Michael A. Salik
Michael A. Salik, age 82, of Drummers Lane in Newtown, Conn. died on August 11, 1999 at his home.
He was born in Waterbury, Conn. on August 15, 1916 and was a resident of Newtown for 40 years. He was a former employee of Harvey Hubbell Co. During World War II Mr. Salik served in the U.S. Army. He was wounded in the Rhineland campaign and was awarded a Bronze Star.
He is survived by his wife, Irene; a loving niece, Catherine Azzarito; and several other nieces and nephews.
Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery in Stratford, Conn.
Contributions may be made, in Mr. Salik's memory, to St. Mary's Church, 24 Dodgingtown Road, Bethel, CT 06801.
Arrangements are by Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main St., Newtown, Conn.
William B. Pecor Sr.
William Bert Pecor Sr., 56, of 29 Germantown Road in Danbury, Conn. died on August 11, 1999 at Danbury Hospital.
He was born in Tarrytown, N.Y. on May 25, 1943, son of Ruth A. (Cunningham) Pecor of Danbury and the late Herman R. Pecor. He was employed by Auto Brite Car Wash of Danbury.
Besides his mother, Mr. Pecor is survived by a son, William Bert Pecor Jr. of Danbury; a daughter, Connie Hyatt of Florida; two sisters, Elizabeth A. Cooper of Danbury and Wanda Wilson of Virginia; five brothers, John A., Herman R. Jr., Ronald A. and Mark, all of Danbury, and Dean of New York; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, 6:30 p.m., at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury. Cremation will take place at the convenience of the family.
Friends will be received on Saturday from 5:30 p.m. until the time of the service at the Green Funeral Home.
Susan Marie Testa
Susan Marie Testa, 27, of 69 Old Ridge Road in New Milford, Conn. died on Wednesday, August 11, 1999 as a result of an automobile accident on Taylor Road in New Milford.
She was born in Stamford, Conn. on December 11, 1971, a daughter of Michele Davenport Testa Ives of New Milford and the late Samuel J. Testa. She was a graduate of New Milford High School, Class of 1989, and attended Central Connecticut State University. She was employed by the Westside Hardware Store in Stamford.
Besides her mother, she is survived by her stepfather, Vincent Ives Sr. of New Milford; her maternal grandparents, Robert Davenport of Tucson, Ariz. and Patricia Davenport of Norwalk, Conn.; two brothers, Vincent Ives Jr. of Washington, Conn. and Patrick Testa of Woodbury, Conn.; a sister, Kimberly Testa of New Milford; and several aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will be Saturday, 11 a.m., at St. Francis Xavier Church in New Milford with a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be in St. Francis Cemetery in New Milford. There are no calling hours.
Arrangements are by Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford, Conn.
Yves Joseph Fortin
Mr. Yves Joseph Fortin, 73, of 47 Walnut St., Naugatuck, Conn. died on Tuesday afternoon, August 10, 1999 at his home.
Mr. Fortin was born in Highgate Springs, Vt. on June 26, 1926, the son of the late Alfred and Eleonard (Bouchard) Fortin, and was a graduate of St. Anne's Academy in Swanton, Vt. Since moving to Connecticut he had been associated with Leahy's Fuels in Danbury for nearly 30 years. He was a communicant of St. Francis Church in Naugatuck.
Mr. Fortin will always be remembered for his love of farming. In earlier years he worked farms in Highgate Springs, Vt., upstate New York and Connecticut, but always longed to return to the home farm in Highgate Springs to participate in the spring planting and fall harvest.
Mr. Fortin is survived by one son, Pierre Fortin of Danbury; one daughter, Michelle Smith, asst. town clerk of Naugatuck, with whom he made his home; five sisters, Sister Agnes Lucille Fortin of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit in Putnam, Yvette McCann of Holyoke, Mass., Gisele Mientka of Leeds, Mass., Gaetane Fortin of Northampton, Mass. and Marthe Brisson of Verner, Ontario; two brothers, Roger Fortin of Holyoke, Mass. and Gilles Fortin of Highgate Springs, Vt.; his former wife, Vera Grieve of Danbury; two grandchildren, Candice and Jacqueline; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by another sister, Sister Constance Fortin, SGM.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, 10 a.m., at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Swanton, Vt. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Friends may call on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Ave., Swanton, Vt.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice at Home, c/o Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut, 800 Main St. South, Southbury, CT 06488-9911.
The Alderson Funeral Home of Naugatuck, 201 Meadow St., Naugatuck, Conn. was in charge of local arrangements.
Alyce E. Rowins
Alyce E. Rowins, age 87, wife of the late John Rowins, of Rowledge Pond Road in Sandy Hook, Conn., died on Wednesday, August 11, 1999 in the Lutheran Home in Southbury.
She was born in New Milford, Conn. on September 24, 1911, daughter of the late Stanley and Gladys Golembeski. A resident of Newtown for 40 years, Mrs. Rowins was a member of St. Rose Church.
She is survived by two daughters, Barbara and her husband Dr. Roger Bobowick and Jane and her husband Paul Fitzgerald, both of Sandy Hook, Conn.; five grandchildren, Scott and Todd Bobowick, Kelly Carey, Kirsten Gelston and Adam Fitzgerald; and two great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, 10 a.m., at St. Rose Church in Newtown. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery. There are no calling hours.
Contributions may be made in Mrs. Rowins' memory to St. Rose Church, Project '99, 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown, CT 06470.
Arrangements are by Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main St., Newtown, Conn.
Edmund R. Wittkamp, age 68, of Danbury, died peacefully at his home after a long illness. He was the husband of Marianne Wittkamp.
Mr. Wittkamp was born in Pommer, Germany, June 19, 1931, and graduated from schools in Germany. Prior to his illness, Mr. Wittkamp owned and operated Wittkamp and Sons Iron Works. He leaves behind a legend of restoration works he performed over the entire United States, from restoring fountains and buildings to lighthouses and fences. He was truly one of the most talented ironworkers of his time. He was recognized by Central Park, the New York Botanical Gardens, Friends of Cast Iron and many historical societies throughout the country. He leaves behind his craftsmanship and talent for his sons to follow. Mr. Wittkamp was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Danbury, where he bestowed many of his talents throughout the church from the Baptismal Dove to railings, as well as restoration projects. He was a Sunday School teacher, Cub Scout leader and served on several boards.
He was also a member of the lay ministry and participated with many programs for the elderly or homebound, such as visiting shut-ins.
Besides his wife of 46 years, Mr. Wittkamp is survived by four sons, Gerhard Wittkamp of Springfield, N.J., Uwe Wittkamp of Denver, N.C., Peter Wittkamp of Brewster, N.Y., and Richard Wittkamp of Stratford, Conn.; one daughter, Monika Carley of Bethel; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Danbury, on Saturday, August 14, at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Danbury.
The family will receive friends at the Hull Funeral Home, Sixty Division St., Danbury, on Friday evening from 7 through 9 p.m.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Nelson Gelfman Dialysis Unit, c/o Danbury Hospital, 24 Hospital Ave., Danbury, CT 06810.
Anna (Pappedas) Kalogeropoulos, 94, of 617 E. Rockboro Court, Stone Mountain, Georgia, wife of the late Michael Kalogeropoulos, died on Friday, August 13, 1999, at her home.
Formerly of 11 Abbott Avenue, Danbury, Mrs. Kalogeropoulos was born in Kalamata, Greece, August 25, 1904, a daughter of the late Nicholas and Georgia (Demas) Pappedas.
As a Danbury resident, she was a member of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church and of its Ladies Philoptochos Society.
She is survived by two daughters, Stravoula Kalos Saxton of Bethany, CT, and Georgia Kalos Katsegianes of Stone Mountain, Georgia, as well as six grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
The Rite of Burial will take place on Monday, August 16, 1999, at 10 a.m. in the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Clapboard Ridge Road, Danbury, with the Rev. Peter Karloutsos officiating.
Burial will follow in Wooster Cemetery, Danbury.
Friends will be received at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church on Monday after 9 a.m.
The Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Avenue, Danbury, is in charge of arrangements.
William P. Gonsowski, age 58, of Westport, died Friday, August 13, 1999, in Norwalk Hospital. Born in Norwalk, he was the son of the late William and Helen Gonsowski of Westport and was a lifelong Westport resident.
He worked initially as a landscaper for Allan U. Parsell and was employed for the last 30 years by L.H. Gault & Son of Westport. In his early years, he was an avid baseball player, and, most recently, a stock car racing fan.
He is survived by his brother, Jack Gonsowski of New Milford, and one son, Douglas Gonsowski of Florida.
Friends are invited to call the Shaughnessey Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road, Fairfield, on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to High Watch Farm, P.O. Box 607, 62 Carter Road, Kent, CT 06757.
Anita Ross Bonacci Cuhsnick
Anita Ross Bonacci Cuhsnick, 72, of 55 Sugar St., Newtown, wife of Konrad Cuhsnick, and widow of Joseph Bonacci, died Saturday at New Milford Hospital.
Mrs. Cuhsnick was born in Greenwich, June 26, 1927, a daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine Purcell Ross.
She had lived in Newtown for the past 30 years and had been employed at Fairfield Hills Hospital before her retirement in 1992.
Besides her husband, she is survived by two sons, Ross Bonacci of Newtown and Joseph Bonacci of Bozeman, Mont.; a brother, Burke Ross of Huntington, Conn.; a sister, Julie Kirkland of Naugatuck; several grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, John Ross, and a sister, Catherine Silva.
Memorial services will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Northville Baptist Church, New Milford, with the Rev. Dr. George W. Britt officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Northville Baptist Church, 9 Little Bear Hill Road, New Milford, CT 06776 or to the American Cancer Society, 40 North St., Danbury, CT 06810.
Arrangements are by Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford.
Jason Yale Schweitzer, 24, of 392 Peter Road, Southbury, died Friday, August 13th, in Guilford, Vermont, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mr. Schweitzer was born April 10, 1975, in Danbury, CT, son of Frank and Gail (Parker) Schweitzer II of Southbury. He was a graduate of the University of Connecticut in Storrs with a B.S. degree in economics and was employed by Glencore in Stamford as a commodities trader.
Besides his parents, he leaves one brother, Frank Schweitzer III of Bethesda, MD, and sister-in-law, Regina Schweitzer; two sisters, Catherine Hirschauer of Southbury and Andrea Schweitzer of New York City; a brother-in-law, John Hirschauer of Southbury; his paternal grandmother, Frances Schweitzer of Westerly, RI; one nephew, John S. Hirschauer Jr.; and his niece and goddaughter, Caroline Schweitzer.
Funeral mass: Tuesday, Aug. 17th, at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Main Street South, Southbury. Burial will be in Newtown Village Cemetery, Newtown.
Calling hours: Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at Carpino Funeral Home, 750 Main Street South, Southbury.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the University of Connecticut Scholarship Fund for students studying economics.
William J. Gerstenmaier
Mr. William J. (Bill) Gerstenmaier of 74 Cannon Road, Sharpsburg, GA., formerly of Salisbury, MD., died August 15, 1999, at Newnan Hospital.
Mr. Gerstenmaier was born August 7, 1926 in Danbury, CT., the only child of Ida and J. William Gerstenmaier. He attended Danbury High School, graduating in 1944. He served in the US Navy from 1944-46, after which he attended Yale University, graduating in 1950, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
He was a design engineer for Dresser Industries from 1960-1988, when he retired. Mr. Gerstenmaier was an inventor and holder of several patent rights, among them automated gas pumps.
He was a private pilot and was know for his love of flying, and his wonderful sense of humor. He was a mentor of young people and a member of living Word Church.
He is survived by Betty Waterhouse Gerstenmaier, his beloved wife of 49 years; a son, William Jon Gerstenmaier of New York City; a daughter and son-in-law, Mark A. and Daryl G. Rowe, of Sharpsburg; a son and daughter in law, Eric J. and Arlene R. Gerstenmaier of Girdletree, MD; and four grandchildren, Ryan and Laura Gerstenmaier and Austin and Nathan Rowe.
A memorial service will be celebrated at Living Word Church, 142 Cannon Road, Sharpsburg, GA at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 18, 1999. At the request of Mr. Gerstenmaier, his body was donated to Emory University Medical School.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Living Word Ministry, William J. Gerstenmaier Memorial Fund - Youth Ministries.
L. Earl Groeschner
L. Earl Groeschner, 91, of Gulfport, FL passed away August 9, 1999 at 2:30 a.m., at home under hospice care.
Born in South Norwalk, CT, he moved to Danbury in 1973.
Mr. Groeschner was a printer for 50 years before his retirement.
He was a member of the Advent Christian Church in East Norwalk, CT and attended First United Methodist Church of Gulfport. He was also a member of the East Norwalk Boat Club.
Mr. Groeschner was the son of Louis G. and Ethel Byxbee Groeschner. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Arline; two sons, Robert E. of Norwalk and Donald L. of New Milford; and four grand children.
A memorial service was celebrated in Gulfport on August 12, 1999. Contributions can be sent to Hospice of the Florida Sun Coast, 320 East Bay Drive, Largo, FL. 33770.