First Funerals for Sandy Hook Victims Set for Monday, Tuesday

Abraham L. Green & Son Funeral Home in Fairfield will hold services for Noah Pozner, 6, at 1 p.m., Honan Funeral Home in Newtown will hold services for Jack Pinto.


The first funerals to be held for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are set for Monday.

Abraham L. Green & Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Road, Fairfield, will hold services at 1 p.m. for Noah Pozner, 6. Burial is set to follow at B'nai Israel Cemetery, Monroe.

Also at 1 p.m. Monday, a funeral for Jack Pinto, 6, is set for Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main St., Newtown, followed by burial in Newtown Village Cemetery, Newtown.

A wake is scheduled for on Monday afternoon from 2-4 p.m. and evening from 6-8 p.m., at the Spadaccino and Leo P. Gallagher & Son Community Funeral Home in Monroe. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown at 10 a.m., with burial to follow at St. John's Roman Catholic Cemetery in Darien.

On Tuesday, a noon service is set for Jessica Rekos, 6, at St. Rose of Lima Church, 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown, followed by burial in St. Rose Cemetery, Newtown.

A wake for Chase Michael Anthony Kowalski, 7, is scheduled for 2-6 p.m. at Spadaccino and Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 315 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe, on Wednesday, Dec. 19. Prayer vigils will be held throughout the afternoon. Chase's family would like to request the public visitation end at 5:45 to allow them a brief period of privacy.

Jean JAMES December 17, 2012 at 01:11 PM
My heart breaks for you.The grief is too hard even for us far away to bear. I live in Virginia Beach,VA. and just retired from the school system here.The heart of a teacher will always act to protect the children we love no matter what.Your teachers and staff were such heros.had they not acted so many more children would have been lost.God bless you all at this time of incredible sorrow. I leave with you part of a a poem I wrote out of my personal grief. America Please Wake Up!!!!! We lost twenty precious children today They went to school to learn and play Terror entered in the door And those twenty children are no more. They’ve taken an angel flight to God And losing them is just too hard A crazed gun took out twenty seven And tears are flowing straight from heaven And let’s not forget the children’s friends Teachers who sheltered them to the end Many who’ve also lost their lives Were mothers, fathers, husbands, wives We cannot lose another child To guns on streets that have run wild Those in charge have got to know All these guns have got to go. I cannot take another senseless killing The murder of these innocents today is chilling Twenty children were taken today Control these guns is what we pray.
Clare December 17, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Go preach somewhere else
Lisa Barone December 17, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Being a substitute teacher in a catholic elementary school in N.Y. please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Your teachers ARE heroes. Take comfort that they are all together in heaven. May they all rest in peace.
Sue Van Eyck December 17, 2012 at 03:30 PM
From Sue in Michigan ~ As a parent, I can not even begin to imagine the pain and sorrow that fills your hearts and those of the Newtown community. May Jesus Christ hold you all especially close now and grant you peace and comfort.
Belinda December 17, 2012 at 03:53 PM
thank you for reminding us always to be kind to the isolated, hurt, angry, homeless, mentally challenged human beings in the world
Jennifer Hart Griffin December 17, 2012 at 04:05 PM
I am lifting you all up in prayer today. There are no words I can offer to take away your pain. Love and light to the first responders, teachers, children and families affected. May your community come together to support you through these tragic times.
Angela Holloway December 17, 2012 at 04:20 PM
There are no words that will fill the void, but please know it is the greatest desire of the good people of Tennessee and all the world to comfort the families of Newtown. Your families are at the forefront of our minds and we share the sorrow as you lay innocent victims to rest in the coming days. . I have not felt this way since 9/11 and my heart breaks for all of you. May God comfort you in the way only He can do and may He give you Peace.
Jaclyn Rothenberg December 17, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Being a substitute teacher in Stratford, CT and being at an elementary school this past Friday, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We all can take some comfort knowing the little ones are in a most heavenly and peaceful place, a place so beautiful the human mind can't even imagine it. God Bless all those who teach/care for our children.
Alisha December 17, 2012 at 04:50 PM
I'm so sorry to all of you. You are in my constant thoughts and prayers for comfort and relief. God bless
Sara Logan December 17, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I to am a single mom of two. One 12 and the youngest turned 7 that very day the precious 20 children lost there lives. My daughter was sad about this and I still cry over. May all the families get through this very tough time.
Emily December 17, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Please accept our condolences. We send love and hugs and prayers. Our hearts are broken and we know the pain you are going through. We ask God to give you the courage and strength to go on and know that we will never forget.
Lois Richardson December 17, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Mike Huckaby said it right. There are no words we can say to make this any better. Please know we are deeply saddened by this. I had my Grandchildren to hug today and many of these parents did not. So sad.
Kathy December 17, 2012 at 05:17 PM
I am so sorry and sad for all of the families and all of the residents of your lovely community. I am at such a loss for words, but please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and I wish you peace and God's comfort at this horrible time.
NJD December 17, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Thoughts and prayers from New Jersey through these difficult days. Please know that the world is grieving with you as you lay your beautiful babies to rest in heaven. Much peace and love in this terrible time.
Myra Miller December 17, 2012 at 05:28 PM
To My heart aches to know that the families have to bury a Innocent life taken over by a sick heartless man. May The Lord give you strength and comfort during these trying times close to Christmas. I have a 7 year old boy and when he saw the news he cried and came to my job and gave me a big hug. I will be praying for all of you . May your Angel rest in peace!!!
Jennifer Williamson December 17, 2012 at 05:32 PM
From Texas: My thoughts and prayers are with you all! Simple words of condolences do not adequately express the grief that I, along with everyone else, feel in my heart! As a teacher and Mom of three, I cannot imagine that type of pain! Please know that you're each lifted in prayer!!
Pema Kunsang December 17, 2012 at 06:40 PM
You´re not alone in your pain ! In my heart and my mind I´ll be with you. May Buddha bless you all.
katie December 17, 2012 at 06:51 PM
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
katie December 17, 2012 at 06:52 PM
From Missouri - We don't know what we can do, but know this...We are praying for you, we are crying with you and our hearts are heavy. The BEAUTIFUL lives that were lost are heavy in all of our hearts. Sending tears from the midwest. God Bless you all.
Jeanie Babcock December 17, 2012 at 06:55 PM
From Florida: My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families and those involved in the tragic events of last Friday. People from around the world are praying for you and grieving with you. May you find comfort and peace in your memories of the precious children and for the adults who were also lost in that violence trying to protect your babies. My heart aches for all of you. The good Lord will watch over them and keep them safe until you meet again. Rest in peace little ones!
Carolyn Mastropieri December 17, 2012 at 07:11 PM
From Carolyn, an OT in Cleveland Public Schools: I survived the Success Tech school shooting on Oct 10, 2007. Four years later, my son had to endure a second lock down during the Chardon Ohio shooting, Feb 27, 2012 and a school bus raid with guns drawn on Feb 28, 2012. The pain, the sorrow you all must feel is incomprehensable. We are praying for you all in Cleveland and Chagrin Falls, Ohio. We send our love and pray for the end of gun violence. May God hold each of you close in the light of His love and healing grace in the days and years to come.
Sally Lofte December 17, 2012 at 07:48 PM
In this terrible time of wrenching grief, I share this hymn we sang at our parish Mass, Christ the King in Minneapolis, MN on Sunday, 12/16/12. With deepest sympathy and faithful prayer, Sally Lofte `````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` There Is A Place There is a place prepared for little children, Those we once lived for, those we deeply mourn, Those who from play, from learning and from laughter, Cruelty were torn. There is a place where hands which held ours tightly Now are released beyond all hurt and fear, Healed by that love which also feels our sorrow Tear after tear. There is a place where all the lost potential Yields its full promise, finds it true intent Silenced no more, young voices echo freely As they were meant. There is a place where God will hear our questions, Suffer our anger, share our speech-less grief, Gently repair the innocence of loving And of belief. Jesus, who bids us to be like little children, Shields though our arms are yearning to embrace. God will ensure that all are reunited; There is a place. (Text: John L. Bell, born 1949 Tune: DUNBLANE PRIMARY. 11 10 11 4; John L Bell copy-write Iona Community, GIA Publications, Inc.)
ana ripoll December 17, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Some people can't or won't receive what you suggest. Some people are born with something broken inside; be it genetic or otherwise. I'm not sure if you have kids, but if you do and you were an attentive husband while your wife was pregnant you should know that even while in Utero, each little person makes his/her personality known. Try doing a little research on it. Let me help you get started, google this: Fetal Psychology, get comfortable because there's a lot of reading involved.
ana ripoll December 17, 2012 at 08:59 PM
We're all heart broken for you. I look at my son and I can't help but think of all of your little ones...and the parents...my heart hurts thinking about what they're going through. I wish their was something one could say to convey sorrow.
ursula bristow December 17, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Ursula 4:09 Monday' December 17,2012 My thoughts and prayers are with you but just no ALLAH have is new angels in his arms.
Amy Wingo December 17, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Psalm 23 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. My deepest condolences from VA. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. God bless each and every one of you. Amy
alan melnick December 17, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Our deepest sympathy to all in Newtown. My wife is a kindergarten teacher in Chicago and our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.
Leticia Delgado December 18, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Our hearts and prayers are with everyone in Newtown. The families whose lives will forever be changed and the residents who will also forever be affected. As the President said, the nation grieves with you all. Please know that way down in South Texas, Corpus Christi, our hearts and most importantly our prayers are with you. May God's grace be upon all.
DrGrace J. Gniazdowska PsyD PhD December 18, 2012 at 02:31 AM
I am offering free private grief counseling to the families of victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Please contact me. drgraceg@sensualmentality.com or you may speak with me on yahoo chat graceg1971a I am free to come to your home (like Dr. Hank does on Royal Pains) or you may come to me. I am in Trumbull. Please contact me for information. Dr Grace
Marilyn Lupold December 18, 2012 at 06:53 PM
As a parent of a child taken too soon(daughter age 6 yrs 10 mos) I can feel your pain with 1st hand knowledge, my heart goes out to you all. I hope you can feel the love from across the country...now and forever


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