Elizabeth Jackman, 83, mother of Warren resident
Elizabeth S. Jackman, 83, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, died Oct. 12 at her home in Bethel. She was the wife of the late Lyman S. Jackman.
Mrs. Jackman was born in New York, N.Y., Feb. 13, 1915, a daughter of the late James and Sarah Rafferty Stirle. She moved from New York to Redding as a young girl, eventually residing in Bethel, where she lived for over 70 years.
Mrs. Jackman was employed as a waitress for the Fountain Restaurant, located in Bethel, for 27 years. She was a parishioner of the Church of St. Mary in Bethel.
Mrs. Jackman is survived by a son, Lyman C. Jackman of Bethel; two daughters, Elizabeth J. Grady of Warren and Rosemarie Emanuele of Middlebury; one brother, Raymond Babcock of Delaware; a brother and sister-in-law, John and Evelyn Jackman of Port Charlotte, Fla.; six grandchildren, three great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Bethel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Virginia W. Musselman, 95, author of outdoor books
Virginia Watkins Musselman, 95, of 17 Candlewood Mountain Road, New Milford, died Oct. 8 after a long illness.
She was born in Danville, Va., on Sept. 1, 1903, the daughter of Caroline Watkins Musselman and Henry Bishop Musselman.
Miss Musselman retired in 1966 as program director of the National Recreation Association. She was the author of several books, primarily dealing with nature, camping and recreational activities.
A frequent visitor to New Milford since the 1940s, she had lived on Candlewood Mountain Road since 1977.
She is survived by first cousins and grandnieces.
A memorial service will be held at a date to be announced.
Eileen H. Scott, 89, was an intelligence agent for OSS during World War II
Eileen Harvey Scott, a longtime New Milford resident, 89, died of Parkinson's disease Sept. 22, in Chula Vista., Calif.
Mrs. Scott was born in Flushing, N.Y., and educated in its schools, followed by studies in Paris, France and England.
After World War I, her father, Col. George U. Harvey, sought a country refuge and purchased a small farm between the Aspetuck River and Wellsville Avenue, then a rural area of New Milford.
In her early years, Mrs. Scott spent much time with her family at the farm. She married H. Spencer Scott in the First Congregational Church of New Milford during World War II. Together, they served the war effort as intelligence agents for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), forerunner of the CIA. They took part of the uncovering of some Nazi agents who had infiltrated the federal government.
With the close of World War II in 1945, Mrs. Scott and her husband lived in pre-Castro Cuba and in Monaco, in southern France - all areas of floral abundance and diversity. Trained as a chemist, Mr. Scott pursued a career concerned with perfume formulae under the aegis of Helena Rubenstein.
Mrs. Scott's 25 years abroad were punctuated with occasional visits to the Wellsville Avenue farm and a stint of employment at the Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown, N.Y. Her time in Europe afforded extensive travel and a meeting with England's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
In the early 1970s, Mrs. Scott returned to her native Connecticut after her husband's passing and was employed in the travel industry in Hartford. On weekends she renewed her New Milford ties, eventually settling in Sherman.
But she missed the sunshine of southern France and sought it in Coronado, Calif. She moved there in 1976 and became the first woman president of the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers.
At her request, there was no funeral. Her body was donated to the University of California, San Diego.
She is survived by a cousin, Charles K. Dodge of Sherman. She was predeceased by her brother, Lloyd Harvey.
Contributions to Mrs. Scott's memory sent to Fredericka Manor Care Center (Dining Room Expansion), 111 Third Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910.
Carmine L. Moffa, 68, was Korean War veteran
Carmine L. Moffa, 68, of 22 Cleveland St., Danbury, brother of Louis "Chuck" Moffa of New Milford, died unexpectedly at his residence Oct. 13.
He was born in Danbury, Feb. 23, 1930, son of the late Louis and Lena Gigliotti Moffa. He had been a lifetime Danbury resident and had attended Danbury schools.
Mr. Moffa was a veteran of the Korean War, having served with Battery B, 963rd Field Artillery in Germany.
As a young man, he worked as a barber at the Pershing Barber Shop in Danbury. He later owned his own shop in the Mill Plain area, which he operated for several years. Mr. Moffa later operated, with his family, "Moffa's Roadside Stand" in the Mill Plain area until the stand closed at his retirement two years ago.
He was a member of St. Gregory the Great Church and the American Legion.
Besides his brother of New Milford, he is survived by a sister, Connie Adducci of Danbury; a brother, Joseph of Danbury; three nieces; and three nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Gregory the Great Church, Danbury, today (Friday) at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery.
The Green Funeral Home in Danbury is in charge of the arrangements.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492.
Victor J. Scalzo, 87, former Danbury resident
Victor J. Scalzo, 87, formerly of High Street, Danbury, died at New Milford Nursing Home Oct. 13.
Mr. Scalzo was born in Ashley, Pa., Dec. 25, 1910, son of the late Santo and Maria Theresa Perri Scalzo. He moved to Danbury in 1929 and had been a resident since that time.
As a young man, he had worked in the hatting industry. He later worked at Palace Theater in Danbury as assistant manager and manager until he retired in 1963,having worked there for 34 years.
He had been a member of St. Peter Church, the Danbury Lodge of Elks and the Sons of Italy.
He is survived by three sisters, Angeline Pesent and Margaret Coffey, both of Danbury, and Mary Vito of Bridgeport; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held today (Friday) at St. Peter Church, Danbury, at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery.
The Green Funeral Home, Danbury, is in charge of the arrangements.
Pauline Keenan, 89, grandmother area resident
Pauline Eudora Tyler Keenan, 89, of Patch Street, Danbury, died Oct. 7 at New Milford Nursing Home. She was the widow of Vincent Keenan.
Mrs. Keenan was born in Danbury, April 1, 1909, a daughter of the late Charles and Tina Simon Tyler. She was a lifelong resident of Danbury, attending Danbury schools as well as the Danbury Teachers College. She worked as a printer at the Barden Corporation in Danbury for 30 years and was a member of St. Peter's Church, the Danbury Police Benevolent Association and AARP.
Mrs. Keenan is survived by three grandsons, John Pierpaoli of New Milford, Charles Pierpaoli of Danbury and Joseph Pierpaoli of San Diego, Calif. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her son Vincent Keenan Jr. and daughter Joan Keenan.
A graveside service was held at St. Peter's Cemetery in Danbury.
Hull Funeral Service in Danbury was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials in Mrs. Keenan's memory may be made to the Danbury Police Benevolent Assoc., 120 Main St., Danbury, CT 06810.
Beryl O'Rourke, 69, mother of local residents
Beryl E. O'Rourke, 69, wife of William A. O'Rourke of 10 Jefferson Ave., Danbury, died at Danbury Hospital Oct. 8.
She was born in Scranton, Pa., June 5, 1929, daughter of the late Thomas J. and Elizabeth Harber Davies. Mrs. O'Rourke moved to Danbury in 1956 from New York and had been a Danbury resident since.
She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church and had been active as a Girl Scout leader and neighborhood chairperson and had also served as secretary for Boy Scout Troop #24.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. O'Rourke is survived by two sons, William A. O'Rourke of New Milford and Thomas F. O'Rourke of Danbury; two daughters, Catherine E. O'Rourke of Hancock, Vt., and Beryl A. Gribbin of New Milford; seven grandchildren, three nephews and a niece. She was pre-deceased by a brother, E. James Davies.
The Green Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Contributions in Mrs. O'Rourke's memory may be made to the Danbury Hospital Development Fund, Dialysis Unit, 24 Hospital Ave., Danbury, CT 06810.
Fred Blomgren, 99, had many relatives in the area
Fred T. Blomgren, 99, died Oct. 7 at the Bethel Health Care Center, Bethel.
Born in Worcester, Mass., July 16, 1899, he was a 70-year resident of Spring Street, West Bridgewater, Mass., residing the last four years in Newtown, with his daughter, Marie Skelton. He was pre-deceased in 1991 by his wife of 70 years, Ruth Burnley Blomgren.
He was the sole proprietor of a family market in Sharon, Mass., in the 1950s. He had retired from Simpson Springs Bottling Co. Throughout his life he was an avid gardener and recreational fisherman.
He left a legacy of love and devotion to his family.
In addition to his daughter, Marie, Mr. Blomgren is survived by another daughter and her husband, Eleanor and Robert Bassett of Beverly Hills, Fla.; six grandchildren, Eileen Moses and her husband John of New Milford, Jack Skelton of West Palm Beach, Fla., Ron Skelton of Newtown, Pam Link of New Milford, Janet Skelton of Ansonia and Donna Smith of Tucson, Ariz.; 10 great-grandchildren, Bryan Davis and his wife Christine, Kelly Franzese and her husband Skip, April Lingenfelser, John, Jason and Jeffrey Skelton and Stephanie, Lisa, Kimberly and Jessica Smith; and five great-great-grandchildren, Matthew Shields, Samantha Beauleau, Alexandria Franzese, Dustin Smith and Jahred Skelton.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Honan Funereal Home of Newtown. Funeral services were private.
Contributions in Mr. Blomgren's memory may be made to the Newtown Congregational Church, 41A Main St., Newtown, CT 06470.
Albert Wilson, 70, father of New Milford resident
Albert "A.G. Cap" Wilson, 70, an artist and former Danbury resident died Sept. 30 after a long illness at the Parrish Medical Center in Florida.
Mr. Wilson moved to Florida from Danbury in 1983 and lived in Titusville.
He was born in Bridgeport Oct. 14, 1927.
His survivors include a son, Stephen Wilson of New Milford; a daughter, Margaret Wilson of Danbury; and two grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Kathleen Wilson and a grandson, Joseph Anthony Wilson.
Dorothy Yurashus, 71, was SNET employee
Dorothy Boyne Yurashus, 71, of 30 Glen Ayre Drive, New Milford, died Oct. 8 at New Milford Hospital.
She was born Dec. 15, 1926, a daughter of Frank and Emma Boyne.
Mrs. Yurashus had lived for many years in Norwalk and then Torrington before moving to New Milford.
She had been employed as a telephone operator with Southern New England Telephone Company before her retirement.
She is survived by a son, Mark Halliwell of New Milford, and a grandson.
The Lillis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Connecticut Affiliate Inc., 300 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT 06450.
Rudolph Gruneberg, 82, World War II veteran
The death of Rudolph F. "Rudy" Gruneberg, 82, of 170 Candlewood Lake Road, Brookfield, occurred at his home Oct. 10. He was the husband of Margaret T. Fisher Gruneberg.
He was born in Danbury, May 26, 1916, son of the late Rudolph and Irene Leach Gruneberg. He attended Danbury schools.
During World War II, Mr. Gruneberg served in the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion. He participated in campaigns and battles in Tunisia, Naples, Rome, Southern France, the Rhineland and Central Europe. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart for wounds received in action. He also received the Distinguished Unit Badge, the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon, American Defense Service Medal and the Croix De Guerre.
He married Mrs. Gruneberg in 1947, and in 1953 they moved to Brookfield, where they maintained their home since that time.
Mr. Gruneberg retired from Humphrey Brothers Service of Danbury at age 65.
He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Brookfield, Union Lodge #40, A.F. & A.M., of which he was a Past Master. He was also a member of the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans, both of New Milford.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Jeff A. Gruneberg of Brookfield, a daughter, Judith G. York of Southbury, a brother, Walter Gruenberg of Fredericksburg, Va., a sister, Arlene Wagner of Port Charlotte, Fla., four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were handled by the Brookfield Funeral Home.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, 30 West St., Danbury, CT 06810, or the Visiting Nurse Association, 4 Liberty St., Danbury, CT 06810, or to St. Paul's Episcopal Church Mission Fund, Route 25, Brookfield Center, Brookfield, CT 06804.