Obituary

Obituary: Morgan Augustine, 28

A beloved mother, daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend, Morgan Elizabeth Augustine left this world unexpectedly at age 28 on July 31, 2019. Born in Stamford, Connecticut on June 20, 1991 to Ted and Diane Augustine, Morgan grew up in Redding, Connecticut where she attended Redding Elementary School, John Read Middle School, and Joel Barlow High School. Her soprano voice floated through the Christ Church children’s choir, and she attended the First Church of Christ, Congregational as a youth member.

Morgan was funny, outgoing and vivacious, and her interests and joys were eclectic. She loved to dance, and took classes in ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. In the summer Morgan sailed at Noroton Yacht Club and won many awards, including a sportsmanship trophy that is still on display. She loved everything outdoors: horseback riding, fishing, swimming, canoeing, downhill skiing and hiking, and was an accomplished artist. Her passion for art shines through in her ceramics, photography and painting. Morgan worked briefly at modeling, took photos aboard the USS Intrepid, and sailed as crew on a clipper ship, just to name a few.

Morgan was a loving and compassionate person with a beautiful smile that could light up your soul. She loved her parents and her big brother Chris, whom she looked up to and was very proud of. She cherished her daughter, Courtney Lillian Sommerer, 18 months old. She spoke a lot about her daughter, her one happiness on cloudy days, her hope for the future. Her prayer was that Courtney would always be loved and happy. Morgan wanted most to live her life with fiancé Erich as husband and wife. She loved with her whole heart, and there are so many more who meant so much to her.

Morgan, sadly, had fears and anxieties. She mistakenly thought that alcohol and drugs would numb her long enough so that problems would disappear or work themselves out. No matter the reason, this horrible disease consumed her.

She leaves behind her parents Diane Augustine and Theodore S.P. Augustine, brother Christopher, fiancé Erich J. Sommerer, their daughter Courtney Lillian Sommerer, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

When you think of Morgan, celebrate the good memories you have of her. Remember that life is fragile and should be lived to the fullest. She had talent and beauty; she had our love.

A Celebration of Life will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, August 10 at First Church of Christ, 184 Cross Highway (Redding Center) in Redding. A reception will follow in the church reception hall. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that a donation be made for Morgan’s daughter Courtney. Donations can be sent to Christopher P. Norris, Esq., 65 Main St., Danbury CT 06810. “Morgan Augustine” must be included in the memo line.

Obituary Arthur Blumenfield

Arthur Blumenfield, 82, of Easton, CT, died Wednesday, April 25, 2018, peacefully surrounded by his loving family.

Arthur was born April 15, 1936 in the Bronx to the late Ethel and Abraham Blumenfield. He was the beloved husband of Hermine.

Arthur is survived by his children, Amy and Barry (Jodi) Blumenfield and Mitchell, Amy, Eric (Kim), Seth (Teri), and Deborah Eisenberg, and his grandchildren Robert Jeffrey, Emily and May Blumenfield, Samantha, Rachel and Emma Eisenberg, Elyssa, Kari, and Steven Eisenberg, and Ethan and Mira Eisenberg.

Friends are invited to attend his funeral on Friday, April 27 at 3 pm at the Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT. Burial will be at B’nai Israel Cemetery in Monroe. Donations to United Cerebral Palsy, ucpect.org/ways-to-help-ucp/make-a-donation/.

Arthur was an award-winning direct marketer for over 50 years. After graduating from City College, he got his start pioneering computer technology at Standard Oil. He invented “Me Books” and innovated de-duplication of mailing list technology.

His most treasured occupation, however, was that of Husband, Father, and Grandfather. From driving across state lines to hiking Mount Masada, he stopped at nothing to support his family. He made everyone smile by handing out “million dollar bills,” which gave him his famous aliases, King Arthur and Million Dollar Grandpa. He was able to afford this because he was priceless: constantly sporting an ear-to-ear grin and singing his favorite show tunes.

Obituary: Mark Stern

Mark Stern, 63, passed away on Thursday in Danbury Hospital after succumbing to his injuries sustained from a private plane crash on Sunday morning.

A devoted family man, Mark is survived by his wife of 30 years, Karin; his son Bryan; daughter Alexis; step-daughter Stacee; brothers; David, Richard and Glen; sister Donna and grandchildren Vincent, Emily and Sarah. He was preceded in death by his parents Leon and Miriam Stern.

Mark attended New York University and graduated from the University of Florida in 1976 then went on to earn his Juris Doctor in 1979 from Loyola Marymount School of Law. He worked at several prestigious law firms before founding his international law practice Mark Stern & Associates in 1986. Mark was licensed to practice law in Connecticut, New York, California and Florida. Mark was a well-respected trial litigator, community leader, teacher and law enforcement professional. An active volunteer in his communities throughout his life, he served as the Wilton Fire Commissioner, a Culver City California Police Officer, Volunteer Florida State Highway Trooper, auxiliary Police Officer at Fairfield/Eagle 1 Search and Rescue helicopter program. Mark served as a Fact Finder and Arbitrator for the Stamford-Connecticut Superior Court and a Director of the Fairfield Bar Association. Mark was also a member and volunteered his time with dozens of other organizations focused on law enforcement, emergency management, law, commercial security and others. He was a lifetime student and teacher who continued exploring new fields of endeavor that seemingly knew no limits including becoming an experienced aviator flying both helicopters and airplanes. Mark’s true passions were family, flying and making a positive difference on those around him.

All arrangements are being directed by Spadaccino and Leo P. Gallagher & Son Community Funeral Home of Monroe, Connecticut, 203-445-8500.

Mark Stern’s celebration of life and memorial will be held Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.at the Norwalk Inn located at 99 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to either the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund, 561855-4207, or Blackhorse 4 Heroes, 516-449-9610, in honor of “Mark Stern and Family”. www.spadaccinofuneralhome.com to leave an online condolence.