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Helene K. Bucha
2001-12-11
Helene K. Bucha, 54, of 144 North Lake Shore Drive, Candlewood Shores, Brookfield, died unexpectedly at her home on Sunday.

Ms. Bucha was a most active communicant of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church, and was specifically interested in youth activities and religious education. She also served as a Eucharistic Minister, and visited several persons weekly offering Holy Communion.

She had been employed by the Vertical Merchandising Corporation, a B.M.K. Company, of Houston, Texas, and was responsible for management of programs in stores from Hudson, N.Y, to Richmond, Va.

Her local family included the parish family of St. Marguerite’s Church, her friends in the “Shores” community, where she walked at least two miles every morning, and “adopted” family of David C., Michael D., and Cindy Harrison.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church, Brookfield, on Wednesday, at 10 a.m.

Friends will be received at The Tomlinson Homestead, 336 Main Street this evening (Tuesday, December 11), from 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness, or to St. Marguerite Church, 138 Candlewood Lake Road, Brookfield, Ct. 06804, will be appreciated.

Isabel F. Brooks
2001-12-11
Isabel F. Brooks RN, 73, of 4 Quince Court, Ridgefield, wife of Dr. David M. Brooks, died on Sunday afternoon, December 9, 2001 at her home.

Mrs. Brooks was born in Providence, RI, July 10, 1928, a daughter of the late Albert and Isabel (Pritchard) Hesketh.

She attended schools in Pawtucket, RI, graduated from the Massachusetts Hospital School of Nursing with an RN degree and Western Connecticut State University with a BA in Psychology.

A nurse by profession, Mrs. Brooks was associated with various hospitals about the area and was last employed in Health Services of Western Connecticut State University of Danbury.

An area resident for the past 38 years coming from Rhode Island, she attended the First Congregational Church of Ridgefield.

In addition to her husband of 52 years, two sons, David M. Brooks, III and his wife Sophie of Winthrop, ME and Steven J. Brooks and his wife Anna of Ridgefield, CT, a brother, Albert Hesketh of North Carolina and a grandson, Mitchelson Brooks, survive her.

A Memorial Service will take place on Monday afternoon, December 17th at 2 p.m. in the First Congregational Church, Ridgefield.

Interment will be at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours.

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

Anna L. Barchi
2001-12-11
Anna L. Barchi, 91, formerly of 26 Wildman St., Danbury, passed away Friday, Nov. 23, 2001 at Mediplex of Danbury.

She was born on August 24, 1910 to the late Natale and Louisa (Barchi) Barchi. She worked for many years at the Ma and Pa Bakery in Danbury.

She was predeceased by four brothers: Anthony, John, Peter and Joseph. She is survived by two nieces: Rita B. Langford of Danbury and Patricia Papazoglow of Carson City, Nevada, and several grand nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. Cremation has taken place, and a Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Cottage St., Danbury. Burial of the cremains will follow at St. Peter Cemetery.

The Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White Street, Danbury is in charge of arrangements.

James W. Puglia
2001-12-11
James W. Puglia of Danbury, Conn., formerly of Newburgh, a project manager for IBM and resident of the area for several years, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2001 in Danbury Hospital, Danbury, Conn. He was 48.

The son of the late Frank A. and Mary W. Woods Puglia, he was born Feb. 11, 1953 in the Bronx.

He was a member of the Scuba Club and was an avid skier.

A family statement said, “Jim passed away unexpectedly while caring for his 20-week-old daughter, Marissa. Being with his little girl and her mother, Tara, was the happiest period of his life.”

Survivors include his companion, Tara Kenny, at home; one daughter, Marissa Abigail Puglia, at home; two brothers, John F. Puglia and his wife, Barbara, of Newburgh, and William M. Puglia of Walden; one sister, Janet L. Puglia of New Windsor; one niece, Stephanie; four nephews, Kevin, Justin, Cody and Kyle; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family will receive their friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the DiDonato-Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the funeral home.

Cremation will be in Cedar Hill Crematory.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 in Ridgebury Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 605 Ridgebury Road, Ridgefield, Conn. 203-748-2806.

Peter P. Harco, Jr.
2001-12-11
Peter Paul Harco, Jr., 58, a lifelong resident of Georgetown, died on Monday, Dec. 10 at Danbury Hospital after an extended illness. He was the husband of Germaine Goneau Harco.

Peter was born in Norwalk, Conn. on April 24, 1943, a son of Florence Harco of Wilton and the late Peter P. Harco, Sr. He was employed by the former Gilbert and Bennett Manufacturing Company in Georgetown where he did welding and was a lift-truck mechanic. More recently, he was self-employed in woodworking and sold fireplace wood.

In addition to his wife and mother, Peter is survived by two daughters, Debbie Robertine of Bethel, and Dawn Pfahl of Brookfield; one son, Peter P. Harco III of Danbury; two stepsons, Joseph Andrea of Westminster, Calif., and Robert Andrea of Georgetown; two sisters, Antoinette Ruscoe of Florida and Veronica McGarry of Wilton; an uncle, Kazmer Harco of Brookfield; twelve grandchildren, one great grandson, three nephews, two nieces and several cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church, Georgetown. The interment is to be private.

Friends may call at the Bouton Funeral Home, 31 West Church Street, Georgetown on Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Latilla Plume
2001-12-11
Latilla McKnight Plume, mother of Danbury resident Virginia W. Plume, died on Thursday, Dec. 6, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Columbus, North Carolina, after a long illness. In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Plume is survived by her devoted husband of 60 years, Stephen K. Plume, Jr., and three other children, Dr. Stephen K. Plume, III of White River Junction, VT, Elizabeth L. Plume or Norristown, PA, and John B. Plume or Auburn, NY, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

The Plumes moved to Tryon, North Carolina in 1980, formerly residing in Watertown, CT, where Mr. and Mrs. Plume met as children and grew up together. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a party organized and attended by their four children and attended by two grandchildren and several close friends.

Mrs. Plume was born January 9, 1918 in Waterbury, CT and was the daughter of the late Robert Louis and Marie Wilkie McKnight.

Mrs. Plume was active in city affairs in bath Tryon and Watertown. While living in Watertown, she was president of the Waterbury Girls Club, and served on the vestry and altar guild of Christ Episcopal Church in Watertown When the Plumes moved to NC, Mrs. Plume became active in the Garden Club, where she served as president from 1984-1986.

Upon arrival in Tryon, the Plumes became members of Holy Cross Episcopal Church where Mrs. Plume was a member of the altar guild for a number of years.

An alumna of Mt. Holyoke College, Mrs. Plume did graduate study in archaeology at the University of Arizona. A world traveler and wife of a veteran of two wars, she had an extensive network of loving friends around the globe.

Memorial services will be held in Watertown and in Tryon after the New Year.

McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon, NC is in charge of arrangements.

Deaths
2001-12-11
BARCHI, Anna, 91, formerly of Danbury, Nov. 23, 2001. F: Memorial Mass, Thursday, 11 a.m., Sacred Heart Church, Danbury. (Cornell Memorial Home)

BROOKS, Isabel F., 73, of Ridgefield, Dec. 9, 2001. F: Memorial service, Monday, 2 p.m., First Congregational Church, Ridgefield. (Kane Funeral Home, Ridgefield)

BUCHA, Helene K., 54, of Brookfield, Dec. 9, 2001. CH: Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m. F: Wednesday, 10 a.m., St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Roman Catholic Church, Brookfield. (The Tomlinson Homestead, Danbury)

BURGER, Egbert W., 87, formerly of Brewster, Dec. 6, 2001. F: Memorial service, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Brewster Presbyterian Church. (Beecher Funeral Home, Brewster)

FROM, Florence A., 71, of Brookfield, Dec. 7, 2001. F: Tuesday, 9 a.m, Brookfield Funeral Home, Brookfield.

HARCO, Peter P., 58, of Georgetown, Dec. 10, 2001. CH: Wednesday, 7 to 9 p.m. F: Thursday, 10 a.m., Sacred Heart Church, Georgetown. (Bouton Funeral Home, Georgetown)

McCARLEY, Bessie E., 77, of Bethel, Dec. 8, 2001. CH: Tuesday, 10 to 11 a.m. F: Tuesday, 11 a.m. at the funeral home. (Bethel Funeral Home, Bethel)

PLUME, Latilla, 83, mother of Virginia W. Plume of Danbury, Dec. 6, 2001. Memorial services will be held after the New Year. (McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon, N.C.)

PUGLIA, James W., 48, of Danbury, Dec. 7, 2001. CH: Tuesday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. F: Wednesday, 11 a.m. at the funeral home. (DiDonato-Brooks Funeral Home, Newburgh, N.Y.)

YESSIAN-RATJEN, Albertyna, 96, of Brewster, N.Y., Dec. 7, 2001. F: Tuesday, 9:45 a.m., St. John’s Church, Mahopac, N.Y. (Beecher Funeral Home, Brewster)

CH: Calling hours. F: Funeral.

James W. Puglia
2001-12-10
James W. Puglia of Fairfield, Conn., formerly of Newburgh, a project manager for IBM and resident of the area for several years, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2001 in Danbury Hospital, Danbury, Conn. He was 48.

The son of the late Frank A. and Mary W. Woods Puglia, he was born Feb. 11, 1953 in the Bronx.

He was a member of the Scuba Club and was an avid skier.

A family statement said, “Jim passed away unexpectedly while caring for his 20-week-old daughter, Marissa. Being with his little girl and her mother, Tara, was the happiest period of his life.”

Survivors include his companion, Tara Kenny, at home; one daughter, Marissa Abigail Puglia, at home; two brothers, John F. Puglia and his wife, Barbara, of Newburgh, and William M. Puglia of Walden; one sister, Janet L. Puglia of New Windsor; one niece, Stephanie; four nephews, Kevin, Justin, Cody and Kyle; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family will receive their friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the DiDonato-Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the funeral home.

Cremation will be in Cedar Hill Crematory.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 in Ridgebury Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 605 Ridgebury Road, Ridgefield, Conn. 203-748-2806.

Egbert W. Burger
2001-12-10
Burger, Egbert W., age 87, of Patterson, NY, died Thursday, December 6, 2001 in Danbury, CT.

Mr. Burger was born September 12, 1914 in Yonkers, NY to Abbott and Emeline (Brusie) Burger. He married Susan H. van den Emster on March 8, 1943 at the Park Hill 1st Reform Church in Yonkers, NY.

Mr. Burger was the owner and operator of Light House Motors in Brewster, NY, founded by he and his partner Merwin Dickens in 1957. Mr. Burger retired in 1991. Mr. Burger was a member of both the Brewster Rotary and Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Burger had lived in Brewster, NY since 1957 until he moved to Patterson, NY where he had lived for seven years. Besides his wife, Mr. Burger is survived by two sons Chris W. Burger of Whitney Point, NY and Raymond Burger of Chugiak, AK, a daughter Barbara Stevenson of Carmel, NY and a brother Adelbert Burger. He was pre-deceased by his sister, Marion and three brothers Thomas, Benjamin and Abbott. Mr. Burger also has four grandchildren, Jennifer and Deborah Burger and Mark and Amanda Stevenson.

A memorial service will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 7:30 p.m. at the Brewster Presbyterian Church.

Contributions in his memory may he made to The Glaucoma Research Foundation, 200 Pine Street, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94104.

David N. Smith
2001-12-10
David N. Smith of East Orleans, MA, died Friday, December 7, 2001, at Cape Hospital. He was 58.

Born and raised in Yonkers, NY, Mr. Smith was a graduate of the Riverdale Country School. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Colgate in 1964.

Mr. Smith married in 1964 and made his home in New Jersey. He was employed in sales and marketing with Union Carbide’s Eveready Battery division and afterwards their Glad Products line. He continued his education at Rutgers University and was awarded his Master of Business Administration in 1974.

Mr. Smith had resided in Ridgewood, NJ, for ten years prior to settling in West Redding, CT, for 17 years. He retired as Vice President of Marketing and Sales of the Home Products Division of the First Brand Corp. in 1993. Having enjoyed Cape Cod since his youth, he moved to East Orleans in the summer of 1997.

An ardent fisherman, he enjoyed hunting and golf. Mr. Smith had been a charter member of the Cape Cod National Golf Club in Brewster, MA.

He is survived by his wife Mary Edie Smith, his son David N. Smith, Jr. and wife Holly of New Fairfield, CT, his daughter Carrie I. Gilbride and husband Justin of New Fairfield, CT, and his grandchildren Delaney, Mitchell, Andrew and Jake.

A memorial service will be held in the Federated Church of Orleans, Main Street, East Orleans, Friday, January 4, 2002 at 1 p.m. Burial will be private.

Donations may be made in his memory to the Orleans Firefighters Association, 58 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA 02653 or the VNA of Cape Cod, 434 Route 134, South Dennis, MA 02660.


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