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Howard T. Chard
Howard T. Chard, 93, of 31 Maple Shade Road, Ridgefield, husband of Marie (Scully) Chard, died on Tuesday, November 20, 2001 at Laurel Ridge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Ridgefield.

A native and lifetime resident of Greenwich, he was born on May 1, 1908, a son of the late William B. and Ida (Fisher) Chard. He attended Greenwich schools.

Mr. Chard was a retired painting contractor and during World War II, he was employed in the experimental division of Sikorsky Aircraft and Luders Boat.

An avid boat builder, who built his own boat, he was a charter member of the Greenwich Boat & Yacht Club.

In addition to his spouse of 65 years, he is survived by two daughters, Susan C. Silver of Southbury, CT and Judith C. Knapp of Ridgefield, a son, Howard T. Chard, Jr., of Solana Beach, CA, a sister, Ella Whitlock of Bethel, CT, eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A son, Peter Chard, predeceased him.

Funeral services will take place on Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. in the Kane Funeral Home, 41 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield.

Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ridgefield.

Friends will be received in the Kane Funeral Home on Monday morning after 9:30 a.m.

Contributions in Mr. Chard’s memory may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 183 High Ridge Avenue, Ridgefield, CT 06877 or to Sound Waters, Cove Island, 1281 Cove Road, Stamford, CT 06902.

Alfred Bowman
Alfred Bowman, Sr., husband of June Bowman, and a resident of Midfield Road, Danbury, died at Danbury Hospital.

Mr. Bowman is survived by many relatives, including his sisters, Carrie Lee Bowman and Estella Barnes, and brother Larry Bowman, all of Danbury, five nephews, five nieces, a grand niece, a grand nephew, and many cousins.

A graveside funeral service will be held at The Wooster Cemetery, 20 Ellsworth Avenue, Danbury, on Friday at 11 a.m.

Friends are invited to assemble at the cemetery prior to 10:50 a.m. Friday to proceed to the family plot.

Elinor Chase
Elinor “Elly” Chase, 79, formerly a resident of New Fairfield, died at Kendall Retirement Center in Kennett Square, Penn. on Nov. 4, 2001.

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and graduated from Bennington College with a degree in Fine Art, and later attended New York University, majoring in occupational therapy. While residing in Connecticut, Elly wrote for local newspapers, including The News-Times.

In 1974, Elly moved to Malaga, Spain, where she pursued her artistic talent for sculpting terra cotta figurines and portrait heads. She was a music lover, both as a listener and a singer. She enjoyed year-round beachcombing and swimming in the Mediterranean, as well as traveling to the Far East.

She is survived by her children, Robert F. Chase of New York and Carroll Chase Harriott of Delaware, along with her brothers John H. Field of New York and William B. Field of New Mexico. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Charles R. Chase, Jr. of New Fairfield.

Elly’s candor, wit, and warmth will always be fondly remembered.

Margaret Spallin
Margaret Sullivan Spallin, a resident of Yonkers, N.Y., until making her home in New Fairfield in recent years, died Tuesday at the Pope John Paul Center for Healthcare in Danbury.

Mrs. Spallin was born in County Kerry, Ireland, a daughter of the late James and Johanna O’Neal Sullivan, and had emigrated to the United States in her youth.

As a homemaker, she raised her children John Spallin, Jr. and daughters Elizabeth Wilkin, of New Fairfield, and Ann Piccini, of Newtown, and the late Maureen Gordon, who had lived in Yonkers.

Mrs. Spallin is survived by her 11 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren as well.

She had lived on Forest Lane in New Fairfield prior to making her home in Sandy Hook, and had been a member of St. Edward the Confessor Roman Catholic Church of New Fairfield.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Edward the Confessor Church, on Saturday, at 9 a.m.

Friends will be received at The Tomlinson Homestead, 336 Main St., Danbury, on Friday, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Death Notices
BOWMAN, Alfred, of Danbury. F: Friday, 11 a.m., Wooster Cemetery, Danbury (The Tomlinson Homestead)

CAPALBO, Lois, Ann, 56, of New Fairfield, Nov. 19, 2001. CH: Friday, 4 to 9 p.m., Beecher Funeral Home, Pleasantville, N.Y. F: Saturday, 10 a.m., Holy Rosary Church, Hawthorne, N.Y. (Beecher Funeral Home, Pleasantville, N.Y.)

CHARD, Howard, T., 93, of Ridgefield, Nov. 20, 2001. CH: Monday, 9:30 a.m. F: Monday, 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. (Kane Funeral Home)

CHASE, Elinor, 79, formerly of New Fairfield, Nov. 4, 2001.

GANZ, Edward M., 97, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., formerly of Danbury, Nov. 12, 2001.

HAMED, Rusheda (Rucus), of Danbury, Nov. 20, 2001. CH: Friday, 5 to 8 p.m. F: Saturday, 9:30 a.m., St. Anthony’s Maronite Church, Danbury. (Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, Danbury)

PARKER, John D., 85, of Port Monmouth N.J., formerly of Bethel, November 13, 2001. CH: Friday, 6 to 8 p.m., Bethel Funeral Home. F: Mass of Christian Burial, Saturday, 10 a.m., Church of St. Mary, Bethel. (Bethel Funeral Home)

PHAM, Nhat Hong, 23, of Bethel, Nov. 19, 2001. CH: Friday, 6 to 9 p.m., F: Saturday, 10 a.m. Green Funeral Home, Danbury.

SCHOONMAKER, Wilburt F., 83, of New Milford, Nov. 20, 2001. CH: Friday, 10 to 11:30 a.m. F: Friday, 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home. (Colonial Funeral Home, New Milford)

SCHRADER, John R., 55, of Easton, Mass., formerly of Danbury, Nov. 17, 2001. CH: Friday 2 to 6 p.m. F: Saturday, 11 a.m., St. Mary of the Sacred Heart Church, Hanover, Mass. (Sullivan Funeral Home, Hanover, Mass.)

SPALLIN, Margaret Sullivan, formerly of New Fairfield. CH: Friday, 6 to 9 p.m. F: Saturday, 9 a.m., St. Edward the Confessor Church. (The Tomlinson Homestead)

SHUTE, Edwin A., 81, of St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of Bethel, Nov. 6, 2001.

ULLRICH, Suzanna M., Nov. 20, 2001. CH: Friday, 2 to 4 p.m. F: Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Wooster Cemetery, Danbury (Fred T. McGrath & Son Funeral Home, Bronxville)

VINCI, Nancy A., 49, of Brewster, N.Y., Nov. 19, 2001 F: Memorial service, Friday, 4 p.m., First Baptist Church of Brewster, 21 Oak St., Brewster, N.Y. (Beecher Funeral Home, Brewster, N.Y.)

WOOD, Bernadette, M., 84, of Clearwater, Fla., formerly of Danbury, Nov. 17, 2001. No services.

CH: Calling hours. F: Funeral services.

Wilburt F. Schoonmaker
Wilburt F. Schoonmaker, age 83, of New Milford died in Hartford Hospital on Tuesday. He is the husband of the late Rosaria (Paduane) Schoonmaker.

Mr. Schoonmaker was born Oct. 7, 1918 in Port Jervis, New York, a son of the late Mervin and Kathryn (Ahnert) Schoonmaker. Formerly of Bethel, Conn., Mr. Schoonmaker has been a resident of New Milford for six years.

Mr. Schoonmaker was an independent trucker for several years and was employed by B.J. Dolan Co. in Bethel as an operating engineer for 25 years before retiring in 1981.

He was a member of the Auxiliary Police in Bethel for many years and a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

Mr. Schoonmaker is survived by three sons, Karl Schoonmaker, Bethel; William Schoonmaker, New Milford; and Walter A. Schoonmaker, Virginia Beach, Va.; a daughter, Kathryn Katz, Essex, Conn.; two grand daughters, Stacey and Michelle Schoonmaker; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Schoonmaker is predeceased by two brothers, Royce and Ralph Schoonmaker.

A prayer service will be held in the Colonial Funeral Home, 87 Park Lane Road, New Milford, Friday morning at 11:30 a.m. F

amily will receive friends in the Colonial Funeral Home, Friday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Interment is private and at the convenience of the family.

Memorials may be made to Connecticut Community Care, 43 Enterprise Ave., Bristol, CT 06010-7472.

Lois Ann Capalbo
Lois Ann Capalbo, a 23-year resident of New Fairfield, formerly of Thornwood, N.Y., died at Danbury Hospital on Nov. 19, 2001, after a 19 month illness. She was 56.

She was born Oct. 17, 1945, in New York city to the late Doris L. and Edward J. Carroll.

Mrs. Capalbo was a 1963 graduate of Valhalla High school. On Jan. 23, 1965, she married her husband, Steven V. Capalbo, in Pleasantville, N.Y.

She was a member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church of New Fairfield.

Besides her husband, she is survived by a son, Stephen C. Capalbo of Stamford; two daughters, Stacy L. and husband George A. Franklin of Danbury and Janine M. Capalbo of New Fairfield; two brothers, Edward Carroll and Donny Carroll; two sisters, Hope Short and Dori Romaine; and two grandchildren, Jack Henry and Emily Elizabeth; She was pre-deceased by two sisters, Helen Davis and Jean Leonidoff.

Resting at Beecher Funeral Home, Pleasantville, N.Y., on Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Holy Rosary Church, Hawthorne, N.Y. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Praxair Cancer Center, 24 Hospital Ave., Danbury, CT 06810, would be appreciated.

Sandy Melatti
The death of Sandy Melatti, 94, of Bridgewater, Conn., occurred at the Candlewood Valley Care Center in New Milford on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001. He was the husband of the late Ruth M. (Purdy) Melatti. Her death occurred May 30, 1999.

He was born in Waterbury, Conn. on May 12, 1907, son of the late Nicholas and Concetta (Martinelli) Melatti and attended Waterbury schools. Mr. Melatti was a graduate of Yale University with a degree in communications.

For 40 years he was employed by the Southern New England Telephone Company as Plant Operations Supervisor at the New Haven Headquarters, retiring in 1967. Mr. Melatti was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. He was an active boating enthusiast and taught for the United States Power Squadron of Norwalk. In earlier years he built boats and was a builder of Crystal Radio sets, which he sold. Mr. and Mrs. Melatti were active travelers to Hawaii and Florida and enjoyed cruising.

Surviving is a son, Roderick D. Melatti, and wife Patti of Bridgewater; four grandchildren, Robin and husband Joe Novicky, Tammy and husband Richard Denike and Cheryl Melatti, all of Brookfield, and S. Scott Melatti of Bridgewater; three great-grandchildren, Theresa and Richard Denike and Josh Novicky; and several nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by a son, William Melatti, a brother, Frank Melatti, and three sisters, Philomena, Maxine and Katherine.

A graveside service will be held at East Cemetery, Manchester, Conn., Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. There are no calling hours. The Brookfield Funeral Home, 786 Federal Road, Brookfield, is in charge of arrangements.

John D. Parker
John D. Parker, age 85, of Port Monmouth, N.J., formerly of Bethel, died Nov. 13, 2001, in Red Bank, N.J.

He was the widower of Marcella M. O’Hara Parker.

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Sept. 9, 1916, a son of the late John J. and Anna (Frey) Parker. He served in the Army during WW II. While residing in Connecticut he was employed by the Obrian Suburban Press of Norwalk and The News-Times of Danbury. In 1977 he retired from the Wall St. Journal in Holyoke, Mass., where he was employed as a linotype operator.

Mr. Parker is survived by a son: John Parker of Port Monmouth, N.J.; a daughter: Deborah Jenkins of Corvallis, Ore.; 4 grandchildren: Timothy Michael Parker, Patrick Sean Parker, Marcella Peyman and Jeffrey Peyman.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 24, 2001, at 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Mary, Bethel. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bethel Funeral Home, 215 Greenwood Ave., Bethel.

Nhat Hong Pham
Nhat Hong Pham, 22, of Bethel died Monday, Nov. 19, 2001, at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford from injuries sustained in a car accident.

She was born Nov. 29, 1978, in Vietnam and immigrated to America in 1980. She graduated from Bethel High School in 1997 and was a senior at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. She would have graduated in May with a degree in pharmacology.

She is survived by her parents, Cuong and Loan Pham of Bethel; three sisters, Nhung Pham, Hong My Pham and Jessica Pham, all of Bethel; her grandparents, eight aunts and seven uncles, all of Danbury.

Calling hours will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury. The funeral will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Green Funeral Home.

Ginny P.Tango
Virginia “Ginny” Tango, 42, of 410 North Salem Road, Ridgefield, wife of Richard R. Tango, died on Thursday, November 22, 2001 at her home.

Mrs. Tango was born in Manila, Philippines, May 9, 1959, a daughter of Daisy (Menina) Polintan of Manila, Philippines, and the late Josue D. Polintan. She attended schools in the Philippines.

An area resident since 1985 coming from the Philippines, she was employed by Pitney-Bowes Corporation of Stamford for the past twenty-one years. At the time of her death, she was Manager of Benefit Finance and Reporting.

She was a graduate of Pace University and attained a Masters Degree in Finance.

As a resident of Ridgefield, she was a member of the Hot Shoes Dance Company and of St. Mary’s Church.

In years past, Mrs. Tango was active in the Mothers Club of St. Mary’s Church and served as a Daisy and Girl Scout Troop Leader.

In addition to her husband and mother, a daughter, Lauren W. Tango of Ridgefield; two brothers, Jojo Polintan and Jose Polintan, both of Manila, Philippines; two sisters, Patricia Hornilla of Manila, Philippines, and Veronica Solis of Vancouver, Canada, as well as several nieces and nephews, survive her.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Ridgefield, with the Rev. Leszek Szymaszek, Parochial Vicar, officiating.

Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Friends will be received in the Kane Funeral Home, 41 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield, on Sunday and Monday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Contributions to The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309 would be greatly appreciated.

Shirley Weed Mitchell
Shirley Weed Mitchell, 73, of White Oak Road, Woodbury, died Friday, November 23, 2001, at Waterbury Hospital. She was the wife of J. Garry Mitchell.

Mrs. Mitchell was born April 1, 1928 in Columbus, Ohio, daughter of the late Chester W. Weed and Elizabeth (Wills) (Weed) Kenton.

A retired registered nurse, Mrs. Mitchell graduated from the Cadet Nurse Corps Training, a three-year program sponsored by the U.S. Government, held at the White Plains Hospital, White Plains, N.Y. This training was to prepare nurses for duty overseas during World War II. She was an operating room nurse at the White Plains Hospital and also worked as a private duty nurse. For more than 20 years, she was the school nurse in the Woodbury School system, working in all the schools and, after regionalization, was the nurse at Nonnewaug High School.

Mrs. Mitchel volunteered with the Salvation Army and the Girl Scouts. She was a member and former Deacon of the First Congregational Church of Woodbury.

Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Karen Powell of Southbury, and her granddaughter, Pamela Powell of Brookline, Mass.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 25, at 2:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Woodbury, 214 Main St. South. Burial will be in New North Cemetery, at the convenience of the family. Friends may call Saturday at the Woodbury Funeral Home of Munson-Lovetere, Main Street South, from 5 to 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church of Woodbury, 214 Main St. South, Woodbury, CT 06798, or to the Salvation Army, 74 Central Avenue, Waterbury.

Margaret M. Horch
Margaret M. Horch, 74, of 3 Prospect St., Danbury, died at Harborside-Glen Hill Health Care Center, on Thursday.

She was born in Danbury, October 6, 1927, daughter of the late Eugene and Mary (Shanley) Horch. She was a graduate of Danbury High School and worked for many years as a clerk in the Danbury Tax Assessors office. She was a member of the St. Peter Church and Ladies Guild and a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

She is survived by her nieces, Mary Lou Seaman of Danbury and Mary Ann Lord of Hope Valley, R.I., and nephews, Donald Horch of Searsmont, ME, and James Horch of Danbury. She also was predeceased by her brother, Donald Horch, and sister, Leona Melvin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Peter Church on Monday at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Peter Cemetery. Friends may call at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury, on Sunday from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Peter Church, 104 Main St., Danbury, CT 06810.

Anna H. Bumbala
Anna Hornak Bumbala, age 94, of Danbury, CT died Wednesday at Mediplex of Danbury. She was the widow of Steven Bumbala, Jr.

Mrs. Bumbala was born on September 17, 1907, in Danbury, a daughter of the late Stefan and Christine (Otchodnicki) Hornak. A Danbury resident for most of her life, she was a founding member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and a member of the Ladies Aide Society.

Mrs. Bumbala is survived by 5 sons: Steve Bumbala, III of Danbury; John E. Bumbala of Brooklyn, NY, Paul W. Bumbala and Edward Bumbala, both of Danbury, and Daniel J. Bumbala of Bridgeport; a daughter: Nancy Turechek of Townshend, VT; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-granddaughter.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 44 Spring St., Danbury, CT 06810.

The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, November 26, 2001 at 10:00 am at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Danbury. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 4 to 7 at the Hull Funeral Home, 60 Division St., Danbury, CT.

Bettie W. Caraway
Bettie (Wilkerson) Caraway, 72, of Ridgefield, CT, wife of the late Morgan R. Caraway, died on Wednesday, November 21, 2001, at the Norwalk Hospital.

Mrs. Caraway was born in Polo, Missouri, May 17, 1929, a daughter of the late Floyd M. and Sarah Pauline (Couch) Wilkerson. She attended schools in Missouri and graduated from the North Kansas City High School.

A resident of Ridgefield since 1966 coming from Hauppauge, L.I., New York, she was an office manager for Lawrence Lefkowitz, MD of Norwalk, a position she held from 1976 until 1996.

Mrs. Caraway was a member of the First Congregational Church of Ridgefield and served on its Board of Deacons as well as a member of the Chancel Guild. She also was a volunteer at the Ridgefield Thrift Shop and served as a member of its Board of Directors as well as a past president.

She is survived by two sons, Scott C. Caraway and his wife, Laurie, of Guilford, CT, and M. Ray Caraway and his wife, Debra, of Cartersville, GA; a brother, Floyd M. Wilkerson and his wife, Darlene, of Colorado Springs, CO; and four grandchildren, Kathryn M., Kristie M., Matthew S. and M. Kent.

Memorial services will take place on Monday at 11 A.M. in the First Congregational Church, 103 Main Street, Ridgefield. Interment will be private. There will be no calling hours.

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

Barbara Lee Johnson
Barbara Lee Johnson, 73, a resident of Ridgefield for forty-five years, died on Thursday (Nov. 22) at her home after an extended illness. She was the wife of the late Joseph W. Johnson.

Mrs. Johnson was born in Greenwich, CT on April 19, 1928, a daughter of the late Robert A. and Mary Maher Lee.

She was involved in the establishment of the Ridgefield Family ‘Y’ and volunteered at St. Mary’s Church in Ridgefield for many years and also at Sacred Heart Church in Georgetown.

Survivors include her son, Lee W. Johnson of Danbury; two daughters, Wendy Johnson Perry of Lowell, MA, and Lynne Johnson Briody of Ridgefield; one sister, Dorothy Pitt of Florida; one brother, Robert Lee of Florida; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Johnson also was predeceased by two sisters, Jane Murphy and Elizabeth Lee, and one brother, Frederick Lee.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday (Nov. 26) at 11 A.M. in Sacred Heart Church, Georgetown. The interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ridgefield.

Friends may call at the Bouton Funeral Home, 31 West Church Street, Georgetown, on Sunday (Nov. 25) from 4 to 8 P.M.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Johnson may be made to either the Whittingham Cancer Center, c/o Norwalk Hospital, 30 Stevens Street, Norwalk, CT 06850, or to the Visiting Nurse Association of Ridgefield, 90 East Ridge, Ridgefield, CT 06877.

Bernadine M. Loya
Bernadine M. Loya died Tuesday evening, November 20, 2001 at Danbury Hospital in the presence of God and her family.

Deanie, as she was known to her loving and devoted husband, Joe, grew up on Austin Street in Danbury. The daughter of Paul and Angelina LaCava, she graduated from Danbury High School in the early forties.

In 1947, she married Joe and together, they started a business building houses, but in the ensuing years, they built so much more than houses. Together, they built a family and gave their all to their three children, Joe Loya Jr., Jane Ryan and Michael Loya This family remains close today with lots of love as we face life with out our dear mother and wife.

Bernadine was also known as Bernie - to her good friends and coworkers at Stony Hill Inn. For many years, right up to the day she had her stroke, Bernie worked hard and loved working! But it was more than work. The staff and customers at the restaurant were her friends and we know they’ll miss her too.

When the Loya children married, the word “Mom” took on a new meaning for her, as she welcomed and loved Lynn, Dave and Eileen as her very own.

But in 1987, she got a new name. It was Gramma. She gave each of her seven grandchildren so much love and so much more. When they were newborns, she would stay up with them through the night to let Mommy and Daddy sleep. More recently, as they have grown, she’d stay up late with the older ones eating popcorn and watching TV. Whether it was working barefoot in her garden, playing games or sharing a story, she was their friend and their companion. Ryan, Katie, Rebecca, Amy, Meghan, Ben and Amanda will miss Gramma, but they will carry the gifts of her love and her memory forever.

Bernadine is also survived by her Sister, Mary Salvestrini of Brewster, NY, her bother, Dr. James LaCava of Alexandria, VA and her sister, Lena Custance of Ocala, FL as well as many nieces and nephews.

She did not wish to have calling hours. A Memorial Mass and celebration of her life will be held in the coming weeks at a date to be announced at St. Mary Church in Bethel. Contributions may be made in her memory to Saint Mary Schools 24 Dodgingtown Road, Bethel, CT 06801.

Frances M. Barbari
Frances M. Barbari, age 80, of Albers Road, Danbury, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001, at the Danbury Hospital. She was the wife of the late George Barbari.

Born in Danbury, Oct. 22, 1921, she was the daughter of the late George and Caroline (Dolinsky) Shuflata.

Mrs. Barbari was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, serving in World War II from 1942 to 1944. She had been employed by Davis & Geck Co. as a clerk, retiring in 1986 after 27 years of service. She was a member of St. Gregory the Great Church in Danbury and of its senior group.

She is survived by a sister, Catherine Trocola of Danbury; devoted friend Lucille Gagne of Danbury; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Gregory the Great Church Monday morning at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Wooster Cemetery.

Friends will be received at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury, on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Contributions may be made to St. Gregory the Great Living Trust Fund, 85 Great Plain Road, Danbury, CT 06811, or to the Danbury Animal Welfare Society, P.O. Box 971, Danbury, CT 06813.

Joseph Charles Frankhauser
Joseph Charles Frankhauser, age 66, of New Milford, CT died in New Milford Hospital on Thursday, November 22, 2001. He is the husband of the late Zelda M. (Mervine) Frankhauser.

Mr. Frankhauser was born September 10, 1935 in Johnstown, PA, a son of the late Chester and Anna Catherine (Frankhauser) Miller. He served in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard for ten years as a cook in Indiantown Gap, PA. Mr. Frankhauser had been a resident of New Milford since 1962. He was employed for 30 years by Kimberly Clark Corporation in the towels, converting and distribution departments. Mr. Frankhauser was an avid sports fan, participating in the bowling, basketball and softball leagues at Kimberly Clark, and was well known for his love of the New York Mets.

Mr. Frankhauser is survived by two daughters, Joy L. Pastina and Josephine Gaspar, both of New Milford, CT; three brothers, Robert G. Miller, James Miller, and Donald Miller, all of Johnstown, PA; a sister, Barbara Harvey of New Milford, CT; four grandchildren; Melanie Jo, and Joseph A. Pastina II of New Milford, CT, Jonathan L. and Jasmyn H. Gaspar of Parma, OH; one great-grandchild, Joseph A. Pastina III of New Milford, CT; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held in the Colonial Funeral Home, 87 Park Lane Road, New Milford, CT Sunday evening, November 25, 2001 at 7 o’clock. Family will receive friends in the Colonial Funeral Home Sunday evening from 5 until 7 P.M.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association 45 Ash Street, East Hartford, CT 06108-3272.

Sylvia Bennett
Sylvia Brainerd Bennett, a retired teacher at Danbury High School, died November 20, 2001, at Danbury Hospital. Miss Bennett was born April 10, 1911, in Brewster, New York, the daughter of Frank H. Bennett and the former Helen V. Ives. At the time of her birth, her father, Frank H. Bennett, was principal of the Brewster (NY) High School. Prior to that, Mr. Bennett had been principal of the Danbury High School.

After graduating from Danbury High School, Miss Bennett received her B.A. from Western Connecticut State University and her M.A. from Yale University and a second M.A. from New York University.

During the Depression, she taught in a two-room school in Warren, Conn., and later the seventh and eighth grades in Brookfield. Eventually she came to Danbury High School where she taught history and social studies. When the new high school was built, she served until her retirement as Master of House #2.

She was a member of the First Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) where she has been very active throughout her life. She taught in the Sunday School, sang in the choir, helped in the “Turnover Shop” and was Director of Religious Education and assistant superintendent for several years.

Miss Bennett was a member of the American Association of University Women, the Retired Teachers Association, and several social clubs and organizations.

She is survived by a sister, Elizabeth Farwell, nephews Rev. Kenneth Neal, Frank Bennett II, and a niece Patricia Beal, in addition to several great nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 164 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury.

Contributions may be given to the Capital Campaign of the First Congregational Church.

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