Frances (Betz) Thomas, age 82, of 19 Main St., Danbury, died at Danbury Hospital on March 7, 1999.
Mrs. Thomas was the wife of the late Lougene M. Thomas.
Born in Danbury, she was a daughter of Joseph and Ruth (Mosher) Betz. She was a graduate of Danbury High School.
Mrs. Thomas is survived by a son, James M. Thomas of Ridgefield; a daughter, Ruth L. Cioffi of Waterbury; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Private Funeral Services and burial in Wooster Cemetery will take place at the convenience of the family.
There are no calling hours.
The Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury is in charge of arrangements.
Mary B. Nazzaro
Mary B. Nazzaro, 73, a life-long resident of Georgetown, died on Saturday (March 6) at the Bethel Health Care Center after a brief illness. She was the wife of Anthony Nazzaro, Sr.
Mrs. Nazzaro was born in Georgetown on Oct. 29, 1925, a daughter of the late Giusseppe and Giusseppina Constanza Bonsignore.
In addition to her husband of forty-nine years, Mrs. Nazzaro is survived by her two children, Anthony J. Nazzaro, Jr. and Constance M. Nazzaro, both of Georgetown; one brother, Armondo Bonsignore of Redding; one sister, Serena Nazzaro of Georgetown; and several nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by two brothers, Ignazio and Jasper Bonsignore.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday (March 10) at 10 A.M. in Sacred Heart Church, Georgetown. The interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ridgefield.
Friends may call at the Bouton Funeral Home, 31 West Church Street, Georgetown on Tuesday from 5 to 8 P.M.
Contributions in memory of Mrs. Nazzaro may be made to the Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, Inc., 30 West Street, Danbury, CT 06810.
Davis S. Goldstein
Davis S. Goldstein, 47, of 5407 110th St., S.W., Tacoma, Wash., died at his home on March 3. He was the beloved son of Mildred Cohose Goldstein of Danbury and the late Ernest Goldstein; dear brother of Sandra R. and Daniel Keane of Bickendoff, Germany; cherished uncle of Katie and Andrew Keane.
He was born in Danbury on Dec. 17, 1951, and graduated from Mahopac High School; from Boston College, magna cum laude, in 1973; and from Michigan State University Graduate School with a master of arts degree in 1975.
Funeral services will be at the United Jewish Center, 141 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury, on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. with interment services to follow in the United Jewish Center Cemetery, Grey's Bridge Road, Brookfield. Memorial contributions may be sent to the charity of one's choice. A period of mourning will be observed at 24 Stone St., Danbury, through Wednesday. Funeral arrangements are in care of the Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, 543 George St., New Haven.
Julia Howley, age 78, wife of Martin H. Howley, of 5 Laurel Road, Newtown, Conn., died March 4, 1999 in Yale-New Haven Hospital.
She was born in Newtown on February 1, 1921, daughter of Thomas and Mary (Washicko) Danuszar. She was a lifelong resident of the Newtown area. Mrs. Howley was employed as a child care professional. She was a member of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church.
Besides her husband, she is survived by two sons, Wayne Howley of Shelton and Martin Howley of Danbury; one daughter, Marlene Spremullo of Sandy Hook; three brothers, John Danuszar of Danbury, Marc Danuszar of Westport and Elliot Danuszar of Bethel; three grandchildren, Jennifer Piccirillo and Jamie and Michael Howley; one great-granddaughter, Chelsea Rose Piccirillo and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Monday, 10 a.m., at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 17 Roberts Ave., Danbury. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Bethel.
Friends may call on Sunday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m at the Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main St., Newtown.
Contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 17 Roberts Ave., Danbury, CT 06810.
The Panachida Service will be held at the funeral home on Sunday at 8 p.m.
Mary Pace, age 83, of Sandy Hook, Conn. died March 3, 1999 at the Bethel Health Care.
She was born in the Bronx, N.Y., on April 29, 1915, daughter of Pasquale and Stefanina (Ciancimino) Pace. She was a Newtown-area resident for the past 60 years, excluding 1990 to 1998 when she lived in Jacksonville, Fla. A lifelong seamstress, she learned her craft in the designer fashion houses in New York City.
She is survived by one son, James Ottoshavett, and one daughter, Elena Ottoshavett, both of Sandy Hook; one brother, James Pace of Danbury; one sister, Elizabeth Ottoshavett of Newtown and several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, 11 a.m., at the Valley Presbyterian Church, 21 West Whisconier Road, Brookfield, Conn., with the Rev. Royal Garren officiating. Cremation will take place at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours.
Contributions may be made to DATAHR Development Fund, 135 Old State Road, Brookfield, CT 06804.
Arrangements are by Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main St., Newtown, Conn.
Mary JohnstoneMcKinnon Dardis
The death of Mary Johnstone McKinnon Dardis, 91, of Pocono Road, Brookfield, occurred at the Danbury Hospital Thursday morning, March 4, 1999. She was the wife of the late Thomas D. Dardis.
Born in Bridgeport, Conn., on July 23, 1907, she was the daughter of Robert and Margaret McGee Brown. She was educated in Bridgeport schools and at the Butler Business School, also in Bridgeport. She had been employed as a telephone operator and later in sales for the Bridgeport Telephone Co. for 15 years.
Mrs. Dardis moved to Danbury in 1942 and to Brookfield in 1952. She and Mr. Dardis moved to Naples, Fla., where they lived for 21 years, returning again to Brookfield. She had served in the Brookfield school system as the food service manager at Whisconier School for eight years. She was a member of St. Joseph's Church, Brookfield, past member of its Confraternity of the Rosary, the "55 Alive" Club and the American Association of Retired Persons.
Surviving are two sons, Thomas R. Dardis of Brookfield and Peter F. Dardis of Bethel; two daughters, Kathleen D. Noe of Kennebunkport, Maine and Margaret D. Kovacs of Kent, Conn.; a brother, Jack Brown of Newport, R.I.; a sister, Alice B. Healy of Naples, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph's Church on Saturday at 10 a.m. Cremation will follow.
Friends may call at the Brookfield Funeral Home, 786 Federal Road, Brookfield on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Contributions in her memory may be made to All Souls by the Sea Chapel, c/o Frances Mague, 85 Eddy Road, North Edgecomb, ME 04556.
Claudia H. Otto
Claudia H. Otto, age 96, wife of the late Ernest Otto, formerly of Ta'Agan Point, Danbury, died March 4, 1999 in Ashlar of Newtown.
She was born in Passaic, N.J., on April 28, 1902, daughter of William Hutchings and Claushia (Martin) Dunn. Mrs. Otto was a longtime resident of the Danbury area. She was a member and past matron of the Eastern Star in Bethel.
She is survived by one daughter, Dorothy Wenblad of Newtown; two brothers, Robert and George Dunn, both of New Jersey; six grandchildren, including Robert Arbitell of Danbury; and eight great-grandchildren.
A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Wooster Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main St., Newtown, Conn.
James Thomas (Jack) Kelley
James Thomas (Jack) Kelley of 90 Danbury Road, New Milford died March 1, 1999 after a brief illness. He was 57 years old.
Born in 1942 to Linden Garfield Kelley in Danforth, Maine, he moved to Connecticut in 1969. He was employed by Warner Brothers as a fiberglass engineer.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Paulene Kelley, and three daughters, Tina Schmidheini of Highland, N.Y., and Jacqueline Kelley and Benjalena Kelley, both of New Milford. He was predeceased by a son, James Thomas Kelley Jr. Also surviving are three grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Marissa Wandall of New Milford and Mikayla and Jack Schmidheini, both of Highland, N.Y.; two sons-in-law, Ralph Schmidheini of Highland, N.Y. and Kenneth Ashley of New Milford; a sister, Sylvia Antonowicz, also of New Milford; and several half brothers and half sisters.
Funeral services are private and there are no calling hours. Burial will be done at the convenience of the family.
Josephine Peck Burlinson
Josephine (Foster) Peck Burlinson, 85, of New Fairfield, Conn., died Wednesday, March 3, 1999, at Danbury Hospital.
She was the wife of the late Charles D. Peck and William K. Burlinson.
Born in New Fairfield, July 26, 1913, she was a daughter of the late Ephriam and Roberta (Dayton) Foster. She was a graduate of New Fairfield schools and Danbury High School.
Mrs. Burlinson was a charter member of the New Fairfield Volunteer Fire Company A Ladies Auxiliary.
Her survivors include a son, Thomas J. Peck and his wife Barbara A. of New Fairfield; three daughters, Joan Cerno and her husband Louis of Port Charlotte, Fla., Mary Devine and her husband George of New Fairfield, and Patricia A. Manforte of New Fairfield; a daughter-in-law, Charlotte Peck Henthorn of Stratford, Conn.; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Burlinson was predeceased by a son, Charles F. Peck.
Funeral Services will be held at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Mountainview Cemetery, New Fairfield.
Friends will be received at the Green Funeral Home Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Contributions in her memory may be made to New Fairfield Volunteer Fire Company A, Route 39, New Fairfield, CT 06812.
Helen DeVita, age 71, widow of Thomas Joseph DeVita of 1 Hillview Drive, New Fairfield, died Tuesday at Danbury Hospital.
Mrs. DeVita was born in New York City on May 20, 1927. She had been a resident of New Fairfield for the past 32 years.
She had worked as a machinist for Amphenol for 25 years retiring in 1991. She was a member of St. Edward's Church in New Fairfield. Mrs. DeVita had been a member for over 30 years of the Ball Pond Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by her son, Joseph DeVita and his wife Danielle of New Fairfield, three grandchildren, Blair, Heather, and TJ, a brother William Kushner of Long Island, and one niece and one nephew.
Friends will be received at the New Fairfield Funeral Home, Route 37 at Cottontail Rd. on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Edward's Church, New Fairfield on Friday, at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at the Mountainview Cemetery, New Fairfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Edward's Church, Route 39, New Fairfield, CT 06812.
Frances T. Jacobs
Frances T. Jacobs of Danbury died Sunday February 28, 1999 at Harbor Side/Glen Hill of Danbury. She was 98.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mrs. Jacobs was the daughter of Max and Leah Tarakoff. After her marriage in 1923 she lived in Mount Vernon, N.Y., New York City, Ridgefield, Conn., and Miami, Fla. She moved to Danbury in 1988.
Mrs. Jacobs was active in Hadassah, a top-notch bridge player, women's golf champion at Old Oaks Country Club in Westchester County and an accomplished pianist.
She is survived by one sister, Sybil Kent of Los Angeles; a daughter, Joan Rolnick of Redding; a son, Herb W. Jacobs of Incline Village, Nev.; four granddaughters, Kyle Rolnick of Lorane, Ore., Jill Jacobs of Wayland, Mass., Beth Carone of Chicago and Cathy Saloff-Costa of Ithaca, N.Y.; four grandsons, Neil Rolnick of Chatham, N.Y., Cris Jacobs of Simsbury, Peter Rolnick of Kirksville, Mo., and Brian Rolnick of Kamakura, Japan; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Contributions to her memory may be made to PFLAG of Danbury, c/o Fran Evans, Danbury High School, 43 Clapboard Ridge Road, Danbury, CT 06811.
Mr. John Bolek, 81, husband of Helen (Jablonwski) Bolek of 1 Malgari Court, Naugatuck died Wednesday afternoon March 3, 1999 at the Waterbury Hospital after a brief illness.
Mr. Bolek was born Nov. 21, 1917 in Wanamie, Pa., son of the late Matthew and Caroline (Kiesel) Bolek. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army World War II having served in the European Theater. He was a retired employee of Uniroyal, Inc. where he had worked for over 28 years. He was a communicant of St. Francis Church.
Besides his wife of Naugatuck, he is survived by two sons, Raymond J. Bolek of South Kent, Conn., and Robert J. Bolek of Naugatuck, a sister Blanche Nelson of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Six grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, March 5, 1999 11:15 a.m. at St. James Cemetery in Naugatuck, with the Rev. William Burns, Pastor of St. Francis Church officiating. There are no calling hours, and the Buckmiller Brothers Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Ave., Naugatuck are in charge of the arrangements. In memory of John Bolek and the wonderful care he received at the Waterbury Hospital, memorial gifts may be sent to the Development Office of Waterbury Hospital, 64 Robbins St., Waterbury, CT 06708. All gifts will be designated to the Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit.
Carolyn E. Shaboo
Mrs. Carolyn Ethel (Petersen) Shaboo, 63, formerly of Bethel and Woodbury, died March 1 in Forsyth, Mo.
Mrs. Shaboo was born Dec. 9, 1935, in New Haven, daughter of Ethel (Paulson) Shumate of Vero Beach, Fla., formerly of Bethel, and the late Floyd Petersen. She was a 1953 graduate of Bethel High School and attended Danbury State Teachers College.
Besides her mother, she leaves her step-father, Jesse Shumate of Vero Beach, three daughters, Mrs. Kim Birge of Forsyth, Mo., formerly of Bethany, and Mrs. Cynthia Anastasio and Miss Connie Shaboo, both of Seymour and both also formerly of Bethany; one sister, Barbara Peschko of Bethel; four grandchildren, Blaec and Selena Birge of Missouri, and Robert Joseph and Christina Lee Anastasio of Seymour; one step-granddaughter, Elatia Birge of Florida.
Friends may call at Carpino Funeral Home, 750 Main Street South, Southbury, on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be private in Bethel Cemetery, Bethel.
Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Ms. Thalia Munson, age 80, of Roswell, Ga., formerly of Southbury, Conn. and West Palm Beach, Fla., died Monday, March 1, 1999. Ms. Munson was a telephone operator for over 20 years at the Southbury Training School. She was predeceased by her sister, Louise Neary, survived by sisters, Helen Wheeler, Lenox, Mass., and Eleanor Armstrong, Roswell, Ga. She is also survived by 13 nieces and nephews, 16 great-nieces and great-nephews and two great-great-nephews. A memorial service will be announced in the spring. Arrangements by Cremation Society of the South.
Paul Novak died March 2, 1999 at Charlotte-Hungerford Hospital in Torrington at the age of 91. He was the husband of Concetta (Connie) Potenziani Novak and lived at 20 Frederick St., Torrington. Mr. Novak was born in Papen Czechoslovakia, Oct. 16, 1907, son of Karol and Anna Camakova Novak.
He received his education in Czechoslovakia and came to the United States in 1939 and to Danbury to work as a cook in Durkin's Diner. He was then employed as a hatter for Hoyt Messenger Hat Co. in Danbury until its closing. He then moved to Amphenol in Danbury and was a plater working there for 18 years. He was an Army veteran of WW II and served in the North Appenines and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaigns. He was an interpreter for the U.S. Army and spoke seven languages. Mr. and Mrs. Novak made their home at 20 Fourth St. in Danbury and moved to Melbourn, Fla. in 1978. They resettled to Torrington in 1995. He was a member of St. Gregory Church in Danbury.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Michael of Brookfield, Wisconsin, and Paul Novak of Czechoslovakia; four daughters: Anna of Czechoslovakia, Linda Inness of Torrington, Margaret Bouchard of Melbourn, Fla. and Joyce Loosemoore of Torrington; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 11:30 a.m. at St. Gregory Church. Cremation will take place at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at the Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White St., Danbury on Friday from 9 to 11 a.m.
Roberta Rysz Culhane passed away on Sunday, Feb. 28, at her home in Williamsburg, Va. after a noble battle with pancreatic cancer.
An avid gardener and quilter, Mrs. Culhane was a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a bachelor of science degree in horticulture. She was a Conservation Commissioner for the town of Redding, Conn., and a member and officer of the Redding Land Trust. She was also a co-founder and first President of the Swampfield Land Trust (Danbury, Conn.). Mrs. Culhane was a member and treasurer of the Nutmeg Quilters' Guild (Conn.), and treasurer of the Colonial Piecemakers Quilt Guild (Va.).
Mrs. Culhane was assistant branch manager at the Hayestown Office of Union Trust in Conn. and employed at Citizen and Farmers Bank of Williamsburg. She was also circulation assistant at The James City County Library.
She is survived by her husband, Michael Culhane of Williamsburg; daughters Megan Galbraith of Cambridge, N.Y., Jennifer Culhane of State College, Pa., and Kerri Culhane of Washington, D.C.; a sister, Pearl Crosier of Orangevale, Calif; brothers, Joseph Rysz, Jr. of Elmore, Vt. and Peter Rysz of Norwalk, Conn.; two grandsons and several nieces and nephews.
Services took place in Williamsburg. Donations may be made to The Roberta Culhane Memorial Fund at The James City County Library, 7770 Croaker Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188, and Hospice Support Care of Williamsburg, 312 Waller Mill Road, Room 150, Williamsburg, VA 23185-3006. Arrangements by the Bucktrout Funeral Home of Williamsburg.