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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 leader.

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 production companies.

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, officiating.

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 McCune

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 true friend.

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 Justice.

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

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 cousins.

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

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 in 1942.

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 James Petersen.

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 Home, Danbury)

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, Danbury)

October 1, 2000

Theodore L. "Ted" Boccuzzi, Sr.
Theodore L. "Ted" Boccuzzi, Sr, 89, of Stamford, husband of the late, Angelina Sullo Boccuzzi, died September 29, 2000 at the Stamford Hospital of natural causes.

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
Irene Pasquarella, 86, formerly of Danbury, passed away at the Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, FL on September 27, 2000. She was the wife of Alphonse Pasquarella.

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
MANHASSET, N.Y. (AP) Carl Sigman, who wrote music or words for dozens of songs, including the theme song to the 1950's "Robin Hood" television series, has died at age 91.

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)

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