Mildred Chapman Berger, 90, of Fairfield, wife of 50 years of the late Col. Walter Carl Berger, died Dec. 2, 2009, at home, with her daughter by her side.

She was born in Bridgton, Maine, and received her bachelor's degree from the University of Maine. A member of the Phi Mu Sorority the Mary Silliman Chapter of the NSDAR and the Colonial Dames of the XVII Deacon Hart Chapter, she served in the U.S Marine Corps during World War II, where she met her husband Walter.

A loving homemaker, Berger dedicated her final years to the care of numerous pets, which she entrusted to her daughter.

She is survived by three children, her daughter, Mary J. Berger-White and her husband, Leonard, of Fairfield; her son, Joseph C. Berger of Clifton Park, N.Y.; her son, John W. Berger of Greenwich and his wife, Donna; a twin sister, Joan C. Zink and her husband, Robert, of Clifton Park, N.Y.; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will take place at 1 p.m. today, Dec. 4, in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, Fairfield. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service.

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Peter Albright Bray, 54, husband of Alma Bray, died suddenly on Nov. 29, 2009, at Norwalk Hospital.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he was the son of Joyce V. Bray and the late Paul A. Bray Jr. He graduated from Norwalk High School in 1973, and his career started by working for the family's firm of Bray Studios, which was founded in 1910 by his great-grandfather, John R. Bray, a pioneer of film animation.

Later, his father, Paul A. Bray Jr., redirected Bray Studios into the field of military aviation training films and pioneered the development of visually reconstructing aircraft accident scenes for presentation at trials.

Bray established his own firm, Bray's Tax Service, in 1975, after working at H&R Block. He began his tax service by visiting clients in their homes, establishing a long-standing tradition of personalized service. Bray's Tax Service eventually opened offices in Fairfield, Stamford and Norwalk.

Bray had also been an auxiliary police officer in Norwalk in the 1970s.

In 1985, Bray's Tax Service consolidated offices in the firm's current location in an historic building in the Saugatuck section of Westport, where Bray served as president. After preparing tax returns and advising clients for 28 years, Bray retired in 2003.

Bray's father introduced him to his love of flying and he became an accomplished pilot himself, attaining his private pilot's license before his driver's license. He liked to fly his airplane all over the country, from visiting his extended family in Canada to vacationing in Florida or the Bahamas.

He also sailed his boat, the Basta, down the Intercoastal Waterway between Connecticut and Florida a number of times. More recently, he and his wife enjoyed many cruises and had visited Mexico, the Caribbean and Greece. The couple also continued Bray's annual visit to the lake-side family vacation home in Canada every summer.

Bray loved to discuss the political situation of the day, sometimes during a spirited game of cards. A loyal friend, always offering positive advice and encouragement, Bray met the sudden challenges of his life with grace, equanimity and a cheerful disposition.

He is survived by his wife, Alma; his mother, Joyce V. Bray of Canada; step-mother, Penelope Bray of Florida; brother, Steele Bray and his wife, Ausra, of Norwalk; sister, Doreen Bray and her husband, Andrew Riddles, of Westport; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Dec. 4, at Magner Funeral Home, 12 Mott Ave., Norwalk. Services will be held at United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston, 49 Weston Road, Westport, on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Dr. John Brown officiating.


Michael Krasowski, 60, of Meriden, died Dec. 1, 2009, at the Mid State Medical Hospital in Meriden.

He was the husband of Loretta Cosgrove Krasowski and son of the late Francis and Ann Warholak Krasowski.

Born in Bridgeport, he was a graduate of Central High School and had attended Housatonic Community College. A U.S. Naval veteran, he served during the Vietnam War aboard the USS Vernon County LST 1161.

Krasowski was employed by Bridgeport Machines and then AT&T for 22 years. He was a big sports fan, especially for the UConn men's and women's basketball teams and the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include two sons, Michael Krasowski Jr. and Jeremiah Krasowski and his wife, Amy, all of Fairfield; brother, Francis Krasowski Jr. and his wife, Carole; three granddaughters, Briana, Mya and Karlie, of Fairfield; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours took place Thursday in the Redgate-Hennessy Funeral Home, Trumbull. Interment will be private at the convenience of his family.

In lieu of flowers, make contributions in his memory to the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, 659 Tower Ave., First Floor, Hartford, CT 06112; or the McGivney Center for Cancer Care, Hospital of St. Raphael, 1450 Chapel St., New Haven, CT 06511.

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Hazel R. Gardner, 97, of Fairfield, the wife of the late George W. Gardner, died Nov. 29, 2009, at the Connecticut Hospice.

Born in 1912 to the late Thomas and Atelia Rehill, she was a Fairfield resident for more than 70 years.

Gardner is survived by her daughter, Loreen M. Mackewitz and her husband, Ted, of Fairfield; granddaughters, Karen DeWitt and her husband, John, of Fairfield, Brenda Kugeman and her husband, William, of Fairfield, Danielle Gontowski and her husband, Kevin, of Fairfield and Pamela Mackewitz of Brewster, Mass; as well as eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Patricia G. Lynch, and son, George R. Gardner.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Fairfield, for a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in Lawncroft Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road, Fairfield.

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Warren E. Grieb of Westport, husband of Mila Adams Grieb, died Nov. 27, 2009.

Born in Milwaukee, Wisc., son of the late Leon and Lulu Grieb, he was a resident of both Weston and Westport for more than 50 years.

Grieb's entire career was in the advertising and newspaper industry, from which he retired as chairman and chief executive officer of The Advertising Checking Bureau in New York, N.Y. A graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., he was a president of the Weston PTO and the founder of the first annual Weston Memorial Day Fair.

During the 1970s, Grieb owned and operated the Arnold Palmer Driving Range and Miniature Golf Course in Westport. He was a former member of the Aspetuck Valley Country Club. He was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist, Westport.

He was a good friend, a great dad and a wonderful husband. He made a real difference in the lives of those who knew him. He will be remembered for his outgoing personality, humor, wit and deep love of family.

Warren is survived by his wife, Mila; his three daughters, Nancy Joy Wilsnack and her husband, Evan, of Fairfield, Janet G. Adams and her fiancé, Terrance O'Keefe, of Westport, and Wendy G. Moore and her husband, Robert, of Coronado, Calif.; as well as his grandchildren, twin brothers Justin and Jarrod Hopfer, both of Los Angeles, Calif., Christopher Wilsnack of Baltimore, Md., Alisha Wilsnack of Fairfield and Weston, and Sarah Moore of Coronado, Calif. Grieb is also survived by one brother, Donald L. Grieb of Scottsdale, Ariz., and one sister, Audrey Valashinas of Flower Mound, Texas.

He was predeceased by his brother, Howard Grieb.

A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. on Dec. 30 at The Westport Woman's Club, 44 Imperial Ave., Westport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The First Church of Christ Scientist, Westport, 55 Compo Road S., Westport, CT 06880; the Humane Society of Connecticut, 455 Post Road E., Westport, CT 06880; or a charity of your choice.

The Harding Funeral Home of Westport is in care of the arrangements.


Michael J. Mackno, 89 previously of Fairfield and Southport, died Dec. 1, 2009, at St. Joseph's Manor in Trumbull, with family by his side.

Born in Southport, he was the son of the late John Sr. and Catherine Mackno. A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. 5th Army Air Force, 36th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, in the Philippines, BIAC Okinawa and Tokyo. He was honorably discharged as a sergeant in January 1946.

He was a life-long member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Fairfield. He was also a proud member of the Roger Ludlowe High School, class of 1939. After returning from serving his country, he co-founded and was co-owner of Mackno Fuel, Inc. where he provided loyal service to his customers for more than 40 years. Mackno's favorite pastime involved extensive travel with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Sabina S. Mackno, to whom he was married for 63 years; two children, Monica Sakonchick and her husband, attorney Stephen Sakonchick II of Austin, Texas, and Glenn Mackno and his wife, Carol Mackno of Fairfield; four grandchildren, Chad Sakonchick, Bryn Sakonchick, Kelly Lauter and Brooke Mackno; as well as several nephews. A special thank you goes to the entire staff at St. Joseph's Manor, especially the staff on the fifth floor who provided exceptional and compassionate care during the time he spent there.

All arrangements and services were entrusted to Edmund W. Dougiello Funeral Home, 36 South Pine Creek Road, Fairfield, and are private at the request of his family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to either Alzheimer's Association CT Chapter, 279 New Britain Road, Suite 5, Kensington, CT 06037; or St. Joseph Manor Employee Giving Fund, 6448 Main St., Trumbull, CT 06611.


Fay Plohn, a benefactor of Italian-American humanitarian activities, a patron of the arts and the widow of the investment banker and securities underwriter Charles Plohn, died Nov. 27, 2009, at her home in Westport. She was 85.

Born Filomena Lucia Suriani on Feb. 19, 1924, in New York City, one of five children of Italian immigrant parents, she grew up in the Bronx and graduated from PS 89 and Christopher Columbus High School. After graduation, during World War II, she was among the first women to work in the trading and operations area of a Wall Street brokerage firm, where she met her future husband.

While living in New York City and often traveling to Italy during the 1950s and '60s, she and Charles Plohn developed their decades long interest in collecting art (including a highly important English silver collection, Chinese paper weights, porcelain and paintings by both established and previously undiscovered artists) and in supporting hospitals, universities and Italian-American humanitarian and cultural institutions. After the death of her husband in 1984, Plohn concentrated on their tradition of giving of her time and resources to various charitable organizations.

For almost 40 years, she was a close friend of Monsignor John Patrick Carroll-Abbing, the founder of Boys' Towns of Italy, and a benefactor, tireless worker and fund-raiser for that organization. She chaired fashion and gala events for Boys' Towns and Girls' Towns at the Waldorf-Astoria while living in New York City. After the Plohns moved to Connecticut in the early 1970s, she hosted an annual Le Masquerade Mardi Gras celebration on behalf of Boys' Towns at the Longshore Inn in Westport. Locally, she was also active in the Italian Community Center of Bridgeport and was named an Honorary Chairlady of its Ladies Guild.

Plohn was an active supporter of the arts. Some of the most important paintings of her personal collection were on loan for several years at the Vatican Embassy in Rome, through the U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies Program. She also established the Charles Plohn Art Gallery and Charles Plohn Art Scholarships in memory of her late husband at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield.

In 1983, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Sacred Heart University, its Board of Trustees recognized her as one of 20 leaders from southwestern Connecticut who "represent in their lives and in their career the values of the University."

In 1989, "in recognition of her humanitarian and philanthropic acts" as a woman who "has given generously to others through her lifetime," Sacred Heart University awarded her an honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts.

Plohn is survived by her siblings, William Suriani, Frank Suriani and Rosemary Suriani Peroni, of the Bronx N.Y.; her son, Charles Plohn Jr. of Princeton, N.J.; and daughter, Carol Sophie Plohn of Westport; her granddaughter, Chandler Fay Plohn Dektas of Cincinnati, Ohio; grandson, Charles Raymond Plohn of Princeton, N.J.; her great-grandchildren, Michael Christopher Dektas III and Lily Dorothy Fay Dektas of Cincinnati; and numerous nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road E., Westport, was in charge of the arrangements.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Boys' Towns of Italy, Inc., 250 East 63rd St., New York, NY 10065.


Henry (Hank) F. Smith, a life-long Fairfield resident prior to moving to Trumbull, a retired lieutenant for the Fairfield Police Department, died Dec. 1, 2009, at St. Vincent's Medical Center, with his family by his side.

He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley VanNess Smith.

Survivors include his daughter, Darlene Wojiski and her husband, Warren, of Hillsboro, Oreg.; a granddaughter, Beth Wojiski of Pittsburgh, Pa.; three brothers, James Smith of Danbury, Robert Smith of Fairfield and Alfred Smith of Sumpter, S.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

Burial will be private. A public memorial service will be held at a future date, to be announced. A complete obituary will be published in an upcoming edition of the Fairfield Citizen.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. To sign on online guest register, visit www.SpearMillerFuneral



Margaret J. Sizensky Yocis, 69, of Fairfield, died Dec. 1, 2009, at St. Vincent's Medical Center.

Born in Bridgeport to the late Albert and Helen Terebesi Sizensky, she was a life-long resident of Fairfield.

She was a member of the first graduating class at Andrew Warde High School, in 1957. Yocis worked as a machine operator at PNS Manufacturing Company in Bridgeport, before her retirement in 2003.

A devout Catholic, she was a member of St. Emery Church. An avid fan of University of Connecticut women's basketball and the New York Yankees, she enjoyed recapping each Yankee game with a phone call to her brother, Joseph.

She is survived by two children, David Yocis of Arlington, Va., and Karen Schaeffner and her husband, Kevin, of Evergreen, Colo.; three grandchildren, Brittany, Kevin and Victoria Schaffner; one great-granddaughter, Olivea; a brother, Joseph Sizensky of Seekonk, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will tale place at 11:30 a.m. today, Dec. 4, in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, Fairfield, and at noon in St. Emery Church, 838 Kings Highway East, Fairfield. Interment will be held privately. Friends may greet the family from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday.

Memorial donations may be directed to St. Emery Church, 838 Kings Highway East, Fairfield, CT 06825. To sign an online register, visit