Stella Dziatkowsky Ernst Squires, 86, of Hill Top Rd., New Milford, CT, died Sunday in New Milford Hospital. She is the widow of Joseph Ernst and Charles Squires.
Born July 1, 1913 in Niagara Falls, Canada, a daughter of the late Alexander and Julia Madeji Dziatkowsky, Mrs. Squires was a member of Our Lady of the Lakes Church, New Milford, the Danbury Women's Club, Senior Center in New Milford and the New Milford chapter of the AARP.
Mrs. Squires is survived by her daughter Julia Ann Scales, Newton, NJ, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be conducted from the Colonial Funeral Home, 87 Park Lane Road, New Milford, Friday morning at 9:30am with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in Our Lady of the Lakes Church at 10 o'clock. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, NJ. Family will receive friends in the Colonial Funeral Home Wednesday evening from 6 to 8, Thursday afternoon from 2 to 4 and in the evening from 6 to 8.
Memorials may be made to: Salesian Sisters, c/o Sister Mary Rinaldi, 659 Belmont Ave., North Haledon, NJ 07508-2397 or the charity of one's choice.
Otto Mueller died July 9, 1999 at the age of 92 in New Port Richi, Fla. He was the husband of the late Dorothy Maute Mueller and had lived at Moody Lane, Ta'Agan Point, Danbury before moving to Port Richi, Fla. Mr. Mueller was born in Gottmadingen Germany November 22, 1906 son of the late Leopold and Emily Wilde Mueller. He received his education in Germany and came to this country as a young man. He served in the Army in WW II. Mr. Mueller was a Maintenance Supervisor for Fairfield Hills Hospital in Newtown prior to his retirement. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and Immanuel's Mens Club. His survivors include many nieces and nephews and two brothers in Germany. Funeral Services will be held at the Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White St., Danbury on Thursday at 11 am with the Rev. Daniel Wehmeier, Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may call at the Cornell Memorial on Thursday at 10 am.
Contributions may be made in his memory to the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 26 West St., Danbury, CT 06810 or to one's own charity.
Mildred R. Menera, age 85, of Newtown, formerly of Mineola, New York, died on Monday at Ashlar of Newtown. She was the wife of the late James A. Menera.
Mrs. Menera was born in Astoria Queens, New York, November 8, 1913, a daughter of the late Frank and Lucia (Scaravaglione) Giardino. She grew up and attended schools in Astoria, and was a longtime Long Island resident prior to moving to the Danbury area 6 years ago.
Mrs. Menera was employed as a nurses assistant at the Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y. for 21 years, retiring in 1984.
Mrs. Menera is survived by two sons: Richard Menera of Bethel, CT, and James Menera of Tampa, FL, two daughters: Virginia Trevor, of Irvington, NY, and Barbara Ryner of Morris Plains, NJ, one brother: Anthony Giardino, of Lauderhill, FL two sisters: Jessie Bencivengo, of Wharton, NJ, and Catherine Fornataro, of Catonsville, MD, six grandchildren, one great-grandson, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday July 14th, at 9:30 am from the Bethel Funeral Home, 215 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel, to the Church of St. Mary, Bethel, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am.
Burial will be in Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury, NY.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday morning from 9 until 9:30 am.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Dora Brennan Nelson, 52, of 9 Sandstrom Road, New Preston, wife of Martin Nelson, died Sunday at New Milford Hospital.
Mrs. Nelson was born in Yonkers, N.Y. July 14, 1946, a daughter of the late Harold J. and Catherine Greene Brennan.
She spent her early life in Danbury and was a graduate of Danbury High School, Class of 1964. She had worked as a Certified Nurses Aide at Heritage Heights Care Center in Danbury.
Besides her husband, she is survived by two sons, Martin J. Nelson of New Preston and Glenn T. Britton of Southbury; a brother, Harry J. Brennan of Danbury; and two grandchildren Nicholas Britton and Cassonora Britton.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Washington, CT. Internment in Mountainview Cemetery , New Fairfield.
There are no calling hours.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the New Milford Hospital Foundation, Cancer Center Building, 49 East Street, New Milford 06776.
Arrangements by the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford.
Connie Wildman, 55, of Locust Avenue, Danbury, died Sunday at Danbury Hospital with her family by her side after battling lung cancer for the past year.
She was born in Danbury, Connecticut, a daughter of Walter and Mildred (Himple) Ashby.
Connie lived in Danbury most of her life and was a member of St. James' Episcopal Church.
She is survived by her longtime companion, Luther Akins, Sr., 4 sons, Thomas Wildman, Jr., Keith Wildman, Kevin Wildman and William Light of Danbury, a daughter, Rhonda Wildman Tompkins of Shenorock, New York, 3 brothers, Walter and Joseph Ashby of Danbury and Robert Ashby, 4 sisters, Mary Harrison, Betty DeLong and Anna Light all of Danbury and Shirley Fletcher of Vermont, and several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 40 North Street, Danbury, Connecticut 06810.
Calling Hours: Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at the Tomlinson Homestead, 336 Main Street, Danbury.
Services: Wednesday at 8:45 p.m. at Tomlinson Homestead.
Richard D. Melvin
Richard D. Melvin died July 10, 1999 in Las Vegas, Nevada after a brief illness at the age of 65. He was the husband of Lucy Kocet Melvin and lived at 11 Dodgingtown Rd. in Newtown. Mr. Melvin was born in Danbury, CT Feb. 15, 1934, son of the late James L. Melvin Sr. and Elizabeth Chuvala Melvin. He attended Bethel Schools and graduated from Bethel High School, Class of 1952. A veteran of the Army, he served in the Korean Conflict. He worked for many years in the restaurant field and as a young man he was with Durkin's Diner on White St. Prior to his retirement he and his wife owned and operated the Sycamore Drive-In in Bethel for 13 years. They were the beginners of the Cruise Night at the Sycamore; a well known 50's weekly event that drew crowds of collectors and admirers of vintage automobiles. Mr. Melvin was an avid golfer and a member of the Ridgewood, Watertown, and Rockride Country Clubs and the Newtown Club where he was the Golf Champion.
Mr. Melvin was also a Third Degree Knight of Columbus. Besides his beloved wife he is survived by his devoted son: Glen and daughter Kelly Lairsey both of West Palm Beach, Fla. and his devoted stepson Vincent Keenan III of Southbury, Ct. His three loving brothers, James L. Jr. and Paul E. both of Bethel and Donald of Guilford, CT. and his loving sister: Rosemary Nani of W. Los Angeles, Ca. 6 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:30 am at St. Peter Church in Danbury. Burial will be in St. Peter Cemetery. Friends may call at the Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White St., Danbury on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. Contributions may be made to the Heart Assoc., 5 Brookside Dr., Wallingford, CT 06492 in his memory.
Giuseppe Leto, age 21, of New Milford, died Thursday at Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
He was born June 11, 1978, in the Bronx, N.Y., a son of Francesco and Domenica Massaro Leto of New Milford.
Giuseppe Leto was a 1997 graduate of the Canterbury School in New Milford and had recently completed his sophomore year at Western New England College in Springfield, Mass. While a student at Canterbury, he was a member of the wrestling and lacrosse teams and spent his summers working at Electrical Enterprises in New Milford.
He joined the Marine Corps Reserves last year and was assigned to Company B, Infantry Training Battalion, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Besides his parents, Giuseppe is survived by a brother, Vincenzo Leto of New Milford; two aunts, Rosalia DesBiens and Maria Massaro; cousins Annamaria DesBiens, Linda and Patrizia Massaro, Roberto Pizzo and his wife Paulette, and numerous relatives in Italy.
A Mass will be celebrated at Canterbury Chapel, New Milford, Wednesday at 10 a.m. The family will receive friends at the Colonial Funeral Home, 87 Park Lane Road, New Milford, Tuesday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the Canterbury School Scholarship Fund, Aspetuck Avenue, New Milford, CT 06776.
Eva M. S. Grant
Eva M. S. Grant, 63, of Pine Hill Road, New Fairfield, and wife of Richard T. Grant, died Thursday at Danbury Hospital.
She was born in Nordlingen, Germany, March 25, 1936, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mueller.
Mrs. Grant was educated at the University of Munich. She was a Customer Relations Supervisor for Readers Digest for more than 25 years before retiring in February of 1998. Mrs. Grant was an active participant of the New Fairfield United Methodist Church.
Besides her husband, she is survived by her son, Kyle Ihrig of Milton, N.Y.; her daughter, Amy Ryan of Pleasantville, N.Y.; two brothers, Fred Mueller of New Hyde Park, N.Y., and Conrad Mueller of France; and two grandchildren.
Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Christian Children's Fund, Inc., P.O. Box 85066, Richmond, Va. 23261.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Tomlinson Homestead, 336 Main Street, Danbury.
Joseph Fiorita Sr.
Joseph A. Fiorita Sr., 81, husband of Marie (Fiore) Fiorita of 1 E. Hayestown Road., #30, in Danbury, CT, died at the Bethel Health Care Center on Friday afternoon.
He was born in Hartford, CT, June 11, 1918, son of the late John & Lucy (Fulco) Fiorita. He attended Hartford schools and had served in the U.S. Army during WWII as a staff sergeant. Mr. Fiorita had been employed as a service technician for Sears-Roebuck Company for 43 years. He retired in 1984, and had been a Danbury resident since 1950. He was a member of St. Joseph Church, where he served as an usher; the Catholic War Veterans; the American Legion; and the Amerigo Vespucci Lodge.
Mr. Fiorita enjoyed his Rhode Island summer home for many years and being with his family and many friends.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph A. and Sally Fiorita and Frank and Mary Ellen Fiorita, all of Danbury; two sisters, Ann Burns of E. Hartford and Rose Cretella of Trumbull; three grandchildren, Gary Fiorita and Jill Vitti, both of Danbury, and David Fiorita of Atlanta, Ga.; two great-grandchildren, Joseph and Michael Vitti; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Pasquale of E. Hartford and Frank, who was killed in action during WWII.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, Danbury. Burial will take place in St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury. Friends may call Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury.
Contributions in his memory may be made to I Can, 1 Padanaram Road, Suite #201, Danbury, CT 06811; or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O.Box 1818, Memphis, TN 38101.
Esther Marcus, 86, formerly of Danbury, died July 9th at the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield.
Born in Sharon, CT on May 6, 1913, she was the daughter of Anna Sweet Marcus and Harry Marcus, a dairy farmer who moved his herd from Sharon to Ridgebury in 1919, and farmed there until 1945.
Esther, one of nine children, lived in Danbury most of her adult life. She is survived by two siblings, Jack Marcus, of Danbury, founder of Marcus Dairy, and Lillian Marcus Epstein, formerly of Norwalk, now living in Boca Raton, Florida, numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Until 1964 she cared for her mother and then made her home with her sister Rose Rollnick first in Hillsdale, NY and then returning to Danbury until 1994.
Esther Marcus spent time with her large extended family and volunteered at some local charitable organizations including the United Jewish Center.
Contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made in Esther's memory to the United Jewish Center, Danbury Hospital Development Fund, or the Jewish Home for the Elderly.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Robert E. Shure Funeral Home in New Haven. Services will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the United Jewish Center, 141 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury. Interment to follow immediately at the United Jewish Center Cemetery, Gray's Bridge Road, Brookfield.
Jason W. Gowdy
Jason W. Gowdy, 15, of 21 Pine Street, Sandy Hook, CT, died on Saturday evening, July 10, 1999, at the Danbury Hospital.
Jason was born in Danbury, July 25, 1983, a son of David W. Gowdy of Sandy Hook, CT and Mildred (Melendez) Gowdy of New Milford, CT.
He attended schools in New Milford and was presently a member of the 10th grade class at Henry Abbott Regional Technical School of Danbury.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by two step-sisters, Monique Samuelson and Antigua Samuelson, both of Sandy Hook, his paternal great-grandmother, Adell Nahom of Danbury, his maternal grandparents, Ida and Raul Morales of Puerto Rico as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Norman A. and Emily M. (Nahom) Gowdy.
The Rite of Burial will take place on Thursday at 10 AM in St. Ann's Melkite Greek Catholic Church, 181 Clapboard Ridge Road, Route 39, Danbury, with the Rev. Fr. Basil R.A. Parent, officiating.
Burial will take place in St. Rose Cemetery, Newtown.
Friends will be received at St. Ann's Church on Wednesday from 5 PM to 8 PM.
The Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Avenue, Danbury, is in charge of arrangements.
Ruth M. McEwen
Ruth M. McEwen, 75, of 66 Brandon Ladd Circle, Waynesboro, VA, died Saturday evening (July 10, 1999), at Augusta Medical Center in Fishersville, VA.
Mrs. McEwen was born December 26, 1923 in Bronx, New York, a daughter of the late John and Rose Olums Westenburger.
She and her late husband retired 12 years ago from Danbury, Connecticut and moved to the Waynesboro area at that time.
Mrs. McEwen was a homemaker and volunteer at the Augusta County Library and Augusta Medical Center.
Survivors include two daughters, Valerie L. Henderson and her husband Bruce of Waynesboro and LeeAnn H. Kasseris and her husband Michael of Southbury, CT; five grandchildren, Missy B. Henderson, Scott A. Henderson, Christopher R. Clark, Timothy W. Clark, Jason M. Kasseris; one nephew, Robert Brandt; one niece, Betty Brandt; and a sister-in-law, Ro McEwen.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward R. McEwen in 1992.
A service will be conducted 2:00 P.M. Tuesday at the Waynesboro Chapel of Reynolds Funeral Service by Pastor Keith Hulton with burial following at Augusta Memorial Park.
Active pallbearers will be Scott Henderson, Christopher Clark, Timothy Clark, Bruce Henderson and Michael Kasseris.
The family will receive friends 7 to 8 P.M. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Augusta County Library, Route 250, Fishersville, VA 22939.