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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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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,
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
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,
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
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
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,
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
John T. Travis II
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
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
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)
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,
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
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.
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)