Miscellaneous Fairfield County, CT Obituaries


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Patricia Ann Lawlor 
Patricia Ann Lawlor, age 73, a 50-year resident of Putnam Lake, Patterson, NY, died on Saturday Dec. 15, 2001 at the Westchester County Medical Center, Valhalla, NY very unexpectedly. She was the wife of Lawrence M. Lawlor. 

Mrs. Lawlor was born May 19, 1928 in the Bronx, NY, the daughter of the late Richard and Irene (Meyer) Morrissey. She attended schools in the Bronx and had been a summer resident of Putnam Lake since her early childhood. Her family became permanent residents of Putnam Lake in 1952. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church and the Rosary and Altar Society, had been involved with the Ladies of the Lake through the Community Council and was active in the Patterson-Putnam Lake Democratic Club when her husband was the supervisor of the Town of Patterson. 

In addition to her husband of Putnam Lake, Mrs. Lawlor is survived by three sons, Lawrence M. Lawlor of Holmes, NY, Michael P. Lawlor and Christopher J. Lawlor, both of Putnam Lake, seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday 12/19/01 at 10 am at Sacred Heart Church, Putnam Lake, NY. Interment will be in St. Lawrence Cemetery, Brewster. Friends may call at the Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Avenue, Brewster, NY, Tuesday from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. Contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Allan J. Hughes, Jr. 
Southbury — Allan J. Hughes, Jr., 48, of Southbury, died Saturday, Dec. 15th at Danbury Hospital. He was the husband of Lisa C. (Yacono) Hughes. 

Mr. Hughes was born July 14, 1953, in New York City, son of Allan J. Hughes, Sr. of Bronxville, N.Y. and the late Catherine (O’Connell) Hughes. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a graduate of Boston University. He was a senior writer for the March of Dimes in White Plains and a free lance writer for The News-Times in Danbury. He was a published author, having co-authored a book about Providence, R.I. Formerly of Bronxville, N.Y. and Barrington, R.I., he and his family moved to Southbury in 1998. He was a devoted husband and father and loved classical music and books. He was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church in Southbury. 

Besides his wife and father, he leaves one son, Matthew T. Hughes, and one daughter, Catherine A. Hughes, both of Southbury; his twin brother, Charles O. Hughes of Exeter, N.H.; and one sister, Catherine J. Jayne of New York City. 

A funeral service will be held at Sacred Heart Church at a time and date to be announced. Arrangements by Carpino Funeral Home, 750 Main Street South, Southbury.

Betty Emmons

Betty Lou Emmons, age 60, of New Milford, died Sunday at the New Milford Hospital. She was the beloved wife of Gary H. Emmons. 

Mrs. Emmons was born on March 23, 1941 in Penn Yan, N.Y., a daughter of Mary (Jones) Ryder and the late Charles E. Ryder. She was raised in New York and was a longtime New Milford resident. Mrs. Emmons was employed for over 31 years as a deli clerk and in the meat department of the M & B Market. She was a loving, wife, mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed. 

Besides her husband and mother, Mrs. Emmons is survived by a son: Chuck Hills, Jr. of Winston Salem, NC; 3 daughters: Monica Caldwell of New Milford; Lee Ann Bailey of Washington, CT; and Jody Yawn of Dobson, NC; 3 stepsons: Timothy Emmons, Jeffrey Emmons, and Daniel Emmons all of New Milford; a brother, Robert Ryder of Las Vegas, NV, 3 sisters: Carol Killam of Corning, NY; Sandra McLean of Painted Post, NY, and Kay Costley of Richmond, VA. She was predeceased by a brother Charles Ryder. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Water Witch Hose #2, 8 Grove St. New Milford, CT 06776. 

A Gathering of Friends will be held on Wednesday from 6 to 8 at the Colonial Funeral Home, 87 Park Lane Road, New Milford. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Willis Betts 
Willis “Bill” F. Betts, 77, of Westport, husband of Helen Jennings Betts, died Friday, Dec. 14th in Norwalk Hospital. 

Mr. Betts was born in Norwalk, May 19, 1924, son of the late Arthur and Gertrude Fable Betts and has been a lifelong resident of Westport. From 1944 thru 1974, Mr. Betts owned and operated Hartmann Hardware Store in Westport. From 1974 thru 1987 he was employed by the Westport Board of Education as the Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds. Mr. Betts is a former member of the Westport Kiwanis Club and the Board of Directors for the Westport/Weston YMCA. During World War II, Mr. Betts served in the US Army Air Corps and received the Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster and the French Croix De Guerre with Palm. 

Survivors in addition to his wife include one son, Bruce J. Betts of Newtown, CT., one daughter, Vicki P. McDonald of New Haven, CT., one brother, Sherman R. Betts of Westport, CT., one sister, Virginia Bosco of Redding, CT., four grandchildren, two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

Friends may attend a funeral service Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Rd. E., Westport with the Rev. John H. Branson III, officiating. Interment will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery, Westport. The family will receive friends in the funeral home on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, 50 Jessup Rd., Westport, CT 06880.

Carl Erdmann 
Carl D. Erdmann, Sr., 83, of 2448 So. Main St., Fall River, Mass., died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001. Born in Danbury, CT, he was the husband of Stella (Sokolowski) Erdmann. Son of the late Carl A. Erdmann and the late Helen E. (Dunn) Erdmann, he lived in Fall River most of his life. Before his retirement in 1983, he was a garage foreman at Fall River Electric Light. He was a communicant of St. Stanislaus Parish. 

He was a member of VFW Post 5392, Tiverton serving as District Commander three times and a life member of VFW National Home. He was a Staff Sergeant in the US Army. He served in Hq Btry 282nd Coast Artillery Bn and received the Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Victory Medal, American Theater Campaign Ribbon and Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon. 

He is survived by a son, Carl D. Erdmann, Jr. of Brighton, MA and one sister June Judson of Danbury, CT, two granddaughters, one great grandson, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter Cynthia Morrissey, a brother Bernard Erdmann and a sister Elizabeth Repko. Arrangements were with Niagara Funeral Home, 954 Plymouth Ave.

Mal Thomas Shakra 
Mal Thomas Shakra, 60, of West Edward Street, Carlsbad, New Mexico, passed away Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001 at his home on West Edward Street, Carlsbad, New Mexico. 

He will lie in state Sunday, Dec. 16 from 1 to 9 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 17 from 9 to 12. Funeral services will be Monday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. at Sunset Church of Christ with Michael Joiner of Hermosa Drive Church of Christ, Artesia, New Mexico officiating, being assisted by Randy Couchman of Boerne, Texas and Gary Standard. Interment will follow at Churchill Cemetery, Manhattan, Montana. Denton-Funchess Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Milad Thomas Shakra (Milad means Christmas Time) was born Dec. 28, 1940 in Danbury, Conn., to John Shakra of Dier El Kamar, Lebanon and Evelyn Nassif of Lawrence, Mass. Mal graduated from Danbury High School in 1958. He was president of the Senior Class and took responsibility as a role model very seriously. He attended the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut. He was baptized into Christ at the age of 35, and within two weeks he was in the Sunset School of Preaching in Lubbock, Tex. At that point he said he didn’t know Genesis from maps. He graduated the three-year ministry program in 1978. He received his BA in Psychology at Lubbock Christian College in 1979. 

He married Sheila Dyk on Dec. 28, 1978. He worked one year as an assistant minister and youth minister in Livingston, Montana. He preached four years in Big Timber, Montana, six years in Eunice, New Mexico, and 11 years in Carlsbad, New Mexico, for the Sunset Church of Christ. He worked with the Lakeview Christian Hospice team as a Grief Counselor for the past year. He had the gift of love. His enthusiasm for the Lord and life taught people how to love. To know him was to hug him. 

Survivors include his wife, Sheila, of Carlsbad, New Mexico, his son Josh of Las Cruces, New Mexico, his daughter Lensi of Las Cruces; his brother Joseph and wife Annie and their four children, John, Joe, Jeff and Theresa, all of Port St. Lucie, Florida; his mother-in-law Betty Dyk, and brother-in-law Gil Dyk and numerous nephews and a niece, all of the Bozeman Montana area. He is also survived by numerous cousins in Connecticut and Florida. 

There will be a Memorial Mass in his honor on Dec. 28, 2001 in Danbury, Conn., at Saint Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Lakeview Christian Hospice, 1300 North Canal Street, Carlsbad, New Mexico or Mountain View Christian Camp, 1308 West Blodgett Street, Carlsbad, New Mexico, 88220.

Robert E. Perry
Robert E. Perry, age 76, of New Bedford, Mass., died Friday, Dec. 14, 2001 at Alden Court Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Fairhaven, Mass., following a long illness. He was the widower of Anna (Cattaneo) Perry and the son of the late Anthony and Elizabeth (Menses) Perry. 

Mr. Perry was born in New Bedford, living in Bethel, Connecticut, and moving to New Bedford in 1970. 

Mr. Perry graduated from New Bedford Vocational High School; Fitchburg State College with a B.S. in education; Yale University, New Haven, with an M.A. in education; and Fairfield University. He was assistant principal at Trumbull High School, Trumbull, Conn. from 1960-61. He was principal of Bethel Junior and Senior High School in Bethel, Conn., from 1960-69. He was a science teacher at Keith Junior High School in Massachusetts beginning in 1969 and retiring in 1991. 

Mr. Perry was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army assigned to the Signal Corps from 1944-1946, serving in China and India. He was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church. 

Survivors include his four daughters: Deborah A. Furtado of New Bedford, Mass., Florence T. Perry of Newtown, Elizabeth Yarusso of Putnam Valley, N.Y., and Babette Scheer of Portland, Conn.; one son, David F. Perry of Beauvais, France; three sisters, Florence Barros of New Bedford, Natalie Mareiro of Fairhaven, Mass., and Shirley Rapoza of Dartmouth; 6 grandchildren: Sebastian Perry and Erika Perry of Beauvais, France, Timothy Scheer, Corey Scheer, Todd Scheer and Christie Scheer, all of Portland, Conn.; and many nieces and nephews. 

His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday morning in St. John the Baptist Church, New Bedford, Mass., at 10:00 a.m. Interment in St. John Cemetery. 

Arrangements are by Aubertine-Lopes Funeral Home, 129 Allen St., New Bedford, MA 02740.

Aubrey R. McFarland 
The death of Aubrey R. McFarland, 74, of Fair Street, Clover Lake, Carmel, N.Y., husband of Alice D. Braught McFarland, occurred at Bethel Health Care Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001. Mrs. McFarland died in Bethel Sept. 1, 2001. 

He was born in Stamford, Conn., August 10, 1927, son of the late Lewis U. and Hester LaPerr Weeks McFarland and attended Stamford schools. He spent most of his life in Bedford Village, New York and formerly of Candlewood Lake Road, Brookfield, where he resided for four years. 

He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving with the Army. 

Mr. McFarland was Owner of a Lawn and Landscaping Business in Bedford Village and was an active member of the Bedford Village Fire Company. An injury while engaged in a fire left him disabled. 

Surviving are two sons, Ian McFarland of Elkins, New Hampshire and Jeffrey O. McFarland of North Kingstown, R.I., a daughter, Alison Melahn of Carmel, N.Y., a cousin, Ronnie McFarland of Waterbury, Conn., and two grandsons, Ryan and Robert Melahn of Carmel, N.Y. 

Funeral services will be held at the Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White Street, Danbury, Wednesday at a time to be announced. Burial will be in Long Ridge Union Cemetery, Stamford. 

Friends may call at the Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White Street, Danbury Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. 

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Hospice and Palliative Care of Connecticut, 24 Wooster Avenue, Waterbury, CT 06708.

Blanche Ruth King
Blanche Ruth King, 91, of 83 Padanaram Rd., Danbury, wife of the late Howard J. King, Sr., died at Danbury Hospital on Saturday. She was born in Hackensack, N.J., on April 5, 1910, daughter of the late Edward and Blanche (Flood) Egan. She graduated from high school in New York City and worked many years for the Exxon Corporation. She has been a Danbury resident for more than 30 years and was a member of St. Peter Church. 

Mrs. King is survived by her children: Howard King, Jr., of Garnerville, N.Y., Kenneth King of Yonkers, N.Y., Joseph King of Gaithersburg, Md., Gregory King of Oakland, N.J., Judith King of Yonkers and Blanche Rogers of Danbury, as well as 12 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and one nephew. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Peter Church on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Peter Cemetery. 

Friends may call at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main Street, Danbury, on Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.

Dennis W. Herpel
The death of Dennis W. Herpel, Sr., 61, of Main Drive, Brookfield, occurred at Hartford Hospital, Friday, Dec. 14, 2001. He was the husband of Lynne J. (Murphy) Herpel. 

Born in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, May 16, 1940, son of the late Herman A. and Leona V. Visnaw Herpel, he received his education in Michigan. 

Mr. Herpel served in the Navy for 4 years aboard the U.S.S. Yellowstone. He had been employed as Carpet Manager for the former Henry Dick & Son Furniture Store in Danbury and for 16 years for Danbury Volkswagen/Audi. He was last employed as Grounds and Building Supervisor at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys in Brookfield, retiring 3 years ago. 

He was a Founding member of St. Marguerite’s Church, a Founding member of the Knights of Columbus, Candlewood Lake Council #11913 and was it First Grand Knight, the Wesconn Whittlers Club (carving Club) and its President, The Pawling, N.Y. Carving Club, was a former Scoutmaster for Troop 135 of Brookfield and a former Cub Master. Mr. Herpel was a member of the Order of Golden Arrow. He was very involved in community service, originating the Blood Drive each year by the Knights of Columbus and their monthly Suppers. 

Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Dennis W. “Chip” Herpel, Jr., and his wife Arlene of Falls Village, Conn., and Darrin M. Herpel and wife Trisha of New Milford, two sisters, Joyce and husband Sanders of Clare, Michigan and Pat and husband Jim Young of Hawks, Michigan, three grandchildren, Bryan, Jenna and Ryan Herpel and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Debbie Lynne Herpel. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. Cremation will follow. 

Friends may call at the Brookfield Funeral Home, 786 Federal Road, Brookfield, Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. 

Contributions in his memory, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Knights of Columbus, Candlewood Lake Council #11913, 138 Candlewood Lake Road, Brookfield, CT 06804.

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