Helen K. Hine, 79, was mother of Roxbury woman
Helen (Kiely) Hine, 79, of 220 Main St. North, Southbury, died April 2 at Waterbury Hospital. She was the widow of James E. Hine.
Mrs. Hine was born Aug. 18, 1923, in Waterbury, daughter of the late Patrick J. and Honoria (Kearney) Kiely.
She was a longtime Southbury resident, having moved from Woodbury in 1946. She was vice president of Hine Bros. Garage in Southbury, where she had worked as a bookkeeper for many years.
Mrs. Hine also served as the Democratic registrar of voters for many years until her retirement. She was a member of the Democratic Women’s Club and past member of the Democratic Town Committee of Southbury. She was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church.
She is survived by a son, Joseph of Southbury; a daughter, Honoria Diebold of Roxbury; a sister, Margaret Houghton of Southbury; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The Carpino Funeral Home of Southbury was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, 12 Charter Oak Place, Hartford, CT 06106.
Dennis Previs, 52, had worked in New Milford
Dennis W. Previs, 52, of 79 Roberts St., Torrington, died April 1 at his home. He was the widower of Virginia (Yamin) Previs.
Mr. Previs was born April 9, 1950, in Bridgeport, son of George Previs Sr. and Mary Louise Simmons, both of New Milford.
He formerly worked at Waters Construction in New Milford.
Besides his parents, Mr. Previs is survived by his stepmother, Sharon Previs of New Milford; a son, Jerome of Torrington; two daughters, Hilde Kuchta of Torrington and Myra King of Bantam; a brother, George Jr. of Stratford; two sisters, Linda D’Agostino of South Newfane, Vt., and Karen McManus of Brookfield; and three grandchildren.
The Phalen Funeral Home of Torrington was in charge of arrangements.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Center for Cancer Care, 200 Kennedy Drive, Torrington, CT 06790.
Frank Molinaro, 88, businessman and volunteer
Frank W. Molinaro, 88, of 8 Glen Hill Road, Danbury, formerly of Aunt Hack Road, Danbury, died April 13 at Harborside-Glen Hill in Danbury. He was the husband of Lucille (Tomaino) Molinaro.
Mr. Molinaro was born Oct. 28, 1914, in Lamezia Terme, province of Catanzaro, Italy, a son of the late Pietro and Saveria (Bernardi) Molinaro.
He immigrated to the United States in 1924 and settled in Norwalk. He moved to Danbury in 1927. He attended schools in Italy and Norwalk.
In 1947, he established the Frank W. Molinaro Insurance Agency of Danbury. He was one of the founding members of the former Nutmeg Federal Savings & Loan Association in 1977 and was chairman of the board from 1981 to 1987.
Mr. Molinaro was a member of the Danbury Republican Town Committee for 30 years, a recipient of the J. Thayer Bowman Award and a member of the Republican Party Loyalists.
He was a special assistant to former U.S. Congressman Albert P. Morano from 1955 to 1959, serving as an immigration specialist. In 1971, he was appointed by Governor Thomas Meskill as a charter member of the Connecticut Commission on Special Revenue until 1979.
Mr. Molinaro was a member of the Amerigo Vespucci Lodge of Danbury in the Order of the Sons of Italy in the 1930s. He was honored in 1993 by the Amerigo Vespucci Lodge No. 160 and the Colonna Lodge No. 184 both of Danbury.
In conjunction with his membership to the lodges, he also was a member of the committee that raised funds to help restore the arts in flood-ravaged Florence, Italy. For his efforts, he was knighted by the president of the Republic of Italy in 1977 as a Cavaliere Dell’ Ordine Della Stella Delle Solidarieta Italiana.
He was a member of the Richter Park Senior Men’s Golf Association, the Independent Insurance Agents Association and the Professional Insurance Agents Association and a past and charter member of the Danbury Exchange Club and of St. Joseph’s Church.
Besides his wife, Mr. Molinaro is survived by two sons, Frank and his wife Holly of Bridgewater, and Peter and his wife Peggy of Oakton, Va.; a daughter, Linda and her husband William Sullivan of Danbury; two brothers, George and his wife Elaine of New Milford, and Peter and his wife Mildred of Danbury; two sisters, Nancy Pitcher and Theresa of Danbury; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two grandsons, Mark and Matthew; and a brother, Anthony.
The Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home of Danbury was in charge of arrangements.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Amerigo Vespucci Lodge Building and Development Fund, Vespucci Drive, Danbury, CT 06811, or to Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, 405 Main St., Danbury, CT 06810.
Charles Chelso, 88, was father of New Milfordite
Charles P. Chelso, 88, of Danbury died April 10 at the Village at Brookfield Commons. He was the widower of Anne (Viskup) Chelso.
Mr. Chelso was born Sept. 2, 1914, in Danbury, son of the late George and Louise Chelso.
He attended St. Peter School and Danbury High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European theater with the 4th Armored Division under General George Patton and was engaged in the Battle of the Bulge.
Mr. Chelso entered the Danbury Police Department in 1947 and served as captain of detectives, retiring in 1974. He went on to serve as a deputy sheriff at the Superior Court in Danbury for more than 20 years.
He was a member of the Amerigo Vespucci Lodge, St. Peter Church, the Police Benevolent Association and the VFW of Danbury. He was a lifetime member of the Association of the 4th Armored Infantry Division.
Mr. Chelso is survived by two daughters, Carlea Moffa and her husband Chuck of New Milford, and Marcia and her fiancé Thomas Welsh of Putnam Lake, N.Y.; two granddaughters, Brooke and Blaine Moffa; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, Joseph, Eugene and Chester.
The Green Funeral Home of Danbury handled arrangements.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Fairfield County, 607 Main St., Norwalk, CT 06851, or to St. Peter Church, 104 Main St., Danbury, CT 06810.
Jerome Deeds, 80, former South Kent postmaster
Jerome W. Deeds, 80, a former resident of Kent, died April 8 at his home in Torrington. He was the widower of Lily (Darling) Deeds.
Mr. Deeds was born May 20, 1922, in Reading, Pa., son of the late Albert and Susan (Rader) Deeds.
He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific and European theaters. He was a survivor of the torpedo attack on the SS Dorchester.
He was a member of the VFW Post No. 9856 in Cornwall and the American Legion Post No. 153 in Kent.
Mr. Deeds was also a member of the Wemanessa Grange in Gaylordsville, a Cub Scout leader and a town constable in Kent.
He was a retired self-employed carpenter and also served as postmaster in South Kent for many years.
Mr. Dees is survived by a son, Ethan of Torrington; a stepdaughter, Virginia Goodsell of South Kent; a sister, Louise Seidel of Wyomissing, Pa.; his companion, Arlene Faken of Torrington; eight grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
The Phalen Funeral Home of Torrington was in charge of arrangements.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Center for Cancer Care, 200 Kennedy Drive, Torrington, CT 06790, or to the charity of one’s choice.
Helen DeMarco, 70, mother of former local doctor
Helen DeMarco, 70, died comfortably April 12 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. She was the wife of Sal DeMarco Sr.
Mrs. DeMarco was born Sept. 23, 1932, in Shenandoah, Pa. She was a coalminer’s daughter of Polish and Russian immigrants and spoke only Polish until her First Communion.
She was a cheerleader and active bowler in Shenandoah.
Most of her life was spent in Wayne, N.J., with her family. She spent several years in the late 1990s living in Jackson, N.J.
Most recently she lived in Newtown with her husband of 50 years and their daughter’s family, which includes Dr. Linda DeMarco — who practiced in New Milford from 1994 to 2001 as a medical oncologist and hematologist — and her husband, Lee Ramsdell Jr., and his two daughters, Courtney and Erin.
Mrs. DeMarco married her husband, who is from Garfield, N.J., June 15, 1952.
She was active with her children’s activities and sports while living in New Jersey. She was a Girl Scout leader, a volunteer for the local high school band and PTA, and one of the pioneer soccer moms.
She was a nutritionist and baker for her children’s school system and several nursing homes. She loved to cook, bake and eat, and she enjoyed playing cards with her friends and family.
In addition to her husband, and daughter and her family, Mrs. DeMarco is survived by two sons, Sal DeMarco Jr. and his wife Kathy of Concord, Mass., and Darren DeMarco of Weston, Fla.; two grandchildren, Lauren and Sonja; and her lifelong friend, Ruth Jansen of Florida.
Elvira Henning, 87, grandmother of local man
Elvira Henning, 87, died April 9 at Laurel Ridge Health Center in Ridgefield. She was the widow of Frank Henning.
Mrs. Henning is survived by a daughter, Virginia Gallo and her husband Robert of Pennsylvania; two sons, Raymond and his wife Lauretta of Westbury, N.Y., and Stephen and his wife Barbara of New City, N.Y.; four grandsons, Paul and his wife Denise of Westbury, Thomas of Westbury, Michael Gallo and his wife Diane of New Milford, and Daniel Gallo and his wife Sabrina of New Fairfield; three granddaughters, Christine Cummings and her husband Micky of Brookfield, Linda Mills and her husband Richard of Bethel, and Alison of New City, N.Y.; two great-granddaughters, Emily and Courtney Mills; and four great-grandsons, Michael Cummings, Tristan Gallo and Christopher and Seamus Henning.
The Brookfield Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Laurel Ridge Health Care Center, 642 Danbury Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877.
Joseph Docktor, 75, was native, farmer and builder
Joseph L. Docktor, 75, of 154 Henry Sanford Road, Bridgewater, died April 13 at his home. He was the husband of Jean (Bailey) Wilbur Docktor.
Mr. Docktor was born Nov. 28, 1927, in New Milford, son of the late Albert and Katherine (Bilski) Docktor. He was a graduate of New Milford High School.
He was a partner in Docktor Brothers Builders. He was also involved in farming and the gravel mine business.
Mr. Docktor was an avid gardener. He entered both vegetables and flowers in the Bridgewater Fair, winning the Chet Boyd Trophy as well as many ribbons. He volunteered as gate attendant at the fair for 25 years.
He was a licensed state breeder of Ringneck and Golden Pheasants.
Mr. Docktor was a communicant of St. Francis Xavier Church in New Milford and a member of Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the American Pheasant and Waterfowl Society.
Besides his wife, Mr. Docktor is survived by three stepsons, Robert Wilbur of Wingdale, N.Y., Kevin Wilbur and his wife Sarah of Warren, and Darrell Wilbur and his wife Catherine of Watertown; a brother, John; three sisters, Anna Golembeski, Helen Grabowski and Eleanor Docktor; a grandson, Michael Raymond; three granddaughters, Lea, Tara Jean and Kaitlin Wilbur; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by three brothers, Edward, Albert and Theodore; and a sister, Josephine Pach.
The Lillis Funeral Home of New Milford was in charge of arrangements.
Contributions in his memory may be made to New Milford Hospital Columbia-Presbyterian Regional Cancer Center, 21 Elm St., New Milford, CT, 06776, or to New Milford Visiting Nurse Hospice, 68 Park Lane Road, New Milford, CT 06776.
Richard Tyler Horrigan, 17, Shepaug Valley senior
Richard Tyler Horrigan, 17, of 17 Church St., New Preston, died April 9 as a result of an automobile accident.
Tyler was born Aug. 4, 1985, in Danbury, son of Richard Peter and Kathleen (Dunn) Horrigan.
He was a member of the senior class of Shepaug Valley High School in Washington. He was an honor student and a member of the school’s varsity soccer, swimming and baseball teams.
As pitcher and second baseman, Tyler was named a league all-star in both the Berkshire and the American Legion leagues. He was also a Babe Ruth Little League umpire.
Besides his parents, Tyler is survived by three brothers, Travis, Troy and Teige; his maternal grandmother, Berte Dunn; five uncles, Peter and Kevin Dunn and William Jr., Eugene and Rob Horrigan; two aunts, Michele Segerson and Moira Dunn-Bianco; and 14 first cousins.
The Lillis Funeral Home of New Milford was in charge of arrangements.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Tyler Horrigan Scholarship for Scholar-Athletes, Shepaug High School, 159 South St., Washington, CT 06793. Checks may be made payable to Shepaug High School-Tyler Horrigan Fund.
John Andros, 72, father of New Milford woman
John M. Andros, 72, of Mabel Avenue, Danbury, died April 11 at Danbury Hospital. He was the husband of Jean P. (Boyer) Andros.
Mr. Andros was born Oct. 31, 1930, in Danbury, son of the late William J. and Sophie (Novicky) Andros.
He graduated from Danbury High School, Class of 1949, and served in the Army during the Korean War. He received the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, the ROK Presidential Unit Citation and the United Nations Service Medal.
Mr. Andros was employed for 35 years at Republic Foil Co. as maintenance supervisor, retiring in 1994.
He was a member of the VFW, Korean War Vets and the Catholic War Veterans. He enjoyed woodworking, golf and bowling.
Besides his wife, Mr. Andros is survived by a son, John of Danbury; two daughters, Jean Anne MacCarthy and her husband Pat of New Fairfield, and Jennifer Smith and her husband Craig of New Milford; four grandchildren, Kristi and Amanda MacCarthy and Nicholas and Jacob Smith; two brothers, Martin and Walter of Danbury; two sisters, Louise Moffa and Marge Sendewicz of Danbury; and several nieces and nephews.
The Cornell Memorial Home of Danbury was in charge of arrangements.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of one’s choosing.