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June 20, 2000
R. Carlton (Bud) Bostwick
R. Carlton (Bud) Bostwick, 76, of 60 Crossmon Road, New Milford, died
Friday, June 16 at New Milford Hospital after a long illness. He was the
husband of the late Geraldine (Baldwin) Bostwick.
Mr. Bostwick was born in New Milford, November 17, 1923, a son of the
late Raymond and Florence (Buckingham) Bostwick. He was a member of one
of New Milford's oldest families and was a direct descendent of John Bostwick
II, who settled New Milford in 1708.
He was a graduate of New Milford High School and in his early life operated
the family farm known as Stonewall Acres Farm located in the Northville
Section of New Milford. He was later employed by the Public Works Department
of the Town of New Milford, retiring in 1989.
Mr. Bostwick was a charter member of the Northville Volunteer Fire Department
and was member of the Good Shepherd Lodge #65 Independent Order Odd Fellows
of New Milford. He was also president of the Northville Cemetery Association
and a life member of the Northville Baptist Church.
He is survived by a son, C. Greg Bostwick; two daughters, Marsha B.
Bostwick and Sarah B. Straub, all of New Milford; two sisters, Jean Robison
of Sherman and Charlotte Bostwick of New Milford; and a longtime companion,
Fay Fitch of New Milford.
Memorial Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Northville
Baptist Church, New Milford.
Burial in Northville Cemetery, New Milford.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Northville Baptist Church,
9 Little Bear Hill Rd., New Milford, CT 06776 or to the Northville Volunteer
Fire Dept., Route 202, New Milford, CT 06776 or to the Oratory of the Little
Way, PO Box 221, Gaylordsville, CT 06755.
Arrangements by the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford.
Palma M. Smith
Palma M. (Pisco) Smith, age 57, of 134 Asby Road, Canterbury, N.H.,
died Monday, June 19 at her home.
She was born in Danbury, the daughter of the late Joseph and Angelina
(Orsini) Pisco. She attended Danbury High School.
She worked as a Teachers Aide in special needs classrooms in the Massachusetts
School System. She and her husband were involved in Harness Racing at several
tracks in New England.
She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Hanford W. Smith of Canterbury,
N.H.; 1 son, Michael Novicky of North Adams, Mass.; 3 daughters, Angela
Novicky Imbriano of Brunswick, Maine, Joi M. Cowley of New Milford and
Hope W. Smith of Canterbury; 6 grandchildren; 1 brother, Joseph Pisco of
Newburg, N.Y.; 5 sisters, Deanna DelGudice of New Milford, Josephine Pisco
of Danbury, Arlene Blunt of Danbury, Angelina Ruggiero of Danbury and Joanne
Cormier of Merriville, Indiana.
Visiting Hours will be held on Wednesday, June 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. and
7 to 9 p.m. at the Waters Funeral Home (www.legacy.com), 50 South Main
St., Concord, N.H.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, June 22 at 1 p.m. in the
Chapel at Waters Funeral Home, 50 South Main St., Concord, N.H.
Burial will follow at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Canterbury, N.H.
There will also be a Memorial Service on Monday, June 26 at 1 p.m. at
St. James' Church, West Street, Danbury.
Dorothy A. Daniska
Dorothy A. Daniska, 82, of 72 Ramapoo Road, Ridgefield, formerly of
Shady Acres, Danbury, wife of the late Frank Daniska, died on Sunday, June
18, 2000 at Laurelwood Rehabilitation Center, Ridgefield.
Mrs. Daniska was born in Yonkers, New York August 18, 1917, a daughter
of the late Henry and Ann (Seymour) Santry. She moved with her family from
Yonkers at an early age to Ridgefield and attended Ridgefield schools and
graduated from Ridgefield High School.
Mrs. Daniska was a retired mail room supervisor at the Danbury Hospital
retiring in 1984 after twenty years of service.
For many years, Mrs. Daniska was the in-house Santa Claus at the Danbury
Hospital, at public gatherings and most especially at area elementary schools
including St. Mary's School of Ridgefield.
Active in local theatre productions, Mrs. Daniska inherited her ability
from her mother who performed vaudeville and her father who was a band
She was a member of the Woman of the Loyal Order of Moose #1373 of Danbury
and of St. Mary's Church, Ridgefield, where she was a member of the Rosary
Society and Adoration Society as well as a member of various area theatre
Three daughters, Margaret A. Luck of Ridgefield, Elizabeth A. "Candy"
Budd of Bethel and Pamela A. Perrot of Hialeah, Fla., as well as four grandchildren
and a great-grandchild, survive her.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday morning at
10:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Ridgefield, with the Rev. Patrick Mooney,
Interment will take place in St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury, at the convenience
of the family.
Friends will be received in the Kane Funeral Home, 41 Catoonah Street,
Ridgefield, on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Contributions in Mrs. Daniska's memory may be made to the Ridgefield
Fire Dept. Ambulance Fund, 6 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield or to the Visiting
Nurse Assoc., 90 East Ridge, Ridgefield, CT 06877.
Milo James McCune, 78, of rural Sheffield, Ill., died Wednesday, May
17, 2000 in Annawan, Ill. Funeral services were held Monday, May 22nd at
Sheffield Chapel, Stackhouse-Moore with the Rev. Terry Lancaster officiating.
Burial was in Sheffield Cemetery where military rites were given by Mineral
American Legion. Memorials may be given to Milo McCune Memorial Fund.
Milo was born on October 8, 1921 in Dayton, Ohio. The son of Col. Milo
McCune of Sheffield, Ill. and Lamar S. (Sanchez) McCune of Laredo, Texas.
He was the grandson of James and Mary R. McCune of Sheffield. He traveled
extensively with his family during the years his father served in the Air
Force, living in such places as the Philippines and Panama.
Mr. McCune served in the Air Force during World War II as a fighter
pilot. After the war he came to Sheffield when his parents retired, went
to the University of Illinois and then began his farming career in the
Sheffield/Mineral area. He was a member of Clark-Carrington Post #1031
American Legion, Mineral. He is fondly remembered by all who knew him as
a generous and kind gentleman of the old school, a loving father and a
He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, James McCune, Sheffield
and Harry and Dee McCune, Walnut; two granddaughters, Donna and Brittany,
both of Walnut. Also surviving are two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary
and Homer B. Thomas, Reston, Virginia and Camille Kelley, Danbury, Connecticut
and many nieces and nephews.
Honorary Pallbearer was Carolyn Martin. Pallbearers were Jim Sims, Mike
Hedges, Mike Nanninga, Steve DeMay, Nathan Losey and Jim Van Hyfte. Military
Chaplain was Glen Morey. Sgt. Arms was Vern VanKerrebroeck. Color Bearers
were Harry Seger and Jim Kidd, Sr. Color Guards were Lyle Dotzler and Tody
VanDeVoorde. Flag Folders, two from the Military AirCorp. Bugler was Sam
Hodgett. Firing Squad was Richard Wanchet, William Jackson, Dave Jones,
John Lefman, Bud DeRycke, Don Hogeboom and Maurice Atwell.
Corporal Kevin Cameron Keefe
Corporal Kevin Cameron Keefe, 38, of Chestnut St., Bethel, died Sunday,
June 18, 2000 at Norwalk Hospital.
Born January 15, 1962 in Milford, he was a son of David and Nancy (Buck)
Keefe of Brookfield. Corporal Keefe attended Brookfield schools and graduated
from Immaculate High School. He attended Washburn University in Topeka,
Kansas on a full Football Scholarship and graduated with a degree in Criminal
Corporal Keefe was a 13 year veteran of the Bethel Police Department.
He was a Bike Officer and also Field Training Officer.
Kevin was very active in sports. He participated in football, baseball,
golf, skiing, hiking and physical conditioning. His hobbies included cooking,
gardening and learning to master playing the bagpipes.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandmother,
Eleanor Buck of Southbury; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Jamie and Gail
Keefe of North Yarmouth, Maine, David and Tara Keefe of Bridgewater and
Dan and Sherri Keefe of Brookfield; 3 nieces, Cameron, Marin and Lily;
16 aunts and uncles; and 20 cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church,
Brookfield, Wednesday morning at 10:30, with Police Department Honors.
Cremation will take place at the convenience of the family.
Friends will be received at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury
on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friends are asked to please omit flowers. Contributions may be made
to Immaculate High School, 73 Southern Blvd., Danbury, CT 06810 or to the
charity of one's choice.
Mary Margaret McAllister
The death of Mary Margaret McAllister, 37, of McAllister Road, Danbury,
occurred at Bethel Health Care Monday.
Born in West Hartford, she was the daughter of Frances M. (Infurchia)
McAllister and the late J. Robert McAllister. Miss McAllister was a lifelong
Danbury resident, attended Danbury High School, Class of 1981, and Western
Connecticut State University.
She had been employed in Clerical Work at Nestle's International of
New Milford, and was a member of St. Gregory the Great Church.
Besides her mother, with whom she made her home, she is survived by
a sister and her husband, Melissa M. and Robert Chojnacki of Rocky Mount,
North Carolina; 2 nieces, Caitlyn E. and Reagan A. Chojnacki, both of Rocky
Mount; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at the convenience of the family.
There are no calling hours.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Living Trust of St. Gregory
the Great Church, 85 Great Plain Rd., Danbury, CT 06811.
The Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White St., is in charge of arrangements.
Michelle Duggan of Fox Run Road, wife of Scott Duggan, died Saturday
morning at Montefiore Medical Center in The Bronx after a long battle with
cancer. She was 43 years old.
Mrs. Duggan was born October 3, 1956 in Dallas, Texas, daughter of Howard
and Gretchen (Hackett) Jagolinzer. She spent her early years in Texas,
moving to Brookfield when she was a young girl. She attended schools in
Brookfield before moving to Woodbury with her husband in 1983. She made
many friends in the area and adored Woodbury where she worked as a waitress
at Carole Peck's Good News Cafe.
Besides her husband and parents of Woodbury, she leaves two daughters,
Brianna and Alea Duggan, both of Woodbury; as well as several aunts and
A memorial service will be held Thursday evening June 22nd 7:00 p.m.
at North Congregational Church in Woodbury with the Reverend Mark Heilshorn
officiating. The Woodbury Funeral Home of Munson-Lovetere, 2 School Street,
is in charge of arrangements.
A trust fund for the Duggan children will be set up at a later date.
Jacob Bartovic, 95, of 238 Wellsville Ave., New Milford, husband of
the late Madeline (Ilka) Bartovic, died Sunday at New Milford Hospital.
Mr. Bartovic was born in Bratislana, Czechoslovakia, July 25, 1904.
He had lived in New York City for a number of years, moving to New Milford
He was employed by the Nestle Company in New Milford for many years
before his retirement. He was a parishioner of St. Francis Xavier Church
in New Milford.
He is survived by a niece, Stephanie Ilka of New York City.
Funeral Services on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Francis Xavier Church,
New Milford with a Mass of Christian Burial.
Interment in St. Francis Cemetery, New Milford.
Friends may call at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford,
on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Rose C. Petersen
Rose C. Petersen, age 97, of Sandy Hook, died Saturday, June 17, 2000
at Harborside Healthcare-Glen Hill, Danbury. She was the wife of the late
Mrs. Petersen was born in Springvale, Maine, October 18, 1902, a daughter
of the late Eugene and Mary Jane Croteau. A resident of Newtown the past
60 years, Mrs. Petersen was a retired waitress.
She is survived by 1 niece, 2 nephews, several great nieces and great
nephews and many close friends.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, July 1, 2000 at 10:30 a.m.
in St. Rose of Lima Church, Newtown. Private interment in Newtown Village
Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Contributions may be made to Newtown
Vol. Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 344, Newtown, CT 06470. Arrangements
by Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main St., Newtown.
ARNOYS, Frances Healy Burr,94, of Summit Drive, NewMilford, June 17,
2000. CH: No calling hours. F:Graveside Services, Tuesday (today) at 11
a.m., St Peter's Cemetery, Danbury (Lillis Funeral Home, New Milford)
BARTOVIC, Jacob, 95, of 238 Wellsville Ave., New Milford, June 18, 2000.
CH: Wednesday, 7 to 9 p.m. F: Thursday, 9:30 a.m., St. Francis Xavier Church,
New Milford. (Lillis Funeral Home, New Milford)
CARMAN, Florence Ada,78, of Southbury, June 15, 2000. CH: Monday, 6
to 9 p.m. F:Tuesday, 11 a.m., Stevens Memorial United Methodist Church,
Vista, NY (Bouton Funeral Home, Georgetown, CT)
DANISKA, Dorothy A., 82, of 72 Ramapoo Road, Ridgefield, formerly of
Danbury, June 18, 2000. CH: Wednesday, 5 to 8 p.m. F: Thursday, 10:30 a.m.,
St. Mary's Church, Ridgefield. (Kane Funeral Home, Ridgefield)
FULLER, Lawrence, May 31, 2000. F: Graveside service, Wednesday, 1 p.m.,
Wooster Cemetery, Danbury. (Tomlinson Homestead, Danbury)
GOTTHARDT, John, M., 38, of Danbury, June 16, 2000. CH:Monday, 5 to
8 p.m. F:Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. St. Edward the Confessor Church, New Fairfield.
(Green Funeral Home, Danbury)
HARVEY, George D.,72, of Brewster, NY, June 16, 2000. CH:Sunday, 7 to
9 p.m. and Monday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. F:Tuesday, 10 a.m. St. Lawrence
O'Toole Church, Brewster, N.Y. (Beecher Funeral Home, Brewster, N.Y.)
JOHNSEN, Hilda A., 102, of Brewster, N.Y., June 18, 2000. CH: Wednesday,
10 a.m. to 12 noon. F: Wednesday, 12 noon, at the funeral home. (Beecher
Funeral Home, Brewster, N.Y.)
KEEFE, Cpl. Kevin Cameron, 38, of Chestnut St., Bethel, June 18, 2000.
CH: Tuesday, 5 to 9 p.m. F: Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., St. Joseph Church, Brookfield.
(Green Funeral Home, Danbury)
LEWIS, Earl Ralph, 81, of Danbury, June 15, 2000. CH: Tuesday, following
the services in the church hall. F: Tuesday, 7 p.m., Christian Central
Church, Danbury. (Green Funeral Home, Danbury)
McALLISTER, Mary Margaret, 37, of McAllister Rd., Danbury, June 19,
2000. CH: No calling hours. F: Thursday, at the convenience of the family.
(Cornell Memorial Home, Danbury)
O'MARRA, Patricia, 45, of Littlefield Road, New Milford, June 17, 2000.
CH: Tuesday, 6 to 9 p.m. F: Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., St. Francis Xavier Church,
New Milford. (Colonial Funeral Home, New Milford)
RICKERT, Donald W.,77, formerly of Danbury, May 23, 2000. CH:Tuesday,
5 to 8 p.m. F:Wednesday, 1 p.m. graveside Wooster Cemetery (Cornell Memorial
RUEHL, Calvin A.,71, of Danbury, June 17, 2000. CH: No calling hours.
F:Memorial Service, Tuesday, 5 p.m., King Street United Church of Christ,
Danbury. (Green Funeral Home, Danbury)
SEE, William "Willy" F.,of 3 Olive St., Danbury, June 17, 2000. CH:
Wednesday, 10 to 11 a.m. F: Wednesday, 11 a.m. (Cornell Memorial Home,
October 1, 2000
Theodore L. "Ted" Boccuzzi, Sr.
Born on August 10, 1911 in San Mango Sul Colore, Italy, he was the son of the late Carmine and Concetta DiNardo Boccuzzi. A resident of Stamford for the past 72 years, he worked for the Atlas Powder Co. of Stamford; was manager of the former Springdale Ice and Coal; was a manager for Graves & Strang Co.; and a maintenance mechanic for Polymer Industries. He was also a self-employed builder and landscaper, in the Stamford, Darien, Greenwich and New Canaan areas. He was a volunteer at the Greenwich Garden Center and a member of St. Leo's Church.
He is survived by four sons; Carmine, D., John S., and Salvatore R. Boccuzzi all of Stamford; Theodore L. Boccuzzi, Jr. of Danbury; a daughter, Connie Nelson of Chesterfield, VA; and a sister, Eva Gambali of Naples, Italy. He is also survived by thirteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 3rd at 10:30 a.m. at St. Leo's Roman Catholic Church, Roxbury & Stillwater Roads, Stamford, followed by burial in St. John's Cemetery, Darien.
Calling hours will be held on Monday evening, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the
Jerome C. Massari & Sons Funeral Home, located at 2900 Summer Street,
Stamford. Contributions may be made in his memory to E.M.S. Services of
Stamford or the Patchwork Adult Care Center at Palmer Hill in his memory.
Irene Pasquarella was born in Bridgeport, CT on May 30, 1914, a daughter of the late John and Esther Kalman. She lived in Danbury prior to her move to Central Florida in 1997.
Besides her husband of 60 years, she is survived by a daughter, Cindy Bennette, five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, at 2 p.m. in the Brownlie-Maxwell Chapel. There are no calling hours.
Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home, PO Box 157, Melbourne, FL 32902 is in
charge of arrangements.
Songwriter Carl Sigman dies
One of Sigman's best-known legacies is a phone number. In 1938 he wrote "Pennsylvania 6-5000," in tribute to the Hotel Pennsylvania, where the Dorsey Brothers, Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw regularly performed. The Glenn Miller Orchestra recorded the song. The phone number, PE6-5000, still rings at the hotel.
Sigman, who died Tuesday, wrote the words to Duke Ellington's "All Too Soon" in 1940 and "What Now My Love," for which he wrote English lyrics in 1966 for a French song written four years earlier. Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Sonny and Cher and Mitch Ryder sang his version.
He also wrote the words to "Ebb Tide," a song originally composed as an instrumental by the harpist Robert Maxwell; Vic Damone, the Platters and the Righteous Brothers, among others, recorded it.
More recently, his "Enjoy Yourself" was used in the 1997 Woody Allen movie "Everybody Says I Love You."
Sigman's son, Michael, noted that a Mercedes commercial shown during the current Olympics used "Enjoy Yourself."
A graduate of New York University Law School, Sigman was admitted to the bar, but never practiced. Instead, he was drawn to music and became acquainted with Johnny Mercer, the lyricist, vocalist and composer who became his mentor.
In 1942, Sigman was drafted into the Army and served in Europe in the
crew of a glider. He was awarded a Bronze Star for heroism. He also wrote
what became the 82nd Airborne Division's official song, "The All American
Soldier," receiving a $25 war bond for the achievement.
BOCCUZZI, Theodore L. "Ted", Sr, 89, father of Theodore Boccuzzi of Danbury, September 29, 2000 CH:Monday, 4 to 8 p.m. F:Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., St Leo's Roman Catholic Church, Roxbury & Stillwater Rds, Stamford (Jerome C. Massari & Sons Funeral Home, 2900 Summer St. Stamford)
GALLAGHER, James E., 76, of Hawthorne, S.C., formerly of Bethel, Sept. 28, 2000.
JURENKA, Shirleyann Reardon, 77, formerly of Newtown and Danbury, Sept. 28, 2000. CH: Monday, after 9 a.m. F: Monday, 10 a.m., St. Rose Church, Newtown. (Honan Funeral Home, Newtown)
McKEEVER, Winifred McCue, 83, of 10 Clearbrook Raod, Danbury, Sept. 28, 2000. CH: Sunday, 3 to 6 p.m. F: Monday, 10 a.m., St. Gregory the Great Church, Danbury. (Green Funeral Home, Danbury)
PECK, Judith A., 59, of Meetinghouse Terrace, New Milford, Sept. 28, 2000. CH: Sunday, 5 to 8 p.m. F: Monday, 11 a.m., New Fairfield Congregational Church. (Green Funeral Home, Danbury)
PASQUARELLA, Irene,86, formerly of Danbury, September 27, 2000. No Calling Hours. F:Memorial service, Thursday, 2 p.m. at Brownlie-Maxwell Chapel. (Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home, Po Box 157, Melbourne, FL 32902)
PATTERSON, Gertrude Aileen Morey, 94, of Middlebury, formerly of New Milford, Sept. 28, 2000. F: Monday, 1:30 p.m. at Colonial Funeral Home, New Milford. (Colonial Funeral Home, New Milford)
SANTONASTASO, Joseph P., 52, of Danbury, Sept. 28, 2000. CH: Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. F: Monday, 10 a.m., St. Jospeh's Church, Danbury. (Tomlinson Homestead, Danbury)