annmarie Edwards and her team of aides from Sharon’s Homecare, that cared for Anna and kept her safe during her long battle with dementia. The family would also like to thank Middlesex Health Hospice Care for their support and guidance as well as the staff and community at Heritage Commons in Middletown.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Portland Volunteer Fire Department Company #2, PO Box 132, Portland, CT 06480 or to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.
A private graveside service will be held at the State Veteran’s Cemetery in Middletown where Anna will be laid to rest with her husband of 60 years. There will be no calling hours. Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, is in charge of the arrangements.