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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2012

TODAY’S OBITUARIES

Henry C. Szustecki
World War II veteran
WATERBURY — Henry C. Szustecki, 94, son of William and Anna (Kochanowski) Szustecki, died peacefully at home on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Szustecki was an Army veteran of World War II, having entered the Army on Aug. 11, 1944, and discharged on June 27, 1946. He was the husband of Ann (Zemaitis) Szustecki. Besides his wife of 70 years, he is survived by two daughters, Edith Szustecki of Middlebury, and Margaret Szustecki of Waterbury. He was predeceased by his son, William Szustecki. He also leaves behind a sister, Evelyn Rossback of Meriden; three grandchildren; a great-grandson; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, at St. Francis Xavier Church. Contributions may be made to St. Francis Xavier Church, 625 Baldwin St., Waterbury, CT 06706. Arrangements by DeliniksConway Funeral Home, 17 Congress Ave., Waterbury, CT.

Domingos Goncalves
Century Brass retiree
WATERBURY — Mr. Domingos Goncalves, 88, of Waterbury, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at Vitas Hospice at Saint Mary’s Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was the widower of Maria Amelia (Goncalves) Goncalves. Mr. Goncalves was born Feb. 7, 1924, in Ludlow, Mass., son of the late Jose and Florinda (Sousa) Goncalves. He was retired from Century Brass where he worked as a machine operator. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Church, and a member of the Portuguese Sport Club. He enjoyed gardening, making wine, raising his rabbits, walking and traveling. He leaves two sons, Jose Goncalves and his wife, Maria, of Watertown, and Acacio Goncalves and his wife, Elizabeth, of Waterbury; two daughters, Maria Isilda Silva of Waterbury, and Flo Silva and her husband, Joseph, of Prospect; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son-in-law, Jose Silva. Arrangements: Funeral will leave Kelly-Brennan Funeral Home, 768 Baldwin St., at 9 a.m. on Saturday for Our Lady of Fatima Church for Mass at 10. Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

VIOLATIONS: Naugatuck High faces probation
Continued from 1B tive Director Karissa L. Niehoff said. Recruitment violations carry a fine of up to $10,000. The CIAC board will decide whether to count each payment as a separate violation or whether they together constitute one violation, Niehoff said. The board will also have to decide whether to multiply the penalty amount by the number of students who benefited from the payments, Niehoff said. Naugatuck High’s football program could also be put on probation or barred from the postseason, Niehoff said. The control board will also decide the fate of Martin and Coggins, who have re-enrolled at Sacred Heart. Coggins is an All-State receiver who has committed to play next year at Boston College. They are being allowed to practice but cannot play any games until the board decides, Niehoff said. In four years on the board and three years as executive director, Niehoff said, she had not come across such a clearcut recruiting violation. “This is pretty egregious,” Niehoff said. “I don’t remember one where money was exchanged.” Milagros “Meme” Martin, mother of Javon Martin and legal guardian of Coggins, told investigators her sons had wanted to leave Sacred Heart for years. But Martin was having trouble playing her sons’ tuition, and until the bill was paid, the teens could not take final exams or have their transcripts released to transfer. Although the family lived in Waterbury, Martin wrote, her boys wanted to attend Naugatuck High. “They had played on Pop Warner teams with Naugatuck boys for years, and it seemed like a perfect fit for our family,” Martin wrote. Martin arranged for her sons to tour the school in early June, where they met Plasky and were told about the football camp later in the month, according to the report. Sacred Heart was not sending players to the camp and, per the CIAC’s advice, Martin’s sons and Woods went independently of any team. Plasky advanced money for the teens’ registration fees and was reimbursed $355 by the Naugatuck High School Football Alumni Association, the booster club Johnson runs, according to the report. In the beginning of last month, a hysterical Martin called Plasky to say they had no money for Sacred Heart, her sons kept asking about the transfer and she was battling breast cancer. Plasky told Martin he could not help, but placed a call to Johnson, according to the report. Johnson and Plasky met Martin in the high school parking lot Aug. 11, where Johnson wrote Martin a check for $1,000. Accounts vary as to whether Plasky or Martin asked for the loan to be made. The alumni association has in the past paid youth football registration fees for boys who could not afford the cost, according to Johnson. Four days later, Johnson was reading a Republican-American article online about the transfers and saw negative

comments that led him to research the CIAC rules. He confirmed with an attorney that he and Plasky had violated the rules, according to the report. They met Athletic Director Tom Pompei the night of Aug. 20 in the school parking lot to tell him about the $1,000 check. Pompei wrote that he had a “brief meltdown” and reminded Plasky he had been repeatedly told not to have conversations with Martin or her sons. Plasky was placed on paid administrative leave two days later, and resigned the following day. School administrators, in response to the incident, are requiring booster club officers to attend information sessions about CIAC regulations, according to the report. The attorneys recommended the booster clubs’ finances be managed through a school account. Administrators said they are working to get increased oversight of booster club expenditures.

Staff writer Mark Jaffee contributed to this article.

Doan P. Finlay
Owned Herrick Travel
LAKEVILLE — Doan Pitken (Bartlett) Searle Finlay, who passed away on Sept. 2, 2012, was born Nov. 14, 1921, in Hartford, Conn., daughter of the late Elizabeth Elton Peirce and Richard Learned Bartlett. Doan graduated from the Drew Seminary in Carmel, N.Y., in 1939, and furthered her education by attending Barnard College. Doan was the wife of the late Andrew Mitchell Finlay, a U.S. Army veteran, and the late Major Maurice Searle, USAF. Doan, along with her husband, Mitch, owned Herrick Travel in Lakeville, Conn., for nearly 20 years. She was an active member of St. Johns Episcopal Church in Salisbury and a loved an cherished member of the Northwestern Connecticut community. Doan is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Susanne “Susie” Searle Finlay, and two grandsons, Mark Mitchell Roberts and Christopher Lawrence Roberts. She was predeceased by her daughter, Linda Peirce Searle Finlay. A celebration of Doan’s life will be held at a later date at St. John’s Church. There are no calling hours. Memorial donations may be sent to St. John’s Episcopal Church or to a nonprofit organization of your choice.

EYESORE: Town now inspired to do more
Continued from 1B Farm Road neighbor Stephanie Sanovcie said of the fire five years ago. “My greatest fear was that there might have been someone there.” No one was home at the time of the fire in the wee hours of the morning, but Sanovcie watched for years as the house sat vacant and skunks, cats, and other animals made it their home. Blerim Prevalla hired Ocean Trace Demolition to tear down the house for $7,500, he said. He also paid off $6,269.61 in back taxes. He said he plans to build a similar raised ranch on the existing foundation and has already submitted a permit application to the Zoning Department to build on the .14-acre lot. He said he plans to move quickly to build the house and then sell it to a new homeowner. The 1,044-square-foot house built in 1975 is valued at $113,800, according to Vision Appraisal. The land alone is worth $70,500. Neighbor Saige Quirke of Ball Farm Road said she was grateful for the work the Town Council did to push for a solution to the blighted house. “It’s a huge relief. It’s just nice that it’s not that dilapidated mess,” Quirke said. The Town Council’s blight team, Louis Razza and Richard Fusco, worked with Town Manager Charles A. Frigon and attorney Paul Jessell to negotiate with the bank and owner. Town Council member Joseph Polletta started getting vocal about the issue this spring. The building inspector deemed the house unsafe in May and the town was prepared to take the house and raze it if a solution couldn’t be worked out with the owner. “As a neighbor, our hands were tied,” Quirke said. “Once the town did step in and tried to make an issue of it, they really did the behindthe-scenes work to step in and make sure it got taken down. We really do appreciate that.” Polletta said he was excited to see the Taft Avenue house come down, but there are many more blighted houses in Watertown. “We have to get to work now and tackle the next project,” Polletta said. He’s eyeing a house on Augusta Street that is badly damaged and exposed to the elements. “That’s number two on the list, at least in my opinion,” Polletta said. Others have mentioned another burned house on Williamson Circle as the next possible target. Fusco agreed that he and Razza have more work to do. “One down and more to go. For the people who have these hazardous homes or blight homes, you can run away but you can’t hide,” he said.

ARREST: Bond set at $500,000
Continued from 1B her apartment in August, telling her she wasn’t going to leave him like his last girlfriend did, according to the warrant. The woman told police that Candelario twisted her arm behind her back, hit her in the face, kicked her while she was on the ground and eventually raped her after forcing her into her bedroom. The woman went on to tell police she tried to escape the apartment after the rape, but he dragged her back inside. She also claimed he bit her three times causing her to pass out. She awoke in his pickup truck and immediately started to have a panic attack. Her heart raced and she couldn’t feel her fingers, according to the warrant. A member of the woman’s family saw her in Candelario’s truck later that night and asked him what happened. The woman was shaking and they took her to Saint Mary’s Hospital. But she told a detective that Candelario leaned in close to her while she was in the hospital, pretending to kiss her while he threatened her not to say anything. The woman eventually confided in a family member and then a detective. “I only came to the police department because Roberto was threatening to have his family come after me if I made a report against him,” she told

1960s, ’70s songwriter Joe South dies at 72
ATLANTA (AP) — Singersongwriter Joe South, who penned hits like “Games People Play,” and “Down in the Boondocks” in the 1960s and ’70s, died Wednesday, his music publisher said. He was 72. South, whose real name was Joseph Souter, died at his home in Buford, Ga., northeast of Atlanta, according to Butch Lowery, president of the Lowery Group. The company published South’s music. Lowery said South died of heart failure, but did not know any other details. “He’s one of the greatest songwriters of all time,” Lowery said. “His songs have touched so many lives. He’s such a wonderful guy and loved by many.” South was an inductee in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. South’s song “Down in the Boondocks” was a 1965 hit for singer Billy Joe Royal. South worked as a session guitar player on recordings by Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools,” Bob Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde” and on albums by Eddy Arnold and Marty Robbins. South also had a solo singing career producing hits such the 1968 song, “Games People Play,” which won him two Grammys for Best Contemporary Song and Song of the Year. The song, which was released on South’s debut album “Introspect,” spoke against hate, hypocrisy and inhumanity. “Don’t It Make You Want to Go Home” was another hit for South. He also wrote the Grammy-nominated “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden” for Lynn Anderson. But his music career was struck by tragedy when his brother, Tommy Souter, committed suicide in 1971. South’s last album was “Classic Masters” in 2002. According to South’s website, he was born in Atlanta on Feb. 28, 1940. As a child he was interested in technology and developed his own radio station with a 1-mile transmission area. In 1958, South recorded his debut single, a novelty song called, “The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor.”

police. Police obtained evidence in the case, including pictures of the scrapes and bruises on the woman’s body and her clothing. Police were unable to find Candelario when the woman reported the claims. He was arrested and arraigned Wednesday where Judge Eliot D. Prescott set his six-figure bond. “It was one of the most chilling warrants I have read,” Prescott said. Candelario, a father, was also charged with third-degree strangulation, unlawful restraint and third-degree assault. He was ordered to stay away from the woman and is due back in court in October.

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Margaret M. Celia
Heminway Corp. retiree
WATERBURY — Margaret M. Celia, 86, of Waterbury, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at her home. Ms. Celia was born in Waterbury on Oct. 10, 1925, daughter of the late Salvatore and Angeline (Algieri) Celia. She worked at Heminway Corp. for several years before retiring. She loved her family and friends and also loved knitting the outdoors and shopping. The family would like to thank Vitas Hospice Home Care and the nurses and aids. She is survived by a sister, Carmella Cammelletti and husband Joseph, with whom she made her home; several nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and three great-great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters, Rose Gentile and Nancy Lafdusi. Arrangements: The funeral will be held 9:30 a.m. Friday from the Colasanto Funeral Home, 932 Bank St., to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church for a Mass at 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Blessed Sacrament School. More OBITUARIES, Page 7B

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