Joseph E. Burke
Joseph E. Burke, 91, of 92 Chestnut St., Bethel, died Thursday, April 22, 1999, at Pope John Paul II Center for Health Care in Danbury. He was the husband of the late Ruth (McInnis) Burke.
Born in New Haven, Sept. 30, 1907, he was a son of the late Dr. William P. and Catharine (Cannon) Burke.
Mr. Burke graduated from Hillhouse High School, New Haven, and the New Haven School of Physical Therapy.
He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, in Army hospitals, stateside, during World War II.
Mr. Burke worked as a physical therapist at the former Fairfield Hills State Hospital for more than 28 years, retiring in 1968. He had been a resident of Bethel since 1951.
Mr. Burke was a past member of the Bethel Parks and Recreation Committee and Bethel Little League, and he volunteered his time with the Bethel Visiting Nurses Association.
Survivors include two sons, Robert E. Burke of Bethel and David K. Burke of Mahopac, N.Y.; a daughter, Catharine B. Leo of Bethel; 13 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary Church, Bethel, on Monday at 10 a.m. Cremation will take place at the convenience of the family.
Friends may call at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury, on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m.
Contributions may be made to the Bethel Visiting Nurses Association, 1 School St., Bethel, CT 06801.
Josephine (Coviello) Delfini, 87, of Orchard Hill Drive, Enfield, died Tuesday, April 20, 1999, at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford. She was the widow of Manlio R. Delfini who died in 1982.
Josephine is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dianne and George Adams of Sherman; a son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Kathleen Delfini of Simsbury; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She also leaves four sisters, Gilda Romano, Albina Gori, Connie Scala and Gloria D'Andrea, all of New York. She was predeceased by her brother, Paul Coviello.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, April 24, at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick's Church, 64 Pearl St., Enfield. Browne Memorial Chapels of Enfield has charge of the arrangements.
Alfred Leo Vaghi
Alfred Leo Vaghi, born Aug. 17, 1931, died peacefully April 22, 1999, at his home, 105 Grassy Plain St., Bethel, at the age of 67, from cancer.
He was a lifelong resident of Bethel and a lifelong member of St. Mary Church.
Mr. Vaghi is survived by his wife, May Marcinek Vaghi, four children and 11 grandchildren: daughter, Michele Knapp and her three children of Danbury; son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Sharon Vaghi and their four children of Bethel; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Lynn and John Hula of Litchfield and their four children; and daughter, Crista Joy Vaghi of Bethel.
Mr. Vaghi is predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Battistina Vaghi. He is survived by his sisters, Maria Vaghi of Bethel, Beatrice Barzetti of Cape Carteret, N.C., and Dina Ceriani of Milan, Italy; his brothers, Joseph Vaghi of Kensington, Md., and Dante Vaghi of Bethel.
Mr. Vaghi graduated from Fairfield Preparatory and Providence College in 1955. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus PAVIA Council of Bethel, served on the Bethel Planning and Zoning Commission and was a regular blood donor. He was a lifelong supporter of Missionaries of Africa, Anthonian Association and Maryknoll Missions. He had been an employee of the Optical Division of Raytheon Corporation for the past 39 years.
Mr. Vaghi lived a rich, active life which centered around his beloved family. The joy of travel and variety of seasonal activities remained constant interests. His unassuming manner deeply touched those who knew him.
"Speak the truth and fear no one" was the guiding value of his entire life.
Donations may be sent in his memory to: the American Cancer Society "1999 Relay for Life Bethel," 372 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897; or Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, P.O. Box 301, Maryknoll, NY 10545-2801.
Anne S. Steinberg
Anne Solomon Steinberg of 18 Casper St., Danbury, died April 22, 1999.
Devoted wife of the late Abraham H. Steinberg, she was the beloved mother of Max Steinberg of Danbury and Muriel Glass of Patterson, N.Y.; and the dear sister of Bess Diamond and David Solomon, both of Milford, Morris Solomon of Hamden and Shirley Kroop of New Haven. Mrs. Steinberg is also survived by three loving grandchildren and adoring nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at the United Jewish Center Cemetery, Grey's Bridge Road, Brookfield, on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, 40 North St., Danbury 06810.
A period of mourning will be observed at 18 Casper St., Danbury.
Funeral arrangements are in care of the Robert E Shure Funeral Home, 543 George St., New Haven.
Robert M. Nesline
Robert M. Nesline, 67, of 134 Limekiln Road, Ridgefield, died Thursday evening at Danbury Hospital after being stricken ill at his home. He was the husband of Roslyn R. (Tomasulo) Nesline.
Mr. Nesline was born in Norwalk on April 12, 1932, a son of the late Martin and Olive Hackett Nesline. He served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.
An employee with the Ridgefield Board of Education for over 15 years, he was previously a carpenter in the Ridgefield area. Mr. Nesline moved to Ridgefield in 1967 from Norwalk. He was a previous member of St. Mary's Church in Norwalk and a member of St. Mary's Church in Ridgefield. Mr. Nesline was active with Ridgefield Little League Baseball for many years.
Besides his wife, survivors include two sons, Robert M. Jr. of Ridgefield and Brian A. of Albuquerque, N.M.; two daughters, Cindy Nesline of Albuquerque, and Holly Burns of Danbury; two brothers, Richard of Naples, Fla. and Gerald of Walnut Grove, Fla.; one sister, Marlyn Luther of LaPorte, Ind.; one grandson also survives. Mr. Nesline was predeceased by his brother, Lawrence.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, Ridgefield. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Norwalk.
Friends will be received on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Kane Funeral Home, 41 Catoonah St., Ridgefield.
Contributions in Mr. Nesline's memory may be made to the Ridgefield Fire Department Ambulance Fund, 6 Catoonah St., Ridgefield, CT 06877.
Tom Davis, founderof Piedmont Air, dies
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Tom Davis, founder of Piedmont Airlines, died Thursday. He was 81.
Davis founded Piedmont Aviation, which first sold single-propeller planes to private pilots in the 1940s and then became one of the country's biggest airlines.
Piedmont completed a merge with US Airways in 1989, when Piedmont had about 21,500 employees and annual revenues of $2.5 billion. After the merger, Davis served as director emeritus.
Davis was captivated by aviation at an early age. While in high school, he was spending his allowance on flying lessons at the airport.
Neva A. Gibson
Neva A. Gibson, 56, wife of Bruce B. Gibson, formerly of Newtown, died Wednesday, April 21, 1999, in Washington Township Hospital, Fremont, California.
Mrs. Gibson was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon, August 15, 1942, a daughter of the late John and Leda Gardner. She was a graduate of the University of Washington and was a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority.
From 1984 until January of this year, when she moved to California, Mrs. Gibson was a resident of Newtown. She had been a substitute teacher for area schools.
Mrs. Gibson was a lifelong Girl Scout. She served as a leader at all levels of Girl Scouts and had served as registrar, delegate chairman, program consultant and troop trip coordinator. She was the recipient of the "Hats Off" award for Girl Scout volunteers. Mrs. Gibson also served as a commissioner for the Boy Scouts.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Gibson is survived by a son, Robert B. Gibson of Austin, Texas, and a daughter, Catha Gibson of Newtown.
A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, April 29, 1999, at 5:00 p.m., in the Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main St., Newtown. There are no calling hours. Contributions may be made to The Girl Scout Council of Southwestern Connecticut, Inc., 529 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897, or to the Arthritis Foundation, 35 Cold Spring Road, Suite 411, Rocky Hill, CT 06067-3166.
Mary Jane Genovese Kirkpatrick
On April 24, 1999, at her home in Millbrook, N.Y., Mary Jane Genovese Kirkpatrick, wife of the recently deceased John A. Kirkpatrick of Zelienople, Pennsylvania and widow of the late Dr. Frank C. Genovese of Kent, Connecticut.
Mrs. Kirkpatrick was born February 6th, 1911, in Brewster, N.Y., one of five children of James and Marianina Genovese.
Mrs. Kirkpatrick's musical career spanned 70 years. She taught Violin at the age of 14 and played trios on a Brooklyn radio station when she was 19. She played first violin with the Dutnam and Carterson String Quartets, and in the first violin section of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Orchestra for 20 years. Her musical interests included opera and ballet, she was active in choral works, and she was the organist, soloist, and choir leader at St. John's Catholic Church in Pawling, New York for many years. Other activities included gardening and landscaping, and she was active in drama, acting in productions sponsored by HAGS, a women's civic group, as well as occasional parts in summer stock at the Starlight Theater in Pawling, N.Y.
After marrying Dr. Frank C. Genovese on June 12, 1932, the couple moved to Patterson, N.Y. to set up his medical practice where he served as general practitioner until he retired and moved to Kent, Connecticut. Dr. Genovese died on Oct. 8, 1989.
She met her second husband, John A. Kirkpatrick, a Pennsylvania businessman, on a Cunard Cruise. They were married and moved to Millbrook, N.Y. in 1986. Mr. Kirkpatrick died on Oct. 8, 1996.
Mrs. Kirkpatrick is survived by her two sons, Frank C. Genovese Jr. of Rochester, N.Y., and James J. Genovese of Anacortes, WA.
Calling hours are from 4-8pm Tues. April 27th at the Allen Funeral Home, Franklin Ave., Millbrook, New York. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Weds. 10:00 am St. Josephs R.C. Church, North Ave., Millbrook, New York. Burial will be at St. Johns Cemetery, Pawling, New York. The Family requests donations to charity or Church of your choice.
Birdie May Tibbatts
Birdie May Tibbatts died Apr. 26, 1999, at the Filosa Convalescent Home in Danbury, Ct. She completed her journey in faith and has gone home to her home with the Lord. Her suffering has ended and she is free of all human pain so she'll now live forever in God's glorious kingdom. Birdie was a former resident of Oak Ridge, TN. for 54 yrs. before coming to live with her son Tom Tibbatts, and daughter-in-law Ann in Bethel, Ct. two yrs. ago. She was born May 1, 1909, in Newport, Ky., the daughter of Julius and Minnie Samuelson. She was predeceased by her husband, Nelson Lee Tibbatts, who died Feb. 7, 1980. In addition to her son and daughter-in-law she leaves a granddaughter, Terri Tibbatts, her husband Franklin Nicholas and their sons Seth and Lyle; a granddaughter, Laura Williams, her husband Robert and their sons Ryan and Evan; a grandson, Tom Tibbatts and his wife Tracy; a sister Ros Erb, of Cincinnati, OH, and a niece and two nephews.
Birdie had a very loving heart and she was loved by so many friends over her ninety yrs. Her friendly and gentle way made her a good neighbor and friend to those who were blessed with meeting and knowing her. She had a big interest in sports, and was a loyal fan of the University of Tenn. Women's basketball team. In earlier yrs. she was an avid bowler and served for many yrs. as state treasurer of the Tenn. Women's Bowling Assoc. She was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge, TN. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, April 29, at 11 o'clock at the Bethel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Robert Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Ridge Memorial Park in Oak Ridge, TN, at a time to be announced. In praise and thanksgiving for her life, contributions may be made to The Alzheimer's Assoc., 919 North Michigan, Suite 1008, Chicago, IL. 60611-1676.
On Apr. 26, 1999, Joseph Werndorfer, formerly of 3 Glen Hill Rd., Danbury.
Husband of the late Helen Werndorfer. Beloved Father of Steven Werndorfer of Brookfield. Cherished Grandfather of Joel & Scott Werndorfer.
Funeral services at the Temple Sholom section of New Milford Center Cemetery, Route 202, New Milford on Thursday afternoon at 1:00 o'clock. Funeral arrangements in care of the Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, 543 George St., New Haven.
Birdie May Tibbatts died Apr. 26, 1999, at the Filosa Convalescent Home in Danbury, Conn. She completed her journey in faith and has gone to her home with the Lord. Her suffering has ended and she is free of all human pain so she'll now live forever in God's glorious kingdom. Birdie was a former resident of Oak Ridge, Tenn., for 54 yrs. before coming to live with her son Tom Tibbatts, and daughter-in-law Ann in Bethel, Conn., two years ago. She was born May 1, 1909, in Newport, Ky., the daughter of Julius and Minnie Samuelson. She was predeceased by her husband, Nelson Lee Tibbatts, who died Feb. 7, 1980.
In addition to her son and daughter-in-law she leaves a granddaughter, Terri Tibbatts, her husband Franklin Nichols and their sons Seth and Lyle; a granddaughter, Laura Williams, her husband Robert and their sons Ryan and Evan; a grandson, Tom Tibbatts and his wife Tracy; a sister Ros Erb, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and a niece and two nephews. Birdie had a very loving heart and she was loved by so many friends over her 90 years. Her friendly and gentle way made her a good neighbor and friend to those who were blessed with meeting and knowing her. She had a big interest in sports, and was a loyal fan of the University of Tenn. Women's basketball team. In earlier years she was an avid bowler and served for many years as state treasurer of the Tenn. Women's Bowling Assoc. She was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge, Tenn. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, April 29, at 11 a.m. at the Bethel United Methodist Church with the Rev.
Robert Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Ridge Memorial Park in Oak Ridge, Tenn., at a time to be announced. In praise and thanksgiving for her life, contributions may be made to The Alzheimer's Assoc., 919 North Michigan, Suite 1008, Chicago, IL. 60611-1676.
Emma L. McCullough
Emma L. McCullough, age 102, of 6 Rockwell Place, Derby, Conn., entered into rest on Monday, April 26, 1999 in her home. She was the wife of the late Archibald McCullough.
She was born in Derby on August 31, 1896, daughter of James E. and Mary Kelly Carroll, and was a lifelong Derby resident.
Mrs. McCullough retired in 1966 from Auto Swage, where she was a secretary for over 25 years.
After her retirement, she spent many hours volunteering at the Derby Senior Citizen Center.
Mrs. McCullough is the beloved mother of Carol DiJon and her husband Nunzio of Derby and Janet Purcell of Southbury, and sister of Mary Worrell of Derby. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, William and Joseph Carroll; three sisters, Helen Keating, Margaret Henault and Selina Larkin; and a son-in-law, William Purcell.
Her funeral will leave the Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Road, Shelton, Conn. on Friday at 8:15 a.m. for a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. in St. Mary Church, Derby. Burial will follow in Mt. St. Peter Cemetery.
Friends may call on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.
At the request of the family, memorial contributions may be made to the Derby Senior Citizen Center or St. Mary Church through the funeral director.
On April 26, 1999, Joseph Werndorfer, formerly of 3 Glen Hill Road, Danbury.
Husband of the late Helen Werndorfer. Beloved father of Steven Werndorfer of Brookfield. Cherished grandfather of Joel and Scott Werndorfer.
Funeral services at the Temple Sholom section of New Milford Center Cemetery, Route 202, New Milford on Thursday at 1 p.m. Funeral arrangements in care of the Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, 543 George St., New Haven.
Joseph A. Marcinek
Joseph A. Marcinek, 69, of 267 Browning Road, Bozrah, Conn, husband of Joyce (Patane) Marcinek, died Friday at William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich. Mr. Marcinek was born Oct. 23, 1929, in Danbury. He was the son of the late Joseph and Edna Marcinek of Newtown. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was director of radiology at Backus Hospital from 1969 until his retirement in 1991, and was a member of the Norwich Golf Course. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Joseph F. Marcinek of Torrington, Stephen Marcinek of Wingdale, N.Y. and David Marcinek of Newtown and one daughter, Marilyn Schettino of Newtown; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Regina Bresson of Newtown and Marion Marcinek of Palm Bay, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 1, at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich. Burial will be private.