Sister Mary A.Heffernan
The death of Sister Mary A. Heffernan, C.N.D. (Sr. Saint Regina Marie), 92, of the Congregation of Notre Dame, occurred at the Congregation of Notre Dame, Ridgefield, Thursday.
Born in New York City, September 7, 1907, daughter of the late Edward and Mary Connery Heffernan, she attended elementary and high school in New York. She received a degree in Pedagogy in Education from the University of Montreal, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Providence College, her Masters degree from Fordham University, a Degree in Humane Letters from St. Bonaventure University and her Doctor of Philosophy from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
She became a professed religious in the Congregation of Notre Dame January 16, 1930, and received her Final Profession August 9, 1935. Sister's early career in education included administration and teaching history, English and science in high school in Canada and the United States.
From 1949 to 1959 Sister served as a teacher and principal of Sakura no Siebo High School and established and became president of Sakura no Seibe Junior College in Fukushima, Japan.
Upon her return to the United States Sr. Heffernan taught English at Notre Dame College in Staten Island, N.Y., and served as an administrator at St. Sebastian's, Providence, R.I., and at Notre Dame High School, Schenectady, N.Y. From 1962 to 1964 she served at Catholic University of America as assistant to the chairperson for studies in higher education and from 1964 to 1968 as executive secretary for the National Catholic Association in Washington, D.C. She then taught and coordinated an Education Services Program at the University of Steubenville, Ohio. From 1971 to 1991 she specialized in gerontology studies for one year at the University of Michigan and for 19 years as professor at St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, N.Y.
In 1991 Sister retired to St. Jean's Convent in New York City and in 1995 to the Congregation of Notre Dame residence in Ridgefield.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Congregation of Notre Dame Chapel, Ridgefield, Monday morning at 10:00. Interment will be in St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury.
Friends may call at the Congregation of Notre Dame, 223 West Mountain Road, Ridgefield, Sunday from 2 to 7:30 p.m. A Prayer Service will be held Sunday at 5:00. The Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White St., Danbury, is in charge of arrangements.
Glendora Esther LoTurco
Glendora Esther LoTurco, 87, of Panama City, FL, died Wednesday, February 23, 2000, in a Panama City nursing home.
She had worked as a volunteer for Halifax General Hospital in Daytona Beach, Florida, volunteering for more than 4,000 hours. She had been a resident of Panama City for 3 years, moving there from Daytona Beach, Florida. She was a member of the Daytona Baptist Church in Daytona Beach.
She is survived by 4 sons, Raymond LoTurco of Indianapolis, Indiana, Carl LoTurco and his wife Beverly of Cody, Wyoming, Edwin LoTurco and his wife Marion of Lexington, Massachusetts, and James LoTurco and his wife Lynn of Panama City Beach, 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. in the Wilson Funeral Home Chapel, 214 Airport Road, Panama City, FL, with Rev. Carl LoTurco officiating. Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 3-5 p.m.
Thomas P. Reynolds, age 64, of Bethel, died on Friday morning at Harborside Glen Hill in Danbury. He was the husband of Margaret M. (Mower) Reynolds.
Mr. Reynolds was born in Morristown, New Jersey, March 17, 1935, a son of the late Thomas B. and Edith G. (Schweitzer) Reynolds. He grew up in the West Haven area and was a graduate of Notre Dame High School and the University of Connecticut/Storrs, with a B.S. in Chemistry. Mr. Reynolds later received his M.B.A. from New York University. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Mr. Reynolds was employed in sales for such companies as Hewlett Packard and Perkin-Elmer and was also a licensed real estate agent, the former co-owner of Country Realty in Bethel.
During the 1970s and '80s, Mr. Reynolds was chairman and board member of the Bethel Planning and Zoning Commissions and most recently was a member and chairman of the Bethel Board of Assessment Appeals. He was a member of the American Legion Post 100 in Bethel.
In addition to his wife of 35 years, Mr. Reynolds is survived by two daughters: Jennifer M. Reynolds of Telluride, Colorado, and Katherine R. Bryant of San Francisco, California.
Memorial services will be held on Sunday, Feb. 27th at the Bethel Funeral Home, 215 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel, at 5:30 p.m.
The family will receive friends at a gathering prior to the memorial service from 3 to 5:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Bethel Visiting Nurses Assn., 1 School Street, Bethel, CT 06801.
Paul J. Selgin
Paul J. Selgin, age 88, of 75'BD Wooster St., Bethel, died Thursday, February 24, 2000. He was the husband of Pinnuccia (de Poli) Selgin.
Born in Milan, Italy, in 1912, he was a son of the late Guido and Julia (Treves) Senigaglia. He emigrated to the United States in the 1930s and graduated from Harvard University with a PhD in physics.
Mr. Selgin taught engineering at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute in the 1940s and was later director of the Electronics Division of the U.S. Bureau of Standards in Washington, D.C.
In 1957 he moved to Bethel, where he headed his own electronics laboratory, inventing, designing and creating prototypes of quality-control instruments, including the thickness gauge and the color-coder used by dozens of industries.
Also a painter and author, Mr. Selgin wrote books that ranged in subject matter from electronics textbooks to science fiction novels to philosophical, linguistic and etymological studies. In his later years he taught languages at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Peter Selgin of New York, NY, and George Selgin, PhD of Athens, GA; two daughters, Anne Levy of St. Albans, VT. and Clare Wolfowitz of Chevy Chase, MD; and five grandchildren.
A gathering of friends and relatives will be conducted at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury, Monday afternoon from 2 to 3 p.m. Cremation will take place at the convenience of the family.
Contributions may be made to the Bethel Ambulance Association, 38 South St., Bethel, CT 06801, or to Danbury Animal Welfare Society, P.O. Box 971, Danbury, CT 06813.
Foster Scott Cole
Foster Scott Cole, born January 29, 1943 in Danbury, perished in a fire in his home in Gloucester, Massachusetts, on February 21, 2000.
He graduated from Danbury High School and served in the U.S. Army. A resident of Gloucester for the past 25 years, he was the owner of Foster Cole Landscape and Design. He was also well known in the area for his artistic and creative abilities.
The son of the late Foster F. Cole of Danbury, he is survived by his daughter, Phoebe Allison Cole of Hyannis, Massachusetts; his mother, Helen Cole of West Redding, Connecticut; his sister, Priscilla Sanford, also of West Redding; his sister, Cindy Cole Doran of Woodbury, Connecticut, as well as two nieces and two nephews.
A memorial service is planned to take place in the spring followed by burial at sea. The Greely Funeral Home in Gloucester is in charge of arrangements.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Red Cross or to a charity of one's choice.
Beatrice H. Murphy
Beatrice H. Murphy, 90, of Danbury, CT, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000 at Mediplex of Danbury.
She was born Beatrice Hazen Longley on April 12, 1909, in New Brunswick, Canada. She became a U.S. citizen on Oct. 22, 1959. She married Charles F. Murphy, Sr. in 1934 and settled in New York, where she raised five sons. Mrs. Murphy was a foster parent for the State of New York for 20 years.
Mrs. Murphy lived with her family in Vails Grove, Peach Lake, for many years and worked in various jobs until her retirement in 1973.
She is survived by two sons, Kevin Murphy of Brewster, N.Y., and Anthony Murphy of Fanning Springs, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband and three sons, Charles Murphy Jr., Walter Murphy, and Douglas Murphy.
Funeral services will be private. The Brewster Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Delores Gibbs Wise
Delores Joan (Gibbs) Wise of Norwalk, a Danbury native, died Feb. 24, 2000. She was the wife of Anthony C. Wise.
She was born in Danbury on Sept. 15, 1942, and spent most of her youth in Danbury, where she met her husband.
Before her retirement, Mrs. Wise had worked as a legal secretary for the law firm of Wyatt, Gerber, Burke and Beatty. She had previously been employed at American National Can, Exxon Corp., USA and Marriott Hotels. She had also volunteered for many years with the Norwalk Public School System and Stamford Firefighters Recruitment.
She enjoyed baking, working with computers and lending a helping hand to others in need.
Delores Joan Wise lives in the hearts and memories of her husband of 38 joyous years; three sons, Anthony C. Wise Jr. and Randall L. Wise, both of Norwalk, and Scott A. Wise of Alpharetta, Ga.; two daughters-in-law, Narica Wise of Alpharetta and Kara Wise of Norwalk; two sisters, Lillian Hickson of Jamaica, N.Y., and Delilah Hunt of Trenton, N.J.; a brother, Alfred P. Gibbs of Danbury; three grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will take place Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church, Norwalk. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.
The Downer Funeral Home in Norwalk is in charge of arrangements.
Dominick A. Sorbara, 59, of New Milford, died Saturday at his home on Ridge Road. He was the husband of Josephine Santaguida.
Mr. Sorbara was born Sept. 9, 1920 in Stamford, CT, a son of the late John A. and Catherine Gallace Sorbara. He was a 27-year resident of New Milford and had worked as a truck driver for 17 years for the former Associated Food Company.
He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Church, New Milford.
Besides his wife, Mr. Sorbara is survived by two sons, John Sorbara and Joseph Sorbara, both of New Milford; two daughters, Mary Ketchin of Wingdale, N.Y., and Rose Cullen of New Milford; two sisters, Theresa Vartuli of Stamford, CT, and Susan Chappa of Westport, CT; three grandchildren, Marissa and Taylor Ketchin of Wingdale and Dominick Sorbara of New Milford; and several nieces and nephews.
The Funeral Service will be conducted from the Colonial Funeral Home, 87 Park Lane Road, New Milford, Tuesday morning at 9:30, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church. Burial will be in Center Cemetery, New Milford. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Mary E. Vane
The death of Mary E. Vane, 94, of North Lakeshore Drive, Brookfield, occurred at Harborside Glen Hill Nursing Center, Danbury, Saturday. She was the wife of the late Louis Vane.
Born in West Dummersted, Vt., November 7, 1905, daughter of the late Frederick and Rosa Gallo Corso, she moved later to Hartford where she received her education. Most of her life was spent in Yonkers, N.Y. before moving to Brookfield in 1994.
Mrs. Vane was a Waitress working at various Country Clubs in Bronxville and the Westchester area for several years retiring in the late 60's. She was a member of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church, Brookfield.
Surviving are two sons, Douglas Vane, Brookfield Police Sergeant, of Brookfield with whom she made her home and Richard Vane, a retired Yonkers Police Lieutenant, now of Punta Gorda, Fla.; five grandsons, Robert Vane of Palmdale, Calif., Thomas Vane of Bethel, Christopher Vane of New York City, Daniel Vane of New Milford and Neil Vane of Brookfield; four great-grandchildren, Heather, Sean, Jamie and Amber as well as several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at the Brookfield Funeral Home, 786 Federal Road, Brookfield, Tuesday evening at 8:00.
Cremation will follow with burial of the cremated remains in St. Michael's Cemetery, Stratford.
Friends may call at the Brookfield Funeral Home Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 9:00.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Brookfield Volunteer Fire Dept. Ambulance Fund, Pocono Road, Brookfield, CT 06804.
Phyllis S. Hoyt
The death of Phyllis S. Hoyt, 91, of Taylor Road, Bethel, occurred at Ashlar of Newtown Sunday morning.
Born in Rumford, Maine, March 2, 1908, daughter of the late Ervin M. and Lillian S. Grannell Hamilton, she received her education in Portland, Maine. She had been a resident of Bethel for the past 20 years and had lived in the Danbury area since 1941.
Mrs. Hoyt was a Hat Trimmer for the former Emerson and Mallory Hat Companies for 20 years, retiring at age 65.
She was a member of the Methodist Church.
She is survived by a son, Nathan S. Hoyt of Danbury; a daughter, Sharon C. Hoyt Delaney of Bethel, with whom she made her home; a brother, Richard E. Hamilton of Danbury; three grandsons, Michael Hoyt of Redding, Mark Hoyt and Gregory Hoyt, both of Danbury; four granddaughters, Jennifer Henry of Bethel, Carrie, Robin and Erin Delaney, also of Bethel; three great-grandsons, Nicholas, Anthony and Jason Henry; two great-granddaughters, Keri Hoyt and Emily Todd and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be private.
There are no calling hours.
Burial and further services will be held in Chebeague Island, Maine in the spring.
The Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White St., Danbury, is in charge of arrangements.