Frances W. Griffith, 72, had worked for SNET
Frances (Wenck) Griffith, 72, of 26 Evergreen Lane, New Milford, wife of Walter P. (Pat) Griffith, died Jan. 29 at New Milford Hospital.
Mrs. Griffith was born in New York City, Sept. 1, 1926, a daughter of the late Henry H. and Elizabeth (Schmidt) Wenck.
She had been a customer service representative with Southern New England Telephone Company for some 20 years retiring in 1981.
She moved to New Milford from Bridgeport in 1981. She was active in the Literacy Volunteers of Danbury.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Griffith is survived by two sons, Stephen D. of Troy, Ohio and Lawrence D. of King and Queen, Va.; and three grandchildren.
Arrangements were handled by the Lillis Funeral Home of New Milford.
Contributions may be made to Literacy Volunteers, South Library Place, Danbury, CT 06810-6606.
Joseph Bourdeau, 81, brother of area resident
Joseph M. Bourdeau, 81, of Woodbury, died Jan. 27 at Hospice House in Barnstable, Mass. He was the widower of Lorette (Ouimette) Bourdeau.
Mr. Bourdeau was born Jan. 1, 1918, in Hemingford, Quebec, son of the late Arthur and Philomena (Stringer) Bourdeau.
He was a Woodbury resident since 1945 and had a small farm. He worked for Chase Brass and Copper, retiring in 1966.
He leaves three sons, Leonard Bourdeau of Woodbury, Richard Bourdeau of Waterbury and Robert Bourdeau of Camarillo, Calif.; a daughter, Shirley Hardisty of Bethlehem; two brothers, Ubald Bourdeau of Bridgewater and Edward Bourdeau of Terryville; a sister, Sister Gladys Bourdeau of Albany, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were handled by Hillside Memorial Funeral Home of Waterbury.
Contributions may be made to Hospice House, 88 Railroad St., Barnstable, Mass., or to the American Cancer Society, 2024 East Main St., Waterbury, CT 06705.
Raymond Knecht, 70, was father of local man
Raymond Knecht, 70, died Jan. 19 in Tampa, Fla. He lived in Easton, Monroe and Brookfield before moving to Tampa six years ago.
Mr. Knecht was born Nov. 4, 1928, in Trumbull, the son of the late Alwin and Katherine (Madnalowski) Knecht.
He is survived by one son, Thomas Knecht of Washington; three daughters, Susan Reardon of Branford, Judy Pastor of Shelton and Jeanne Ober of Huntington; four grandsons, Jake and Jared Knecht and Brandon and Cody Ober; a granddaughter, Nicole Pastor; two sisters, Beatrice Thompson and Lillian Townsend; two brothers, Edward Knecht and Daniel Knecht; and several nieces and nephews.
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2024 East Main St., Waterbury, CT 06705.
Annette E. Wolter, 86, aunt of New Milfordites
Annette E. Wolter, 86, of Covenant Village, Missionary Road, Cromwell, died Jan. 24 at Pilgrim Manor in Cromwell.
She was born in Danbury, Oct. 9, 1912, a daughter of Reinhold and Augusta Neubaurer Wolter.
She was a graduate of the Bridgeport School of Nursing and Columbia University School of Physical Therapy. For many years she was employed as a physical therapist for the state of Connecticut until her retirement. She was also a longtime resident of Old Lyme.
She leaves six nieces, Deborah Arconti of Danbury, Susan Bourne of Oakdale, Linda Carlson and Jeanne Garvey, both of New Milford, Margaret Foreman of Vermont, Patricia Golden of Milford; two nephews, John Wolter Jr. of Charlotte, N.C., and Ronald Wolter of Oxford; and a sister-in-law, Bertha Wolter of Oakdale. She was predeceased by three brothers, Ray, Henry and John Wolter.
Arrangements were in the care of the West Haven Funeral Home, West Haven.
Angel Sanango, 28 had worked at Windmill Diner
Angel O. Sanango, 28, of Old State Road, New Milford, died Feb. 14 from injuries sustained when he was struck by an auto in New Milford.
He was born in Biblian, Ecuador, Jan. 7, 1971, son of Abraham and Guadalupe Fernandez Sanango and received his education in Ecuador. He came to the United States five years ago.
He had been employed as a cook at the Windmill Diner in New Milford and also as an automobile painter.
Besides his parents of Ecuador, Mr. Sanango is survived by six brothers, Joaquin and Jose Sanango of New Milford, Diego, Fabian, Martin and Juan Sanango, all of Ecuador; three sisters, Marta, Dolores and Guadalupe Sanango, all of Ecuador; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted in Ecuador.
The Brookfield Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Molly Friedman, 85, mother of New Milford man
Molly Friedman, 85, of Fairfield, died Feb. 11 at the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield.
Mrs. Friedman was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., daughter of the late Aaron and Sarah (Adelman) Papish, and was a Fairfield area resident for the past 19 years. She was a member of Congregation Ahavath Achim and the Sisterhood of Ahavath Achim, and was a volunteer at the Jewish Home.
Mrs. Friedman was predeceased by her husband, Bernard Friedman, in 1990. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Ezra and Anne Friedman of New Milford; her daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and David Zieff of Fairfield; her sister, Rose Siegel of Eastchester, N.Y.; and her grandchildren, Karen and Gary Eager, Sarah Zieff, Jessica and Rebecca Friedman.
The Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home of Fairfield was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jewish Home for the Elderly, 175 Jefferson St., Fairfield, CT or to Congregation Beth El, 1200 Fairfield Woods Road, Fairfield, CT.
Elizabeth Stebbins Bailey, 95, was a Shermanite for more than 50 years
Elizabeth Stebbins (Walbridge) Bailey, 95, of Sherman, took her final bow in peaceful sleep Feb. 14. She was the widow of Kennedy Brown Bailey, whom she married in 1929.
She was born into a well-established East Side New York family Aug. 10, 1903, the daughter of the late Mary Gilley Taylor and George Hicks Walbridge. She clearly remembered the days of white gloves and carriage rides down Park Avenue.
With interests in classical music of the European tradition, literature, theater and archaeology of the Roman Empire, Mrs. Bailey earned a degree in art history at Vassar College, Class of 1926. Following graduation, she cruised around the world with her parents and visited exotic locales, including Egypt, India and Shanghai.
Mrs. Bailey's appetite for adventure never wavered, traveling yearly and most recently (while pushing 90) to Antarctica, the one remaining continent she had yet to visit.
She lived in Sherman for more than 50 years, where she was a founding member of the Sherman Players, producing and stage managing many plays over the years. She was an active supporter and volunteer at the Sherman Library, the Sherman Historical Society and was involved in civil defense during World War II.
A regular contributor to The Sherman Sentinel, Mrs. Bailey frequently spoke on the subject of abandoned cats. She was a patron of the arts, with a special love of opera, the theater and ballet. She was known for joie de vivre, generosity and wit, and her life touched many who loved her dearly.
She is survived by her three beloved cats, Sushi, Fat and Fatter. In addition to her cats, she is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, K. Bailey and Janet (Shoring) Walbridge, and their daughter, Elizabeth Shoring Walbridge, of Branford; a granddaughter, Carolyn Mercedes (Bailey) Elmore, and her husband Joseph, and great-grandchildren, Nathan, Jonathan and Jason; a grandson, Kennedy Stephen Bailey, and his wife, Nancy (Granger), and great-grandchildren Shannon and Kennedy; a grandson, Wayne Walbridge Bailey, and his wife, Pam (Volle), and great-grandchildren Jarid and Kevin.
She will be missed by her devoted former daughter-in-law, Inge (Schmidt-Baeumler) Bailey and many dear friends.
A memorial will be held at the Sherman Playhouse March 6 at 11 a.m. with a celebration of her life to follow at her home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sherman Library, 1 Sherman Center, P.O. Box 40, Sherman, CT 06784, the Sherman Historical Society, Sherman, CT 06784 or the Sherman Players, Sherman, CT 06784.
Walter Miles, 91, was an artist and author
Walter Miles, artist and former Washington and Southbury resident, died Feb. 7 at St. Mary's Hospital in Langhorne, Pa. He was the widower of Jessie Miles.
He was born in New York City in 1907. He studied art at Pratt Institute and the Art Students League and architecture at Columbia University.
Mr. Miles designed papers at the Office of War Information during World War II, worked in editorial and advertising design at Look Magazine and served as art director for various advertising agencies in Manhattan, N.Y. His last position was as art director of the Audubon Society.
The artist authored "Designs for Craftsmen" in 1962, designed several dozen books for major publishers, and wrote and photographed articles for a variety of magazine and trade journals. He won the National Book Award in 1950 for his design of "The Abbey Theatre."
Mr. Miles designed and built two houses with Japanese gardens, one in Weston, where he lived with his wife from 1950 to 1971, and one in Washington, where he lived from 1973 to 1983. He moved to Heritage Village in Southbury in 1983 and to Pennsylvania in 1996.
An active member of the Washington Art Association, Mr. Miles won first prize in 1979 for his design for the Washington Bicentennial Seal. After moving to Southbury, he taught watercolor for several years and designed and supervised the restoration and maintenance of the Heritage Village Association Herb Garden.
Mr. Miles is survived by a daughter, Ellen M. Saxon of Princeton, N.J.; a sister, Jean Tuzinski of Toms River, N.J.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Tony Miles.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Wood River Village Fellowship Fund, 3200 Bensalem Blvd., Besalem, PA 19020.
Frances A. Mrozinski, 78, leaves two area sons
Frances A. Mrozinski, 78, died at her home, 4 Overlook Drive, Danbury, Feb. 15. She was the wife of the late Carl B. Mrozinski.
Mrs. Mrozinski was born in Danbury, May 12, 1921, daughter of Leo and Anna Jasnos Radlow. She was educated in Danbury schools and maintained her home in Danbury all her life.
She was a member of St. Mary Church in Bethel.
Mrs. Mrozinski is survived by two sons, Richard and Lee (Leon) Mrozinski, both of New Milford; her step-grandchildren, Steven, Priscilla, Randy and Gregory Buturla and Andrea Harrington and Lori Ann Cyr; seven step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Lee Radlow of Sunnyvale, Calif.; three sisters, Helen Cole of Redding, Mathilda Valluzzo of Danbury and Lucille Newton of Bethel; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Alice Palumbo.
The Cornell Memorial Home of Danbury was in charge of arrangements.
Contributions may be made to the Regional Hospice of Western CT, 30 West St., Danbury, CT 06810.
Paul F. Burns Sr., 74, had been an accountant
Paul F. Burns Sr., 74, of New Milford, husband of Helen (Kittredge) Burns, died Feb. 13 at Cedar Lane Rehabilitation Center in Waterbury.
He was born in Middletown, N.Y., Nov. 11, 1924, son of the late Edward and Mildred (Byrne) Burns.
Mr. Burns was a U.S. Army World War II veteran, serving in the European Theater, and was a recipient of the Bronze Star. He was employed as an accountant for the State of Connecticut at Fairfield Hills Hospital, retiring after more than 30 years of service.
After retirement, Mr. Burns resided in Florida for 10 years before moving back to the Greater Danbury area. Mr. Burns celebrated his 51st wedding anniversary Feb. 7.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Paul F. Burns of New Milford; two daughters, Cheryl Stevenson of Northfield and Barbara Seifert of Seattle, Wash.; two brothers, James of Newtown and Andrew of Stamford; three sisters, Mary Casazza of Watertown, Margaret Sanford of Bethel and Anita Samaha of Danbury; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Private funeral services will take place at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Please omit flowers.
Contributions may be made to Hanahoe Memorial Children's Clinic, 205 Main St., Danbury, CT 06810.
Green Funeral Home in Danbury is in charge of arrangements.
Milton Feinberg, 87, father of Washington resident
Milton Feinberg, 87, formerly of New York City and Lauderdale, Fla., died Feb. 14 at New Milford Nursing Home. He was the widower of Charlotte (Cooper) Feinberg.
Mr. Feinberg was born in Milwaukee, Wisc., Dec. 12, 1911, son of the late Max and Sarah (Bear) Feinberg.
He worked for many years at National Screen Service in Motion Picture Advertising Studio in New York City, retiring as executive vice-president in 1977. He was a former member and president of the Variety Club of New York City.
Mr. Feinberg is survived by two daughters, Susan F. Ganz of Washington and Linda Graeu of New York City; and three grandchildren.
The Lillis Funeral Home in New Milford was in charge of the arrangements.