Helen Bilski Honcz
Helen Bilski Honcz, 86, of 13 Bilski Road, New Milford, widow of Frank M. Honcz, died Wednesday at New Milford Hospital.
Mrs. Honcz was born in New Milford, Feb. 24, 1913, daughter of the late Marion and Konstancia Siemienkoska Bilski.
She spent her early life in New Milford and had lived in Stamford from 1931 to 1976 when she moved back to New Milford.
She was a parishioner of St. Francis Xavier Church in New Milford and a former member of the church choir. She was a long-time member of the New Milford Senior Center.
Mrs. Honcz is survived by two sons, Joseph Honcz of Ladylake, Fla., and Michael Honcz of New Milford; two daughters, Constance Stanziale of Boca Raton, Fla., and Frances Mariano of Stratford; three sisters, Mary Kahl of Washington, Conn., and Ann Kurze and Elizabeth Orzech, both of New Milford; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are on Friday at 9 a.m. from the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford, to St. Francis Xavier Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Interment is in St. Francis Cemetery.
Friends may call on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Contributions in her memory may be made to New Milford Visiting Nurse Association, 68 Park Lane Road, New Milford, CT 06776.
Sydney A. "Syd" Rossi
Sydney A. "Syd" Rossi, 80, passed away July 13, 1999, in Spokane, Washington. He was born on March 1, 1919, in Jessup, Pennsylvania, to Anselmo Rossi and Eva Ruggieri.
Mr. Rossi served in the Civilian Conservation Corps, an experience he frequently remembered with pride. He subsequently served in the Army of the United States in the Second World War. As a Corporal in an artillery observation battalion, he saw combat in the European Theater, where he was wounded, awarded a Purple Heart, and honorably discharged.
Mr. Rossi married Teresa V. Del Monte in 1945 and lived most of his life in Danbury, Connecticut, where he served on the Equitable Tax Commission and on the board of the Danbury Housing Authority. He was a journeyman electrician, and the business agent for Locals 525 and 488, IBEW. After his retirement in 1981, he moved to Seattle, then Edmonds, and finally Spokane. He kept a special place in his heart for stray animals, and, as an avid gardener, delighted in bestowing beautiful flowers on appreciative friends and neighbors.
He leaves Teri, his beloved wife, three children, Aleta M. Markham of New Milford, Connecticut, Lisa L. Rossi of Santa Clara, California, and Alan D. Rossi, of Spokane, and two grandchildren, Daniel J. and Rachel E., also of Spokane. He is also survived by one brother, Arnold, of Danbury, Connecticut, and four sisters, Elda Scattolini, Mary Scattolini, and Elsie Banfi, also of Danbury, Connecticut, and Edith Tomaino, of Brookfield, Connecticut, as well as several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated July 20, 1999 at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, in Spokane, Washington. Followed at Greenwood Cemetery in Spokane.
The family suggests contributions be made to the Spokane Humane Society.
Professor Kelvin John Lancaster
Professor Kelvin John Lancaster resident of Sherman, Connecticut and New York City, died at his New York home Friday July 23, 1999. He was 74.
Professor Lancaster was born in Sydney, Australia, December 10, 1924 and was a distinguished bombardier and flight instructor for the RAAF during WWII. Although he began his academic career in Geology and then in English Literature at Sydney University, he eventually became interested in Economics. Despite a lack of formal education in this subject, he took and passed the rigorous entrance exam to the prestigious London School of Economics where he quickly distinguished himself in the field and received his doctorate. He co-authored a landmark paper on "The Theory of the Second Best" which brought him international acclaim.
He came to the United States in 1961 and taught first at John Hopkins University and subsequently at Columbia University in New York City. He was a popular and dedicated teacher to both undergraduate and graduate students and was appointed John Bates Clark Professor of Economics. He authored a great number of important papers and books that were translated into numerous languages and received many awards and distinctions. He was elected to the Econometric Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was a Fellow of the American Economic Society.
According the economist Jagdish Bhagwati, "He was widely regarded as a potential recipient of the Nobel Prize, for the notable impact that had been made by his contributions to the theory of second best and the integration of variety into economic theory. He joins the list of extraordinary economists such as Joan Robinson, Roy Harrod and Mancur Olson whom death deprived of this singular honor."
In addition to his tenure as chief of the Department of Economics at Columbia he also served as a trustee of a Bankers Trust fund. He served two years as President of Deer Run Shores Association in Sherman.
He was a loving and devoted husband to Deborah, father to Clifton of Avon, Connecticut and Gilead of Redding, Connecticut and grandfather to Ian, Neal, Peter, Meredith and Chloe.
A memorial service will be celebrated at Columbia University this fall. Contributions in his memory can be made to the Jacob Perlow Hospice at Beth Israel Medical Center, First Avenue at 16th Street, New York, New York 10003.
Deborah M. Ziegler
The death of Deborah M. Ziegler of Farview Avenue, Danbury, occurred Monday evening as the result of injuries received in an auto accident. She was 42 years of age.
Born in Danbury, she was the daughter of A. Barbara Jennings Ziegler and the late Gerald P. Ziegler. She attended Danbury schools and was a graduate of Danbury High School, Class of 1975. She lived in Aspen, Colorado and in Las Vegas, Nev., returning to Danbury four years ago.
She had been employed as a waitress at Keltie's, Brewster, NY as well as other local restaurants and was last employed as a secretary at Ziegler's Carpets in Danbury.
She was a member of St. Joseph's church.
Besides her mother of Danbury, she is survived by four brothers, Douglas P. Ziegler and his ,wife Diane of Bethel, Peter J. Ziegler of Reno, Nevada, James G. Ziegler of Roxbury, CT and Philip W. Ziegler of New Fairfield, two sisters, Gerrianne Z. Bielefeldt and her husband Gary of Danbury and Nancy Z. Russell and her husband Ron of St. Louis, MO. as well as nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her father.
She was dearly loved by her family and her many friends and will be sorely missed.
Funeral services will be celebrated at St. Joseph's Church Friday morning at 10 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial.
Interment will be in Wooster Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White Street, Thursday evening from 5 to 8 p.m.
Dr. Russell F. Strasburger
Dr. Russell F. Strasburger, age 85, husband of the late Dorothy (Schneider) Strasburger, of 13 Mount Pleasant Road in Newtown, Conn., died on Thursday, July 29, 1999 in Waterbury Hospital.
He was born in Bridgeport, Conn. on Feb. 27, 1914, son of the late Frank and Mary (Hill) Strasburger. He attended schools in Bridgeport. Dr. Strasburger graduated from the Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1936. He established the Newtown Animal Clinic shortly after he graduated. He retired from active practice in 1985.
Dr. Strasburger was a former member and chairman of the Newtown Board of Education. He was the former warden of the Borough of Newtown. He was a founding member of the Newtown Ambulance Association. He was a former member of the Newtown Republican Town Committee. He was a former member of the Connecticut State Board of Veterinary Examiners. A former member of the Newtown Rotary Club, Dr. Strasburger was the recipient of the Paul Harris Award. He was a longtime member of the Men's Social and Literary Club. He was corporator and longtime trustee of the Newtown Savings Bank. He was a member of the Heritage Village Country Club.
Dr. Strasburger is survived by one son, Russell (Rusty) Strasburger of Newtown; one daughter, Dorothy Holmes of Orchard Park, N.Y.; two sisters, Beulah Conway of Emmaus, Pa. and Emmy Lou Sawyer of Sebago, Me.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, 10 a.m., in St. Rose of Lima Church, Newtown for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be in Newtown Village Cemetery. There are no calling hours.
Contributions may be made in Dr. Strasburger's memory to the Newtown Scholarship Association, P.O. Box 302, Newtown, CT 06470.
Arrangements are by the Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main St., Newtown.
Forrest Patnode Jr.
Forrest Ivan Patnode Jr., 77, died in his sleep on July 26, 1999 at Bridgeport Manor.
He was born in Cambridge, Mass. on August 11, 1921, the son of Forrest and Buelah Wiseback Patnode.
He served in World War II as a Marine and was among the first waves to land on Iwo Jima beach.
He lived in Bethel, Conn. until his retirement from Vanderbilt Chemical Co. in 1986.
He was a member of the Bethel Fire Department and active in town politics. He was a member of the First Congregational Church on Main Street in Bethel.
He was predeceased by his son, Harold Patnode of Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Constance of Bethel; a stepson, Richard Layda of Newtown; his daughters, Susan Patnode and Tracy Scalzo of Bethel, and Nancy Emmons and Donna Smith of New Milford; 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Donations in his memory may be sent to The Alzheimer's Association, 611 Riverside Ave., Westport, CT 06880.
Cora Williams, 97, a Danbury resident since 1958, died Thursday at Laurelwood Nursing Home, Ridgefield.
Mrs. Williams, formerly of Beaver Street, Danbury, until 1995, was the wife of the late Willie Williams.
She was born in Coldwater, Mississippi, March 17, 1902, a daughter of the late Henry and Ludindy Jefferson.
Mrs. Williams was a member of Mt. Pleasant A.M.E. Zion Church.
She is survived by a nephew, L.C. Jefferson of Bethel; a niece, Jean Spencer of Danbury; and many nieces and nephews of Danbury, California, Missouri, Florida and New York.
Calling Hours: Monday at 10 a.m. at Mt. Pleasant A.M.E. Zion Church, Danbury.
Services: Monday at 11 a.m. at Mt. Pleasant A.M.E. Zion Church, Danbury. Burial will be in Wooster Cemetery. The Tomlinson Homestead is in charge of arrangements.
John M. Rose Sr.
John M. Rose Sr., 54, of 160 Brushy Hill Road, Danbury, died July 29, 1999, at Danbury Hospital. He was the husband of Doris "Dodie" (McHugh) Rose.
Born in Ansonia, Aug. 4, 1944, he was a son of the late George H. and Grace V. (Melvin) Rose Jr.
He was a graduate of Danbury High School, Class of 1962, and received his associate's degree in manufacturing engineering from Norwalk Community College.
He served with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.
Mr. Rose was employed by the Danbury Board of Education in the school systems building maintenance department.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his step-mother, Lula Rose of Bethel; his step-father, Francis Melvin of Arizona; a son, John M. Rose Jr. of Fort Huachuoa, AZ; two daughters, Meghan Rose and Amanda Rose, both of Danbury; two sisters, Patricia Rose of Derby and Helen Rose of Waterbury; two brothers, George Rose the III of Bethel and Timothy Rose of Southbury; a step-brother, Gary Melvin of Vermont; a step-sister, Linda Cochran of Texas; a granddaughter, Madisen; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by an infant son, Corby Cullen.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Peter Church on Monday at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery.
Friends will be received at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury, Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m.
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 372 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897, or Ann's Place I Can, Peacock Alley No. 201, Padanaram Road, Danbury, CT 06811.
Stanley Dabrowski, of 407 Susquehanna Ave. Olyphant, Pa., died Thursday afternoon in Lackawanna County Health Care Center, Sturges, Pa., after an illness. His widow is the former Mildred Borick Curran.
Born in Blakely, Pa., son of the late Vincent and Kathryn Rumovicz Dabrowski, he was president of Valleries Transportation Service, Norwalk, Conn., prior to retirement. He was a member of St. Patrick's Church, Olyphant. He served with the Army as a captain in World War II in the European Theatre of Operations.
Also surviving are a son, Thomas, Conifer, Colo.; two daughters, Kathryn Owens, Danbury, and Mary Ann Zanetti, Manhasset, N.Y.; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three step-children, Robert Curran, Patricia Van Zant and Paulette Reany, all of Pennsylvania.
The funeral will be Monday at 11:30 a.m. from John J. Turko and Sons Funeral Home, 404 Susquehanna Ave., Olyphant, Pa., with Mass at noon at St. Patrick's Church, to be celebrated by the Rev. August Ricciardi. Interment, parish cemetery, Blakely, Pa.
Friends may call Sunday, 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Michael V. Angelastro, 70, of St. Petersburg, Fla., father of JoAnn Grunberg of Brookfield, died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at Bay Pines Veterans Administration Medical Center.
Mr. Angelastro was born in New York, N.Y., and lived in Danbury until 1987 when he moved to St. Petersburg.
He had been employed as a truck driver for Gerosa Hauling Company in New York, retiring with 43 years of service.
Mr. Angelastro was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, the Elks and the Catholic Church; a 20-year member of Alcoholics Anonymous; and a volunteer at Bay Pines Hospital. He was a medic in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Besides his daughter JoAnn, he is survived by two sons, Michael of Buford, Ga., and Richard of Rapid City, S.D.; another daughter, Gina Angelastro of St. Petersburg, Fla.; three brothers, Nicholas and Lucas of St. Augustine, Fla., and Mario of Middletown, N.Y.; a sister, Mary Hosking of White Sulphur Springs, N.Y.; and two granddaughters.
Services will be conducted Saturday afternoon.
Contributions may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation.
Arrangements are by the International Mortuary of Pinellas Park, Fla.