Miscellaneous Fairfield County, CT Obituaries


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William J. Mulvey
William J. Mulvey, age 74, of Lexington, KY, died late Sunday night, December 3, 2000 at his home. He was born July 7, 1926 in Norwalk, CT, the third and youngest son of the late Robert and Hanna-May (McCryne) Mulvey.

After serving in the US Navy during World War II, he worked as an auto mechanic in Norwalk. He also worked at Norwalk Hospital as a maintenance mechanic for many years before moving to Lexington, KY where he worked at Baptist Memorial Hospital until his retirement.

He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Mulvey Jr., his sister, Shirley (Mulvey) Nolan and two sons, William Mulvey Jr. and Bruce Mulvey.

He is survived by one son, Thomas Mulvey of Lexington, KY and seven daughters, Barbara Newkirk, Evelyn Muehlfeld, Valerie Bradshaw of Bethel, CT, Mary Chism of Claremore, OK, Kathy Martin of Edgewater, MD, Tracy Haddad of Danbury, CT and Laurie Psenicnik of New Milford, CT.

Funeral will be at Kerr Bros. Funeral Home, Lexington, KY, December 7 at 2:00 p.m.

Helen M. Layman
Helen Mary Densky Layman, age 74, of Bethel, CT, died Monday at Danbury Hospital. She was the wife of Edward L. Layman.

Mrs. Layman was born in Stamford, CT, March 26, 1926, a daughter of the late Henry and Helen Burke Densky. She was a resident of Stamford until moving to Bethel in 1979.

Besides her husband of 54 years, she is survived by 2 sons: Donald E. Layman and his wife Patricia of Waterbury, CT, Robert L. Layman and his wife Wendy of Bethel, CT; 2 daughters: Diane Riccelli and her husband Joseph of Bethel, CT, Cathy A. Hoetjes and her husband Peter of Bethel, CT; a brother: Ronald Densky of Brookfield, CT; 2 sisters: Lorraine DeLeo of Stamford, CT, Shirley McGuire of Bethel, CT; 10 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by 2 brothers: Henry Densky and Raymond Densky.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Church, Bethel, CT, Thursday morning at 10:00. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bethel.

The family will receive friends at the Bethel Funeral Home, 215 Greenwood Ave., Bethel, Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 9:00.

Joseph E. Engelbrektsson
Joseph Edvin Engelbrektsson, 91, of New Milford, formerly of Brookfield, died at New Milford Hospital December 3, 2000.

Born in Myckleby Orust, Sweden, 7 February, 1909, to the late Emil and Matilda Andersson Engelbrektsson. He emigrated to the United States in May 1928. In October 1948 Joseph married Inga-Britt Ahman and they settled in Danbury. In 1956 the family moved to Brookfield where they lived for the next 34 years. In 1990 they moved to New Milford.

Joseph was well-known throughout Western Connecticut and Eastern New York for the floor refinishing business he started in 1946. Joseph was a friendly, kind-hearted, hardworking man who provided customers with beautiful floors until he retired in 1989.

Joseph is survived by his loving wife Inga-Britt and his beloved children: daughters, Birgit and Dorothy and her husband Ray Dalton; and son Eric and his wife Melinda. He was the loving MorFar of Carl and Daniel Dalton and FarFar of Paige, Sarah, and Brooke Engelbrektsson. In Orust, Sweden he is survived by his sister Astrid and his nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 6 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, on the Green, in New Milford CT.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Joseph to the New Milford Visiting Nurse Association, 68 Park Lane Rd., New Milford, CT 06776.

Rose Marie Fox
Rose Marie Fox, age 84, of Woodbury, CT, formerly of Greenwich, on December 3, 2000 at Norwalk Hospital.

Born in Maynard, Ohio, November 21, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Anna Skovron Klaker.

She was predeceased by her husband, James Fox, 1991. She was also predeceased by 2 brothers, John and Joseph Skovron, and by 4 sisters, Edna Krampa, Elizabeth Verrastro, Josephine Fudale, Bertha Kucharski.

She is survived by a son, William Lemons of Woodbury, Conn. and 2 daughters, Phyllis Bodnar of Danbury, Conn, Dian Mecca of Norwalk, Conn.; 1 brother, Walter Skovron of Greenwich; 4 sisters, Mary Donley of Commack, Long Island, N.Y., Connie Laganegro of Port Chester, N.Y., Dorothy Carino of Greenwich, Jean Nethercott of Greenwich. Also survived by four grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter.

Mass of Christian Burial, Wednesday, 10 a.m., St. Paul’s R.C. Church, Glenville. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Greenwich. Friends may call at the Castiglione Funeral Home, 134 Hamilton Ave., Greenwich, Tuesday, (today), 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Lung Association of CT, 45 Ash St., East Hartford, CT 06108-3272.

George K. Miller
George K. Miller Sr., 70, husband of Elizabeth E. “Ellamay” (Hulse) Miller, of Tamarack Ave., Danbury, died at the Danbury Hospital on Monday, December 4, 2000.

He was born in Danbury, December 9, 1929, son of the late Ward B. and Grace (Ridgeway) Miller. Mr. Miller had been a lifetime Danbury resident and was a retired security officer, having worked for the Davis & Geck Co. in Danbury for several years.

He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Mr. Miller had also served as a constable for the City of Danbury for many years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Georgette Navarra of South Kent and Katherine Bresson and her husband Tom of Southbury; a son, George K. Miller Jr. and his wife Tara of Danbury; a sister, Marion DeLuca of Danbury; 5 grandchildren, Katrice Bogie, Steven Navarra, Mariette Navarra, Thomas Bresson Jr. and Melissa Bresson and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Ward B. Miller and Donald Miller. Funeral Services will be held at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury on Thursday morning at 11 a.m. Burial will take place in St. Peter Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Green Funeral Home on Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.

James J. McManus
James J. McManus, 83, of 15 Fairview Avenue, Ridgefield, husband of Patricia (Potter) McManus, died on Sunday, December 3, 2000 at the Danbury Hospital.

Mr. McManus was born in Ridgefield, March 27, 1917, a son of the late Peter A. and Mary E. (Connelly) McManus. In early years, Mr. McManus attended Ridgefield schools, St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, Conn. and graduated from the former Ridgefield Boys School.

He was a builder by trade; first being associated with his family in the Peter A. McManus & Sons Building Contractors and in later years owned and operated the James J. McManus Building Contractor Company of Ridgefield.

Mr. McManus in 1960, became the Assistant Building Official for the Town of Ridgefield and then in 1970 became the Building Inspector for the Town of Ridgefield, a position he held until his retirement in 1990.

Over the years, Mr. McManus received certificates of achievement in the building and inspection areas from various professional and educational organizations; namely, the New England Association of Fire Marshals, the Building Officials Code Administrators International, the University of Connecticut Institute of Public Service, the State of Connecticut Continuing Education Program, the CT Building Officials Association and the National Academy of Code Administrators.

Mr. McManus was involved in the building of many area buildings including the Girl Scout Facility of Ridgefield, the Veterans Park School, the Ridgefield Gym and the former Manresa Retreat.

He was widely respected for his expertise in the building trades and through it developed many friends and followers by his ability to help homeowners and builders achieve what the State of Connecticut Building Code required. A World War II US Navy veteran, Mr. McManus served with the Sea Bees.

Mr. McManus served the Town of Ridgefield as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals and Board of Tax Review. He was a member of the Marquette Council Knights of Columbus of Ridgefield as well as St. Mary’s Church.

In addition to his spouse of 59 years, he is survived by four daughters, Michele Masi and her husband John of Danbury, Eileen Dempsey and her husband Edward of Avon, CT, Maureen Gawlik and her husband Richard of Andover, MA and Sheenah Mische and her husband Philip of Ridgefield; two sons, Peter McManus and his wife Angela of Danbury and Mark McManus and his wife Elizabeth of Ridgefield; a sister, Monica Ustie of Danbury and a brother, Frederick McManus of Whitestone, VA; as well as 20 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. A sister, Jeanette Jones and 2 brothers, Richard McManus and Joseph McManus, predeceased him.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Ridgefield. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ridgefield, with military honors.

Friends will be received in the Kane Funeral Home, 41 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield, on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Contributions in Mr. McManus’ memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Assoc. of Ridgefield, 90 East Ridge or to the Ridgefield Fire Dept., Ambulance Fund, 6 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877.

Josephine H. Baker
Josephine H. Baker, 100, formerly of Myrtle Avenue, Danbury and Ridgefield, died Sunday, December 3, 2000 at Beacon Brook Health Care in Naugatuck. She was the wife of the late Louis F. Baker.

Born June 5, 1900 in Ridgefield, CT, she was a daughter of the late Edward J. and Susan (Shea) Hurst. She was a graduate of Danbury Normal School and New Britain Teachers College with a BA degree.

Mrs. Baker was employed by the Ridgefield Board of Education and taught at Ridgefield High School from 1928 to 1949. She traveled extensively and collected and sold antiques in Ridgefield. After the death of her late husband, she moved to Danbury and was a member of St. Joseph Church.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church, Thursday morning at 9 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Ridgefield, CT.

There are no calling hours. The Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury is in charge of arrangements.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Father Baker’s Home for Crippled Children, Lackawana, NY.

Sharon E. Fagan
Sharon E. Fagan, 40, of 339 Barrack Hill Road, Ridgefield, wife of Robert O’Sullivan Fagan, passed away on Friday, December 1, 2000, at the Norwalk, CT Hospital.

Mrs. Fagan was born in Minden, LA, March 22, 1960, a daughter of Norman J. Cone Jr. of Minden, LA and Dorothy (Rogers) Cone of Ridgefield, CT.

She attended Minden schools and graduated from Centenary College of Shreveport, LA with a BS in Accounting.

Upon graduation from Centenary she moved to New York City where she accepted a position with a New York accounting. firm.

A resident of Ridgefield for the past ten years coming from New York, she was a volunteer for the Meals On Wheels Program, a member of St. Mary’s Church and of its Young Mothers Club.

Sharon enjoyed sewing, home renovation planning and interior design. She most especially enjoyed her husband, children, family and friends and was most proud to be called “Mom”. She will be long remembered as the most perfect mom a child could hope for.

Surviving Sharon also are two sons, Robert O. Fagan and Patrick A. Fagan; a daughter, Sharon Elizabeth Fagan all of Ridgefield; two sisters, Terri Cone of Ridgefield and Cynthia Webb of New Orleans, LA; a brother, Norman Cone III of Minden, LA; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Ridgefield with the Rev. Robert P. Morrissey, pastor, officiating.

Interment will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ridgefield.

Friends will be received in the Kane Funeral Home, 41 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield on Wednesday from 4 p.m.-8 p.m.

Contributions in Sharon’s memory may be made to the Fagan Children Trust Fund, The Ridgefield Bank, 150 Danbury Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877.

Elizabeth M. Staples

Elizabeth M. Staples, age 90, wife of the late Stanley Staples of 26 Diamond Drive, Newtown CT, died in her home Saturday, December 2, 2000.

She was born in New York City September 28, 1910, daughter of the late John K. and Mathilde (Stelling) Ropke. Mrs. Staples was a graduate of New York Teachers College. A resident of Newtown since 1976, she had previously lived for many years in Rockville Center, NY.

She is survived by 2 nephews and their wives, Franklin P. Payne of Baldwin, NY and Jeffrey B. Payne of Deer Park, NY; 1 niece Jane Payne of Newtown, CT. Also 5 great-nieces and great-nephews, Janice Stock, Charles, Christine, Cynthia, and Christopher Payne.

Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements by Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main St., Newtown, CT.

Irene (Jennings) Grisell
Irene (Jennings) Grisell, 80, of 15 Brown’s Forge Road, Gaylordsville, died Sunday at Sharon Hospital, Sharon, CT.

She was born in Kent, CT January 19, 1920, a daughter of the late Clarence and Lucy (Seger) Jennings. She was a graduate of the former Kent High School, moved to New Milford in 1942 and had been a Therapy Aide at the Harlem Valley State Hospital in Wingdale, NY from 1950 to her retirement in 1975.

She is survived by one daughter, Susan I. Grisell and one sister, Annie Jennings, both of New Milford; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Kent. Interment in Morningside Cemetery, Gaylordsville.

Friends may call at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

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