Alyce Rovner, age 94, of Trumbull, died Saturday, June 24, 2000 at Bridgeport Hospital.
Mrs. Rovner was born in Glen Cove, N.Y., daughter of the late Ezra and Jennie (Bernstein) Golden, and had grown up in the New Milford and Danbury area. She was a resident of Trumbull for the past 50 years, and was a member of Congregation Rodeph Sholom of Bridgeport, a member of Hadassah and was a merchant, having been affiliated with Schneider Shoes of Bridgeport and the Wilton Bootery.
Mrs. Rovner was predeceased by her husband, Harry Rovner in 1980 and is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Sidney and Gwen Rovner of Trumbull; a sister, Madeline Singer of Towsend, Md.; her grandchildren, Robert Rovner and his wife, Susan, Janice Feldman and her husband, Brian; her great-grandchildren, Matthew and Rebecca Feldman; and her loving nieces and nephews.
Services will take place Monday (today) at 12:00 noon from the Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Rd., Fairfield, with interment following at Loyalty Cemetery on Burroughs Rd. Shiva will be observed at the home of Sidney and Gwen Rovner in Trumbull, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
Louis A. Di Novi
Louis A. Di Novi, age 85, husband of Myrtle (Swett) Bowman Di Novi of Elizabeth Circle, Sandy Hook, died Saturday, June 24, 2000 in Harborside Health Care Glen Hill, Danbury. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., November 1, 1914, son of the late Alfredo and Natalia (Pace) Di Novi. A resident of Newtown 38 years.
Until his retirement in 1984 Mr. Di Novi was Manager of Export/Import ADM of Raybestos Manhattan in Trumbull. He was also the husband of the late Verlyn (Carey) Di Novi.
A veteran of World War II, he served as First Lieutenant in the Chemical Division of the US Army. He is a member of the Joseph A. Treadwell Post #60, American Legion, Danbury. He was one of the founders of the Newtown Meals on Wheels Program.
He is survived, besides his wife, by 2 daughters, Anne Bowman Hooper and her husband Douglas of Binghamton, N.Y. and Barbara Bowman Pierce and her husband Russell of Laguna Beach, Calif. Also survived by 1 sister, Antoinette Di Biase of Coram, N.Y.; 1 nephew, Robert Di Biase of Huntington, N.Y. and by 3 grandchildren, Emily and Alison Hooper and Sawyer Pierce.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 28, 2000 10:00 a.m. from the Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main St., Newtown and at 10:30 a.m. at St. Rose Church for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment Newtown Village Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 16 Forest St., New Canaan, CT 06840.
John R. MacLean
John R. "Jack" MacLean, 69, of Vero Beach, Fla., died June 24, 2000 after suffering two massive strokes.
He was born September 25, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Rockville Center, N.Y.
A 1951 graduate of Lehigh University with a degree in industrial engineering, he served in the Coast Guard during the Korean War as a Lieutenant jr. grade. He earned an MBA from Columbia University in 1959.
Mr. MacLean retired in 1990 from Union Carbide Corporation, where he had begun his career as a purchasing agent and concluded it as Senior Vice President of the corporation and President of its Linde Division.
After a career that took him to Piscataway, N.J., Yorba Linda, Calif., Pittsburgh, Pa. and Geneva, Switzerland, he settled in Westport, Connecticut in 1970. He moved to Vero Beach ten years ago with his wife Ann Heck MacLean.
Since coming to the area, he served as President of the Moorings Property Owners' Association, a board member of Hawk's Nest Golf Club, and a member of the Anchor Architectural Review Board. He recently joined Our Savior Lutheran Church, where his wife has been a longtime member.
Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Ann, of Vero Beach; two daughters, Mary Anne McAlonan of Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. and Nancy MacLean of Chicago, Ill.; two sons, Stephen MacLean of Norwalk and David MacLean of Stratford; his mother, Muriel MacLean of Stuart, Fla.; his brother, George MacLean of Summit, N.J. and three grandchildren.
The memorial service will be held Tuesday, June 27 at 1 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the John R. MacLean Memorial Nursing Scholarship, in honor of the many devoted nurses who cared for Jack and the family during his month-long illness. Donations should be made out to the fund and sent to James Higgins, Esq., Gunster, Yoakley, Valdes-Pauli & Stewart, Attorneys at Law, 800 S.E. Monterey Commons Blvd., Suite 200, Stuart, FL 34996.
John J. Macchiaverna
John J. Macchiaverna, 78, husband of Anne (Heleotis) Macchiaverna of Glen Road, Danbury, died on Saturday, June 24, 2000.
He was born in Aflex, Kentucky, September 3, 1921, son of the late Michael and Philomena (Ragazzo) Macchiaverna. He moved to Danbury as a child and earned 12 varsity letters in three different sports for Danbury High School in the 1930s. He played varsity football for the Hatters and for his last two years served as captain of the football team. He also played baseball and basketball. He had also boxed in high school tournaments and had boxed in the Connecticut Golden Gloves. Although he had earned a scholarship to Providence College, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force and had a distinguished combat record with 55 missions over Europe.
Upon his return from the military, John played baseball in the City League, softball in the Industrial Softball League, basketball in the Industrial Basketball League and was a quarterback for the Barbery Coast and the Hatter football teams.
John was a retired field representative for the Connecticut State Lottery. He was a member of St. Gregory the Great Church, a member of the American Legion and the Amerigo Vespucci Lodge.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by 3 daughters, Elaine Gillotte and her husband Larry of Danbury, Johnis Macchiaverna of New Milford and June Macchiaverna and her husband James Brusek of Chicago; a brother, Patrick Macchiaverna of Danbury; two sisters, Mary Canale and Frances Troccola, both of Danbury; 3 grandchildren, 1 great-granddaughter and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, Anthony Macchiaverna and Epilo (Al) Macchiaverna and Frank Macchiaverna and a sister, Clara DeFazio.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Gregory the Great Church, Danbury, on Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. Burial will take place in St. Peter Cemetery. Friends may call at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury, on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. Contributions may be made to Regional Hospice, 30 West St., Danbury, CT 06810 or to a Charity of One's Choice.
Emma L. Sachner
Emma L. Sachner died June 25, 2000 at the Lutheran Home in Southbury at the age of 93. She was the wife of the late Dr. Benjamin Sachner DDS and had lived in Danbury from 1950 to 1964.
Mrs. Sachner was born in Thomaston, Conn., January 10, 1907, daughter of the late Peter and Maria Holmquist Thulin. She graduated from Nursing School as a Registered Nurse. After her marriage to Dr. Sachner she devoted her life to her family and home. Upon their retirement they moved to Vermont and from 1990 to her recent move to Southbury, Mrs. Sachner lived in Rowayton, Conn. She was a member of the United Church of Rowayton.
Mrs. Sachner is survived by her son, Atty. Stephen Sachner and his wife Nancy of Middlebury; her daughters, Karin Lauf and her husband John of Southbury and Barbara Boyle of Darien; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held at the Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White St., Danbury on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Friends may call at the Cornell Memorial Home on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Wooster Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 372 Danbury Rd., Suite 159, Wilton, CT 06897 in her memory.
Allan J. H. Isbell Jr.
Mr. Allan J. H. Isbell Jr., 53, of 1278 Purchase Brook Road, Southbury, died Saturday, June 24th at Hartford Hospital. He was the husband of Wanda (Olejniczak) Isbell.
Mr. Isbell was born November 3, 1946 in Meriden, son of Allan J. H. Isbell Sr. of Danbury and the late Ruth (Woy) Isbell. He owned Colonial Restoration, Inc. of Southbury and Backshops, a general machine service for live steam hobby. He was a deacon of South Britain Congregational Church. Formerly of Danbury, he was a Southbury resident for 31 years and he enjoyed his vacation home on Cape Cod, Mass.
Besides his wife and father, he leaves two sons, Jared A. Isbell of Watertown and Robert A. Isbell of Southbury; and one daughter, Krystyna M. Isbell of Southbury.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 29th at 11:30 a.m. at South Britain Congregational Church, Rte. 172, Southbury. No calling hours. Arrangements by Carpino Funeral Home, 750 Main Street South, Southbury.
Memorial contributions may be made to the South Britain Congregational Church Scholarship Fund, Rte. 172, Southbury, CT 06488.
Alice Elizabeth Backer Johnson
Alice Elizabeth Backer Johnson died June 13, 2000, after a long illness. She was seventy-six years old. Mrs. Johnson lived in Ridgefield thirty-five years. She was a community activist from her earliest days lending her energy and intelligence to many organizations over the years, including: Friends of the Ridgefield Library; League of Women Voters; American Association of University Women; Kappa Delta Sorority; and Jesse Lee Memorial Methodist Church. In addition, she taught as a substitute teacher at Ridgefield Junior High School, and was employed for several years at Sears in Danbury Fair Mall. Her fields of interest included education, finance and gardening. Mrs. Johnson was born in Waverly, NY and grew up there, along with her future husband, Miller A. Johnson. She graduated from Syracuse University and taught social studies before marrying Mr. Johnson in 1947. She raised four children while living in New York, Illinois, Kansas and, finally, Ridgefield. Mrs. Johnson is survived by her husband; her children; Judith Maguire of Strafford, NH, Betsy O'Connor of Arlington, VA; Jason Johnson of Newtown and David Johnson of Annandale, VA; and five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Friends may visit with the family and offer their respects from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., June 23, at Bouton Funeral Home, 31 West Church Street, Georgetown, CT. Brief words of remembrance will be presented at 3:00 p.m. by Alice's son, for those who wish to be present. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer's Association, Fairfield County Chapter, 607 Main Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851, or Friends of the Ridgefield Library, c/o Ridgefield Library 472 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877, in memory of Alice B. Johnson. Mrs. Johnson will be buried in Waverly, NY.
Patricia G. O'Marra
Patricia Ginger Rowland O'Marra, 45, of Littlefield Rd., New Milford, died on Saturday at New Milford Hospital. She was the wife of Kevin O'Marra. Mrs. O'Marra was born in Montclair, N.J. on December 20, 1954, a daughter of Mildred Heimbuecher Rowland and the late Yarby Rowland. She was raised in New Jersey and graduated in 1978 from Western Connecticut State College with a BS in Education. An area resident for most of her life, Patricia and her husband moved to New Milford 11 years ago. Besides her husband and mother, Mrs. O'Marra is survived by 2 brothers, Robert Rowland and David Rowland, both of New Milford and several nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to New Milford Hospital Regional Cancer Center, 21 Elm St., New Milford, CT 06776. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 21 at St. Francis Xavier Church, New Milford at 9:30 a.m. The family will receive friends at the Colonial Funeral Home, 87 Park Lane Rd., New Milford on Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m.
R. Carlton (Bud) Bostwick
R. Carlton (Bud) Bostwick, 76, of 60 Crossmon Road, New Milford, died Friday, June 16 at New Milford Hospital after a long illness. He was the husband of the late Geraldine (Baldwin) Bostwick.
Mr. Bostwick was born in New Milford, November 17, 1923, a son of the late Raymond and Florence (Buckingham) Bostwick. He was a member of one of New Milford's oldest families and was a direct descendent of John Bostwick II, who settled New Milford in 1708.
He was a graduate of New Milford High School and in his early life operated the family farm known as Stonewall Acres Farm located in the Northville Section of New Milford. He was later employed by the Public Works Department of the Town of New Milford, retiring in 1989.
Mr. Bostwick was a charter member of the Northville Volunteer Fire Department and was member of the Good Shepherd Lodge #65 Independent Order Odd Fellows of New Milford. He was also president of the Northville Cemetery Association and a life member of the Northville Baptist Church.
He is survived by a son, C. Greg Bostwick; two daughters, Marsha B. Bostwick and Sarah B. Straub, all of New Milford; two sisters, Jean Robison of Sherman and Charlotte Bostwick of New Milford; and a longtime companion, Fay Fitch of New Milford.
Memorial Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Northville Baptist Church, New Milford.
Burial in Northville Cemetery, New Milford.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Northville Baptist Church, 9 Little Bear Hill Rd., New Milford, CT 06776 or to the Northville Volunteer Fire Dept., Route 202, New Milford, CT 06776 or to the Oratory of the Little Way, PO Box 221, Gaylordsville, CT 06755.
Arrangements by the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford.
Palma M. Smith
Palma M. (Pisco) Smith, age 57, of 134 Asby Road, Canterbury, N.H., died Monday, June 19 at her home.
She was born in Danbury, the daughter of the late Joseph and Angelina (Orsini) Pisco. She attended Danbury High School.
She worked as a Teachers Aide in special needs classrooms in the Massachusetts School System. She and her husband were involved in Harness Racing at several tracks in New England.
She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Hanford W. Smith of Canterbury, N.H.; 1 son, Michael Novicky of North Adams, Mass.; 3 daughters, Angela Novicky Imbriano of Brunswick, Maine, Joi M. Cowley of New Milford and Hope W. Smith of Canterbury; 6 grandchildren; 1 brother, Joseph Pisco of Newburg, N.Y.; 5 sisters, Deanna DelGudice of New Milford, Josephine Pisco of Danbury, Arlene Blunt of Danbury, Angelina Ruggiero of Danbury and Joanne Cormier of Merriville, Indiana.
Visiting Hours will be held on Wednesday, June 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Waters Funeral Home (www.legacy.com), 50 South Main St., Concord, N.H.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, June 22 at 1 p.m. in the Chapel at Waters Funeral Home, 50 South Main St., Concord, N.H.
Burial will follow at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Canterbury, N.H.
There will also be a Memorial Service on Monday, June 26 at 1 p.m. at St. James' Church, West Street, Danbury.
Dorothy A. Daniska
Dorothy A. Daniska, 82, of 72 Ramapoo Road, Ridgefield, formerly of Shady Acres, Danbury, wife of the late Frank Daniska, died on Sunday, June 18, 2000 at Laurelwood Rehabilitation Center, Ridgefield.
Mrs. Daniska was born in Yonkers, New York August 18, 1917, a daughter of the late Henry and Ann (Seymour) Santry. She moved with her family from Yonkers at an early age to Ridgefield and attended Ridgefield schools and graduated from Ridgefield High School.
Mrs. Daniska was a retired mail room supervisor at the Danbury Hospital retiring in 1984 after twenty years of service.
For many years, Mrs. Daniska was the in-house Santa Claus at the Danbury Hospital, at public gatherings and most especially at area elementary schools including St. Mary's School of Ridgefield.
Active in local theatre productions, Mrs. Daniska inherited her ability from her mother who performed vaudeville and her father who was a band leader.
She was a member of the Woman of the Loyal Order of Moose #1373 of Danbury and of St. Mary's Church, Ridgefield, where she was a member of the Rosary Society and Adoration Society as well as a member of various area theatre production companies.
Three daughters, Margaret A. Luck of Ridgefield, Elizabeth A. "Candy" Budd of Bethel and Pamela A. Perrot of Hialeah, Fla., as well as four grandchildren and a great-grandchild, survive her.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Ridgefield, with the Rev. Patrick Mooney, officiating.
Interment will take place in St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury, at the convenience of the family.
Friends will be received in the Kane Funeral Home, 41 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield, on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Contributions in Mrs. Daniska's memory may be made to the Ridgefield Fire Dept. Ambulance Fund, 6 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield or to the Visiting Nurse Assoc., 90 East Ridge, Ridgefield, CT 06877.
Milo James McCune, 78, of rural Sheffield, Ill., died Wednesday, May 17, 2000 in Annawan, Ill. Funeral services were held Monday, May 22nd at Sheffield Chapel, Stackhouse-Moore with the Rev. Terry Lancaster officiating. Burial was in Sheffield Cemetery where military rites were given by Mineral American Legion. Memorials may be given to Milo McCune Memorial Fund.
Milo was born on October 8, 1921 in Dayton, Ohio. The son of Col. Milo McCune of Sheffield, Ill. and Lamar S. (Sanchez) McCune of Laredo, Texas. He was the grandson of James and Mary R. McCune of Sheffield. He traveled extensively with his family during the years his father served in the Air Force, living in such places as the Philippines and Panama.
Mr. McCune served in the Air Force during World War II as a fighter pilot. After the war he came to Sheffield when his parents retired, went to the University of Illinois and then began his farming career in the Sheffield/Mineral area. He was a member of Clark-Carrington Post #1031 American Legion, Mineral. He is fondly remembered by all who knew him as a generous and kind gentleman of the old school, a loving father and a true friend.
He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, James McCune, Sheffield and Harry and Dee McCune, Walnut; two granddaughters, Donna and Brittany, both of Walnut. Also surviving are two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary and Homer B. Thomas, Reston, Virginia and Camille Kelley, Danbury, Connecticut and many nieces and nephews.
Honorary Pallbearer was Carolyn Martin. Pallbearers were Jim Sims, Mike Hedges, Mike Nanninga, Steve DeMay, Nathan Losey and Jim Van Hyfte. Military Chaplain was Glen Morey. Sgt. Arms was Vern VanKerrebroeck. Color Bearers were Harry Seger and Jim Kidd, Sr. Color Guards were Lyle Dotzler and Tody VanDeVoorde. Flag Folders, two from the Military AirCorp. Bugler was Sam Hodgett. Firing Squad was Richard Wanchet, William Jackson, Dave Jones, John Lefman, Bud DeRycke, Don Hogeboom and Maurice Atwell.
Corporal Kevin Cameron Keefe
Corporal Kevin Cameron Keefe, 38, of Chestnut St., Bethel, died Sunday, June 18, 2000 at Norwalk Hospital.
Born January 15, 1962 in Milford, he was a son of David and Nancy (Buck) Keefe of Brookfield. Corporal Keefe attended Brookfield schools and graduated from Immaculate High School. He attended Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas on a full Football Scholarship and graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice.
Corporal Keefe was a 13 year veteran of the Bethel Police Department. He was a Bike Officer and also Field Training Officer.
Kevin was very active in sports. He participated in football, baseball, golf, skiing, hiking and physical conditioning. His hobbies included cooking, gardening and learning to master playing the bagpipes.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandmother, Eleanor Buck of Southbury; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Jamie and Gail Keefe of North Yarmouth, Maine, David and Tara Keefe of Bridgewater and Dan and Sherri Keefe of Brookfield; 3 nieces, Cameron, Marin and Lily; 16 aunts and uncles; and 20 cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church, Brookfield, Wednesday morning at 10:30, with Police Department Honors.
Cremation will take place at the convenience of the family.
Friends will be received at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friends are asked to please omit flowers. Contributions may be made to Immaculate High School, 73 Southern Blvd., Danbury, CT 06810 or to the charity of one's choice.