Miscellaneous Fairfield County, CT Obituaries


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Murray D. Jackson 
Murray “Jack” D. Jackson, age 93, of Bridgewater, died Monday at New Milford Hospital. He was the husband of the late Dorothea Rossbottom Jackson who died in September and with whom he was married to for 60 years. 

Mr. Jackson was born in Canada, March 29, 1908. He served with distinction with the U.S. Army during World War II. Married in 1940, he and his wife began their residency in Connecticut living in Roxbury on weekends and moving to Bridgewater permanently in 1960. He started as a Runner for Banker’s Trust Company in New York City, working his way up to Trust Manager until his retirement in 1960. He attended St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Bridgewater. 

He is survived by a brother and nephew in Canada, and a nephew, Thomas Rossbottom of Bridgewater. 

At Mr. Jackson’s request there are no calling hours or services. 

The Colonial Funeral Home of Hull Funeral Service, 87 Park Lane Road, New Milford, is in charge of arrangements.

Paul J. Bochnewich 
The death of Paul J. Bochnewich, 76, of Oak Crest Drive, Brookfield, occurred at the Danbury Hospital Wednesday, November 14, 2001. 

He was the husband of Pauline (Sawastiuk) Bochnewich. 

Mr. Bochnewich was born in Yonkers, N.Y., January 28, 1925, son of the late John and Eva (Paranich) Bochnewich and received his education in Yonkers schools. He later attended the Pratt Institute. 

He served his country during World War II with the Seabees, U.S. Navy, and saw combat duty in Guam and the Pacific Theater. 

Mr. Bochnewich was employed as National Sales Manager for Construction Products Co. of Brookfield for 25 years and later worked as a freelance carpenter for Imperial Construction Co. and for Carl Lecher in Ridgefield, retiring at age 67. 

He was a member of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church, Brookfield. He was National Champion in Kayak, 10,000 meter races, and was a recipient of many trophies and medals for his achievements. In 1952 he participated in the Olympics in Helsinki, Finland, in kayak racing. He was a member of the Yonkers Canoe Club. 

Besides his wife he is survived by three sons, Mark D. Bochnewich and wife Ellen of Coventry, CT, Paul M. Bochnewich and wife Deborah of Danbury and Peter M. Bochnewich and wife Marie of Palm Desert, CA; two sisters, Vera Colgan of Staten Island, N.Y., and Sister Marina Bochnewich, Religious Order of St. Basil, Fox Chase, PA; five grandchildren, Matthew, Lauren, Loralee, Lindsay and Casey and several nieces and nephews. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Saturday morning at 9:30. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Yonkers, N.Y. 

Friends may call at the Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White St., Danbury, Friday evening from 6 to 9:00.

Alfred J. Rebeiro 
Alfred J. Rebeiro, 63, of West Springfield, Mass., born in Danbury, Aug. 31, 1938, in died at home on Nov. 13, 2001. 

He leaves his loving wife of 41 years, Joanne (Daffara) Rebeiro; two daughters, Susan M. Gerardi of West Springfield and Diana Allen of East Longmeadow, Mass. 

The father-in-law to Kevin Gerardi and Robert Allen, he will be missed by his five grandchildren, Alexa, Robert, Lianna, Anthony James, and Samuel. He also leaves a brother, Armindo Rebeiro; and a sister, Nancy Rayder and many nieces and nephews. 

He was employed as a plant manager at Pede Brothers Pasta Plant, Schenectady, N.Y. He was an avid golfer and a member of Winnepaug Country Club, Westerly, R.I. 

The Funeral Mass will be on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001, at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church on Island Pond Road, Springfield, Mass. 

His family will receive friends Friday, Nov. 16, 2001, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Tazzini’s Funeral Home, 22 Locust St., Springfield, Mass.

Gertrude G. King 
Gertrude Guercin King, 86, of Redding, died Monday, November 12, at the Norwalk Hospital. She was the wife for 53 years of the late Robert Gardner King. 

Mrs. King was born in New Brunswick, NJ, daughter of the late Victor and Claire Cole Guercin. She was a Norwalk resident for 32 years and has resided in Redding for the past 27 years. She was a former member of the Community Baptist Church in Norwalk and the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Georgetown. Mrs. King was also a member of the Alumni Association of Douglas College in New Jersey. 

Survivors include 2 sons, William G. King and Richard S. King, both of Redding; a sister, Fouchette Cooley of Blanding, Fla.; 7 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

Services will be held Friday, November 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Church of Christ-Congregational of Redding, Redding Center, with interment to follow at Umpawaug Cemetery, Redding. 

Friends may call at the Magner Funeral Home, 12 Mott Ave., Norwalk, on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. 

Contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Western Connecticut Chapter, 1 Selleck St., Norwalk, 06855.

Frances P. Ward 
Frances P. Ward, age 85, a lifelong resident of Brewster, NY, died on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001, at the Putnam Ridge Nursing Home in Brewster after a long illness. She was the widow of Raymond W. Ward. 

Mrs. Ward was born March 19, 1916, in White Plains, NY, the daughter of the late Remington and Rena (Furness) Pinckney. She was a 1935 graduate of Brewster High School and had been employed for 18 years at the Somers Manor Health Related Facility as an assistant director. She retired in 1986. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Brewster where she was involved in the Women’s Group and she was a deaconess at the church. She was also a member of the Brewster Grange and the District Nursing Association. 

Mrs. Ward married Raymond Ward on Sept., 14, 1941, at the First Baptist Church in Brewster. He died May 5, 1999. 

Mrs. Ward is survived by a son, Peter Ward of Hopewell Junction, N.Y.; a daughter, Elizabeth Lovallo of Brewster; three brothers, Remington Pinckney of Brewster, Lafayette Pinckney of Contoocook, N.H., and Earl Pinckney of Quarryville, Pa.; a sister, Muriel Richards of Gloversville, N.Y.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Paul, in 1997; a brother, LaVerne, in 1978; and a great-granddaughter. 

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001, at 10:00 a.m. at the Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Ave., Brewster. Interment will be in Raymond Hill Cemetery, Carmel, N.Y. 

Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. 

Contributions in her memory may be made to Friends of Karen, P.O Box 190, Purdys, NY 10578 or the charity of one’s choice.

Ronald M. Gereg 
Ronald M. Gereg died Nov. 13, 2001, as the result from a fall while hiking in Cornwall, CT. He was 38 years old and a resident of Iron Works Hill Road in Brookfield. 

Mr. Gereg was born in Danbury, May 8, 1963, son of John J. Gereg Sr. and Linda E. Anderson Gereg. He graduated from Brookfield High. School class of 1981 and attended Western Connecticut State University. A self-employed gutter installer, he owned and operated the Bright Star Seamless and Architectural Gutter Co. He was a member of St. Joseph Church in Brookfield, the Danbury Ski Club and Bertilsons Men’s Memorial Bowling League. 

Besides his loving parents, he is survived by his son, Michael R., to whom he was a devoted and loving father. Also his beloved grandmother, Elizabeth R. Gereg of Brookfield; special brother, John J. Gereg III of Brookfield; and special sister, Lisa M. Gereg of Portland, Oregon. Also several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, Brookfield, CT. Burial will be in Central Cemetery in Brookfield. 

Friends may call at the Brookfield Funeral Home, 786 Federal Road, Brookfield, on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. 

Contributions would be appreciated to The Michael Gereg Trust Fund, c/o Donna Gereg, 14 Rocky Road, Brookfield, CT 06804.

Death Notices
ANDERSON, Charles A., Jr., 36 of Danbury, Nov. 12, 2001 CH: Friday, 6 to 9 p.m. No formal services. (Cornell Memorial Funeral Home, Danbury) 

BOCHNEWICH, Paul J., 76, of Oak Crest Drive, Brookfield. CH: Friday, 6 to 9 p.m. F: Saturday, 9:30 a.m., St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church, Brookfield. (Cornell Memorial Home, Danbury) 

CUGINI, Maclovia G., 95, of Danbury, Nov. 12, 2001. No calling hours. F: Thursday, 10 a.m., St. Joseph Church, Danbury. (Green Funeral Home, Danbury) 

DENNIS, Alfred J., 72, of Westview Drive, Bethel, Nov. 12, 2001. CH: Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m. F: Thursday, 10 a.m., St. Mary’s Church, Bethel. (Cornell Memorial Home, Danbury) 

GEREG, Ronald M., 38, of Brookfield, Nov. 13, 2001. CH: Friday, 5 to 8 p.m. F: Saturday, 11:30 a.m., St. Joseph Church, Brookfield. (Brookfield Funeral Home) 

HAWKINS, Laurene Woody, 75, of Kingston, Okla., mother of Carol Smith of Danbury, Nov. 1, 2001. Services took place in Kansas. (Senter-Smith Mortuary, Mulvane, Kan.) 

HUGHES, Vincent N., SR., 84, of New Fairfield, Nov. 13, 2001. CH: Friday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. F: Friday, 11 a.m., St. Edward Church, New Fairfield. (Green Funeral Home, Danbury) 

KEIL, Norma D., 89, of Redding, Nov. 9, 2001. CH: Friday, 7 to 9 p.m. F: Saturday, 10 a.m., Bethel Funeral Home, Bethel. 

RITACCO, Josephine J., 85, of Brewster, N.Y., Nov. 13, 2001. CH: Thursday, 9 to 10:30 a.m. F: Thursday, 11 a.m., Sacred Heart Church, Putnam Lake, N.Y. (Beecher Funeral Home, Brewster) 

SCHAPPERT, Frances Antoinette, 95, of 20 White Pine Drive, Brookfield, Nov. 10, 2001. F: Thursday, 11 a.m., St. Joseph’s Church, Brookfield. (Brookfield Funeral Home) 

SCHNEIDER, Wallace J., 75, of Bethel, Nov. 11, 2001. No calling hours F: Thursday, 11 a.m., St. Mary’s Church, Bethel. (Bethel Funeral Home, Bethel. 

UNWIN, Earl G., 72, of 14 Brookfield Meadows, Brookfield, Nov. 12, 2001. No calling hours. F: Dec. 1, 11 a.m., Brookfield Congregational Church, Brookfield. (Cremation Services of Western Connecticut, Danbury) 

ZAPOROWICZ, Melanie H., 54, of Alexandria Va., formerly of Danbury, Nov. 12, 2001. CH: Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. F: Friday, 10:30 a.m., St. Joseph Church, Danbury. (Green Funeral Home, Danbury) 

CH: Calling hours. F: Funeral.

Vincent N. Hughes, Sr. 
Vincent N. Hughes Sr., 84, of New Fairfield, CT, died November 13, 2001 at Laurel Ridge Health Care Center. He was the husband of Muriel (Stecker) Hughes. 

Mr. Hughes was born in Brooklyn, NY on December 4, 1916, a son of the late John and Mary (Barkey) Hughes. He was a graduate of Brooklyn schools. He served in the US Coast Guard during WW II. Mr. Hughes had been employed by the H.C. Bohack Co. of Brooklyn, NY as a truck driver, retiring with over 25 years of service. 

Mr. Hughes served as Past President of St. Anthony of Padua Holy Name Society, Brooklyn, NY, was a member of St. Edward Church, New Fairfield, a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 807, 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Vincent N. Hughes, Jr., of Brentwood, LI, NY, William Hughes of New Fairfield, Kevin Hughes of New Milford, and Philip Hughes of Idaho; one daughter, Carol Ann Meade of Florida; ten grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Edward Church, New Fairfield, Friday, 11 AM. Burial will follow in the State Veteran’s Cemetery, Middletown, CT. 

Friends will be received at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main Street, Danbury, Friday morning form 9:30 to 10:30 AM.

Wallace J. Schneider 
Wallace J. Schneider, 75, of Bethel, CT formerly of Norwalk, died at Danbury Hospital on Sunday, November 11, 2001. He was the husband of Mary Takacs Schneider. 

Mr. Schneider was born, May 5, 1926 in Bethel, a son of the late Stanley A. and Frances (Topelowski) Schneider. He served in the Navy on board the USS Kerney as a radio operator. After being discharged from the Navy, he was employed by Connecticut Lace in Norwalk. Mr. Schneider had been a resident of Bethel since 1968. He was employed 23 years by Technipower in Danbury before retiring in 1991. Mr. Schneider was a life member of the Norwalk, VFW Post #603 and was also a member of the Polish American Club in Norwalk and enjoyed building models. Mr. Schneider was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Bethel. 

In addition to his wife of forty-seven and a half years, Mr. Schneider is survived by a son, John W. Schneider of Danbury; a daughter, Cynthia M. Schneider of Bethel; a brother, Stanley Schneider of Ojai, CA; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Mary’s Church, Bethel, Thursday at 11 AM. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Norwalk. 

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 26 Dodgingtown Road, Bethel, CT 06801 or to the charity of one’s choice. 

Arrangements by Bethel Funeral Home, 215 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel, CT,

Al Dennis
Al Dennis, of Westview Drive, Bethel died on November 12, 2001 at his home. He was the husband of Frances Tencza Dennis. 

Mr. Dennis was born October 4, 1929, a son of the late John A. and Stella (Kowalski) Dennis. He was a graduate of Bethel High School, Class of 1947 and later attended Western Connecticut State University. He had been employed at Textron-Lycoming in Stratford, CT, retiring in 1989 as Engineering Administrative Manger after 36 years of service. He was also proprietor of Alden Printcrafters, a printing company in Bethel for thirty years. Mr. Dennis was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Church, Bethel and had served as an usher for over 35 years. Mr. Dennis served his country in the US Army with the 25th Infantry Division in Korea. He was the recipient of the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, the United Nations Medal The National Defense Medal and the Republic of Korea Service Medal. 

He was long active in Veterans organizations including; former second vice commander, historian and treasurer of Catholic War Veterans Post 1042; founding member, life member and former Treasurer of the Korean War Veterans Association, American Legion Post 100 and Veterans of Foreign War Post 935, both of Bethel. Mr. Dennis played a big part in the erecting of the Korean War Veterans memorial on the grounds of the Danbury War Memorial, honoring his fallen comrades. During the erection of the memorial and reacting to Mr. Dennis’ suggestion, the city of Danbury held a dedication in 1990 to rename the roadway into Rogers Park as “Memorial Drive”. Mr. Dennis also served as Treasurer of the committee responsible for erecting the Bethel Veterans Monument outside the Bethel Municipal Center. 

A lifelong Bethel resident, Mr. Dennis had been active in the community for many years serving on numerous committees, boards and commissions. His affiliations were as follows; founder and former president of 28 years of the Greater Danbury Area Drum Corps Association; Bethel Democrat Town committee, the Danbury Drum Corps for over 50 years; Bethel Historical Society; Justice of Peace for the Town of Bethel and The American Association of Retired Persons, Danbury Chapter 1067. He was also a former member of the Bethel Zoning Board of Appeals; Bethel Inland-Wetland Commission and the Exchange Club of Danbury. Mr. Dennis was awarded the National Exchange Club “Volunteer Award” for his outstanding contributions to his club and to his community. 

While pursuing his lifelong interest, he was actively involved with related musical organizations including the North Eastern States Championship Drum Corps Association, The Hudson Valley Drum Corps Association, The Company of Fifers and Drummers, Percussive Arts Society and the Connecticut Fifers and Drummers Association. 

Mr. Dennis received numerous awards and honors for his musical achievements which included his induction into the New York State Drum Corps Hall of Fame and being named “Drum Corps Person of the Year” by the Northeast Drum Corps News. He was also a fife maker having manufactured the “Fifecraft” fife for use by many area drum corps. 

In addition to serving his community civically, Mr. Dennis had aided many area musical youth organizations, serving as instructor, Judge and Advisor, In 1989 he formed the Catholic War Veterans Drum Corps in Danbury and served as it’s Director. He also founded the Redding General Israel Putnam Fife and Drum Corps the same year. He was also an honorary life time member of the Grassy Plain Drum Corps, The Striders Drum Corps, Connecticut Rebels and The Germantown Ancients. 

Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters, Susan Radomski and husband, Robert of Bethel, Lori Clement and husband John of New Fairfield; a son, Barry Dennis of Bethel; a sister, Dorothy Bogus of Danbury; four grandchildren, Nicole and Kristi Radomski of Bethel and Justin and Kellie Clement of New Fairfield. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Church, Bethel, Thursday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury with full military honors. 

Friends may call at the Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White Street, Danbury, Wednesday, from 6 to 8 PM. 

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Greater Danbury Area Drum Corps Association, c/o Cheryl Reiner, 62 Gillotti Road, New Fairfield, CT 06812.

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