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Josephine Overby

posted: Jan 11, 2011 8:40 am | Comments (0)

Josephine Overby, 81 of New Haven, CT passed away on January 7, 2011.  Born to the late Louis and Josephine Briggs in Spartanburg, SC on January 00, 1928.  She leaves to cherish her memory; long time companion of 45 years, Benny Johnson of New Haven, CT; adopted daughter, Linda Bradley of New Haven, CT.  She was predeceased by husband Earl Overby.  A celebration of her life will be held Tuesday January 11, 2011 at 10AM at Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT.  Friends may call Tuesday at the funeral home from 9-10AM.  Interment is private.  To leave a message of comfort to the Overby family, please visit our website at

T. Laverne Solomon

posted: Jan 10, 2011 3:54 am | Comments (1)

Thelma LaVerne Britton Solomon, a beloved New Haven public schools employee for four decades and an active member of Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church, died last Wednesday at the age of 71. Funeral services are to be held Monday morning at Immanuel Baptist Church (calling hours 9-11 a.m.; service beginning at 11 a.m.). Following is the obituary from the program.

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Norine Newson

posted: Jan 6, 2011 9:12 am | Comments (0)

Norine Newson, 73, of New Haven, departed this life January 1, 2011.
Born in Bamberg, SC, July 3, 1937, she was the daughter of James and Rever Samuel.
Ms. Newson was employed for numerous years as a Bookkeeper and was a member of New Haven Church of Christ.
She is survived by a son, James Newson (Mildred); a daughter, Iris Newson; a brother, Carl Simmons; sisters, Elouise Williams, Barbara Glover and Elizabeth Mouzon; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Lindy Ewing; a brother, James Samuel, Jr.; and sisters, Richardell Briggs and Katherine Garrett.
A celebration of Ms. Newson’s life and legacy will be held Saturday, January 8, 2011, at 9:00 AM at Church of Christ, 16 Gem St., New Haven. Burial will be in Beaverdale Memorial Park. Professional services entrusted to Curvin K. Council Funeral Home, 128 Dwight St., New Haven. Online guestbook available at

Cora Holland, 87

posted: Dec 29, 2010 6:04 pm | Comments (0)

Cora Lee Thomas Holland, 87 of New Haven passed away December 25, 2010.  Cora was born August 10, 1923 in Lexington, TN to the late Bessie (Moore)  Thomas and William Thomas.  She leaves to cherish her memory; children, Carol Holland (Curtis) of New Haven, Estelle Holland Spearman (Terry) of Atlanta, GA, George Holland, III (Malbreal) of New Haven, Mark Holland (Paulette) of New Haven; sisters, Helen L.
Council and Ruth E. White; 8 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren and a host of family and friends.  She was predeceased by her husband, George Holland, Jr.; son, Charles Thomas; sister, Mary Heath; brothers, William Thomas, Jr. and Larry J. Thomas. A celebration of her life will take place, Thursday December 30, 2010 at 11:00 AM at St. Paul UAME Church, 1267 Chapel Street, New Haven.  Friends may call Thursday at the church from 10-11:00 AM. Interment will take place in Beaverdale Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Cora Holland’s name to the New Haven Boys and Girls Club, 253 Columbus Ave, New Haven, CT 06519 or visit

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Jimmy Lee Brown, 66

posted: Dec 29, 2010 8:07 am | Comments (0)

Jimmy Lee Brown, 66, departed this life on December 24, 2010 at Sister Virginie Anne Grimes Health Center.  Jimmy was born on January 19, 1944 in Bethel, NC to the late Will and Mary Jane Brown.  He was a security guard at Tower One in New Haven Connecticut.  He leaves to cherish his memory; 3 sisters, Madgalene Edwards, Mary Brown both of New Haven and Geraldine Brown of Bethel, NC; 4 brothers, Wilbur and
William Brown of New Haven, Donnie Brown of Chicago, IL and Ronnie Brown of Bethel, NC as well as a host of relatives and friends.  Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Edward, Joseph, Charles and Will Brown.  A celebration of his life will take place on Thursday December 30, 2010 at 11AM at Christian Love Center, 154 Derby Avenue, New Haven, CT.  Friends may call at the church from
9-11AM.  Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.  Services by Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT.  To leave a message of comfort to the Brown family, please visit us at

Wilbert James, 68

posted: Dec 28, 2010 8:54 am | Comments (2)

Wilbert “Ski-Bo” James, 68, of New Haven, passed away on December 21, 2010.  Born to the late Wilbert Sr. & Marie Ruth James in Florence, SC on January 7, 1942.  He leaves to cherish his memory; sons, John (Delencia) James of Cleveland Heights, OH, Melvin Poindexter of Fort Dix, NJ, Darrin & Torrence James, Xavier (Marie) Poindexter, all of New Haven, CT, Keith (Sonya) James of Albemarle, NC; daughters, Baenita (Fred Graves) James of Cleveland, OH, Ashley James of New Haven, CT, Dawn Johnson (Lasalle) and Cherlyn Poindexter of Hamden, CT; sisters, Beatrice Taylor, Virginia James, Betty James, Gladys Moses, Lillie James all of Florence, SC, and Mary Archie Graves of Spartenburg, SC; brothers, George & Melvin James both of Florence, SC, Leroy Rick James of New Haven, CT; 31 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.  Wilbert was predeceased by wife Lottie Poindexter James and daughter Deidre Poindexter.  A celebration of his life will take place on Thursday December 30, 2010 at 11AM at Union Temple Baptist Church, 54 Platt Street, New Haven, CT, 06511.  Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 9-11AM.  Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.  To leave a message of comfort to the James family, please visit our website at

Timothy Evans

posted: Dec 22, 2010 6:32 am | Comments (3)

Timothy Earl Evans of New Haven, CT passed away on December 14, 2010. Born on September 27, 1984, Timothy leaves to cherish his memory; parents, James Moye, Beverly and Eddie Hammie, Jr. all of New Haven, CT; son, Timothy Earl Evans, Jr. of New Haven, CT. He is also survived by 8 sisters and 5 brothers. A celebration of his life will take place on Friday December 22, 2010 at Howard K. Hill Funeral Service, 1287 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 10- 11AM. Service and interment are private. To leave a message of comfort to the Evans family please visit our website

Morris Cohen, 83

posted: Dec 20, 2010 2:41 pm | Comments (4)

Here is an excerpt from a eulogy presented Monday for Westville’s Morris Leo Cohen by Rabbi Jon-Jay Tilsen of Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel.

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Estella Purser

posted: Dec 20, 2010 4:56 am | Comments (0)

Estella Purser, 76 of New Haven CT, passed away on December 16, 2010.  Born to the late Septimus Beckford and Lillian Hextall on June 4, 1934 in Mason Hall, St. Mary Jamaica.  Estella leaves to cherish her memory; son, Dr. Barris Malcolm (Loris Sterling) of New Haven, CT; brother, Radcliffe Sharpe of Port Maria St. Mary, Jamaica; 4 grandchildren, Matthew, Noelle, Racquel and Tara; special niece, Janet Jacob of Ocoee, FL; also survived by 2 nephews, 2 grand nieces and 1 grand nephew.  She was predeceased by 1 sister.  A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday December 22, 2010 at 11AM at First Baptist Church, 205 Edwards Street, New Haven, CT.  Interment will be in Beaverdale Memorial Park.  To leave a message of comfort to the Malcolm/Purser family please visit our website

Alfred Gronner

posted: Dec 17, 2010 11:28 am | Comments (1)

The following are excerpts from Rabbi Jon-Jay Tilsen’s eulogy of Alfred Gronner:

Alfred Gronner was born in April 1913 and grew up in Vienna, Austria, in the household of his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Philip Gronner.  With the support of his parents he was able to receive a fine education, and he was a most capable and apparently confident student.  He earned his electrical engineering degree at the University of Vienna in 1938, and along with his parents was able to escape Austria for Latin America at the moment when the annihilation of the European Jewry and the destruction of European Jewish civilization was commencing.

Reportedly thanks to his knowledge of electronics and social ingenuity, a specialized repair done for the American Consulate in Uruguay earned him a favor enabling him to immigrate to the United States, where he found his future wife Eva Magnus, a Berlin native, whom he apparently had known from a hiking club or similar connection in the old country.

Alfred and Eva were married in New York City on 9 May 1948, where they lived in Hamilton Heights, and he was naturalized in 1950, by which time they had moved to Woodside (NY).  Alfred was awarded a doctorate at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now known as the Polytechnic Institute
of New York University) in 1955.  His distinguished career included service as Chief Engineer for the Singer Corporation from 1967 to 1978, and service as a visiting professor at the Albert Einstein College of medicine.  His publications include “Transistor Circuit Analysis” available in paperback – not a NYT bestseller but like all of his publications, highly regarded and most useful to those in his field.  His publications appear in numerous languages, particularly English, Spanish and German.

Similarly, he patented several devices, such as US Patent No. 05/957,525, “An improved input system for isolating resolver or synchro outputs from inputs to demodulators or analog-to-digital converters [that] uses current transformers rather than voltage transformers,” this one, for the record, along with David J. Simon for the Singer Company.  He is listed in several editions of Who’s Who in Technology.

Among his distinguished professional projects was his work for the Savannah River National Laboratory in South Carolina, which refined nuclear material for deployment in nuclear weapons and where the neutrino was discovered.  Another project was his development of a fuel gauge used in the Apollo rocket series.

As significant as those accomplishments were, Alfred was a most easy-going, charming and modest person; if you knew about his work other than as a colleague or student, it was most likely through the information of a third party.  A good friend described him as “the most brilliant man I ever met” and by all accounts Alfred was extraordinary, as a scientist and as a man.

Over the years their residences also included White Plains NY and Southbury CT, and most recently North Branford, CT at Evergreen Woods.  In each of those areas, Alfred and Eva developed many important friendships; and although few of their contemporaries are able to attend today, those
present as well as many others testify to the lasting connections they developed over the years.  In addition to good and long-term friends, Alfred and Eva enjoyed the kindness and support of folks locally as well, including those who went well beyond the call of professional duty to aid them and ensure their independence and well-being.

Together with Eva, Alfred enjoyed a long and happy life, and a productive and distinguished career.  With Eva he enjoyed wide travel and many unusual experiences; they were a devoted and caring couple.  Although I did not know him directly in this world – having met him only once in passing some time ago – I did have the privilege and honor of getting to know him through the respectful words spoken by friends who knew him and loved him, which I have attempted to reflect today; and those who knew him will forgive my errors and omissions, for it is certainly impossible to
reduce his life and personality to a few paragraphs.

Although Alfred was not what might be called traditionally religiously observant, he joined with Eva in a strong sense of Jewish identity, which she made sure found continuing expression.  Together they provided significant support to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC; the Simon Weisenthal Center; the Jewish Communities of Western Connecticut (that is, the Federation in Southbury); and the Jewish Foundation of GNH, along with civic institutions such as Yale University, particularly as it related to Alfred’s scientific edeavors.

Let us be thankful for his contribution to building a better country, for aiding the survival and prosperity of the Jewish People, for his scientific legacy, his kindness, philanthropy and friendship.  He helped make the world a better place, and we are thankful for the gift of his life.

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