Amelia I. Louis
Amelia I. Louis, 92, of 35 Merrimac Street, Danbury, wife of the late Abraham Louis, died on Wednesday morning, December 29, 1999, at Mediplex of Danbury.
Mrs. Louis was born in Beirut, Lebanon, April 10, 1907, a daughter of the late Joseph and Sarah (Halaby) Irani.
She emigrated to this country from Lebanon in 1929 settling in Danbury. Mrs. Louis was retired from the Davis & Geck Company of Danbury and was a member of the Lebanon American Club Ladies Auxiliary as well as St. Anthony's Maronite Church and of its Ladies Guild.
She was an avid gardener and enjoyed cultivating and growing roses.
The care and concern for her family and most especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her reason for being.
She is survived by a son, Henry G. Louis of Danbury; a daughter, Lorraine Battles of Atlanta, Ga.; a sister, Lorice Irani of Danbury; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The Liturgy of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony's Maronite Church, 17 Granville Avenue, Danbury, with the Rev. Larry Jensen, pastor, officiating.
Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury.
Friends will be received at St. Anthony's Church on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Memorials in Mrs. Louis' memory may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in honor of Brian Battles, grandson of Mrs. Louis, or to St. Anthony's Maronite Church, Danbury.
The Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Avenue, Danbury is in charge of arrangements.
Gerald H. Manion Sr.
Gerald H. Manion Sr., age 81, of Grassy Plain St., Bethel, died Wednesday at Danbury Hospital. He was the husband of Susan Lariccia Manion.
Mr. Manion was born in Danbury, August 29, 1918, a son of the late William S. and Anna O'Flaherty Manion. He was a Bethel resident all his life and was a 1936 graduate of Bethel High School. He worked at Castro Convertible in Danbury for many years and later retired after working for the Town of Bethel. He was a member of the Bethel Volunteer Fire Dept. and St. Mary's Church in Bethel.
Besides his wife, Mr. Manion is survived by two sons, Gerald H. Manion Jr. and his wife Patricia of Sandy Hook and Stephen P. Manion of Newtown; a sister, Mary M. Morgan of Bethel and two grandchildren, Patrick W. and Laurie K. Manion.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 372 Danbury Rd., Wilton, CT 06897-2523.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary's Church, Bethel, Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Bethel.
There are no calling hours. The Bethel Funeral Home, 215 Greenwood Ave., Bethel is handling arrangements.
Anthony N. Kaplanis, 73, of 12 Claremont Ave., Danbury, husband of Nitsa (Frangakis) Kaplanis, died unexpectedly in Danbury on Tuesday.
He was born in New Milford May 9, 1926, son of the late Nicholas and Anastasia (Nicholas) Kaplanis. He was a Danbury resident most all of his life and was a graduate of Henry Abbott Technical School. Mr. Kaplanis was a World War II Navy Veteran and as a young man had worked as a toolmaker at G-P Tool Company in Danbury. He later managed the Newtown A.G. Market and prior to his retirement 5 years ago, he had worked at the Eaton Corporation in Danbury. He was a member of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Danbury, had served on the parish council and had also served as president of that organization. He was also an avid sports fan.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Kaplanis is survived by three sons, Nicholas Kaplanis and Stephen Kaplanis, both of Danbury and Father Paul Kaplanis of Raleigh, N.C.; a brother, Peter Kaplanis of Sun City, Arizona; a sister, Bessie Harrison of Danbury; eight grandchildren, Anthony, Matthew, Nicole, Christopher, Lauren, Michael, Katrina and Christina and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Wooster Cemetery, Danbury. Friends may call at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury on Thursday evening from 5 to 9 p.m. Trisagion services will be held on Thursday evening at 8 p.m.
Contributions may be made to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Clapboard Ridge Road, Danbury, CT 06811.
Janet D. Schaniel
Janet D. Schaniel, age 65, of Patterson, N.Y., died Tuesday, December 28, 1999 at Glen Hill Harborside Convalescent Center in Danbury.
Mrs. Schaniel was born May 1, 1934 in Brewster, N.Y. to Charles and Mamie (Hyatt) Cable. She had attended schools in Brewster.
Mrs. Schaniel married James E. Schaniel Sr. on June 20, 1954 at Brewster, N.Y. Mr. Schaniel died on April 10, 1995.
Mrs. Schaniel was a homemaker and resident of the Danbury area for 35 years and had lived in Brewster, N.Y. all her life prior.
Mrs. Schaniel is survived by six sons, Eugene A. Schaniel of Bethel, James E. Schaniel Jr. of Speedway, Ind., Richard L. Schaniel of New Milford, William G. and Joseph D. Schaniel, both of Patterson, N.Y. and Edward L. Schaniel of Danbury; a daughter, Connie D. Keeler of Carmel, N.Y.; three brothers, Walter Cable of Brewster, N.Y., Harold Cable of California and James Cable of Wassaic, N.Y.; two sisters, Marion Ercole of Holmes, N.Y. and Nancy Sheltra of Danbury; sixteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
A Funeral Service will be held on Friday. December 31, 1999 at 10:00 a.m. at Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Avenue, Brewster, N.Y. Interment will follow at Milltown Rural Cemetery, Brewster, N.Y. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Thomas Joseph Wallian
Mr. Thomas Joseph Wallian, age 62, of Chestnut Tree Hill Road Extension, Oxford, formerly of Bridgewater, the beloved husband of Megan Maloney Wallian, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, December 27, 1999 at Danbury Hospital.
He was born in Northville on July 5, 1937, the son of the late Harold S. and Mary Dunn Wallian. He was a Leadman in the Computerized Numerical Control Operations of Teknicircuits Inc. of Danbury and was a 29 year employee of the company. He was the company's first employee when it was started and a most valued member of the staff. He was a US Air Force Veteran. He was a resident of Oxford for three months and previously resided in Bridgewater for forty years.
His loving family includes his wife, Megan and his daughters, Catherine Wallian Flynn of Bridgewater, Joan Wallian of Jamestown, Rhode Island and Erin Wallian of Danbury; a sister, Sally Wallian of Canton, Massachusetts; and two grandsons, Brian and Michael Flynn of Bridgewater and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters, Sue Pitchard and Polly Wallian.
A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, December 30, 1999 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of the Miller-Ward Funeral Home, 260 Bank St. (Route 67) Seymour. Interment in Mountain Meadows Cemetery, Seymour with military honors accorded. Friends and relatives may call at the funeral home on Thursday morning from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. before the service. Memorial gifts may be made to the Humane Society through the funeral director.
Muriel Leary Olson
Muriel Leary Olson, age 72, of West Redding, died Tuesday, December 28, 1999 in Danbury Hospital.
Mrs. Olson was born in Bridgeport and was a lifelong area resident. She was a retired executive secretary for the Grolier Corporation.
Survivors include her husband, Victor Olson of West Redding; two daughters, Lorinda Blackman of Norwalk and Kimberly Olson of Bridgeport; two granddaughters, Lindsay and Kaily Blackman.
Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Thursday, December 30 at 11:00 a.m. in The Larson Funeral Home, 2496 North Ave., Bridgeport. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Donations may be made to a charity of one's choice.
Anne K. Schoenfelder
Anne K. Schoenfelder, age 94, of Brewster, N.Y., widow of Otto Schoenfelder, died December 27, 1999 at the Putnam Hospital Center, Carmel, N.Y. after an illness of 7 months.
She was born July 9, 1905 in New York City, N.Y., the daughter of the late Fred and Mary (Dewey) Stahl. Her formal education was in New York City schools and she had lived in New York for 50 years before moving to Brewster 44 years ago. On June 19, 1933 she married Otto W. Schoenfelder in New York City. He died August 29, 1971.
Mrs. Schoenfelder is survived by two daughters, Anne Marie Pollaci of Brewster, N.Y. and Joan Hazzard of Rochester, Minn.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 30, 1999 at 10 a.m. at St. Lawrence O'Toole Church, Brewster, N.Y. Interment in St. Lawrence Cemetery, Brewster, N.Y. Friends may call at the Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Avenue, Brewster, N.Y. on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
John W. Pierz
John W. Pierz, 53, of 45 Savings Towers, died Tuesday, December 21, 1999 at St. Mary's Hospital, Waterbury.
Mr. Pierz was born November 3, 1946, in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., a son of Bernice A. (Trypuc) Pierz and the late John W. Pierz Sr., and lived in Brookfield and Waterbury for over 20 years.
Mr. Pierz was the co-owner of Mug and Munch Restaurant in Brookfield. He attended New York University and Yonkers Community College, and was a member of the American Legion Oakville Post #195. He was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church in Brookfield. He was a member of the United States Marine Corps, serving during the Vietnam War.
Besides his mother, he leaves a son, John James Pierz and a daughter, Nicole Joy Pierz, both of Brookfield; his former wife, Diane (Mewherter) Pierz and a sister, Barbara Forcaeski of Greentown, Pa.
A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, January 4 at 10 a.m. at St. .Joseph's Church in Brookfield. There are no calling hours. The Alderson Funeral Home of Waterbury, 70 Central Ave., is in charge of arrangements.
Silvio Notaro, 79, died Saturday, December 25, 1999 in Turin, Italy. Mr. Notaro was a former resident of Danbury, from 1970 to 1990, before moving to Italy.
He was in born in Decollatura, Italy on November 29, 1920.
He is survived by his wife, Eclantina (Tina); two sons, Mario and his wife of Italy and Peter and his wife of Danbury; a daughter, Vienna and her husband of Italy; 6 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; a brother, Ottavio of Italy and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held in Turin, Italy on December 27, 1999. A mass in his honor will be held at St. Joseph's Church in Danbury on Sunday, January 23, 2000 at 9 a.m.
Frederick H. Spuehler
Frederick H. Spuehler, age 90, of Patterson, N.Y., died Monday, December 27, 1999 at Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel, N.Y.
Mr. Spuehler was born July 21, 1909 in New York City to Frederick W. and Huldah Doby (Dalton) Spuehler. He had attended Rye Neck High School in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
Mr. Spuehler married Jane Callahan on April 30, 1938 at Mt. Carmel Church in White Plains, N.Y.
Mr. Spuehler was a resident of Patterson (Putnam Lake) since 1954 and had lived in Harrison, N.Y. prior.
Mr. Spuehler was a ceramic tile setter for 50 years before his retirement in 1974. He had worked for the Tile Layers Union Local #52 in NYC. Mr. Spuehler was a member of the Croton Lodge #368, F. & A.M. in Carmel, N.Y. and had previously belonged to the Harrison Lodge.
Besides his wife, Mr. Spuehler is survived by a son, William H. Spuehler of Danbury; a sister, Evelyn Fava of Mamaroneck, N.Y.; a grandson, William H. Spuehler Jr. and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by four brothers, Ralph, Walter, George and John Spuehler, and a sister, Huldah O'Connor.
A Masonic Service will be held on Wednesday, December 29, 1999 at 8:00 p.m. at Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Avenue, Brewster. A private cremation will follow. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Melissa M. Gereg
Melissa M. Gereg died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999 at her home, 23 Lakeview Road, Brookfield at the age of 36. She was born in Danbury, Sept. 13, 1963 daughter of Theresa M. Martin Gereg and the late Alan P. Gereg. She graduated from Immaculate High School and attended Western Connecticut State University.
Miss Gereg was a member of St. Marguerite Bourgeoy's Church in Brookfield. Besides her mother, with whom she made her home, she is survived by her brother Alan Jr. of Brookfield, her sister and brother-in-law Brenda M. and John Aurelia and her nephews: Michael and Daniel Aurelia all of Newtown and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Marguerite Bourgeoy's Church on Candlewood Lake Road in Brookfield. Burial will be in St. Peter Cemetery. Friends may call at the Brookfield Funeral Home, 786 Federal Road, Brookfield on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Contributions may be made in her memory to St. Marguerite Bourgeoy's Church, Candlewood Lake Road, Brookfield, CT, 06804.
Kenneth Scott Westerman
Mr. Kenneth Scott Westerman, age 27, of Easton, died on Thursday, December 23, 1999 in the Hospital for Special Care, New Britain.
Born in Bridgeport, Mr. Westerman had been a lifelong Easton resident. He attended the Westport Special Education Program and other handicapped programs in Connecticut and Arizona.
Survivors include his parents. Theodore and Barbara Parcells Westerman of Easton; a brother, Theodore Westerman Jr. and his wife Paula of Oxford; two sisters, Gwen Easdon and her husband David of Easton and Pamela Drake and her husband John of Redding; three nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 29, 1999 at 10:00 a.m. in the Parish of Christ's Church, Easton. Interment will follow in Mountain Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport.
Friends may call on Tuesday, December 28, 1999 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Spear Funeral Home, 39 S. Benson Road, Fairfield.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mr. Westerman may be made to the American Lung Association of Connecticut, 45 Ash Street, East Hartford, CT 06108 or the Parish of Christ's Church, 59 Church Road, Easton, CT 06612.
Laura Patricia (Melillo) Leggett
Laura Patricia (Melillo) Leggett, formerly of Torrington, died Friday, December 24, 1999 in Nashville, Tennessee as a result of a car accident.
Mrs. Leggett was the wife of Robert Leggett.
She was born in Danbury, December 19, 1962, a daughter of Dominic and the late Laura (Carlson) Melillo.
Mrs. Leggett was a former member of St. Peter's Church in Danbury before moving to Torrington where she attended Torrington schools and graduated from Torrington High School. At the age of 19, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee.
Besides her husband, she is survived by her father, Dominic of Waterbury; two brothers, Peter of Torrington and Dominic Melillo of Flowery Branch, Georgia; a sister, Christine Melillo of Torrington; many aunts and uncles.
Calling hours: Wednesday, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Tomlinson Homestead, 336 Main Street, Danbury.
Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 9 a.m. at St. Peter's Church, Main Street, Danbury. Burial will follow at St. Peter's Cemetery, Danbury.