Lora L. Dauk, wife of Paul P. Dauk, died Jan. 31, 2010, surrounded by her family.

She was born on May 26, 1941, the youngest of two daughters to the late Samuel and Rita (O'Brien) Leigh.

She graduated from New Canaan High School. From there she continued her education and graduated with a home economics degree from Marymount College.

She married Paul, her high school sweetheart, and settled in Rowayton, where she devoted her life to raising a family. She enjoyed residing in Stonington for the past 11 years.

Besides her husband, she is survived by four children, Paul Dauk Jr. and his wife, Karen of Monroe, Denise Pitasi and her husband, Thomas of Waterford, David Dauk of Houston, Texas, and Emily Dauk of Darien; five grandchildren, Molly, Brendan and Shane Dauk and Olivia and Thomas Pitasi; a sister, Lynda Scott of Cleveland, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Mystic Funeral Home, 51 Williams Ave. (Route 1), Mystic.

Burial will be private; there are no calling hours.

Condolences may be left online at www.mysticfuneral



Sally Blanco Richards, 42, of Fairfield, formerly of Garden City, N.Y., Washington, D.C., and New York City, wife of George H. Richards II, mother to George III, William and Kate, died Feb. 6, 2010, in her home, after a battle with cancer.

In addition to her husband of 17 years and their children, Richard is survived by her parents, Salvatore and Rose Blanco of Garden City N.Y.; her mother-in-law, Sally Richards of Guilford; one sister, Christine Beaty and her husband, David of Garden City N.Y.; two sisters-in-law, Sarah Richards of Coupeville, Wash., and Ruth Richards of Cabet, Vt.; and three nieces, Alexandra, Elizabeth and Caroline Beaty.

Her gift to connect so positively with those she met also leaves many friends to remember her caring ways.

She was predeceased by her father-in-law, Frederic Richards.

She was a graduate of Garden City High School, Georgetown University and Yale University.

A nurse practitioner, Richards taught at Yale- New Haven Hospital's School of Nursing for several years before raising her family.

Spending time with her family at their summer home in Southampton, N.Y., where she would play on the ocean beaches with her children, gave her much joy.

She was a member of the Saugatuck Rowing Club. A talented photographer, she had a real knack for capturing her subjects' character on film.

Calling hours took place Tuesday from 3 to 9 p.m. in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, Fairfield.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. today, Feb. 10, in St.Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield.

Contributions in her name may be made to Connecticut Challenge (supporting cancer survivors) 860 Canal St., 3rd Floor, Stamford, CT 06902.

To sign an online register, visit www.LeskoPolkeFuneral



Ann (Latimer) Strate, of Southborough, Mass., formerly of Paoli, Pa., died Feb. 2, 1010, at home, surrounded by her family. She died at age 68 of Pancreatic cancer.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Norman F. Strate; and her children, Margaret Ann of Arizona, Mary of Montreal,Canada, and Amanda of Lynn; eight grandchildren, Sequoia, Shalico, Samara, Annabel, Johann, Sebastian, Noah and Caleb; three sisters, Dotty of Spokane, Wash., Betsy of Paoli, Pa., Sally of Fort Collins, Colo.; and a brother, Bill of Alstead, N.H.

She was born in Abington, Pa., daughter of the late Major William J. Latimer, who died as a POW of the Japanese in 1945, and the late Elizabeth "Libby (Perot) Latimer Bracken, who died in Jan. of 2010 and was raised by the only father she knew, John P. Bracken, who lived in Nazareth, Pa.

Strate was a graduate of Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, Pa., and a graduate of Susquehanna University in Selingsgrove, Pa.

She and Norman were residents of Weston for more than 20 years.

Following cremation, a memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb.13, at 3 p.m. in St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 27 Main St., Southborough, Mass.

Burial will take place at a later date. There are no calling hours.

The John P. Rowe Funeral Home Inc., 57 Main St., Marlborough, Mass., is directing arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to either the Kroc Center Boston, MA C/O Robert "Jack" Peters Jr., The Salvation Amy, Mass Div., 25 Shawmut Road, Canton, MA 02021 or to the Rev. Edmund K. Sherrill, Head of School, The School at Church Farm, 1001 E. Lincoln Highway, Exton, PA 19341.