Sophie Catherine Berlingo, 89, a lifetime resident of Greenwich, died peacefully, surrounded by family, on Aug. 9, 2010 at Greenwich Hospital.
She was born on Oct. 15, 1920 to Charles and Catherine Smith and was the youngest of seven children. She attended St. Mary's Grammar School and Greenwich High School and married the late Oswald "Obie" Berlingo in 1939.
Berlingo worked for 20 years at CBS Publications in Greenwich, then retired at age 65. She spent the next 20 years as a bus monitor for the Town of Greenwich, where she looked after passengers and children with special needs, and retired for the second time at age 85.
Her joys in life were gardening, cooking, visiting with friends, church and, above all, her family.
She is survived by her son William and his wife, Sandra of White Plains, N.Y., and her daughter, Adele Hatch and her husband Stephen of Cos Cob. She is also survived by her five grandchildren: Scott Hatch of Annapolis, Md., Stacey Baxendale of Riverside, Michael Berlingo of Hoboken, N.J., Christopher Berlingo of Port Chester, N.Y., and Michelle Bombino of White Plains.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Agnes Church in Greenwich on Aug. 16.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her name to GADC River House, 125 River Road Extension, Cos Cob, CT 06807. Berlingo went to River House almost every day for the last two years. Their care and support was a very important part of her life, her family said.
Eva Coffin Griggs, Old Greenwich resident and television pioneer, died on Aug. 13, 2010 at the age of 90, from Alzheimer's related illnesses at The Lakes Emeritus Home in Ft. Myers Fla.
Ms. Griggs was born in Little Rock, Ark. as Eva Sandifer, was educated in Topeka, Kansas and, following three years in Rome, moved to New York City, where she pursued her television career.
Coffin was the first female producer on television. She worked for NBC and was associated with such programs as "Tex and Jinx" an early talk radio program, later on television, Huntley-Brinkley News and "The Price is Right." As a model she was featured in several television commercials.
Before her television career she worked in Rome with designer Emilio Pucci. In 1962 she married Ralston H. Coffin, VP of RCA and moved to Old Greenwich, CT, where she founded the "Personality Workshop," a personal improvement program and later was associated with Edie Adams Cut N' Curl beauty salons.
Following the death of her first husband, she married Chauncey ("Bud") Milton Griggs and lived in both Old Greenwich and Cape Coral Fla. for many years.
Coffin is survived by her six stepchildren: Ralston H. Coffin Jr., Jeffrey W. Coffin, Bettina Coffin, Christine Coffin, Nancy Griggs Eklund and Chauncey Milton Griggs Jr.; twelve step-grandchildren and two step-great grand children.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on August 24 in the chapel of Christ Church Greenwich, 254 East Putnam Avenue, in Greenwich. Interment will follow in the Christ Church Memorial Garden.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Alzheimer's Association , PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 (or by phone 800-272-3900) in memory of Eva Coffin Griggs.
Kevin Paul Dorrico, 52, former Greenwich resident of Wylie, Texas, died on Aug. 4, 2010 with his longtime companion Darvin Carson by his side.
Dorrico was born in Stamford on Dec. 5, 1957 to Barbara A. Dorrico of Kent and the late Frank A. Dorrico, Jr. He was educated in the Greenwich public schools, and after high school worked for General Reassurance, then GTE in Stamford in the mail room.
Dorrico relocated to the Dallas, Texas with GTE, and stayed on with Verizon Services after the merger. He retired from Verizon in 2006, and spent the last four years serving in a variety of positions.
For the past year he was employed by Fujitsu, where he worked again in the mail room, a position he loved because he was able to connect with all of his co-workers.
Dorrico loved helping out with his grandsons and being a "Santa" for a portrait studio that catered to families and their pets.
In addition to his mother, Dorrico is survived by his two daughters, Nicole and her husband Vinny Giancaspro of Fort Worth, Texas and Elyse Dorrico of Bedford, Texas; two grandsons, Vinny and Gino of Fort Worth; two brothers, Frank Dorrico III of Stamford and Michael and his wife DeeAnn Dorrico of Norwalk; his sisters Susan and her husband Rick Vizzari of Kent and Patricia Dorrico of Greenwich; a niece and nephew, McKinley and Michael of Norwalk as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.
In addition to his father, he was predeceased by his grandparents, Frank and Mary Dorrico of Stamford and Paul and Anna Fraser of Riverside.
His daughters held a service for him on Aug. 10 at the North Dallas Funeral Home, Farmers Branch, Texas.
The family would like to thank those who attended and expressed such kind words. His mother will have a memorial Mass for him on Aug. 28 at 10:30 a.m at St. Paul's Church, 84 Sherwood Ave., Greenwich, CT 06831.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Heart Association in memory of Dorrico.
Lawrence A. Infante
Lawrence A. Infante, 86, World War II veteran, Greenwich native and Stamford resident, passed away on Aug. 14, 2010 at Stamford Hospital.
He was born in Greenwich on Sept. 7, 1923 to Nicholas and Rose Infante.
He served during World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he flew B25 bombers.
For many years, Infante worked as a Fairfield County Sheriff.
He enjoyed bowling and was very active in both the national and local Democratic Party. Infante is survived by his wife, Dora Sottini; two sons, Mark Lawrence Infante and David Wallace Infante; a daughter, Stephanie Kennedy; and three stepsons: Joseph, Lou and David Sottini. He is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by three siblings: Angela Bruno, Frank Infante and Mike Infante. A graveside service was held on Aug. 18 at St. John's Cemetery in Darien.
Edna Cavuoti Paradiso, 93, of the Greens at Greenwich in Greenwich, and formerly of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., died peacefully on Aug. 9, 2010 with her daughters by her side at Greenwich Hospital.
Paradiso was born on Oct. 14, 1916 and grew up in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn, N.Y. She graduated from Brooklyn College with a degree in education, and received a master's degree in education from New York University.
She taught children from the second through six grades in Brooklyn.
She met and married Dominick Paradiso, an engineer and real estate developer, in 1956. Together they built a mid-century modern home in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., where they raised their two daughters, Marisa and Adrianna Paradiso.
Paradiso and her family enjoyed attending the Metropolitan Opera, sailing their Pearson 33 in Stamford, traveling throughout Europe and the Caribbean and skiing. Pardiso, who learned to ski later in life, cheerfully called herself " The Queen of the Beginner Slope," her family said.
She enjoyed studying history, attending museums and classical music concerts, reading The New York Times, cooking and baking.
She was also active in the U.S. Power Squadron, the national boating organization, and The Leonardo da Vinci Society, an Italian language and culture organization.
She is survived by her two daughters, Marisa Paradiso of Montville, N.J. and Adrianna Paradiso of Cos Cob.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on Aug. 14 at St. Catherine Of Siena Church in Riverside. Entombment followed in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Tenafly, N.J.
Paul Ryan Rudd, 70, passed away on Aug. 12, 2010 of pancreatic cancer at his home in Greenwich with his wife, Martha Bannerman, and their children, Graeme, Kathryn and Eliza, at his side.
Rudd was born in 1940 in Boston, Mass., attended the Boston Latin School and Assumption Prep, and graduated from Fairfield University.
After a brief career in advertising in New York City, Rudd worked as a professional actor and director on off-Broadway from 1967 - 86. His roles include Henry V in "Henry V" at the Delacorte Theater, Scooper in the original Broadway cast of "Bosoms and Neglect," Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet" at Circle In The Square theater, Gentleman Caller in the original Broadway cast of "The Glass Menagerie," and Billy Wilson in the premiere of David Rabe's "Streamers."
His television and film credits include Brian Mallory in "Beacon Hill," President John F. Kennedy in "Johnny We Hardly Knew Ye," and guest roles on television in episodes of "Moonlighting," "Knot's Landing," "Hart to Hart," and "Murder, She Wrote."
Rudd left acting in 1986 to raise his children. As they grew, he began teaching theater, especially Shakespeare, and poetry in local middle schools and high schools.
He taught at Sarah Lawrence College from 1999 - 2006 and at the New School for Drama as a teaching faculty member and associate director of the MFA Drama program from 2004 until his death.
Rudd will be remembered as a man with a keen intellect, irreverent sense of humor and vivacity in all facets of his life, his family said. He delighted in music, literature, art, cooking and the company of his friends. His greatest joy was being a father and a husband. In addition to his wife and children, he is also survived by his mother, Kathryn Rudd, of Hingham, Mass. and many cousins.
A service was held on Aug. 15 at Round Hill Community Church in Greenwich.