Viola McLoughlin, 83, was mother of Warren woman
Viola McLoughlin, 83, of 4 Arrow Meadow Road, New Fairfield, died July 27 at her home. She was the widow of Thomas Joseph McLoughlin.
Mrs. McLoughlin was born Aug. 28, 1919, in New York City, daughter of the late Harry and Margaret (Scheller) Brockman.
She was a waitress for many years at the Essex House in Danbury and at the White Turkey Inn in Brookfield.
Mrs. McLoughlin is survived by a son, James of Sharon; a daughter, Kathi Brown of Warren; and five grandchildren, Michael and Melissa Brown, and James Jr., Devin and Brendan. She was predeceased by a son, Thomas.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. at St. Edward The Confessor Church in New Fairfield. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in New Fairfield.
The Lillis Funeral Home of New Milford is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Heifer Project International, 1015 South Louisiana Ave., Little Rock, AK 72202.
Henry Perlowsky, 91, known as the ‘mayor of Merryall’
Henry Perlowsky, owner of Henry’s Maintenance in the Merryall section of New Milford.
Henry Perlowsky, 91, of New Milford died Aug. 7 at his home in the Merryall section of town. He was the husband of Angee Perlowsky.
Mr. Perlowsky was born in Merryall, the son of Frank B. Perlowsky and Anna Robak. He lived and worked there all his life.
During World War II, he worked briefly at an airplane seat manufacturer and was designated air warden for Merryall.
Affectionately known as the “mayor of Merryall,” Mr. Perlowsky was founder and owner of Henry’s Maintenance for more than 60 years. The full-service home and garden maintenance service had almost 30 employees at its height from the 1940s through the early 1990s.
He was a member of the group of 35 local small businessmen who in 1974 raised $2 million as start-up capital and founded the New Milford Bank & Trust Company.
By the time the bank was acquired in 2000 by the Summit Bank (and a year later, Fleet Bank), NMBT had grown to 11 branches and possessed more than $300 million in deposits. He served as a director of NMBT for 20 years and, in 1994, became a member of the bank’s advisory board.
Mr. Perlowsky served on the New Milford Board of Selectmen early in his career and joined the New Milford Lions Club in 1974. He was an advocate of preservation of open space in New Milford for future generations.
He was self-taught and quickly rose from a job as a gardener to builder and renovator of beautiful old 18th century houses, which received national magazine coverage.
He was placed in charge of plowing Merryall roads during the winters for more than 60 years by the town of New Milford and, to do so, hand-tooled one-of-a-kind V-snowplows-sized specifically for individual roads.
Besides his wife, Mr. Perlowsky is survived by a son, Jonathan, of the Merryall district of New Milford; a brother, Zigmund, and his wife Lois; and many nieces and nephews.
At the request of the family, there will be no visiting hours and burial will be limited to the immediate family.
There will be a memorial service Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. at the Merryall Chapel on Chapel Hill Road.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Animal Welfare Society, 8 Dodd Road, New Milford CT 06776; or the Holy Cross National Catholic Polish Cemetery Fund, c/o Esther Kibbe, 303 West Meetinghouse Road, New Milford, CT 06776.
Geraldine Masson, 78, was New Milford teacher
Geraldine S. Masson, 78, of 64 Danbury Road, New Milford, died Aug. 6 at New Milford Hospital. She was the widow of Charles Masson.
Mrs. Masson was born Jan. 24, 1925, in Clayton, N.Y., daughter of Lois (VanCoughnett) Sproule of New Milford and the late Clarence L. Sproule.
She was a graduate of Danbury High School, Western Connecticut State College and the University of Bridgeport.
She taught for 27 years in the New Milford school system, retiring in 1985. She taught at John Pettibone School, the former Main Street School and completed her career at Schaghticoke Middle School as a social studies teacher. Prior to New Milford, she taught for five years in Newtown.
She was a member of the New Milford Teachers Retirement Association. She enjoyed her retirement with her animals and books.
Besides her mother, Mrs. Masson is survived by a brother, Clarence Sproule and his wife Phyllis of New Fairfield; a niece, Leigh Kulhay and her husband Gerald of Danbury; three nephews, Gregory Sproule and his wife Lori of New Fairfield, James Sproule and his wife Suzanne of New Milford, and William Sproule and his wife Elizabeth of New Milford; 14 grandnieces and nephews; and two great-grandnephews.
The Lillis Funeral Home of New Milford was in charge of arrangements.
Contributions in her memory may be made to Animal Welfare Society of New Milford, 8 Dodd Road, New Milford, CT 06776.
Robert Doran, 86, father of New Milford woman
Robert J. Doran, 86, of Danbury died Aug. 11 at New Milford Nursing Home. He was the widower of Vera (Foley) Doran.
Mr. Doran was born Jan. 7, 1917, in Danbury, to the late John C. and Mary Alice (McNiff) Doran.
He attended St. Joseph School and Danbury High School and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1941.
During World War II he served as a B-17 co-pilot in the U.S. 8th Air Force, receiving the Air Medal for meritorious achievement. After the war, he rejoined the family business, Doran Bros., a packaging and manufacturing company, most noted for its production of hat machinery.
Mr. Doran was director and past president of the Chamber of Commerce, past president of the American Red Cross, director of the Danbury Community Chest (now the United Way), and director of the Mauwehu Boy Scout Council.
He was also a past president and director of the Ridgewood Country Club and chaired the club’s first pool committee.
As an original member of the Danbury Housing Authority, formed in 1948, he served as a commissioner for over 40 years. In recent years, his love of Danbury history led him to volunteer at the Scott-Fanton Museum.
Mr. Doran is survived by a brother, Richard of Germantown; two daughters, Margaret Gorman of Galveston, Texas, and Cappy Temple of New Milford; two sons, Jim of Halmstad, Sweden, and Michael of Fall River, Mass.; and five grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Sister Marie of the Eucharist, O.C.D.; and three brothers, John (Teke), Charles and Paul.
A memorial service will be held tomorrow (Saturday) at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, Danbury.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Scott-Fanton Museum, 43 Main St., Danbury, CT 06810.
Ralph Davis, 81, was brother of New Milford man
Ralph Davis, 81, of Ironworks Hill Road, Brookfield, died Aug. 10 at his home. He was the widower of Dolores Emma (Nichols) Davis.
Mr. Davis was born Oct. 8, 1921, in Oxford, son of the late Wheeler B. and Anabele (Silk) Davis.
He was a World War II veteran, serving with the United States Army as corporal with the 360th Field Artillery BN, in Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. He was awarded the American Theater Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Ribbon, the World War II Victory Ribbon, as well as the Army of Occupation Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
At age 16 he went to work as a furrier in the local hat factories in Bethel and Danbury. Most recently he was a 12-year employee for B.J. Dolan Co. as a truck driver, and was formerly a septic installer for both the R.J. Gallagher and Jack Connors companies. He was a member of Teamsters Truck Drivers Union.
Mr. Davis is survived by a son, Ralph and his wife G. Elizabeth of Danbury; two daughters, Pamela of Bethel and Elizabeth of Danbury; three grandchildren, Melissa O’Neil, and Brian and Caitlin of Danbury; four brothers, Wheeler, Norman and Robert of Bethel and David of New Milford; a sister, Eleanor Settanni of Bethel; and longtime companion, Ruth DuBail of Southbury. He was predeceased by a son, Douglas.
Funeral services will be held today (Friday) at 10 a.m. at the Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White St., Danbury. Burial will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Brookfield.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Dorothy Day Hospitality House, 11 Spring St., Danbury, CT 06810.
William Barney Sr., 86, father of New Milfordite
William J. Barney Sr., 86, formerly of West Redding, died July 23 at Summerfield Suites, Summerfield, Fla. He was the husband of Betty (Hircoe) Barney of Ocala, Fla.
Mr. Barney was born in New York City, the son of the late Bernard Barney and Johanna O’Sullivan.
He was raised in Stamford and graduated from Stamford High School in 1936. After World War II, he joined the Nestle Company in Stamford and worked there until his retirement in 1982.
Mr. Barney moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1982, and to Ocala in 1986. In retirement, he was a math tutor for the Pinellas County Public Schools and the Marion County Public Schools.
While living in West Redding, he was active in the civic affairs serving as a member of Redding Zoning Board for many years, serving for several terms as its chairman. He was a communicant of Christ Church.
Besides his wife, Mr. Barney is survived by a son, William Jr. of Deep River; a daughter, Maureen Haas of New Milford; two sisters, Helen Brietweiser of Fort Meyers, Fla., and Rita Robertson of Port Charlotte, Fla.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. He was predeceased by a daughter, Patricia Fitzgerald; a brother, Peter; and two sisters, Joan Sommerville and Bernadette Troy.
A memorial service will be held Aug. 30 at Christ Church in Roxbury.
The National Cremation Society of Fruitland Park, Fla., was in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Hospice of Marion County, 3231 SW 34th Ave., Ocala, FL 34424-8489.
Rose Ginty, 75, had been a New Milford resident
Rose Ginty, 75, of Summit Drive, New Milford, formerly of Danbury, died Aug. 7 at New Milford Nursing Home. She was the widow of John E. Ginty.
Mrs. Ginty was born March 5, 1928, in Danbury, daughter of the late Michael and Lena Tomaino.
She grew up in Danbury and was a graduate of Danbury High School. She had worked for many years as a secretary for the Board of Education for the city of Danbury and retired approximately 10 years ago.
She had been a Danbury resident all of her life until she moved to New Milford three years ago. She had been a member of St. Peter Church in Danbury and Our Lady of the Lakes Church in New Milford.
Mrs. Ginty is survived by a son, Robert, and his wife Myong of New Milford; three grandchildren, Christopher, Brendan and Monica; and several cousins.
The Green Funeral Home of Danbury was in charge of arrangements.
Contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Sophie Benedict, 82, longtime volunteer in Kent
Sophie V. Benedict, 82, of Anderson Road, Kent, formerly of Danbury, died Aug. 9 at her home. She was the widow of George B. Benedict Sr.
Mrs. Benedict was born Feb. 2, 1921, in Ipswich, Mass., daughter of the late Michael and Verenicka (Skwarcanna) Samko.
She attended schools in Poland and came to the United States as a teenager. She had been co-owner of the former Dependable Refuse Company of Danbury, and more recently worked for Zeppa Studios in Kent.
She served as a volunteer at The Kent Nutritional Center, where she was the recipient of many volunteer awards. She was a longtime member of St. James Church, Danbury.
Mrs. Benedict is survived by a daughter, Mary Jane Sartwell of Kent; two sons, George Jr. and Francis of Kent; six grandchildren, Tammy Reardon, Lori Sartwell, and John, Sandra, Robin and Leslie; and a great-grandson, Tyler Sartwell.
The Green Funeral Home of Danbury was in charge of arrangements.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the New Milford Visiting Nurse Hospice Program, 68 Park Lane Road, New Milford, CT 06776.
Lucille Maton, 87, mother of Washington woman
Lucille (Runk) Maton, 87, of 1091 Buckingham St., Watertown, died Aug. 8 at Waterbury Hospital. She was the widow of William J. Maton.
Mrs. Maton was born Jan. 24, 1916, in Shelton, daughter of the late William B. and Jennie (Weeks) Runk.
She was raised in Waterbury and was a graduate of Crosby High School and Larson Junior College, now Quinnipiac University in Hamden.
She was formerly a corporate secretary of the family business, Draher Machine Co. Inc.
Mrs. Maton is survived by a daughter, Barbara Boucher of Washington; three grandsons; and two great-grandsons. She was predeceased by a son, William III.
The Alderson Funeral Home of Waterbury was in charge of arrangements.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1004, Meriden, CT 06450-1004.