Francesco Diurno

Francesco "Frank" Diurno, husband of Mafalda DiBerardino Diurno of Norwalk, died Wednesday, March 17, at Norwalk Hospital after a long battle with ALS. He was 69.

Born April 26, 1940, in Monte Sant Angelo, (Foggia) Italy, Mr. Diurno was the son of the late Lorenzo and Libera Giordano Diurno.

When he was 13 years old, Mr. Diurno began his career on furniture making in Italy and at 21, he and Mafalda married and moved to the United States.

Mr. Diurno began working with various contractors, building homes and became a master of all aspects of carpentry, and was especially known for his finish work and meticulous detail. His workmanship brought him to the attention of Earl Smith of the New Canaan Fuel and Lumber Co., where he worked for 33 years.

He took great pleasure in being with his family and especially enjoyed his grandchildren. Mr. Diurno's home and garden were his pride and he had a passion for making homemade wine, fishing, swimming in the ocean, vacationing in Narragansett, R.I., and the beautiful surroundings while in Vermont.

He was a past member of the St. Ann's Club in Norwalk, and enjoyed working at its annual festivals.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his sons, Lorenzo and his wife, Filomena, of Wilton, Frank and his wife, Gloria, of Norwalk, and Mario and his wife, Amanda, of Fairfield; his daughter Lena and her husband, David Owens, of Norwalk; seven grandchildren, Tina and Roman Musilli of Wilton, Matthew and Jonathan of Norwalk, Trey and Phoenix Dominick of Fairfield and Alyssa Owens of Norwalk; and his sister Giovanna Murgo of Pesaro, Italy.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Philip's Church and he was laid to rest on March 20, in Riverside Cemetery in Norwalk.

Donations in his memory may be sent to: The ALS Association, Connecticut Chapter, 4 Oxford Road Unit D4, Milford, CT 06460.

The Diurno family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff of VITAS Hospice Care, to Norwalk Hospital and to family and friends for their comfort and support during this difficult time.

Paul Spielman

Paul Spielman of Selma, Ore., formerly of New Canaan, died Sept. 28, 2009, as a result of a diabetic coma. He was 39.

He was the son of Jeanne Little Fox of Longboat Key, Fla., and Freeport, Maine, and the late Joseph Spielman. Mr. Spielman graduated from New Canaan High School, class of 1987. After high school he headed west, attended The University of Northern Colorado and the California Culinary Institute in San Francisco. He lived most of his life in Selma, was a gourmet cook and was very involved in the local community.

Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of the Valley-L.B. Hall Funeral Home, Grants Pass, Ore. Condolences may be sent to www.chapel-valley.com.