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Abdelnoor A. Hajjar Jr.
2001-11-19
Abdelnoor A. Hajjar, Jr., of Franklin Square, 1 Farview Avenue, Danbury, died on Sunday afternoon, November 18, 2001, at the Bethel Healthcare Center, Bethel.

“JR” was born in Danbury, April 6, 1929, a son of the late Abdelnoor A. and Philomena (Caram) Hajjar. He attended Danbury schools, graduated from Danbury High School, Class of 1946.

Upon graduation form Danbury High School, the former Domain Helicopter Company of Danbury employed Mr. Hajjar. In 1950 he entered the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1954. He then enrolled at the University of Connecticut in 1955, was elected the president of the student body as well as a member and president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at the University. He graduated in 1959. Mr. Hajjar then became a merchandise buyer for Sears & Roebuck Company until 1967 when he joined Genesco of New York as a national merchandise buyer until 1973. In 1973, he established a home improvement contracting company in Danbury, retiring in 1984.

A lifelong Danbury resident, he was a former member of the Phoenix Hose Volunteer Fire Company, a member of the University of Connecticut Alumni Association and a member of St. Anthony’s Maronite Church.

A sister, Evelyn Ellis and her husband Edward of Danbury; three brothers: Abraham Hajjar of Amarillo, TX, Albert Hajjar and his wife Joan of Danbury and Eli Hajjar and his wife JoAnn of Cheshire, CT; as well as several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, survive him.

Mr. Hajjar was also predeceased by a sister-in-law, Louise Hajjar.

The Liturgy of the Resurrection will take place on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony’s Maronite Church, 17 Granville Avenue, Danbury, with the Rev. Msgr. Kenneth A. Michael officiating.

Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury.

Friends will be received in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Avenue, Danbury, on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Contributions in Mr. Hajjar’s memory may be made to Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, 405 Main Street, Danbury CT 06810 or to St. Anthony’s Maronite Church, 17 Granville Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810.

Alice C. Brown
2001-11-19
Alice (Creagh) Brown, 90, of Rochambeau Avenue, Ridgefield, wife of the late Francis L. Brown and a lifelong Ridgefield resident, died on Friday, November 16, 2001, at the Filosa Convalescent Home, Danbury.

Mrs. Brown was born in the Creagh Homestead at 22 North Salem Road on August 14, 1911, a daughter of the late William and Mary (Brady) Creagh. She attended Ridgefield schools and graduated from Ridgefield High School, Class of 1929.

She went on to attend the Danbury Normal School (Western Connecticut State University) graduating with her teaching degree in 1931. Mrs. Brown began her teaching career at the Church Hill School in New Canaan. This rural, one-room schoolhouse with 8 grades had neither electricity nor running water. She later taught at Center School also in New Canaan. Mrs. Brown continued teaching until her marriage to Francis Leo Brown in 1940.

In 1940, Mrs. Brown married Francis Leo Brown, a local contractor and for many years a partner in the K.E.B. (Keeler, Elliott & Brown) Mobil gas station on Danbury Road. Mr. Brown and his partner Fred Cogswell subdivided and built the first homes on Stonecrest Road and Hobby Drive. He also built his family’s home on Rochambeau Avenue. He died in 1955.

Mrs. Brown returned to teaching in 1961 at St. Mary’s School. She subsequently taught at Ridgebury, Scotland and Veteran’s Park Schools. After her retirement in 1973, she provided childcare for several local families.

Mrs. Brown was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Ridgefield, and was a past trustee. She was a charter member of CCC-Sewing Club, a group of local women who met every other week in each other’s homes continuously over a period of 60 years.

Four sons: William C. of Menlo Park, California; Christopher L. and Alan G. of Kohala, Hawaii; and Paul J. of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts; two sisters: Mary Creagh and Agnes Creagh, both of Ridgefield; as well as six grandchildren survive her.

She was predeceased by her eldest son, Leo, in 1991; a brother, William Creagh; and two sisters: Margaret (Mrs. Thomas) Christopher and Katherine (Mrs. Octavius) Carboni.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 24th, at 10a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Ridgefield. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Friends will be received in St. Mary’s Church on Saturday after 9 a.m.

Contributions in Mrs. Brown’s memory may be made to the Dorothy Day Hospitality House, 11 Spring Street, Danbury, CT 06810.

The Kane Funeral Home, 41 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield, is in charge of arrangements.

James “Spence” Hyde
2001-11-19
James “Spence” Hyde, age 36, of Del Ray Beach, FL, died Friday, November 16, 2001, after a boating accident.

Born in Danbury, CT, he spent the first thirty years of his life living in Ridgefield and was a graduate of Ridgefield High School, Class of 1984. He moved to Del Ray Beach, FL, where he loved the ocean and lived his life to the fullest. James was the President of the Florida Branch of Commercial Drivers, Inc.

He is survived by his parents, Brian and Patricia Mercurio Hyde of Cross Junction, VA, one brother, Paul Hyde of Cross Junction, VA; a sister, Sarah Hyde of Asburn, MD; one niece, Katherine Hyde; a special aunt, Sally Mercurio Ward of Fairfield; and many local aunts and uncles.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, A. James and Grace Mercurio of Fairfield, CT; and Edward and Mildred Hyde of Ridgefield, CT.

Funeral services will take place on Wednesday, November 21, 2001, at 10:00 a.m. directly at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1719 Post Road, Fairfield, with a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment at Oaklawn Cemetery.

It would be appreciated if donations be made in his memory to The Dolphin Research Center, 58901 Overseas Highway, Grassy Key, FL 33050-6019.

Arrangements by the Shaughnessey Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road, Fairfield.

Edward McQuillan
2001-11-19
Edward J. McQuillan, 68, of Danbury, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Frances (Bazydola) McQuillan.

Edward McQuillan was born July 25, 1933, in Stamford, the son of the late Edward T. and Mary (Kruy) McQuillan of Stamford. He served in the Army in Germany from 1954 to 1957.

He is also survived by his children: Mark McQuillan and Edward McQuillan, both of Norwalk, David McQuillan of Seymour and Diane Yaggi of Derby; nine grandchildren; sister, Ethel Schmidt of Rye, N.Y.; brother, William McQuillan of Miami, Fla.; and nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. at the Tomlinson Funeral Home, 336 Main Street, Danbury. Funeral will follow at 10:30 a.m. at St. Gregory the Great Church, 85 Great Plain Road, Danbury.

Contributions may be made in Mr. McQuillan’s memory to Danbury Animal Welfare Society, Grassy Plain Road, Bethel CT 06801 or to Danbury Hospital, 24 Hospital Ave., Danbury CT 06811.

Death Notices
2001-11-19
FINALDI, Joan K. Klotzberger, 64, of Danbury, Nov. 16, 2001. F: Monday, 10 a.m., St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church, Brookfield. (Green Funeral Home, Danbury)

HAJJAR, Abdelnoor A. Jr., of Farview Avenue, Danbury, Nov. 18 CH: Tuesday, 5 to 8 p.m., Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, Danbury F: Wednesday, 10 a.m., St. Anthony’s Maronite Church, Danbury (Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, Danbury)

McQuillan, Edward, J., 68, of Danbury, Nov. 18, 2001 CH: Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., Tomlinson Funeral Home, Danbury F: Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., St. Gregory the Great Church, Danbury (Tomlinson Funeral Home, Danbury)

NEWKIRK, Rowena Simpson, 87, of 4 Farview Terrace, Danbury, Nov. 15, 2001 No calling hours F: Monday, 1 p.m., Wooster Cemetery, Sec. 23, Danbury. (Hull Funeral Service, Danbury)

O’CONNOR, Dennis John, 36, of Naugatuck, a Danbury native, Nov. 16, 2001. CH: Monday, 5 to 8 p.m. F: Tuesday, 10 a.m., Mountain View Cemetery, New Fairfield. Also, a memorial service, Tuesday, 1 p.m., Terryville Congregational Church, Terryville. (Buckmiller Brothers Funeral Home, Prospect)

SIMMONS, Stephen D., 75, of Carmel, N.Y., Nov. 12, 2001. CH: Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m., Walter Brewster House, Brewster, N.Y. F: Private. (Beecher Funeral Home, Brewster.

TIERNEY, Francis Joseph, 75, of Brewster, N.Y., Nov. 16, 2001. F: Monday, 11 a.m., St. Lawrence O’Toole Church, Brewster. (Beecher Funeral Home, Brewster)

WEISS, Florence C., 85, of Danbury, Nov. 16, 2001. F: Monday, 10:30 a.m., St. Peter Church, Danbury. (Green Funeral Home, Danbury)

ZINSER, Norma E. (Ulsamer), 74, of Obtuse Road South, Brookfield, Nov. 17, 2001. CH: Monday, 6 to 9 p.m. F: Tuesday, 11 a.m., Cornell Memorial Home, Danbury.

CH: Calling hours. F: Funeral services.

Rowena Newkirk
2001-11-18
Rowena Simpson Newkirk, age 87, of 4 Farview Terrace, Danbury, died Thursday, November 15, 2001 at Danbury Hospital. She was the widow of Roger E. Newkirk.

Mrs. Newkirk was born in Danbury, June 28, 1914, a daughter of the late Wilbur H. and Minnie Hazlett Simpson. She was a graduate of Danbury High School and Crandall’s Secretarial School. She and her husband were married in 1936 and first made their home in Danbury before moving to New Milford in 1948. They later returned to Danbury in 1956 where she has lived since.

A member of the First Congregational Church in Danbury, and during her time in New Milford at the Congregational Church there, she was an assistant in the nursery class. She was a member of the Fairfield County Agricultural Extension Group and a member of AARP. She was employed at the Calico Shop making slip covers and drapes and upon returning to Danbury, she and her husband opened a Laundromat. She later was a Secretary at the Danbury Hospital School of Nursing until retiring in 1965. Mrs. Newkirk was also an avid horticulturist with over 200 varieties of African Violets.

Mrs. Newkirk is survived by a son, Roger H. Newkirk of Danbury; a daughter Joan N. Gourley of Bethel; a sister Willa Haisley of Southbury; and three grandsons, Brian, Bruce and Brad.

Memorials may be made to the First Congregational Church, 164 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810.

A graveside service will be held at Wooster Cemetery, Danbury, Section 23, Monday at 1 PM.

There are no calling hours. Hull Funeral Service, 60 Division St., Danbury is handling the arrangements.

Norma E. Zinser
2001-11-18
Norma E. (Ulsamer) Zinser, 74, of Obtuse Road, South, Brookfield, formerly of Myrtle Avenue, Danbury, died at Danbury Hospital, Saturday, November 17, 2001. She was the wife of the late Raymond H. Zinser.

Born in Danbury, November 15, 1927, a daughter of the late Rudolf and Nellie (Morey) Ulsamer, she was a lifelong Danbury area resident. She was a graduate of Danbury High School, Class of 1945 and of Danbury Teachers College, now Western Connecticut State University, with a BS Degree in Education. Her married life was devoted to her home and family while working with her late husband at Zinser’s Florist, a family owned florist until his retirement in 1983.

Mrs. Zinser was a life long member of the United Methodist Church and of its Wesleyan Circle and taught Sunday School at the Methodist Church for several years. She was also active with the Cub Scouts, Pact #22, in which she was a Den Mother.

Surviving are her two sons, Robert A. Zinser and his wife, Carol of Brookfield, Timothy E. Zinser and his wife, Marcia of Lexington, Ohio; her daughter, Linda Z. Brenn and her husband, Terry of Southbury; two sisters, Dorothy Gadoci of Danbury and Mildred Kazzi of Ridgefield; eight grandchildren, Jason, Ben and Gregory Zinser of Derry, New Hampshire, Amy, Brianna and Alison Zinser of Brookfield, Christopher and Eric Brenn of Southbury; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held a the Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White Street, Danbury on Tuesday morning at 11 AM. Interment will be in Wooster Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Cornell Memorial Home, Monday evening from 6 to 9 PM.

In lieu of flowers contributions in her memory may be made to the Brookfield Volunteer Fire Co., Pocono Road, Brookfield, CT 06804

Death Notices
2001-11-18
ADAMS, Joseph Jesse, 97, of Framington, Nov. 14, 2001. CH: At the time of the service. F: Memorial service, Sunday, 3 p.m., United Methodist Church, Danbury. (Green Funeral Home, Danbury)

BROWN, Alice (Creagh), 90, of Rochambeau Ave., Ridgefield, Nov. 16, 2001 CH: Saturday, 9 AM, prior to services, in St. Mary’s Church F: Saturday, 10 AM, St Mary’s Church, Ridgefield (Kane funeral Home, Ridgefield)

FINALDI, Joan K. Klotzberger, 64, of Danbury, Nov. 16, 2001. CH: Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. F: Monday, 10 a.m., St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church, Brookfield. (Green Funeral Home, Danbury)

GUMAN, John E., 93, of Greenlawn Drive, Danbury, Nov. 8, 2001. CH: No calling hours. F; Graveside services, Monday, 1 p.m., Oakland Cemetery, Yonkers, N.Y. (Cornell Memorial Home, Danbury)

KUBISEK, Carolyn E. (Clapp), 39, of Bethel, Nov. 15, 2001. F: Sunday, 2 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, Danbury. (Bethel Funeral Home)

NEWKIRK, Rowena Simpson, 87, of 4 Farview Terrace, Danbury, Nov. 15, 2001 CH: No calling hours F: Graveside, Wooster Cemetery, Sec. 23, Monday, 1 PM (Hull Funeral Service, Danbury)

O’CONNOR, Dennis John, 36, of Naugatuck, Nov. 16, 2001. CH: Monday, 5 to 8 p.m. F: Graveside service, Tuesday, 10 a.m. Mountain View Cemetery, New Fairfield. Also, a memorial service, Tuesday, 1 p.m., Terryville Congregational Church, Terryville, Conn. (Buckmiller Brothers Funeral Home, Prospect, Conn.)

SIMMONS, Stephen D., PhD.,75, of Carmel, NY, Nov. 12, 10 CH: Saturday, 1 to 3 PM, Walter Brewster House, Brewester, NY F: Private (Beecher Funeral Home, Brewster, NY)

TALBOT, Robert Ward, 80, of Danbury, Nov. 12, 2001. CH: No calling hours. F: Private funeral was conducted Nov. 14. (Hull Funeral Home, Danbury)

TIERNEY, Francis Joseph, 75, of Brewster, N.Y., Nov. 16, 2001. CH: Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. F: Monday, 11 a.m., St. Lawrence O’Toole Church, Brewster, N.Y. (Beecher Funeral Home, Brewster, N.Y.)

WEISS, Florence C., 85, of Danbury, Nov. 16, 2001. CH: Sunday, 4 to 7 p.m. F: Monday, 10:30 a.m., St. Peter Church, Danbury. (Green Funeral Home, Danbury)

ZINSER, Norma E. (Ulsamer), 74, of Obtuse Rd. South, Brookfield, formerly of Danbury, Nov. 17, 2001. CH: Monday, 6 to 9 PM F: Services at the Funeral Home, Tuesday, 11 AM (Cornell Memorial Home, Danbury)

CH: Calling hours. F: Funeral services.

Carolyn E. Kubisek
2001-11-17
Carolyn E. Clapp Kubisek, age 39, of Highview Terrace, Bethel, CT died Thursday at Danbury Hospital after a long illness. She was the wife of Bruce W. Kubisek.

Mrs. Kubisek was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, April 2, 1962, a daughter of Charles “Skip” and Linda (Sherman) Clapp of Bethel. She had been a Bethel area resident since 1969. She was a 1980 graduate of Bethel High School and a graduate of Westchester Community College with an Associates Degree in Nutrition. She was also a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Marymount College in Tarrytown, NY with a BS in Nutrition. She served her internship at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY, where she completed her certification to become a Registered Dietitian. Mrs. Kubisek became the Program Nutritionist for the W.I.C. Program run by the City of Danbury, a job which she held for more than ten years, until her death.

She was an active member of the American Dietetic Association and an active member of St. James Episcopal Church in Danbury. She was an avid outdoor enthusiast and a friend to all.

Besides her husband and parents, she is survived by a daughter, Lindsey M. Kubisek of Bethel; a sister, Susan L. Ellis of Bethel; and her paternal grandmother, Evelyn Clapp of Bethel; as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, one niece and one nephew.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to: The Scotty Fund, P.O. Box 1080, Bethel, CT 06801, or to the Bethel VNA, One School St., Bethel, CT 06801.

The funeral will be held at St. James Episcopal Church, Danbury, Sunday afternoon at 2:00 with the Rev. Dr. Laura Ahrens officiating. Cremation will be at the convenience of the family.

The family will receive friends at the Bethel Funeral Home, 215 Greenwood Ave., Bethel, Saturday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Dennis John O’Connor
2001-11-17
Mr. Dennis John O’Connor, age 36, husband of Sandra (Martin) O’Connor, died Friday, November 16, 2001, at the Masonic Home and Hospital in Wallingford after a long illness.

Mr. O’Connor was born in Danbury on February 15, 1965, a son of Francis D. O’Connor of New Fairfield and Eileen F. (O’Connor) O’Connor of Danbury. He was employed as a NCDM Operator at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford. He was a member of the Terryville Congregational Church and was very active in the church, serving as a member of the church Board of Trustees, Chairman of the church Fair Committee, and organizer of church work days and various other events. He also was an avid restorer of classic and military vehicles and built and drove NASCAR Modified Series Stock Cars.

Besides his wife and parents, Mr. O’Connor is survived by two sons: Dennis Edward O’Connor and Erik Martin O’Connor, both of Naugatuck; one daughter: Rachel Eileen O’Connor of Naugatuck; one brother: Timothy Patrick O’Connor of New Jersey; two sisters: Mary Ellen O’Connor of New Fairfield and Catherine O’Connor of Massachusetts; and several nieces and nephews.

A Graveside Service and burial will be held in Mountain View Cemetery in New Fairfield on Tuesday, November 20, 2001 at 10 a.m. A memorial service will be held at the Terryville Congregational Church in Terryville on Tuesday, November 20, 2001 at 1 p.m. Friends may call at the Buckmiller Brothers Funeral Home, 26 Waterbury Road, Route 69, Prospect, CT, on Monday, November 19, 2001 from 5 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Melanoma Research, Attn.: Ann Mattie c/o Yale University School of Medicine, Cancer Research Center, 333 Cedar St., P.O. Box 208028, New Haven, CT 06520-8028.


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