Miscellaneous Fairfield County, CT Obituaries


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Walter Hapanowich

Walter Hapanowich, 67, of 3 Darling St., Southington, husband of the late Bertha Noble Hapanowich, died Thursday at Bradley Memorial Hospital in Southington.

He was born in Sherman, Connecticut, April 20, 1933, a son of Jessie Siskey Hapanowich of Sherman and the late John Hapanowich.

Mr. Hapanowich spent his early life in Sherman. He served in the U.S. Army. In recent years he had been a plater for the Amphenol Corp. in Danbury. Also, recently he had moved to Southington. He had been a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.

Besides his mother, he is survived by three step-daughters, Claudia S. Doodick of Salisbury, CT, Sharmon V. Dyer of Cornwall, CT, and Heidi J. Haug of New Milford; two brothers, Anthony Hapanowich and Robert Hapanowich; two sisters, Josephine Yarrish and Florena Benson; 7 grandchildren, Wilbert Peart and Valerie Peart, Stephen Peart, Rachael Peart, Gary Dyer, Allison Dyer, and Stephanie Haug; and 2 great-grandchildren, Rhonda Lee Peart and Danielle Susan Peart.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford. Interment will be in Morningside Cemetery, Gaylordsville. Friends may call at the Lillis Funeral Home on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Contributions in his memory may be made to Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 1, Salisbury, CT 06068.

Michael McCafferty
Michael J. McCafferty, age 26, of Danbury, CT, died Friday at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident on the Saw Mill River Parkway that morning.

Mr. McCafferty was born in N. Tarrytown, NY, the son of Joseph and Laura (Rex) McCafferty of Danbury. He moved to Danbury as an infant and resided here since. Mike was a graduate of Immaculate High School, class of 1993, and had attended Sacred Heart University in Bridgeport. He had worked as a handy man in the Danbury area and also had worked part time as a disk jockey for the WesConn radio station.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Kelly Marsh of Danbury; his daughter, Taylor Lee McCafferty of Danbury; and his paternal grandparents, William and Mary Grace McCafferty of Brick Township, NJ.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, April 18, at 10 a.m. in the St. Mary Church, Bethel.

Burial will be in the St. Mary Cemetery, Bethel.

Friends may call Tuesday

from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury.

Joseph W. Raysor
Joseph W. Raysor, “J.W.,” age 81, of Danbury, CT, formerly of Perth Amboy, NJ, died Wednesday, April 11, 2001, at Bethel Health Care Center, Bethel, CT, after a long battle with cancer.

Mr. Raysor was born September 29, 1919, in Rahway, NJ, where he received his formal education.

He served his country in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945 as a Staff Sergeant for the 3965 Quartermaster Truck Company and eventually rose to the rank of Acting First Sergeant. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal and he also received the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal.

He was employed as a Platform Operator, became Union Representative for Local 825, and was then promoted to Marketing and Sales Representative by Standard Oil of California during his 32 years of service before retiring in 1984. After retirement, he served as a Marketing Consultant to several oil companies and independent service stations.

Joe was a helpful, enthusiastic friend. His sense of humor was always enjoyable. He will be truly missed by his many friends. His hobby was helping people.

He is survived by a daughter, Diane Raysor of Montclair, NJ; two sons, Joseph W. Raysor Jr. of New York, NY, and Byron Raysor of Maryland; five grandchildren and one-great grandchild.

Funeral services will be Monday, April 16, 2001, at 7:00 p.m. at the Concord Missionary Baptist Church, 795 State Street, Perth Amboy, NJ. Interment will take place at The Brigadiere General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ, on Tuesday, April 17, 2001, at 10:30 a.m.

Calling hours will be Monday, April 16, 2001, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Concord Missionary Baptist Church, 795 State Street, Perth Amboy, NJ.

A Memorial Service in Danbury, CT, at a time to be announced.

Kathleen Shanley

Kathleen, “Kay,” Shanley, 79, or North Port, Fla., was taken into the hands of God on Dec. 24, 2000. She was born on April 21, 1921, in New York City.

Her family said that she has become their special Christmas Angel because she had made the Christ season a magical time of the year for her seven children. Kay came to North Port from Brookfield, Conn., where she always made room for one more at her already full table. Her kindness to others will live on in the memories she made, as she touched the hearts of those who knew her.

Survivors include her husband, John Shanley of North Port, Fla.; six daughters, Maureen Shanley and Patricia Zelle of Brookfield, Mary Gates and Eileen Trnka of New Milford, Kathleen Koch of San Jose, Calif., and Elizabeth Miller of Twain Harte, Calif.; and nine grandchildren, Elizabeth Koch, Shannon Miller, Kevin Trnka, Christopher Miller, Brenda Zelle, Kayla Trnka, Jonathan Trnka, Brittany Trnka and Bridgette Zelle. She was predeceased by her son, John P. Shanley Jr.

On Saturday, April 21, 2001, there will be a “Celebration of Life” and a Mass at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys in Brookfield. Interment will be private.

Sandra Bennett

Sandra Bennett, 57, of Coalpit Hill Road, Danbury, died Wednesday at her home.

Mrs. Bennett was the wife of Robert Bennett.

She was born in Bethel, Connecticut, June 23, 1943, a daughter of James Wilson and Charlotte (Ludlow) Veness.

Besides her husband Robert, she is survived by Alfred Hulse Sr.; 2 sons, Alfred Jr. and William Hulse, both of New Milford; a stepson, Robert; 2 daughters, Sandra Veness and Lisa Hazel, both of Danbury; 2 stepdaughters, Roberta and Elizabeth; a brother, James; 3 sisters, Donna, Lori and Lisa; her Aunt Dorothy Veness of Danbury; 11 grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and nephews.

A special thanks to Dr. Donald Evans for his kindness.

Contributions in her memory may be made to St. James’ Episcopal Church, 25 West St., Danbury, CT 06810.

Services: A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 21, 2001, at 12:00 noon at St. James’ Episcopal Church, Danbury. Burial will follow in the St. James’ Memorial Garden.

Tomlinson Homestead, 336 Main Street, Danbury, is in charge of arrangements.

William Burke Jr.

William Henry Burke, Jr., 80, of Largo, Florida, formerly of Bethel, died Friday, March 30, 2001, at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater, Florida. Born in Fall River, Massachusetts, on March 26, 1921, he was the son of William H. and Molly (O’Connor) Burke. He had one brother, James, of Loreto, Pennsylvania, who died March 19, 2001. He was married for 51 years to Mary Eileen (Walsh) Burke, and together they had ten sons and two daughters.

After serving as a machinist in the Army during World War II, Bill attended Fitchburg State Teacher’s College, where he met his wife. He earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Columbia University, and completed graduate work at Fairfield University in Business Administration. He worked for over 30 years as an educator and administrator in the Weston, Connecticut, School System, from which he retired as Assistant Superintendent in 1981.

In Norwalk, Connecticut, he built the family’s first home. In 1961, the family moved to Wooster Street in Bethel. Appointed by Monsignor Richard F. Scully as Chairman of St. Mary’s School Board, he was a trustee for the church, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and a commentator. Bill was on the Board of Commissioners for Parks and Recreation for the town of Bethel during the 1960s, coached Little League for many years and was an enthusiastic fan of the Boston Red Sox. He was an avid tennis player, golfer and bowler. He was also a lifelong supporter of the Democratic party. After retirement, Bill moved to Largo, Florida, and was active in St. Patrick’s parish. He volunteered as an advocate for the mentally retarded, inspecting group homes and other facilities across the state.

He will be truly missed by his wife, Mary, of Largo, Florida; sons William Henry III, Timothy, Thomas, Brian and David of Bethel, Edward, Roger and Marty of Danbury, Robert of Largo, Florida, Richard of Athens, Greece; and his daughter, Maryellen of Portsmouth, New Hampshire; seventeen grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Special Olympics, 1325 G. Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005-3104.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Mary’s Church, Bethel, on Friday, April 20th, at 7 p.m. for his many friends in Bethel.

Helen Hoeppner
Helen Hoeppner, nee Siegel, beloved wife of the late Otto; loving mother of Roy (Renie) and Tom (Mary Anne); dearest sister of John (late Fritzi), the late Joseph (late Lillian) Siegel, Susi (late Franz) Wagner and Anna (late Joseph) Dengg; proud grandmother of Eric (Wendy), Robert (Christine) and Brian (Jennifer) Hoeppner and Laurie (Brian) DoBosh and the late Kurt (Elaine) Hoeppner; cherished great-grandmother of Zachary, Ryan and Michael Hoeppner and Justin and Noah DoBosh; fond aunt and great-aunt of many.

Born in Romania, she immigrated to the United States in 1925 and became a U.S. citizen. Resident of Covenant Village, Northbrook, IL. Former resident of Ives Manor and Danbury Towers in Danbury, CT. Visitation Monday at 12 noon until time of funeral services at 2 p.m. at Hanekamp Funeral Home, 385 Waukegan Road, Northbrook. Interment private in Bohemian National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Covenant Village of Northbrook, Good Neighbor Fund, 2625 Techny Road, Northbrook, IL 60062 would be appreciated. Funeral info: (847-272-3890.

Stanley Jeffery

Stanley Jeffery, 85, of 32 Fairchild Drive, Bethel, died April 13, 2001, at his home.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Jane Wilson, and his second wife, Margaret.

Mr. Jeffery was born in Wandsworth, Surrey, England, Jan. 17, 1916. He was the last living son of his late parents, James and Annie (Heymer) Jeffery.

He served in World War II as a pilot with the RAF “One of the Few.”

After World War II, Mr. Jeffery was employed as a pilot for the corporate industry until his retirement.

Survivors include his beloved daughter, with whom he made his home, Helen Jeffery of Bethel; his son, Charles Jeffery of New Jersey; and three grandchildren, Tasha, Johna and Casey.

Private funeral services and cremation will take place at the convenience of the family.

There are no calling hours. Cremation Services of Western Connecticut, 55 Main St., Danbury, is in charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, 30 West St., Danbury, CT 06810.

Ross E. Schiavo

Ross E. Schiavo, a resident of Bethel, Conn., for the past eight years, passed away Friday. He was 71.

He was born in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., Aug. 29, 1929, to Rosario and Marjorie Schiavo. He lived in the Thornwood-Pleasantville area in New York until 1992. He attended St. Thomas School and Pleasantville High School. He was an Army veteran, serving from 1946 to 1949. He was a heavy equipment operator for Local 137 in Briarcliff, N.Y. His first wife, Mary, passed away in 1957.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah, of Bethel; a son, Greg, of Danbury; two daughters, Lisa Zucaro of Monroe, and Maria Schiavo of Bethel; five grandchildren, two aunts and several cousins.

Reposing at the Maher Funeral Home, Pleasantville, N.Y., Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Pompeii Church. Interment in All Souls Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

ABBEY, Sylvia C., 86, of Key West, Fla., and Roxbury, April 13, 2001. F: April 21, 11 a.m., Roxbury Congregational Church, Roxbury. (Munson-Lovetere Funeral Home, Woodbury)

BENNETT, Sandra, 57, of Coalpit Hill Road, Danbury, April 11, 2001. F: April 21, noon, St. James’ Episcopal Church, Danbury. (Tomlinson Homestead, Danbury)

BIZZARRI, Lillian R., 88, of 101 Sherwood Hill Road, Brewster, N.Y., April 13, 2001. F: Tuesday, 10 a.m., Sacred Heart Church, Putnam Lake, N.Y. (Beecher Funeral Home, Brewster)

BOSSONE, Maura, “Mac,” 92, of 3 Sturdevant Lane, Danbury, April 14, 2001. Arrangements will be announced by Green Funeral Home of Danbury.

BURKE, William Henry, Jr., 80, of Largo, Fla., formerly of Bethel, March 30, 2001. F: April 20, 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Church, Bethel.

DeGRAZIA, Andrew Peter, 61, of Deer Hill Ave., Danbury, April 11, 2001. CH: Sunday, 4 to 8 p.m. F: Monday, 10 a.m., St. Peter Church, Danbury. (Green Funeral Home, Danbury)

HAPANOWICH, Walter, 67, of 3 Darling St., Southington, and a native of Sherman, April 12, 2001. CH: Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m. F: Tuesday, 8 p.m., Lillis Funeral Home, New Milford.

HARTY, Mary F., 89, of Glen Apartments, Danbury, April 12, 2001. CH: Monday, 6 to 8 p.m. F: Tuesday, 10 a.m., St. Peter Church, Danbury. (Green Funeral Home, Danbury)

HOEPPNER, Helen, of Northbrook, Ill., formerly of Danbury, April 12, 2001. CH: Monday, noon to 2 p.m. F: Monday, 2 p.m., Hanekamp Funeral Home, Northbrook, Ill.

JEFFERY, Stanley, 85, of 32 Fairchild Drive, Bethel, April 13, 2001. Services are private. (Cremation Services of Western Connecticut, Danbury).

JOYCE, Kevin E., 42, of New Milford, Dec. 20, 2000. F: May 5, 2001, 12:30 p.m., Congregational Church of Brookfield. (Lesko-Miner Funeral Home, Monroe)

LUNDWALL, Craig Allen, April 10, 2001. F: Yesterday in Danbury. (Tomlinson Homestead, Danbury)

MEO, Robert S., 71, of Old Forty Acre Mountain Road, Danbury, April 11, 2001. CH: Monday, 6 to 9 p.m. F: Tuesday, 10 a.m., Cornell Memorial Home, Danbury.

PLEVKA, Helen Chowanec, 81, of 23 Long Mountain Road, New Milford, April 12, 2001. CH: Monday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. F: Tuesday, 11 a.m., St. Francis Xavier Church, New Milford. (Lillis Funeral Home, New Milford)

SHANLEY, Kathleen, “Kay,” 79 of North Port, Fla., formerly of Brookfield, Dec. 24, 2000. F: April 21, St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, Brookfield.

TOMANIO, John, 86, of Seymour, April 12, 2001. CH: Monday, 4 to 8 p.m. F: Tuesday, 11 a.m., St. Marguerite’s Church, Brookfield. (Green Funeral Home, Danbury)

WARWICK, Erena, of New Fairfield, April 9, 2001. CH: Monday, 7 to 9 p.m. F: Tuesday, 11 a.m., St. Edward the Confessor Church, New Fairfield. (Tomlinson Homestead, Danbury)

YARROW, Lillian A., 86, of Glen Crest in Danbury, April 11, 2001. F: Wednesday, 7 p.m., Honan Funeral Home, Newtown.

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