Margaret Grace Farr Loitsch, 80, of Bethel, died Tuesday at Danbury Hospital. She was the widow of Frank C. Loitsch. Mrs. Loitsch was born in Elmira, N.Y., on July 8, 1917, a daughter of the late Roy A. and Nettie Forsythe Farr, Sr. She was raised in Elmira, N.Y., and while there worked at Remington Rand Company. She moved to the Bronx, N.Y., after her marriage in 1947 and moved to Wading River, L.I., N.Y., upon her husband's retirement. She moved to Bethel in 1992 where she was a member of St. Mary's Church. Mrs. Loitsch is survived by two daughters, Darlene M. Coppola of Norwalk, Conn., and Patricia A. Everett of Bethel; a brother, Roy A. Farr Jr. of Elmira, N.Y.; a sister, Rita L. Morey of Valrico, Fla.; five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 40 North St., Danbury, CT 06810. The funeral will be held from the Hull Funeral Home, 60 Division St., Danbury, Friday at 9:30 to a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Church, Bethel, at 10. Burial will be in Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, N.Y. The family will receive friends at the Hull Home, Thursday, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Hans F. Karnischky died May 26, 1998, at his home, 116 Lake Place South, Danbury, at the age of 85. He was the husband of Rose Marie (Lazerano) Karnischky. Mr. Karnischky was born in Dornberg, Germany, on Jan. 14, 1913, son of Albert Paul and Agnes (Janschke) Karnischky - and was educated there, moving to this country in 1935. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army. Upon his return from military service, he opened a grocery store with his wife in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, N.Y., and operated it until their retirement in 1978. They came to Danbury in 1997. Mr. Karnischky was a member of the Sieverner Club in Long Island, N.Y. Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Larry Harbuck of Danbury, and several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Elizabeth Seton Church on Thursday at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery. Friends may call at the Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White St., Danbury, on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.. Contributions may be made to Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, 30 West St., Danbury, CT 06810.
Amos Mitchell Hicock, 71, formerly of Waterbury, Conn., and currently of Garrattsville, N.Y., died Tuesday, May 26, 1998, at Fox Hospital, Oneonta, N.Y. He was born in Waterbury, the son of Ely Pierce and Evelyn Williams Hicock of Southbury, Conn. He served his country during World War II in the United States Army in the "Big Red 1.'' He was employed as a draftsman with the Barden Corporation of Southbury, for 31 years, retiring in 1989. He is survived by his second wife, Dorothy Bruce Hicock of Garrattsville, N.Y., and her spouse, Tom, and their children, Tom and Kimberly, of Danbury; a brother, Charles Hicock of Aurora, Colo.; and sisters, Thalia Scoville of West Cornwall, Rachel Stillings of Murrells Inlet, S.C., Priscella Shoeffler of Hartman, Ariz., Jane Stone of Nieceville, Fla., Althia McGahie of Southbury, and Julia Steinis of Oxford. He was always very friendly, generous with his time and objects, especially reclaimed discards. He enjoyed riding tractors. He was a member of the Southbury Genealogy Society, the Connecticut Genealogy Society and the Central New York Genealogy Society. A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 31, 1998, at 2 p.m. at the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris, N.Y., with retired clergyman, Rev. Walter Hillis officiating. There will be no calling hours. Those who wish may donate to the Garrattsville Emergency Squad, Garrattsville, NY 13342, in his memory. Arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris, N.Y.
The death of Virginia A. Strait Carbone, 50, of 46 Jenny Lane Two, Oxford, Conn., formerly of Danbury, occurred at Griffing Hospital, Derby, Conn., on Tuesday. She was the wife of the late Lawrence P. Carbone. She was born in Danbury, Jan. 17, 1948, daughter of Paul and Ethel Strait. She attended Immanuel Lutheran School and was a graduate of Danbury High School. She lived in Danbury until 1990, when she moved to Oxford. She had been employed as a purchasing agent for Trex Medical for the past 10 years. When in Danbury she attended Immanuel Lutheran Church. Besides her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Sheri C. Hardiman of Milford, Kelli J. Duquette of Derby and Katherine E. Carbone of Oxford, three granddaughters and a brother, David Strait of New Jersey. Funeral services will be held at the Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White St., Thursday at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Richard E. Kuehnert Jr., pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may call at the Cornell Memorial Home Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m.
Mary Domonkos Horvath of Fairfield, a self-employed hairdresser, beloved wife of the late Paul Horvath, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May 25, 1998, in her home. She is survived by a son, Richard P. Horvath of Fairfield and his wife Nancy of Brookfield; her daughter, Barbara M. Plante of West Hartford; two sisters and a brother; and five grandchildren, Tammy Gallagher (Kevin), Amy Nimer (Darin), Rebecca Plante, Paul Horvath and Hannah Horvath. Funeral services are on Friday, May 29, 1998, at 11 a.m. in the Spear Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. Burial will be in Lawncroft Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday (today) from 5-8 p.m. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the charity of one's choice.
Thomas Frederick Rangoni , 44, of 52 Hipp Road, New Milford, husband of Jean Bongiorno Rangoni, died Sunday at his home. Mr. Rangoni was born in New Milford, Feb. 16, 1954, a son of Frederick Rangoni of Vero Beach, Fla., and the late Marion Ohmen Rangoni. He spent early life in Warren, graduated from Brookfield High School, lived in New Milford for 24 years and was worked as a machinist at Twin Stamping Co. in New Milford for 25 years. Besides his wife and father, he is survived by a son and daughter Thomas Frederick Rangoni Jr. and Andrea L. Rangoni, both of New Milford; and a sister, Brenda Wilkes of Newtown. Graveside services will be held Thursday (today) at 10 a.m. in the New Warren Cemetery, Warren. Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 40 North St., Danbury 06810. Arrangements by the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford.
Ronald S. Davis, 77, of Danbury, died Thursday at his home following a lengthy illness. He was the husband of Marjorie Golder Davis. Mr. Davis was born on March 11, 1921, in Danbury, a son of G. Harold and Xe Sands Davis. He graduated from Danbury High School in 1938 and served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1940 through 1946 in the Pacific Theater and the Aleutian Islands. He was employed by Avco-Lycoming in Stratford for 32 years, retiring in April of 1983. Mr. Davis was an active member of the Advent Christian Church and served as Treasurer. Besides his wife of 47 years, Mr. Davis is survived by three daughters: Cynthia S. Lathrop of Waltham, Mass., Penny Fay Wasylyk of Yardville, N.J., and Valerie Barkal of New Milford; a son, Jonathan Clay Davis of Danbury; three brothers, Robert G. Davis of Bethel, Hubert A. Davis of Danbury and Jerrold H. Davis of Deland, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, 30 West Street, Danbury, CT 06810, or The Advent Christian Church, 101 East Pembroke Road, Danbury, CT 06811. Funeral services will be held on Monday at the Advent Christian Church at 11 a.m. with the Rev. John Lathrop officiating. Burial will be in Great Plain Cemetery, Danbury. The family will receive friends at the Hull Funeral Home, Sixty Division Street, Danbury, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Dorothy Fazio, formerly of New Fairfield, Conn., died Tuesday, April 28, 1998, at her home in Port Charlotte, Fla. She was born in the Bronx, N.Y. on September 20, 1923, the daughter of Anna and Phillip Mitsch. After World War II, she was employed by the European Exchange Command Service as secretary to the General in Bad Nauheim and Nuremberg, Germany. She later married Dr. Louis J. Fazio who died in 1996. Mrs. Fazio was a graduate of Mercy College, N.Y. with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. She moved to Florida after 20 years as a greater Danbury Realtor to continue her world travels and enjoy Southern living. She is predeceased by a son, Gregory, and survived by three daughters, Leslie J. Kraisky of Patterson, N.Y., Darcy M. Fazio of Guilford, Conn. and Allison M. Fazio of New Fairfield, Conn. and two grandsons. A private funeral was held at Calvary Cemetery in Flushing, N.Y. A memorial service will be held at St. Edward's Church in New Fairfield in July. Donations in her memory may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, Inc., 1501 N.W. 9th Ave., Miami, FL 33136.
Philip Podkaminer, 83, a resident of Brewster, N.Y. since 1946, previously of Mt. Kisco, White Plains and New York City, died Nov. 4 in Jamesville, N.Y., after a long illness. Mr. Podkaminer was born in New York City Feb. 8, 1915, a son of Samuel and Jennie Schlein Podkaminer. He was educated in White Plains and Mt. Kisco.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945. He was past president of the Putnam County B'Nai Brith, past president of the Brewster Rotary, past commander of VFW Post 672, and former member of the Brewster School Board. He was a member of the Croton Lodge F & AM, the Brewster Chamber of Commerce and Temple Beth Elohim.
He was self-employed at the Brewster Garage on Main Street for 20 years from 1946 and the Brewster Bowling & Recreation Center from 1956 to 1973.
He is survived by his wife, Sadie Wittenberg Podkaminer; three sons, Robert of Mountainview, Calif., Nathan of Jamesville, N.Y., and Joel of Trumansberg, N.Y.; a brother, Leon Podkaminer of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be conducted Nov. 11 at noon at Temple Beth Elohim. Burial will be in King David Memorial Gardens, Putnam Valley, N.Y. There are no calling hours.
Contributions may be made to Temple Beth Elohim, Route 22, Brewster, NY 10509. Beecher Funeral Home, Brewster, is in charge of arrangements.
Anita Staib Crain
Anita (Staib) Crain died Aug. 27, 1998.
She was the wife of John Crain of East Norwalk, Conn., mother of John Crain, Jr. of East Norwalk, and Theresa McGuire of Woodbridge, Va., grandmother of Leigh Ann McGuire of Woodbridge, Va., sister of Cathy (Staib) Pereira of Danbury, daughter of Larry and Rita (Cottrell) Staib of Bethel, and aunt of Christina, Victor and Bill Pereira of Danbury.
The funeral was in Norwalk on Oct. 29, 1998.
Milton Grant McKinney
Milton Grant McKinney, age 61, of Nashville, Tenn., formerly of Bridgeport, died Nov. 7, 1998 in the Mariner Nursing Home following a long illness.
Born Sept. 12, 1937 in Altaena, Calif., son of the late William Grant McKinney and Margaret Thompson Spanner, he was a Bridgeport resident for 40 years.
Mr. McKinney was a graduate of Kern Valley High School, Kernville, Calif., and served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was a police officer for the city of Bridgeport and member of the Canine Unit for 17 years before retiring in 1989. He was recently employed by the Vanderbilt University Security Department in Nashville. Mr. McKinney was also an active member of the Masonic Temple of Bridgeport.
In addition to his mother, Margaret, and stepfather, Joseph Spanner of Inyokern, Calif., he is survived by his former wife and friend, Pauline McKinney of Naugatuck; two sons, Theodore J. McKinney of Stratford and William McKinney of Waterbury; two daughters, Laurie Gillette of Southbury and Bonnie J. McKinney of Naugatuck; a brother, Tom McKinney of Wofford Heights, Calif. two stepbrothers, Leo Spanner of Ridgecrest, Calif; and Philip Spanner of Amery, Wisc,; one stepsister, JoAnne Capizzi of Ridgecrest, Calif.; and six grandchildren, several cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, colleagues and associates. In addition to his father, he is predeceased by a sister, Judy Ann Taylor.
A memorial service will be held in the S. Spadaccino & Sons Funeral Home, 499 Washington Ave., Bridgeport on Friday at 6 p.m. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m.
Richard Pimentel, age 73, a 14-year resident of Tucson, Ariz., passed away Nov. 5, 1998. Born Sept. 22, 1925 in Gloucester, Mass., Mr. Pimentel was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of VFW Post 1008, past E.R. of Danbury Elks Lodge -120, and a Food Pantry volunteer at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Catholic Church in Tucson.
He is survived by his loving wife, Judy; sons, John Pimentel and Rick (Diane) Pimentel; step-daughter, Dawn Marie (Fernando) Cunes; step-son, Thomas C. Pickel; 6 grandchildren; Christopher, Michael, Jennifer, Jonathan, Thomas P. and Thomas C., devoted sister, Rosemarie (Tony) Tocco; brother, Melvin (Betty) Pimentel; nieces, Jeanine and Toni Ann; nephews, Mark and Dion; cousins, Arthur (Pauline) Pimentel and Jerome (Cecile) Pimentel; caring sister-in-law, Janice (Anthony) Cortese. Mass was held at 10 a.m. on Nov. 9, 1998 at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
Bernadine McDade Austin, 87, a longtime resident of New Canaan, died of natural causes on Oct. 30, 1998. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles D. Austin, and lost her only son in Vietnam - Capt. C. David Austin, a highly decorated fighter pilot, shot down while leading a successful bombing mission in April 1967. Her grandson, David Austin Baughman of Ridgefield, was killed as the result of an accident in May 1997.
As a registered nurse she became one of the first American Airlines stewardess, flying DC-3s between Boston and New York.
She was active in many volunteer programs over the years and was a member of St. Thomas More Church in Darien.
She is survived by three daughters, Carol Smith of Stamford, Judith Baughman of Ridgefield, and Penelope (Penny) Austin of New Canaan; a brother, J. Warren McDade, of Ipswich, Mass.; and one sister, Audrey Littlefield, of Middletown, R.I.; and five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and several nephews.
At her request, her body has been donated to Yale-New Haven Medical Center.
A memorial mass will be celebrated by Rev. Thomas P. Thorne, a friend of the family, at St. Thomas More Church, 384 Middlesex Road, Darien, at noon Saturday, Nov. 21.
Kenneth E. Laughlin, 67, of 18 Cherryfield Lane, Danbury, died unexpectedly at Danbury Hospital on Nov. 11, 1998. He was the husband of the late Janet Marie Woodin Laughlin.
A lifelong Danbury resident, he was born in Danbury, April 7, 1931, a son of Edward L. and Marion Fisher Laughlin. He was educated in Danbury schools.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and was a member of the National Guard.
Prior to his retirement in 1991, Mr. Laughlin was a custodian with Western Connecticut State University. He was also previously employed as a truck driver with Danbury Box.
Mr. Laughlin was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Danbury.
His survivors include a brother, Gerald Laughlin of Sandy Hook, Conn.; a sister, Betty Stevenson of Danbury; and nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hufcut Funeral Home, Main St., Dover Plains, N.Y.
The funeral service is Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. James Stenson.
Burial in Valley View Cemetery, Dover Plains, N.Y.
Filene Gallagher, 79, of Park Ridge, Illinois, mother of Kathleen McCloskey of Brookfield, Conn., wife of the late James E. Gallagher, died at the Danbury Hospital on Tuesday evening.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul of the Cross Church, Park Ridge on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Burial will take place in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Hillside, Ill. Friends may call at the Ryan-Parke Funeral Home, 120 S. Northwest Highway, Park Ridge on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Mrs. Gallagher is also survived by a son, James E. of Park Ridge; three sisters and six grandchildren.
Contributions may be made to the Danbury Hospital Development Fund, Dialysis Unit, c/o Danbury Hospital.
Green Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Teunis van der Veen, M.D.
Teunis van der Veen, M.D., 80, of 164 Long Meadow Hill Road, Brookfield, a very caring and loving person, went to God on Oct. 29, 1998, while vacationing with relatives in Portugal.
Dr. van der Veen was born in Hallum, the Netherlands, April 1, 1918. He spent the first 34 years of his life in his homeland, graduating with honors from the University of Utrecht in 1946 and from the University of Amsterdam Medical School in 1949. Late in 1952, Dr. van der Veen came to the United States and early in 1953, began an internship at Trinity Lutheran Hospital in Missouri. The next six years saw training and service in obstetrics and gynecology, followed by a residency in psychiatry at Philadelphia's Temple Medical School.
In 1966, Dr. van der Veen received a dual appointment to the medical staffs of Bridgeport Hospital and the Hall-Brooke Hospital, and in April of the following year, was named Acting Director of the Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic.
Subsequent to his retirement from active staff duties in 1985, he continued to consult and contribute his extensive talents to the American Psychiatric Association, the World Federation of Mental Health and the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy.
He enjoyed traveling and most especially his family.
Dr. van der Veen is survived by his daughter, Yvonne van der Veen-Pierce, his son-in-law, Randall Pierce, and three grandchildren, Richon, Tara and Alexa, all of Brookfield; as well as a sister, Brecht Broersma, and brother-in-law, Jon Broersma; a sister-in-law, Wieke van der Veen; and seven nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Evelyn (Dunham) van der Veen; and his brother, Jacob van der Veen.
Friends will be received in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Avenue, Danbury, on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m., with funeral services at 4 p.m. Pastor David Reinhardt of the Baptist Church of Danbury will officiate.
Contributions in Dr. van der Veen's memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492 or to the American Cancer Society, 40 North Street, Danbury, CT 06810.