Christopher L. Gaffney
Christopher L. Gaffney, 49, of Lucas Avenue, died Wednesday at the Benediction Hospital.
He was born May 17, 1950 in Queens, N.Y. the son of Salvatore Marinelli and the late Catherine Peneno Marinelli.
He was a US Marine Corps Veteran of the Vietnam War. He was employed as a Correction Officer at Eastern Correctional Facility in Napanoch, N.Y. A member of V.F.W. Post 1386 Kingston.
Surviving are two sons, Christopher Gaffney of New York City and Brian Gaffney of Roscoe, N.Y. Eight sisters, Sally Staltare of Bethpage, N.Y., Regina Shuster of Danbury, Patti Gooberman of Glen Oaks, N.Y., Kathy Upton of Bellerose, N.Y., Terry Marinelli of Mahopac, N.Y., Dorsey Pistone of Bellerose, N.Y., Catherine Martinez of East Patchague, N.Y. and Marie Sixt of Mastic, N.Y.; a brother, Frank Gaffney of Black Rock. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral will be Monday 9:30 a.m. at the H.B. Humiston Funeral Home, 30 Forty Second St., Kerhonkson, N.Y. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Kerhonkson, N.Y. Burial will be in Pine Bush Cemetery. Rev. Patrick Browne will officiate.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
Clifford Gayle Burch
Clifford Gayle Burch, 61, of Upper Reservoir Road, New Milford, died Wednesday, November 3, 1999 at Rose Haven in Litchfield. He was the husband of Mary Ann (Angelotti) Burch.
Mr. Burch was born in Ashtabula, Ohio, February 20, 1938, a son of the late Gayle and Grace (Fishbach) Burch. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the US Army. He had worked as a Corporate Pilot for Chesebrough-Pond in White Plains, N.Y. for many years before his illness. He moved from Newbury, Ohio to New Milford 22 years ago, was a former member of the Pootatuck Yacht Club in Stratford and also a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
Besides his wife, he leaves behind a son, Brian G. Burch of New Milford; a daughter, Debbie L. Burch of New Milford; and one sister, Charlotte Dunne of North Kingsville, Ohio.
Funeral services on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford with the Rev. Michael J. Moran of the First Congregational Church of New Milford, officiating.
Interment in Center Cemetery in New Milford.
Friends may call at the Lillis Funeral Home on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 919 North Michigan Ave., Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60611.
Barbara Ann Erlenbach
Barbara Ann Erlenbach died unexpectedly at her home in Mebane, N.C. on October 18, 1999. She was 65. Mrs. Erlenbach is a former resident of Brookfield where she lived for over 30 years, and is the daughter of the late George Washington Focht Freeman and the late Dorothy H. Pendleton Freeman.
Born April 12, 1934 in Bronx, N.Y., Mrs. Erlenbach attended Eastchester High School in Eastchester, N.Y. She graduated from Duke University in Durham, N.C. in 1956 with a degree in psychology. She is a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority. After briefly living in Mississippi and West Germany, she settled in Brookfield with her family. Mrs. Erlenbach is a Charter member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Brookfield, was a member of the church's Alter Guild and is a past Chairman of its Cemetery Committee. She is also a Daughter of the American Revolution.
Mrs. Erlenbach had a life long interest in horticulture. She was an accredited Master Judge of the National Council of State Garden Clubs, a Life Member of the Federated Garden Club of Connecticut where she was also a judge for more than 20 years, and an accredited Master Gardener of Connecticut and North Carolina. Mrs. Erlenbach had been active with the Garden Club of Brookfield since 1966 where she served as President in 1975-1977 and 1985-1987, and was named Woman of the Year by her club in 1974 and 1984. She chaired numerous flower shows in the community. Mrs. Erlenbach also served as a Board Member of the Brookfield Historical Society and participated in several committees, was a Den Mother for Cub Scout Pack 5 and a Tournament Duplicate Bridge Director. Mrs. Erlenbach became a Bronze Life Master in Duplicate Bridge in 1998.
Upon retiring to Mebane, N.C. in 1995, Mrs. Erlenbach continued her horticulture interests as the active president of the Margaret Brawley Garden Club of Durham, N.C. She was also the active Vice-President of the Durham Council of Garden Clubs and a member of the Piedmont-East Judges Council of North Carolina. Mrs. Erlenbach chaired the Spring Fling flower show in Durham held earlier this year and also chaired three successful flower show schools sponsored by the National Council of State Garden Clubs. Through the Master Gardener program, Mrs. Erlenbach shared her experiences with others under the Durham County Cooperative Extension. She continued her interests in quilting and needlepoint, donating her time and work to charity, and was also an avid genealogist.
Mrs. Erlenbach is survived by her husband of 41 years, Philip Ellis Erlenbach of Mebane, N.C.; her two sons, Paul Randall Erlenbach of Chapel Hill, N.C. and George Bradford Erlenbach of Charlotte, N.C.; by her daughter, Wendy Ann Ransbury of Pleasanton, Calif.; and by four grandchildren. Mrs. Erlenbach's family will hold a memorial service at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Brookfield on Saturday, November 13, 1999 at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Donations, in lieu of flowers, towards a permanent memorial to the memory of Mrs. Erlenbach can be made to the Barbara Erlenbach Memorial Fund, c/o Sarah P. Duke Gardens, PO Box 90626, Duke University, Durham, N.C. 27708.
Charles Skelly, 64, of Countryside Manor, Bristol, died Monday at Bristol Hospital.
He was born in Danbury May 28, 1935, a son of Madeline Rieless and the late Charles Skelly.
Mr. Skelly attended Danbury schools and was a retired truck driver.
Besides his mother Madeline of New Milford, he is survived by two sons, Sean and Steven Skelly; a daughter, Sharleen Skelly; four brothers, Steven, John, Walter and Michael Skelly; three sisters, Kathy Mazinski of New Milford, Margaret Wahlstrom of Danbury and Julieann DeBonis of Colorado and grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 372 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897 or to Countryside Manor, 1660 Stafford Avenue, Bristol, CT 06010.
Services will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, Danbury. The Tomlinson Homestead is in charge of arrangements.
Mary V. Nolan
Mary V. Nolan, age 76, of 209 Sugar Street, Newtown, died Tuesday, November 2, 1999 at her home.
Miss Nolan was born in Taftville September 8, 1923, a daughter of the late William and Margaret (Fitzmaurice) Nolan. Shortly after birth, her family moved to New York City where she was educated. She graduated in 1947 from the Bellevue Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse.
Miss Nolan moved to Newtown in 1950 and for several years did private duty nursing at Danbury Hospital. For over 20 years she was employed by the Newtown Visiting Nurse Association as Newtown's visiting nurse. She was a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Church.
Miss Nolan's only survivors are several cousins in New Bedford, Mass.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Rose Church, Friday at 10 a.m. Interment will be in St. Rose Cemetery at a later date. There are no calling hours. Arrangements by the Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main St., Newtown.
Helen (Almeida) Triacca
Helen (Almeida) Triacca, age 61, of Nelson Lane, Newtown, died Tuesday, November 2, 1999 at her home.
Born in Danbury April 8, 1938, she was a daughter of Antonio Almeida of Danbury and the late Maria (Martins) Almeida.
A graduate of Danbury High School, she worked as a Travel Agent for 10 years at the former Sunshine and World Class Travel Agencies of Danbury.
Ms. Triacca was a resident of Newtown since 1969. She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brookfield and of the Newtown Singles Club.
Besides her father, she is survived by two sons, Alan Triacca of Newtown and James Triacca of New Fairfield; a daughter, Lynne Fossum of Bethel; a sister, Laurie Moyer of Bethel; her beloved companion, Jerry Sperry of Brookfield; and three grandchildren, Rachel, Jessica and Katherine Fossum, as well as two nieces.
Funeral services will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Brookfield, on Saturday morning at 11 a.m., with the Rev. George Crocker, officiating.
Burial services will be held privately.
Friends may call at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury, on Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m.
Contributions in her memory may be made to Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, 30 West St., Danbury, CT 06810.
Marion Elizabeth Scannell, 69, of 24 Park Drive, died Monday at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London.
She was born on November 30, 1929 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of O. George and Eunice Scott Egeland.
She married Everett H. Scannell on January 31, 1953, in New London. He died in 1994.
Mrs. Scannell was a master weaver and taught her craft at Norwich Free Academy and Connecticut College.
She was a member of the Hand Weaver's Guild of Connecticut and also ran her own business, Waterford Weavers. Mrs. Scannell was very active in the 4H Club and the Waterford Senior Citizens.
She is survived by a son, Wade Scannell of Griswold; four daughters, Norma Bucko of Danbury, Janet Anstett of Lyons, Colo., Ellen Kane of Oakdale and Carol Aforismo of Willington; three brothers, George Egeland of Quaker Hill, Lawrence Egeland of Ambler, Pa. and James Egeland of Salem; two sisters, Joan Egeland-Scott of New Haven and Eunice Petrini of Waterford; 12 grandchildren; and her companion, Albert Newton.
She was predeceased by a son, Brian Scannell, who died in 1981; a brother, Roger Egeland; and a sister, Ann Egeland.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Quaker Hill Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Elm Grove Cemetery.
The Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London is in charge of arrangements.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Friends of Harkness, PO Box 10, Waterford, CT 06385.
K. Lee Dunn
K. Lee Dunn, of Ridgefield, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died Tuesday, November 2, 1999 at Danbury Hospital.
Born in Yonkers, N.Y. in 1928, he was the only son of the late James and Marguerite Dunn. A veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Dunn graduated from Manhattan College and was an employee of New York Telephone/NYNEX for 42 years. During his 28 years as a Ridgefield resident, he was actively involved in the Ridgefield Little League, the Boys & Girls Club and the Ridgefield Men's Club. An avid fisherman, he also enjoyed wood carving, and especially spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Agnes (Sweeney) Dunn of Ridgefield; daughters, Eileen Lennox of Houston, Texas; Peggy Hefferon of South Salem, N.Y.; Ellen Carpenter of Redding, Elizabeth Gabriele of Ridgefield and Jeannine Sieban of Bethel; and son, Lee Dunn Jr. of Stamford. He also leaves behind 12 grandchildren: Brian, Kevin and Michael Lennox; Devin, Sean and Kathleen Hefferon; Sara and David Carpenter; Matthew and Alex Gabriele; and Kellie and Conor Sieban, who will miss "Pop" dearly.
Calling hours will be Thursday, November 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Kane Funeral Home in Ridgefield. Funeral services will be held Friday, November 5, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Church in Ridgefield.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be sent to the charity of your choice.
Matthew J. Fischer Jr.
Matthew J. Fischer Jr., 81, of Lanessa Health Care Center, Webster, Mass., died October 31, 1999 at the center.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Matthew and Josephine (Bresnahan) Fischer, he lived in Brewster for most of his life before retiring to Brimfield, Mass. in 1985.
Mr. Fisher served aboard the submarine, USS Besugo in World War II and was a past commander of V.F.W. Post 672 in Brewster, N.Y.
Besides his wife, Sarah, he leaves two sons and two daughters, Matthew of Cornwall, N.Y., John of South Bend, Ind., Alice Field of Seville, Ohio and Sally Sarlitto of East Greenwich, R.I. He also leaves behind nine grandchildren.
Calling hours will be on Saturday, November 6 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Beecher Funeral Home in Brewster, N.Y.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, November 6 at 11 a.m. in the St. Lawrence O'Toole Church with burial in the St. Lawrence O'Toole Cemetery both located in Brewster, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Alzheimer's Research Foundation.
Walter D. Navan
Walter D. Navan, 84, of 64 Brookside Circle, Ogunquit, Maine, formerly of New Fairfield, CT, died Friday, October 29, 1999, at York Hospital in Ogunquit.
He was born on September 30, 1915, in Jersey City, New Jersey, a son of James and Clara Knight Navan. He attended local schools and graduated from Dickinson High School in Jersey City.
Mr. Navan was a veteran of The United States Navy serving in World War II as an aviation ordnanceman. He retired as the insurance manager for the American Can Company.
Mr. Navan traveled for American Can, residing in Cranford, NJ; Matawan, NJ; and New Fairfield. He summered in Ogunquit, Maine, for more than 20 years and made it a year-round home a year ago with his wife of 59 years, Evelyn VanHoorebeek Navan.
He enjoyed building furniture, reading, gardening, cleaning house and being a great father to his children.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Gary Navan of Danbury; a daughter, Karen Dragani of Danbury; a grandson, John Dragani of Richmond, Va.; a nephew, Lester Navan of Turnersville, NJ, and three great-nephews.
A memorial service will be held Nov. 7 at 1:30 p.m. from the First Congregational Church of New Fairfield, 20 Gillotti Road, New Fairfield.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the church.
Julia Litwin, 80, of New Canaan, on Sunday, October 31, 1999 at Lynchburg General Hospital, Lynchburg, Va. of natural causes, while visiting her daughter. Born in Syosset, N.Y. August 17, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Grazis Gelezewski.
Mrs. Litwin was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Frederick Litwin Sr. of New Canaan; 2 sons, Frederick Litwin Jr. of Brookfield and Thomas Litwin of Charleston, S.C.; 3 daughters, Barbara A. Kryspin of New Canaan; Julia S. Bacher of Stamford and Beverly J. Kryspin of Amherst, Va.; a brother, Vincent Gelezewski of Norwalk and a sister, Anna Rynsky of Stuart, Fla.; 17 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
A prayer service will be held at the Gerald R. Bosak Funeral Home, 104 Myrtle Ave., Stamford, on Thursday, November 4, 1999 at 10 a.m. with Fr. Vincent J. Veich, Pastor of St. Benedict Church, officiating. Interment will be private for family members only.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, November 3, 1999 from 6 to 8 p.m.