Miscellaneous Fairfield County, CT Obituaries


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May 29, 2000

Edward F. Gonzales

Edward F. Gonzales, 82, of 15 Simeon Road, Bethel, died at the Glen Hill/Harborside Convalescent home in Danbury on Saturday morning.

He was born in Pittsfield, Mass., August 15, 1917, son of the late Carl and Anna (Ward) Gonzales. His family moved to Bethel when he was a child and be has been a Bethel resident most all of his life. He was a veteran of World War II and had served with the US Army in the South Pacific.

Mr. Gonzales was a retired steamfitter/plumber and had been a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church, the VFW, the American Legion and the Bethel Senior Center.

He is survived by two sisters: Jeanette Sivo of Brookfield and Caroline Barrett of Newtown. He was predeceased by a brother, Carl Gonzales in January of this year.

Funeral services will be held at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main Street, Danbury, on Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow in the Center section of Elmwood Cemetery, Bethel. Friends may call at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main Street, Danbury on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Contributions may be made to Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, 30 West Street, Danbury, CT 06810 or to the American Cancer Society, 538 Preston Avenue, Box 1004, Meriden, CT 06050-1004.

John Michael Galgan

John Michael Galgan, 91, of Bethel, died May 27, 2000 at his home. He was the husband of Helen (Terlecki) Galgan.

He was born May 15, 1909 in DuBois, Pennsylvania, the son of Michael Galgan and Karolina Surowiec Galgan.

He started working for Plohn & Co., Inc., custom picture framers in New York City in 1925 at the age of sixteen. He eventually became a partner, then sole owner of that company. At his retirement in 1990, his son Raymond took over the business.

He is survived by his wife, Helen; two sons, Frederick J. Galgan of Staten Island, N.Y. and Raymond J. Galgan of Mohegan Lake, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Christopher Galgan and Michelle Galgan; and a great-grandson, Robert Galgan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Grace Church, Bantam, Conn., Wednesday morning at 10 a.m.

Burial will follow in Our Lady of Grace Cemetery.

Friends will be received at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 in the afternoon and 6 to 8 p.m. in the evening.

Eugene F. O'Hare

Eugene F. O'Hare, age 80, of Weston, died Saturday, May 27, 2000 at Norwalk Hospital after a long battle with cancer.

Mr. O'Hare was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, son of the late Alex and Ada Arkin O'Hare. Mr. O'Hare attended Northwestern University and Lewis Institute of Technology.

During World War II, he was working in the vital telecommunications industry at Western Electric in experimental radar. After being drafted into the army, he served in the Korean War Army of Occupation. As a certified Electrical Engineer, licensed in Missouri, Illinois and Connecticut, he was an inventor instrumental in the development of transistors for radios and other electronics and of UHF antennas.

Mr. O'Hare moved to Weston with his family in 1955, working for Sikorsky Aircraft and Dictaphone Corporation. Before personal computers were available, he became interested in mainframe computers, learning computer programming and the intricacies of systems analysis. This led to his employment by the American Stock Exchange and the Securities Industry Automation (SIAC), a subsidiary of the New York Stock Exchange, where he was Director Facilities Engineering, in charge of computer acquisition and computer environmental systems until his retirement in the mid 1980's. After retirement, he assisted his daughter in her companies, Pages in Place and Sporteze.

Throughout his life, Gene was an active ham radio operator with the call letters W1LRR, and a member of the Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club and the Fairfield Amateur Radio Association. He was also involved with the National Ham Radio Operator Civil Defense Organization. From 1991 through 1997 he served as a volunteer with the Communication Committee of Weston where he was an advisor on equipment and the operation of emergency communications, being instrumental in bringing modern 911 Caller ID systems to Weston at an early date. Additionally, he served on the Board of Trustees of the Weston Historical Society for many years and was an avid amateur astronomer.

Mr. O'Hare is survived by his wife of 54 years, Henrietta Greenblatt O'Hare of Weston; his two daughters, Jean O'Hare and her husband, C. Randolph Holladay of Greenwich and New York and Carol O'Hare of East Haddam, Connecticut.

Services will take place Tuesday, May 30, 2000, 1:00 p.m. from the Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Road, Fairfield, with interment following at Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien. Memorial contributions may be made to the Whittingham Cancer Center of Norwalk, Cancer Care of Fairfield County or a cancer organization of your choice in Mr. O'Hare's name.


CHALMERS, Louis A.,61, of Waterbury,formerly of New Milford, May 24, 2000. CH:Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m. F:Wednesday, 4 p.m. (Colonial Funeral Home, New Milford)

GALGAN, John Michael, 91, of Bethel, May 27, 2000. CH: Monday, 5 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. F: Wednesday, 10 a.m., Our Lady of Grace Church, Bantam, Conn. (Green Funeral Home, Danbury)

GONZALES, Edward F.,82, of 15 Simeon Road, Bethel, May 27, 2000. CH:Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m. F:Wednesday 11 a.m., at the funeral home. (Green Funeral Home, Danbury)

ROWAN, Vincent A. Sr., 91, of Carlsbad, N.M., formerly of Danbury and Bethel, May 25, 2000. Services are private.

TUROCZI, Charles E. (Butch),58, of Fairfield. May 26, 2000. CH:Tuesday, 4 to 8 p.m. F:Wednesday, 10 a.m. St. James Episcopal Church, Danbury. (Tomlinson Homestead, Danbury)

June 17, 2000

Earl Ralph Lewis

Earl Ralph Lewis, husband of Ruth Seeley Lewis, died at Glen Hill, Thursday, June 15, 2000. He was born in Danbury, October 9, 1918, a son of Harry and Jennie Schanze Lewis.

Mr. Lewis was a graduate of local schools and Danbury Teachers College in 1941. He received his Masters Degree at Yale and 6th Year Professional Certificate at the University of Bridgeport.

His first teaching position was in a one-room school in Hebron, CT, where he taught grades 5-8. He served as 8th grade teacher and Assistant Principal in Westbrook, CT, from 1945-1947. Mr. Lewis came to Bethel in 1947 as Teaching Principal. He was Principal of Berry School until 1968 when he became Assistant Principal of all Bethel Elementary Schools. He retired in 1980.

Mr. Lewis was a lifelong member of Central Christian Church where he served 2 terms as Chairman of the Congregation. He was also a member of the choir for many years. He was a member of Connecticut Retired Teachers Association and the American Association of Retired Persons No. 1067.

Besides his wife of 58 years, a son, Curtis, of Guantanamo Bay; several grandchildren; and a nephew survive him. He was pre-deceased by a sister, Dorothy.

The Memorial Service will be held at Central Christian Church on Tuesday, June 20, at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Timothy Crowley presiding. The family will greet friends in Fellowship Hall following the service.

Cremation and burial will be private. Memorials may be made to the Memorial Fund of Central Christian Church or the Nelson Gelfman Dialysis Unit of Danbury Hospital.

Green Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Leon Ohrt Jr.

Leon Ohrt Jr., age 58, of Houston, Texas, died Tuesday, June 13, 2000. He was a former resident of Victoria, TX, and Danbury, CT. He was born August 16, 1941, to the late Alois Leon Ohrt Sr. and Edna Gisler Jarvis of Cuero, Texas. He worked for Union Carbide and retired in Connecticut.

Leon is survived by his mother; children Karen Tracy of New Fairfield, CT; Kathryn Szalasny of Boynton Beach, FL, and Darryl Ohrt of Brookfield, CT; sister, Edith Ralls of Houston, TX; and three grandchildren.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 18, 2000, from 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 19, 2000, at Colonial Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Galveston Bay Foundation, c/o Linda Shead, 17324-A Highway 3, Webster, TX 77598.

Arrangements are with Colonial Funeral Home, 1801 E. Red River, Victoria, TX 77901, 361-578-3535.

Joseph Falk

Joseph Falk, 84, of Fairfield, formerly of Norwalk, husband of the late Rose Lillian Kaplin, Falk, died Thursday.

Mr. Falk was a retired postal clerk in South Norwalk and veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II.

Survivors include two sons, Lee Falk of Bethel and Martin Falk of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; two brothers, Leo Falk of Scottsdale, AZ, and H. William Falk of Hartsdale, NY; one sister, Mildred Miller of Coral Springs, FL; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will take place Sunday at 11 a.m. in Temple Beth El, 109 East Ave., Norwalk. Interment may be made to the Jewish Home for the Elderly, 175 Jefferson St., Fairfield, CT 06430, or Temple Beth El, 109 East Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851.

Winifred Czajka

Winifred Czajka, 79, of Miami, FL, formerly of Danbury, died Thursday, June 15, 2000 at Mount Sinai Nursing Home in Miami. She was the wife of Matthew Czajka.

Born in Danbury on June 22, 1920, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Agnes (Kelly) Gordon.

Mrs. Czajka was employed as a private duty nurse until the time of her retirement. She had resided in Miami for the past 45 years and did volunteer care for the blind.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church in Danbury Monday morning at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery. Friends will be received at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury, Monday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.


FALK, Joseph, 84, of Fairfield, father of Lee Falk of Bethel, June 15, 2000. F: Sunday, 11 a.m., Temple Bethel El, Norwalk. (Collins Funeral Home, Norwalk)

KNAPP, Joseph L., 70, of Ridgefield, June 13, 2000. F: Saturday, 11 a.m., First Church of Christ Congregational, Redding Center. (Bouton Funeral Home, Georgetown)

MULVEY, Wallace J., 76, of Brookfield, June 13, 2000. F: Saturday, 9 a.m., St. Joseph Church, Brookfield. (Brookfield Funeral Home)

OHRT, Leon Jr., 58, of Houston, Texas, formerly of Danbury, June 13, 2000. CH: Sunday, 4 to 6 p.m. F: Monday, 10 a.m. (Colonial Funeral Home, Victoria, Texas)

ULLO, Jonathan R., 17, of 19 Adams Hill Lane, Newtown, June 15, 2000. CH: Monday, 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. F: Tuesday, 10 a.m., St. Rose of Lima Church, Newtown. (Honan Funeral Home, Newtown)

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