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Raymond J. Avery

Mr. Raymond J. Avery, of Faifield, CEO of Avery Abrasives, Inc., died on Friday, March 3, 2000 in his home.

Born in Bridgeport, Mr. Avery resided there until 1942 before moving to Fairfield. He graduated high school at the age of 16. Too young to work in industry, he enrolled in a state trade school and learned a trade in carpentry. When he was old enough to work in industry, the Allison Company in Bridgeport hired him. While working in the factory he continued his education in chemistry, attending night school at the Junior College of Bridgeport now known as the University of Bridgeport. He also took courses at Yale University and MIT. He moved into the Lab to work on formulating Rubber Bonded cutting wheels. He was then moved back into the factory as plant manager. He held that position for three years and then promoted to Vice President of the Allison Company and worked there for 24 years until the company was sold. Ray then founded Avery Abrasives in Trumbull in 1959.

Although operating a business took up a great deal of his time, he always found time to do his share for the community. He served as member of the Board of Directors of United Way of Eastern Fairfield County, member of the President Club at the University of Bridgeport, Chairman of Development & Fund Raising Committee Board of Associates of UB., Vice Chairman Board of Trustees of YMCA of Greater Bridgeport, member International Committee YMCA, member Board of Directors for Better Business Bureau, Past President and member Chairman of the Board of Trustees (ETRA) Employees Tuberculosis and Respiratory Association. He also served as Vice Chairman of Goodwill Industries of Western Connecticut, served on the board of Junior Achievement and a member of Executive Board of St. Vincent's Medical Center.

In serving his community he received many awards. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Junior Achievement; a recipient of Governor Ella Grasso Award State of Connecticut official citation in recognition of his involvement in help for the disabled, the elderly for his active caring, concern for his community; also named Business Person of the Year by Trumbull Chamber of Commerce.

Ray was a 32nd degree Mason and belonged to the Shriners. He was a member of the Golden Hill United Methodist Church.

Ray was known for his honesty, commitment to helping others and love for his wife and family. Ray's happiest times were when he was surrounded by family and friends; he often spoke about the many friends he made with business associates that he met throughout his life. Family, friends and the community will certainly miss him.

Ray was a devoted husband, father and friend. He is survived by his loving wife, Frances, of 63 years; two sons, Raymond A. Avery and his wife, Carol of Bridgeport; Craig F. Avery and his wife, Antoinette (Toni) of Trumbull and a daughter, Cheryl A. Kellogg and her husband, Allen of Newtown; as well as six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, March 10 at 10:30 a.m. at the Golden Hill United Methodist Church. Interment will be private and take place at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mr. Avery may be made to the Joslin Clinic, 1 Joslin Pl., Boston, MA 02215 or Hospice at Home Program Visiting Nurse Services, 765 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06604 or charity of your choice. The Spear Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Rd., Fairfield is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph T. Critelli

Joseph T. Critelli died March 4, 2000 at the Community East Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana at the age of 75. He was the husband of Honora (Gunn) Critelli and lived at 7425 East 49th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. He formerly lived on Peace Street in Danbury.

Mr. Critelli was born in Danbury, January 26, 1925, son of the late Thomas and Josephine Rotunda Critelli. He attended Danbury schools and joined the Army. He made the service his career and served over 28 years, including World War II and Vietnam. He retired in 1970 as Sergeant First Class.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his son, Andrew J. and daughter-in-law, Sharon of Indianapolis, Ind.; and a granddaughter, Nicole Theodos of New York; five sisters, Frances Gil, Mary Pedro, Sally Marino, Gloria Cipola and Kathleen Ayers and a brother, Louis, all of Danbury; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Frank and sisters, Angeline Taylor and Mary Critelli.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at St. Joseph Church, Main St., Danbury at 10 a.m. Burial with full Military Honors will be in St. Peter Cemetery. Friends may call at the Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White St., Danbury on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Marshall E. Miner

Marshall E. Miner, 56, of New Milford, died Monday at New Milford Hospital.

Mr. Miner was born in Malone, N.Y. on November 24, 1943, a son of Lillian Miner of Chateaugay, N.Y. and the late William Miner. He was raised in New York and was a graduate of Chateaugay High School. In 1963, he moved to Connecticut and worked at the Kimberly-Stevens Corp. until the company closed. Mr. Miner worked as a Custodian for the New Milford Board of Education from 1986 until the time of his death. He was a member of the Local Teamsters Union #677.

Besides his mother, Mr. Miner is survived by his children, Thomas Miner of Gaylordsville, Michael Miner of Thomaston, Jason Miner and Pamela Murphy, both of New Milford; two brothers, Lloyd Miner of New Milford and Gerard Miner of Allenburg Depot, N.Y.; a sister, Josephine M. Langevin of Chazy, N.Y.; and 6 grandchildren. He is also survived by his former wife, Joyce A. Miner.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 5022, 5 Brookside Dr., Wallingford, CT 06492-7522 or to the New Milford Hospital, 21 Elm St., New Milford, CT 06776.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church, New Milford. Burial will be in Center Cemetery, New Milford.

The family will receive friends at the Colonial Funeral Home, 87 Park Lane Rd., New Milford, on Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Rui Miguel Caetano

Rui Miguel Caetano, 64, of 36 Town Hill Avenue, Danbury, died Sunday, March 5, 2000 at Danbury Hospital. He was the husband of Maria Natalia (David) Caetano.

Born December 16, 1935 in Lousa, Portugal, he was a son of the late Augustio Rui and Maria da Piedade Miguel Caetano. He attended Portuguese schools. He served in the Army of Portugal. He came to the United States from Portugal 33 years ago.

Mr. Caetano worked for the Sperry Rail Company of Danbury for more than 25 years, retiring in 1991. He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and the Portuguese Cultural Center.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Rui David Caetano of Danbury; a daughter, Natalie M. Caetano, also of Danbury; a granddaughter, Erica Trindade; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be private.

Burial will be in Portugal.

Friends may call at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury on Tuesday evening from 5 to 8 p.m.

James F. Edelmann

James F. Edelmann, 43, of Cel-Bret Dr., Danbury, died Tuesday at Danbury Hospital. He was the husband of Maura Mannion Edelmann.

Mr. Edelmann was born in New Britain on December 14, 1956, a son of James F. Sr. and Angela Monticelli Edelmann of Bethel. He was a 1974 graduate of Bethel High School and attended Western Connecticut State University. An employee with the Calzone Case Co. in Bridgeport for 20 years, at the time of his death he was Vice President of Production & Design.

Mr. Edelmann also played drums for many years with the popular rock band "Saphire" during the 70's and 80's. He also collaborated with local musician Peter M. Klein on musical projects.

A 10 year Danbury resident, Mr. Edelmann was previously of Bethel. He was a member of St. Mary's Church in Ridgefield.

Besides his wife and parents, survivors include one daughter, Nicole M. Edelmann of Danbury; his maternal grandfather, Joseph Monticelli of Bethel; one brother, Joseph G. Edelmann of Bethel; two sisters, Lisa VanValkenburg of Bethel and Pamela J. Miller of Danbury. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, Ridgefield. Burial will follow in Ridgebury Cemetery, Ridgefield.

Friends will be received on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Kane Funeral Home, 41 Catoonah St., Ridgefield.

Contributions in Mr. Edelmann's memory may be made to the Nicole M. Edelmann Trust, PO Box 2421, Danbury, CT 06813.

Maryrose F. Miller

Maryrose Fenton Miller, 93, wife of John A. P. Miller, of Old Bridge Lane, Crown Court, Danbury, died in Danbury on Monday evening.

She was born in Norwich, July 6, 1906, daughter of the late James and Roseanna (Stapleton) Miller. She was a graduate of Commercial High School and Stebbins Secretarial College in New Haven. Prior to moving to this area more than sixty years ago, she had worked as a private secretary at the New Haven Register in New Haven for the Director of National and World Advertising.

She was a member of St. Peter Church in Danbury and when she had lived in Bethel, she had been a member of St. Mary's Church. While she was a member of St. Mary's, she had served as Vice President of the Council of Catholic Women with the late Mrs. Bernard Dolan.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Miller is survived by three daughters, Constance Will of Brookfield, Valerie Streaman of Brookfield and Maryrose George of Hooksett, New Hampshire; a son, John A. "Skip" Miller of Palm Coast, Florida; 21 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 3 great great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, James F. Miller and a brother, Thomas Fenton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Peter Church, Danbury on Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. Interment at St. Mary Cemetery, Bethel will be private. Friends may call at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury on Friday morning from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Contributions may be made to DATAHR, 135 Old State Rd., Brookfield, CT 06804.

Deaths

CAETANO, Rui Miguel, 64, of 36 Town Hill Ave., Danbury, Mar. 5, 2000. F: Services will be private. (Green Funeral Home, Danbury)

COLLINS, Robert J. Jr., 39, of Whisconier Rd., Brookfield, Mar. 6, 2000. CH: Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m. F: Friday, 8 a.m. from the funeral home to St. James Church, Stratford, 9 a.m. (Cody-White Funeral Home, Milford)

CRITELLI, Joseph T., 75, formerly of Danbury, Mar. 4, 2000. CH: Friday, 5 to 8 p.m. F: Saturday, 10 a.m., St. Joseph Church, Danbury. (Cornell Memorial Home, Danbury)

CULHANE, Edythe R., 87, of High St., Bethel, Mar. 6, 2000. CH: No calling hours. F: Thursday, 10 a.m., St. Mary's Church, Bethel. (Bethel Funeral Home)

DEEGAN, John W., 81, of Flat Swamp Rd., Newtown, Mar. 5, 2000. CH: Monday, 10 a.m. F: Monday, 11 a.m., at the funeral home. (Honan Funeral Home, Newtown)

EDELMANN, James F., 43, of Cel-Bret Dr., Danbury, Mar. 7, 2000. CH: Friday, 5 to 8 p.m. F: Saturday, 10:30 a.m., St. Mary's Church, Ridgefield. (Kane Funeral Home, Ridgefield)

FOX, Mary Elizabeth (Betsy), March 2, 2000. F: Memorial Service, Thursday, 11 a.m., Sherman Congregational Church, Sherman. (New Fairfield Funeral Home)

GREHL, Antoinette K., 86, of 17 Wooster St., Danbury, March 4, 2000. CH: Tuesday, 5 to 8 p.m. F: Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. at Cornell Memorial Home, Danbury.

MILLER, Maryrose F., 93, of Old Bridge Lane, Crown Court, Danbury, Mar. 6, 2000. CH: Friday, 9 to 10 a.m. F: Friday, 10:30 a.m., St. Peter Church, Danbury. (Green Funeral Home, Danbury)

MINER, Marshall E., 56, of New Milford, Mar. 6, 2000. CH: Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m. F: Friday, 9:30 a.m., St. Francis Xavier Church, New Milford. (Colonial Funeral Home, New Milford)

PETERSON, Mary Ann (Perret) , 68, of 39 South St., Washington, Mar. 4, 2000. F: Memorial Service, Thursday, 2 p.m., Salem Covenant Church, Washington. (Lillis Funeral Home, New Milford)

RUSH, Evelyn B., Mar. 4, 2000. F: Wednesday, 11 a.m. at the funeral home. (Tomlinson Homestead, Danbury)

TOBIN, Eleanor, Mar. 6, 2000. F: Saturday, 10:30 a.m., St. Edward the Confessor Roman Catholic Church, New Fairfield. (New Fairfield Funeral Home)

John T. Travis II

John T. Travis II, 39, of 46 Starr Ave., Danbury, died March 21, 2000. Born in Waterbury August 22, 1960, he was a son of Arthur S. and Joanne (Colter) Travis.

Mr. Travis was a graduate of Danbury High School and attended the Waterbury branch of the University of Connecticut. He had worked as an electronic technician. Mr. Travis was a former member and Past President of Danbury Drum Corps.

Besides his parents, he is survived by his children, Michael Travis and Michelle Travis, both of Danbury; and a brother, Ralph C. Travis of Danbury; and a sister, Laura B. Swan of Fairfield and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Gregory the Great Church, Danbury on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

R. Robert Carey

R. Robert Carey, 64, of Lake Place South, formerly of Caisson Drive, Danbury, died at Danbury Hospital. He was the husband of Sharon (Wright) Carey.

Born August 21, 1935 in New York, N.Y., he was a son of Magdalen "Peg" (Lally) Carey of Yonkers, N.Y. and the late Raymond F. Carey.

Mr. Carey served in the United States Navy during peacetime. He was employed by Local 543, which became Local 21 Plumbers & Steamfitters Union, until his retirement in 1997. He had joined the union in March, 1954.

Mr. Carey was very involved with Union Local 543. He was Apprenticeship Coordinator from 1963 to 1970 and also a teacher at the Apprenticeship School, Financial Secretary/Treasurer from 1970 to 1992. He resided in Yonkers until moving to Danbury in 1969. When residing in St. Joseph Parish, Danbury, he was on the parish council, a Eucharistic Minister, taught CCD and was very involved with the Parish.

Besides his wife and mother, he is survived by a daughter, Dawn Marie Carey of Encino, Calif.; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Rosa Carey of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly A. and Scott McCarthy of Danbury; a sister, Margaret (Peggy) Gorevich of Catskill, N.Y.; an aunt, Marie Carey of Yonkers, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Marilyn O'Hare.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Elizabeth Seton Church Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m.

Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery.

Friends will be received at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury, Wednesday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. and in the evening from 7 to 9 p.m.

Those who wish may make contributions to the American Cancer Society, 538 Preston Ave., Box 1004, Meriden, CT 06050.

Elizabeth W. Wilcox

Elizabeth Wilcox, 84, died on May 6th at Evergreen Woods in North Branford, Conn. She had lived in Riverdale, New York before retiring in Redding, Connecticut. Her husband of 60 years Herbert B. Wilcox Jr. MD, died in 1997.

Starting with children's photography, she developed a career that included medical photography as represented in the 100,000 pictures and negatives of the Elizabeth Wilcox Photographic Collection at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. She was the first photographer allowed in an operating room there during surgeries, and took photographs much of the medical center for forty years, including most of those in The Stethoscope.

Born in Baltimore, she was the second daughter of Elizabeth Elliott Wilson and Gordon Wilson, MD, and attended the Bryn Mawr School. Her photography included assignments for Time, Newsweek and the Ford Foundation, which supported her work in Africa with Columbia Presbyterian doctors. She later was a Director of Operations Crossroads, and taught photography to its participants. Her work started with pictures of the days of children of officers of the Second General Hospital formed with the staff of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in World War II.

She was recognized in her profession and became an officer of the American Society of Magazine Photographers. Highlights of her career included a one-woman show at the IBM Gallery and participation in a select workshop in Santa Cruz, California with Ansel Adams after which she received a Polaroid Foundation grant for related work. She taught Sunday school for twenty years in Riverdale and was active in Christ Church there and in Redding.

She is survived by her sons, Herbert B. Wilcox III and his wife Catherine of North Hero, Vermont, Gordon W. Wilcox and his wife Ginger of Seattle and Thomas E. Wilcox, and his wife Whitney Ransome of Concord, Mass.; and her grandchildren, Alexander, Tanya, Virginia, Kate and Christopher.

A Memorial Service will be held at Christ Church Riverdale at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, at the corner of 252nd Street and Riverdale Avenue in Riverdale. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the Libby Wilcox Pediatrics Special Needs fund, c/o Dr. Kenneth A. Forde, 3959 Broadway, BHS-102, NY, NY 10032 Columbia University Department of Surgery.

Deaths

CAREY, R. Robert, 64, of Lake Place South, Danbury, May 7, 2000. CH: Wednesday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. F: Thursday, 10:30 a.m., St. Elizabeth Seton Church. (Green Funeral Home, Danbury)

CARLSON, Robert J., 35, formerly of Danbury, May 5, 2000. CH: Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m. F: Friday, 10 a.m., St. Joseph's Church, Danbury. (Cornell Memorial Home, Danbury)

CONNOLLY, Catherine D., 87, of Danbury, May 8, 2000. CH: Wednesday, 5 to 8 p.m. F: Thursday, 10 a.m., St. Joseph Church, Danbury. (Cornell Memorial Home, Danbury)

O'LOUGHLIN, Elizabeth B., 87, formerly of Brewster, N.Y., Apr. 28, 2000. CH: No calling hours. F: Graveside service, Friday, 1 p.m., St. Lawrence O'Toole Cemetery, Brewster, N.Y. (Beecher Funeral Home, Brewster, N.Y.)

TRAVIS, John T. II, 39, of 46 Starr Ave., Danbury, Mar. 21, 2000. F: Memorial Mass, Saturday, 10:30 a.m., St. Gregory the Great Church, Danbury. (Green Funeral Home, Danbury)


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