Obituaries: Mark Werner, Thomas Russell, Linda Michaels, William Ford, Anna Lengyel

The following obituaries were submitted to Naugatuck Patch.


Mark E. Werner, 46, of Naugatuck, formerly of Stratford, passed away after a brief illness on Friday, August 31, 2012 atWaterbury Hospital.

Mark was born in Milford on September 16, 1965, a son of Henry Werner of Pennsylvania and Joyce (McCarthy) Walker of Waterbury.  He grew up in Stratford and recently moved to Naugatuck.  He worked for USA Hauling in Waterbury and was also a union iron worker.  He was an avid fisherman and a talented baseball player in his youth.

Besides his father and mother, he leaves his sister, Maureen Jordan of Oxford; two brothers, Christopher Werner and his wife Margaret of Naugatuck, Shawn Werner of Waterbury; two nieces and three nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 6 at 7 p.m. at the Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main Street, Naugatuck.  A calling hour will be held prior at the funeral home from 6pm until the service time.  To send an on-line condolence, please visit www.naugatuckvalleymemorial.com

Mr. Thomas Russell, 50, passed away on Friday, August 31, 2012 at Waterbury Hospital.  Rusty died of a heart attack.

Rusty was born on July 14, 1962 in New Rochelle, NY and grew up in Brookfield, CT.  He lived in Naugatuck for the past 20 years.

He is survived by his wife, Beryl Russell; his daughter, Jessica Russell, 22, who held his heart from the moment she was born. He is also survived by his mother, Patricia Russell Playford and her husband Norman Playford of Fort Pierce, FL; two sisters, Susan Lopes, Christine Hamed and her husband Rich; a brother John Russell.  He also leaves his mother-in-law, Mary Ann Hovey, three brothers-in-law, Gregg Hovey and his wife Donna, Peter Hovey and his wife Ivone, Edward Hovey and his wife Shirley.  He had many nieces and nephews – all of whom meant the world to Rusty.

He was predeceased by his father Thomas F. Russell.

…”Someday, I’ll get over you.  I’ll live to see it all through.  But, I’ll always miss dreaming my dreams with you”… excerpt from a favorite song.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, September 6 at 10:30am at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 318 Church Street, Naugatuck. Friends are asked to meet directly at the church at 10:15am.  Burial will be held at a later date.  Calling hours will be held at the Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main Street,Naugatuck on Wednesday from 6-8pm.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place,Memphis, TN 38105.  To send an on-line condolence, please visitwww.naugatuckvalleymemorial.com

Linda Arlene (Petrozza) (Mooney) Michaels, 57, passed away on Monday August 27, 2012 at Torrington Health and Rehab surrounded by her loving family.

Linda was born on November 4, 1954 in Waterbury a daughter of the late John Petrozza and Theresa (Gervais) (Petrozza) Mooney and the step daughter of John Mooney. She was an employee of Stop & Shop in Naugatuck and formerly worked at Uniroyal Inc, Footwear Division. She enjoyed gardening, and spending time with her family. She was an avid supporter of her son and his fellow brothers in the U.S.M.C.

She is survived by her three daughters, Tammy Tardiff of Torrington, Cassie Michaels of Naugatuck and Julie Kerns of Waterbury, two sons, Arthur Michaels III of Waterbury and Shane Michaels of Harwinton, three sisters, Cathy Parella of NC, Pamela Tully of Prospect and Jacqueline Mooney of Beacon Falls, two brothers, Jack Mooney of Naugatuck and Patrick Mooney of New Haven. She also leaves her eight grandchildren and her former husband, Arthur Michaels, Jr.

William F. Ford, 86, passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Dolores (Ruppe) Ford .

Mr. Ford was born on December 13, 1925 in Waterbury a son of the late Raphael E. Ford and Helen (Ahearn) Ford. He was a graduate of Naugatuck High School class of 1943 and was class president and a member of the Cheshire Community Band and the Naugatuck Historical Society. He attended Yale University and graduated from UCONN School of Pharmacy. He joined his father as owner of Ford Pharmacy in Naugatuck for 42 years which is still in business today. He is a US Navy Veteran having fought in the invasion of the South Pacific

Besides his wife of Beacon Falls he is survived by six daughters, Joann M. Ryan of Naugatuck, Eileen Zeidler of Naugatuck, Mary E. Jokubaitis of Middlebury, Christina A. DaSilva of Naugatuck, Carol A. Ford of Deerfield, MA and Kathleen M. Rau of Naugatuck, one son, William F. Ford Jr. of Waterbury, seven step-children, Laura Farley of FL, Rebecca Farley of TX, Margaret Scholan of FL, Kenneth Farley, Jr. of FL, Therese Flannery of Seymour, David Farley of Beacon Falls and George Farley of FL. He also leaves his sister, Bernice Cronin of Fairfield, thirty-two grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife Mary (Malone) Ford and one daughter Nancy E. Nichols

The funeral will be held on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Michaels Roman Catholic Church, 25 Maple Ave, Beacon Falls, everyone is asked to meet directly at the church. Burial with full military honors will be in St. James Cemetery. Friends may call at the Buckmiller Brothers Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Ave, Naugatuck on Monday evening from 5-7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: St. Michaels Roman Catholic Church, 25 Maple Ave, Beacon Falls, CT 06403 or the Howard Whittemore Library, 243 Church St, Naugatuck CT 06770.

To place online condolences please logon to:www.buckmillerbrothers.com.

Mrs. Anna (Petrovay) Lengyel, 91, of Naugatuck, passed away at the VITAS Innovative Care Unit at Saint Mary’s Hospital.  She was the widow of William F. Lengyel.

Mrs. Lengyel was born in Berwick, PA on April 28, 1921, a daughter of the late Andrew and Helen (Sapovchak) Petrovay.  She was a longtimeNaugatuck resident and retired from the footwear division of Uniroyal, Inc. after 42 years of service.  She also worked at Winchester Electronics in Waterbury.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Orthodox Church and the St. Olga Sisterhood Society. 

She leaves her three daughters, Sonya Kernasevic of Naugatuck with whom she made her home, Barbara Palmer of Plantsville, and Ann Marie Lengyel of Wolcott; two beloved granddaughters, Taralyn Lengyel-Jacovich and Kelsey Lengyel-Jacovich; several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her two daughters, Delores Kernasevic and Nancy Lengyel-Jacovich.

Memorial contributions may be made to VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, 1579 Straits Turnpike - Unit C, Middlebury, CT 06762 or to St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, 3125 North Main St, Waterbury, CT06704.  The Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.  To send an on-line condolence, please visit www.naugatuckvalleymemorial.com


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