Stephen N. Zehalla, 97, of Mix Ave., Hamden, passed away on April 17, 2011. He was born in Milford on August 16, 1913 to the late Michael and Annie Adamcit Zehalla. He was employed for many years by the New York, New Haven, & Hartford Railroad and later Penn Central in the legal department and also for the board of trustees. After retirement from the railroad he was employed as a court clerk at the US District Court in New Haven. He served in the US Army during WW II in the 39th General Hospital in New Zealand where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. Stephen is survived by his wife of 58 years, Arlene Berchtold Zehalla; son, Atty. Stephen Zehalla of North Haven and his wife Carmela Della Mura; grandchildren, Jim Brennan and his wife Kathleen, and Amy Milano and her husband Dominic; five great-grandchildren; niece, Rosanne Gifford; nephew, William Gifford and his wife Luciana. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his brother Michael Zehalla and his sister, Helen Gifford. Stephen's sense of humor and fun will be missed by all. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated in St. Rita's Church on Wednesday, April 20th at 11 a.m. followed by burial in All Saints Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Contributions in Stephen's memory may be sent to the St. Raphael's Foundation, 1450 Chapel St., New Haven, CT 06511.

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  1. Dear Arlene & Steve and families… My deepeset sympathies on the loss of .uncle Steve. He truly was a great man.. I was fortunate to have grown up with him as my FRIEND LINDA’s UNCLE.. HE LIVED A LONG AND GOOD LIFE AND WILL BE MISSED.. You are all in my thoughts…love becca jacobs

  2. Dear Steve and Carmela, I want to extend my sincere sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your Dad.

  3. Dear Arlene, I am so sorry for your loss. Steve was such a wonderful person. I always remember his kind and gentle nature when we both worked in the Law Department at the New Haven Railroad and I was fresh out of high school (class of ’54). My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  4. Dear Arlene, Steve was such a wonderful co-worker and it was such a joy to have know him. God bless you and your family at this time.

  5. Dear Steve, I was so very sorry to hear of your loss. I offer my deepest sympathy to you, Carmela and your mom. Fondly, Lisa Greco

  6. Steve, So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Our condolences to you, Carm, your mother and family. Be well. Bill and Gail

  7. We are sorry to here of the passing of your fahter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Sincerely, Margaret and Thomnas Savinelli and family

  8. Dear Arlene, I am so sorry for your loss. Steve was such a wonderful person. I always remember his kind and gentle nature when we both worked in the Law Department at the New Haven Railroad and I was fresh out of high school (class of ’54). My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  9. Dear Steve, I was so very sorry to hear of your loss. I offer my deepest sympathy to you, Carmela and your mom. Fondly, Lisa Greco

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