Our Staff

Our family is  privileged to serve your Family in your time of need.

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John Stanley Zaleski
Licensed Funeral Director

Email: john@wakeleememorial.com
Office: (203) 734-1490
Fax: (203) 735-4467

A lifelong resident of Shelton, husband of Milly, father and step-father, John is a graduate of St. Joseph Catholic Grammar School, Shelton; Notre Dame High School of West Haven; and of Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, N.Y. Working in funeral service over 34 years, he possesses expert experience in all facets of funeral service and has earned the designation of “Certified Funeral Service Practitioner” by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, as well as “Certified Crematory Operator” by the National Funeral Directors Association.

In 2005, John served as the 116th President of the CT Funeral Directors Association and remains active on many committees as a Past President. He serves as a Professional Consultant on the Funeral Service Professional Technical Advisory Council of Life Choice Donor Services. In 2008 he was awarded with special recognition by the the New England Organ Bank.

He is a member of St. Joseph Church, Shelton and Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Ansonia, where he is a member of the Parish Council; a 4th Degree Knight, Knights of Columbus; the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association; the Greater New Haven Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. John is a member of the Seymour Lions Club, where he was nominated as the 2010 Lion of the Year and received the Lion’s Distinguished Service Award in 2013. He is also a social member of the Charters Hose Co. 4 of Ansonia.

In his down time, he enjoys spending time and vacationing with his family. He is also a Registered FAA RC Pilot, a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics and member of The White Hills Eagles Radio Control Club where he enjoys flying RC model airplanes.

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Mildred "Milly" Lynn Zaleski

Office Administrator

Email: milly@wakeleememorial.com
Office: (203) 734-1490
Fax: (203) 735-4467

Raised in Monroe, Milly Zaleski is a graduate of Masuk High School.  A Shelton resident, wife of John and mother of three children, she stays active in her children’s many endeavors.  Milly joined the Wakelee Memorial Funeral Home Staff in 2013 as the Office Administrator, following several years employed at The Hartford Insurance Company.  Because of her love of gardening, Milly took it upon herself to become Wakelee’s official gardener - she plants and maintains perennial and annual flowers throughout funeral home’s grounds during the spring, summer and fall.  She also maintains the flowers at Wakelee’s Ansonia Adopt-A-Spot location on Division Street and Wakelee Avenue.  Milly is a CT Notary Public and a parishioner of St. Joseph Church, Shelton.  She volunteers at Adam's House of Shelton and the Shelton High School Girls Swim Team; and for many years, volunteered as a Girl Scout Leader and was a member of the Shelton High School Marching Gaels Parent’s Association.  In her spare time, Milly enjoys cooking, gardening, making soy candles, crocheting, reading, but most of all spending quality time with her family. Her favorite vacation destination is any place tropical, where she can enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the beach.

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Scott A. Walker

Funeral Assistant

Scott A. Walker of Derby was raised in Trumbull and is a graduate of Trumbull High School. Husband of Jean and father of two daughters, Scott has been an Operating Engineer over twenty years and member of the I.U.O.E, Local 478. He is a State of CT Licensed Security Guard and veteran member as well as Past Captain of the Long Hill Fire Department, Trumbull. Active in his daughters’ endeavors, he coached Derby Youth Softball, Basketball and Soccer. He is a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Church of Ansonia, where he currently serves as President of the Parish Council and Cemetery Sexton. Scott is certified in first aid / CPR and certified AED life support. In his spare time, Scott enjoys watching all sports and spending time with his family.

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Faye Checkley

Funeral Assistant


Faye Checkley, a lifelong resident of Seymour, has been a Staff Assistant at Wakelee Memorial for several years. A mother of two daughters and grandmother of three, she enjoys gardening, cooking and attending Broadway shows. A lifelong member of St. Augustine Church of Seymour, she is also a member of the Seymour, Derby and Oxford Senior Centers. Faye’s endless energy stems from a healthy lifestyle and exercising regularly with the Silver Sneakers Exercise Program & Zumba. Faye has no plans of ever slowing down! She finds satisfaction in helping generations of families in their time of loss.

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William Lieder

Funeral Assistant


William “Corky” Lieder of Oxford was raised in Ansonia and graduated from the Pine Manual Training School for Boys (Pine High) in 1960. He was an employed with the American Brass Company of Ansonia for 54 years, until his retirement in 2016. Husband of Connie and father, he enjoys applying his mechanical ability to fix or tinker with just about anything! Corky is a member of the Board of Ethics for the Town of Oxford and a member of the Seymour Lions Club, where he serves as Car Show Chairman. He is a social member of the Fountain Hose Co. 1, the Norwood Athletic Club, the St. Sebastian Club, and the Central Subalpi Club, all of Ansonia. Corky is antique car enthusiast, owning a 1935 and a 1937 Chevrolet and can often be found at area cruise nights and car shows. He is a member of the Antique Chevy Car Club of America and regularly attends car rallies and swap meets, including Hershey, PA.   A NASCAR enthusiast, he’s traveled to nearly every NASCAR track in the country to attend races.

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Susan Guliuzza

Desairologist

Susan Guliuzza, of Ansonia was raised in Seymour and is a graduate of Seymour High School. Sue graduated from the Valley Academy of Beauty Culture and has been a Licensed Hair Dresser, Colorist and Cosmetologist for over 40 years. A talented Desairologist of 35 years, Sue is proficient in all skills necessary to care for the final appearance of deceased individuals. In addition to her work with hair and makeup, Sue is a skilled tattoo artist and was the former owner of the Bridgeport Tattoo Shop. She was a member of the Charter Revision Committee for the City of Ansonia and is a member of the  Ansonia Rod and Gun Club where she enjoys target shooting. In her spare time, Sue enjoys traveling-especially to Florida and the Caribbean.

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William Gillen

Funeral Assistant


William “Bill” Gillen of Seymour was raised in Cambridge, MA and is a graduate of Northeastern University. He proudly served as a U.S. Army Captain in Vietnam and continued his service for nine years in the U. S. Army National Guard Reserve. Husband of Sandra, father of two and grandfather of five; he relocated to Ansonia in 1969 and then Beacon Falls before settling in Seymour. While residing in Ansonia, he was a volunteer firefighter attaining the rank of Lieutenant in the Charters Hose Co. 4 and while residing in Beacon Falls, he served as Chairman of the Board of Tax Review as well as a firefighter and EMT for the Beacon Hose Co., 1 for over twenty years. For thirty-eight years Bill worked as a Claims Adjuster in the insurance industry, until the time of his retirement in 2010. At that time, he assumed his position at Wakelee Memorial as a Funeral Assistant, a role tailor made for him, given his experience and community service. He enjoys traveling and spending time with family, especially the grandchildren.

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MaryEllen Midgley

Funeral Assistant


MaryEllen Midgley of Monroe was raised in New Fairfield, graduated from New Fairfield High School and earned a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S. in Developmental Psychology from Bay Path University. Wife of Jim and mother of four, MaryEllen operates a Shop.com franchise and is a part-time kick boxing instructor. An active member of the Parent Teacher League of Christian Heritage School, Trumbull, she participates in many scholastic activities. As a Staff Assistant at Wakelee Memorial, MaryEllen finds great personal satisfaction in supporting the focused care that client families receive in their time of loss, thus becoming an integral part of the healing process. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, painting and crafting.

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Joseph Kingston

Funeral Assistant


Joseph “Joe” Kingston is a lifelong Ansonia resident and a graduate of Platt Technical Regional Vocational High School where he studied Architectural Drafting. He then graduated from the University of New Haven with a B.A. in Fire Administration. Joe is a CPR certified volunteer firefighter at the Hilltop Hose Co. 5, Ansonia and is employed with the State of CT as a Building and Fire Safety Inspector. Joe attained the rank of Eagle Scout, in the Boy Scouts of America, Housatonic Council, Troop 105 of Ansonia. He continues to be active in scouting and is currently the Scoutmaster of Troop 105. In his spare time, Joe enjoys working out at the gym, and participating in the Spartan and Water Dash obstacle course races.

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Robert Pogozelski

Funeral Assistant


Robert “Bob” Pogozelski is a lifelong Ansonia resident, graduate of Ansonia High School and attended the Paier College of Art, where he studied photography. Bob was the Sales Manager of National Carpet of Ansonia for 25 years, until the time of his early retirement in 2010. He serves as an Usher at Holy Rosary Church of Ansonia, where he has been a lifelong member. Bob enjoys walking the Naugatuck Valley Greenway daily and considers himself an avid “communicator”. A “people person” at heart, Bob applies his natural skills to assist bereaved families and ensure their comfort.

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Glenn Murray

Funeral Assistant


Glen Murray of Orange was raised in West Haven and is a graduate of West Haven High School. He graduated from University of New Haven with degrees in Fire Science and Occupational Safety and Health. Glen earned his Master’s Degree in Emergency Services Management from Columbia Southern University. He was a career firefighter in the West Shore Fire District of West Haven for 22 years, achieving the rank of Captain, prior to his retirement in 2012. Glen is a certified EMT and CPR instructor. Husband of Judy, father of two, as well as a grandfather, Glen enjoys cooking, watching sports, camping and fishing. He is a bagpiper and the Pipe Major of the New Haven County fire fighters Emerald Society Pipes and Drums. Glen has performed with the award winning band in New York City, Rockaway, NY, Newport, RI, Washington D.C., Savanah, GA, Boston and Worcester, MA and Key West, FL.

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Scott Trembley

Funeral Assistant


Scott Trembley is a lifelong Ansonia resident, a graduate of Ansonia High School and is a Lieutenant with the Fairfield Fire Department. He is an EMT, a Past Captain of the Charters Hose Co. 4 Ansonia, where he has volunteered for over 30 years and is a Past Chief of the Ansonia Fire Department. In addition to the fire departments, he is the owner and operator of Tremco Property Service, LLC, a landscape and hardscape contracting business. Husband of Lillian and father of two, Scott supports and encourages his family's participation in productions at Center Stage of Shelton. He is a member of the Church of Assumption of Ansonia. In his spare time, Scott enjoys attending Jimmy Buffett Concerts, as well as cruise nights and car shows with his classic Dodge Challenger.

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David A. Knapp

Funeral Assistant


David A. Knapp, a lifelong resident of Ansonia is a graduate of Ansonia High School and received his B.A. and M.A. from Southern Connecticut State University. He worked as a Grants and Contracts Manager for Yale University and Columbia University, until the of his early retirement in 2019. Husband of Sharon and father of two, Dave served the City of Ansonia as the 7th Ward Alderman, Democratic Town Committee Chair, a member of the Board of Directors of the Ansonia Housing Authority, as well as many other boards and committees. He is a past Chairman of TEAM Inc., a social member of the Charters Hose Co. 4, the St. Sebastian Club and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Valley Council #23. Active in all his children’s endeavors, he coached (boys and girls) baseball, basketball, soccer, softball and participated their school’s Parent Teacher Organizations. David is a Licensed Real Estate Broker and member Valley Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. In his spare time, he enjoys watching sports and is an avid NY Yankees Fan.

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