Evelyn Sperry, 81, was mother of local woman
Evelyn Lenora Conley Sperry, 81, of Grassy Plain Street, Bethel, died March 25 at Glen Hill Convalescent Center, Danbury. She was the wife of Norman B. Sperry.
Mrs. Sperry was born in New Glouster, Maine, Jan. 7, 1918, a daughter of Fred W. and Alice M. Searles Conley. She had been a resident of Bethel for the last 46 years.
Besides her husband of 62 years, Mrs. Sperry is survived by two sons, Norman A. Sperry of Chesnee, S.C., and Jerry A. Sperry of Brookfield; a daughter, Alice M. Sobel of New Milford; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Cremation will take place at the convenience of the family.
The Bethel Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, 30 West St., Danbury, CT 06810.
Harriette Morrow, 80, mother of New Milfordite
Harriette (Gorham) Morrow, 80, of 140 Cook Hill Road, Cheshire, died March 24 at Elim Park Baptist Home, Chesire. She was the widow of Dale Morrow Sr.
Mrs. Morrow was born April 25, 1918, in Trumbull, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Gorham. She was a Newtown resident before moving to Cheshire one year ago.
She leaves three sons, Dale R. Morrow Jr. of Hamden, Thomas C. Morrow of Cheshire and Robert J. Morrow of Belleview, Colo.; a daughter, Nancy Grinager of New Milford; a brother, Wesley Gorham of Woodbury; and four grandchildren.
The Slater Funeral Home of Cheshire was in charge of arrangements.
Eleanor Pasqual, 85, a founder of Animal Welfare
Eleanor Sirrine Pasqual, 85, of 105 Mountain View Drive, New Milford, wife of Leandro "Lee" Pasqual, died March 26 at the New Milford Nursing Home.
She was born in Bethel Nov. 19, 1913, a daughter of the late Paul and Marguerite Staib Sirrine.
Mrs. Pasqual spent her early years in Bethel and was a graduate of Bethel High School. She moved to New Milford from Danbury in 1939 and for many years operated the former Lee Motors Sales on Railroad Street, New Milford, with her husband.
She was a member of Metichewan Grange No. 190 of New Milford and was a founder of the New Milford Animal Welfare Society.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Pasqual is survived by two brothers, Raymond Stock of Bethel and Robert Stock of Florida; four sisters, Marguerite Davis of Bethel, Pauline Drahan of Danbury, Louise Green of Woodbury, and Alice Murray of Georgia. She was predeceased by a brother, Paul V. Sirrine.
The Lillis Funeral Home of New Milford was in charge of arrangements.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Animal Welfare Society of New Milford, 8 Dodd Road, New Milford, CT 06776.
Roger Moffett, 47, had lived in New Milford
Roger Moffett, 47, of Danbury died March 23 at Danbury Hospital.
He was born in Danbury Feb. 26, 1952, a son of the late John and Perrine Spencer Moffett. Mr. Moffett attended local Danbury schools and had lived in New Milford for a short time.
He is survived by five brothers, Pete of Austin, Texas, John of Orlando, Fla., Bo of Douglas, Ga., Benjamin of Danbury and David Moffett of Brookfield; three sisters, Vera Lawson of Steelton, Pa., Lucinda Harris of Harrisburg, Pa., and Lillian Moffett of Waterbury; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
The Tomlinson Homestead of Danbury was in charge of arrangements.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Victory Christian Church, 23 Eden Drive, Danbury, CT 06810.
Katherine Kozenieski, 82, was Washington native
Katherine Kozenieski, 82, of 74 Main St. North, No. 5, Woodbury, died March 25 at Beacon Brook Nursing Home in Naugatuck. She was the widow of Lloyd Kozenieski.
Mrs. Kozenieski was born May 13, 1916, in Washington Depot, daughter of the late Oswald and Dora Seidel.
She had worked at Phillips Pie Shop in Woodbury. She was a member of St. Teresa's Church.
Mrs. Kozenieski leaves a son, John Kozenieski of Fort Myers, Fla.; two daughters, Mary Sagendorf of Naugatuck and Lorraine Bengtson of Moultonborough, N.H.; two sisters, Sophie Taylor and Gertrude Connerty, both of Washington Depot; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
The Woodbury Funeral Home of Munson-Lovetere of Woodbury was in charge of arrangements.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Woodbury Volunteer Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 581, Woodbury, CT 06798.
David Holt, 79, had studied at Yale School of Music
David S. Holt, 79, of 48 Carmen Hill Road, New Milford, died March 22 at his home. He was the husband of Theo (Merwin) Holt.
Mr. Holt was born June 28, 1919, in Nashua, N.H., son of the late Duane and Rachel (Thomas) Holt.
He studied composition for several years at the Yale School of Music with famous musician and composer Paul Hindemith. Over the years he performed as a drummer with various musical groups in the area.
He worked as an orders editor at Amphenol in Danbury and previously worked at the former Robertson Bleachery and Dye Works.
Arrangements were handled by the Lillis Funeral Home of New Milford.
Dorothy Hilton, 60, had lived in New Milford
Dorothy M. Hilton, 60, of 42 Laurel Acres, Torrington, died March 23 at her home.
Mrs. Hilton was born in Danbury, Oct. 20, 1938, daughter of the late Anthony and Beatrice McNamey Corna and had lived in Torrington for the past two years. She was a longtime resident of New Milford.
She is survived by two sons, George Hilton Jr. of Colorado and Aaron Hilton of Danbury; two sisters and one brother.
The Driscoll Mortuary of Torrington was in charge of arrangements.
James R. Dolan, 85, active in New Milford community
James R. Dolan, 85, of 5 Gregory Drive, New Milford, husband of Elizabeth McMahon Dolan, died March 22 at his home.
Mr. Dolan had served a number of years on the former New Milford Board of Selectmen and later served one term on the present New Milford Town Council.
He was born in New Milford Jan. 8, 1914, a son of Albert M. and Alice Roche Dolan. He spent his early life in the Gaylordsville section of New Milford, attended the former Gaylordsville one-room school and graduated from New Milford High School in the Class of 1931.
He had been employed at the former First National Stores in New Milford from 1932 to 1977, retiring as a manager.
Mr. Dolan was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy, and was a member of the Ezra Woods Post 31 American Legion of New Milford.
Long active in the New Milford community, he was a lifelong member of St. Francis Xavier Church and was a member of Housatonic Council #40 Knights of Columbus, a group in which he had served as a past Grand Knight. He was also a member of the Rev. John D. Kennedy Assembly 4th Degree Knights of Columbus of Danbury.
In Gaylordsville, Mr. Dolan had been a charter member of the Gaylordsville Volunteer Fire Department and had served as treasurer for 33 years. He was a member of the Merwinsville Hotel Restoration of Gaylordsville, the Gaylordsville Historical Society, and the former Wemanesa Grange of Gaylordsville.
He was also a longtime member of the New Milford Historical Society and served as treasurer from 1985 to 1994. He was a member of the National AARP, as well as the local chapter of New Milford, having served as a past president. He was also a member of the John A. Gildea Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians of Danbury. He had been honored on St. Patrick's Day 1999 as New Milford's Irishman of the Year.
Besides his wife, Mr. Dolan is survived by a son Denis P. Dolan of New Milford, three grandchildren, Kevin J. Dolan, Ryan J. Dolan and Patrick T. Dolan, and several nieces and nephews.
The Lillis Funeral Home in New Milford was in charge of the arrangements.
Joshua Church, 6 months, had lived in area
Joshua Church, 6-month-old son of Brian and Christine Church of Grayson, Ga., formerly of the Brookfield-New Milford area, died March 27.
Joshua died from complications of a congenital heart defect.
Besides his mother and father, his survivors include a brother, Jared Church; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hart of Naugatuck; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Church of Naples, Fla.; and several aunts and uncles.
Interment was at East Shadow Lawn Cemetery in Lawrenceville, Ga.
Evelyn Lautier, 77, longtime New Milfordite
Evelyn Ruissiaux Lautier, 77, of 167 Merryall Road, New Milford, wife of Victor F. Lautier, died April 18 at New Milford Hospital.
Mrs. Lautier was born in Pittsfield, Mass., Dec. 15, 1921, the daughter of the late Leon and Mary Greniguay Ruissiaux. She spent her early life in Adams, Mass., moving to Torrington in 1945, and later moving to New Milford in 1951.
She was a communicant of St. Francis Xavier Church in New Milford. Mr. & Mrs. Lautier had been married 49 years.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Lautier leaves a son, Timothy L., and his wife, Amber Lautier, of New Preston; a daughter, Kathleen M. Lautier of Schenectady, N.Y.; and a sister-in-law, Jean DaRoss of Litchfield. She was predeceased by a son, Victor L. Lautier.
The Lillis Funeral Home of New Milford was in charge of arrangements.
Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Francis Xavier Church Development Fund, 26 Chestnutland Road, New Milford, CT 06776.
Richard Schilke, 74, had owned Richard's Coiffures
Richard O. Schilke, 74, of Elizabeth Street, Kent, died at New Milford Hospital April 17. He was the husband of Waltraud "Vi" Scheffler Schilke.
He was born Jan. 1, 1925, in Bristol, a son of the late William and Otilla Schroeder Schilke. He was a resident of New Milford for many years before moving to Kent a year ago.
Mr. Schilke graduated from the Hartford Academy of Hairdressing in 1945. He worked as a hairdresser for 45 years and owned and operated the former Richard's Coiffures in New Milford.
Besides his wife, Mr. Schilke is survived by three sons, Mark W. Schilke of New Milford, James A. Schilke of Kent and Philip R. Schilke of Sherman; a daughter, Darlene F. Brady of Kent; two brothers, Arthur Schilke of Southington and Herbert Schilke of Homestead, N.C.; four granddaughters; and a grandson. Mr. Schilke was predeceased by a son, David R. Schilke.
The Colonial Funeral Home of New Milford was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association Connecticut Affiliate, 300 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT 06750.
MaryEllen Kroll, 62, licensed practical nurse
MaryEllen (Ryan) Kroll, 62, of 10 Russeling Ridge, New Milford, died April 19 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. She was the wife of Gunther Kroll.
Mrs. Kroll was born Feb. 29, 1936, in Yonkers, N.Y., daughter of the late Edwin and Mary (Clancy) Ryan. She was a resident of Mamaroneck, N.Y., before moving to New Milford in 1974.
She worked as a licensed practical nurse at Candlewood Valley Care Center from 1975 to 1992.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Kroll is survived by two daughters, Susan M. Kachur of Wilmington, N.C., and Peg Baxter of New Milford; two brothers, Judge Ryan of Santa Ana, Calif., and Edwin Ryan of Mamaroneck; three sisters, Peg Kroll of Cedar Grove, N.J., Betty Ann McEvoy of New Rochelle, N.Y., and Catherine F. Speichier of Wappinger Falls, N.Y.; and five grandchildren.
The family will receive friends today (Friday) from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford. Funeral services will take place tomorrow (Saturday) at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 45 Ash St., East Hartford, CT 06108-3272.