Miscellaneous Fairfield County, CT Obituaries


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Hugh Paul (Bub) Brooks 
Hugh Paul (Bub) Brooks, age 79, formerly of Danbury, died Friday, November 9, 2001, in Surfside Beach, SC. 

Mr. Brooks was born June 23, 1922 in Mt. Kisco, NY, son of the late John E. and Alicia (O’Brien) Brooks. 

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. In 1982, after 37 years, he retired from the New York Telephone Company and moved to Murrells Inlet, SC. 

He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and performed public service following many area hurricanes and assisted youth development programs at local schools. 

Besides his wife of over 60 years, Doris L. (Dennett) Brooks, he leaves a son, Dennis, and his wife Sheila, and a daughter, Carol Lewis, and her husband Richard, all of New Milford; another son, Kevin, and his wife Moira reside in Brookfield. 

Mr. Brooks is survived by five brothers: John and James, both of Murrells Inlet, SC; Matthew of Garden City, SC; Robert of Trenton, NJ; and Arthur of Cary, NC; and grandchildren: Ryan and Erin Lewis; Maureen Ross; Timothy, Neil, Ellen, Austin and Thomas Brooks; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

He was predeceased by a brother, William Brooks. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Michael’s Church in Garden City, SC, on Nov. 15. 

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Mayer Funeral Home, Georgetown, SC. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at the convenience of the family. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice, P.O. Box 640, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579.

Walton A. MacCaughern 
Walton A. MacCaughern, 72, of Harwich, MA, in Brewster, MA, on Sunday, November 11, 2001. Husband of Eileen M. (Hussey) MacCaughern. Father of William N. MacCaughern of Redding, CT; Barbara J. Pires of Alpharetta, GA; Walton A. MacCaughern Jr. of Park City, Utah; Scott A. MacCaughern of Trebuco Canyon, CA; Susan A. Maraghy of Fairfax Station, VA; and Patricia M. Morris of Norcross, GA. Grandfather of Kelly Pires. 

Mr. MacCaughern was born in Stamford, CT and had lived in West Redding for many years. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1946 to 1949 and again from 1951 to 1952. He owned and operated Walt’s Boat Basin in Stamford from 1950 to 1951. For 11 years he owned and operated Tony’s Hobby Center in Darien and later worked as a construction superintendent for AP Construction Co. in Stamford until he retired in 1994. 

A funeral from Doane, Beal & Ames, 260 Main St., West Harwich, MA, on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, in Holy Trinity Church, West Harwich, at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA, on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Cape Cod, 923 Route 6A, Yarmouthport, MA 02675.

Betty Pouliot Metz 
Betty (Beulah) Pouliot Metz, 88, of Ridgefield, wife of the late George E. Metz, died Friday in the Danbury Hospital. 

Mrs. Metz was born in East Raygate, Vermont, the daughter of the late Odelon and Georgianna O’Burn Pouliot and had been a Norwalk resident for more than forty years. 

Survivors include three sons: J. Raymond Metz of Ridgefield, CT, Donald Metz of Danbury, CT, and Henry Metz of Wells, Maine; one daughter, Lily White of Powhatan, Virginia; one brother, John Pouliot of Edison, New Jersey; one sister, Arlene O’Sullivan of Bethel, CT; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. in St. Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Avenue, Norwalk, CT. Interment will take place in St. John Cemetery, Richards Avenue, Norwalk. 

Friends may call on Monday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. 

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 372 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897.

BLOOM, Alice J., 88, of Brewster, N.Y., Oct. 20, 2001. No calling hours. F: Memorial service, Monday, 11 a.m., at the funeral home. (Beecher Funeral Home, Brewster, N.Y.) 

BROOKS, Hugh Paul “Bub,” 79, formerly of Danbury, Nov. 9, 2001. F: Thursday, St. Michael’s Church, Garden City, S.C. (Mayer Funeral Home, Garden City, S.C.) 

HADDAD, Mary (Khalli), 104, of Crosby Manor, Danbury, Nov. 10. 2001. CH: Wednesday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., St. George Church, Danbury. F: Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., at the church. (Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, Danbury) 

JOHNSON, Charles P., 73, of New Fairfield, Nov. 9, 2001. CH: Monday, 5 to 8 p.m. F: Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., St. Peter Church, Danbury. (Cornell Memorial Home, Danbury) 

KASTELIC, Gloria Mastre, 73, of 6 Indian Ridge Road, New Milford, Nov. 8, 2001. F: Monday, 10 a.m., Our Lady of the Lakes Church, New Milford. (Lillis Funeral Home, New Milford) 

KOVACS, Rita Boyer, 86, of Bethel and Newtown, Nov. 8, 2001. CH: Tuesday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. F: Wednesday, 10 a.m., St. Mary Church, Bethel. (Green Funeral Home, Danbury) 

MacCAUGHERN, Walton A., 72, of Harwich, MA, Nov. 11, 2001. CH: Tuesday, 4 to 7 p.m. F: Wednesday, 9 a.m., Holy Trinity Church, West Harwich, Mass. (Doane, Bell & Ames, West Harwich, Mass.) 

MAIZENBERG, Marina, a former Danbury resident, Nov. 9, 2001. F: Monday, noon, United Jewish Cemetery, Brookfield. 

METZ, Betty (Beulah) Pouliot Metz, 88, of Ridgefield, Nov. 9, 2001. CH: Monday, 4 to 8 p.m. F: Tuesday, 10 a.m., St. Matthew Church, Norwalk. (Collins Funeral Home, Norwalk) 

MILLS, William H., 62, of Bethel, Nov. 9, 2001. CH: Monday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 pm. F: Tuesday, 10 a.m., at the funeral home. (Bethel Funeral Home) 

PARKER, Mary W., 109, of Katonah, N.Y., Oct. 22, 2001. F: Memorial service, Thursday, 3 p.m., St. Matthew’s Church, Bedford, N.Y. 

POPP, Gertrude Waterhouse, 75, of 3 Grove Place, Danbury, Nov. 8, 2001. F: Monday, 10:30 a.m., in the funeral home. (Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, Danbury) 

RYAN, Christine, 86, of Danbury, Nov. 10, 2001 CH: No calling hours F: Monday, 10:30 a.m., St. Peter Church, Danbury. (Green Funeral Home, Danbury) 

SUTAY, Marilyn M., 77, of Redding, formerly of Bridgeport and Monroe, Nov. 9, 2001. F: Monday, 11 a.m., Park Cemetery, Bridgeport. (Bethel Funeral Home) 

WARDELL, Ellen Eichler, of New Fairfield, Nov. 7, 2001. F: Tuesday, noon, St. Edward the Confessor Church, New Fairfield. (Green Funeral Home, Danbury) 

CH: Calling hours. F: Funeral services.

Mary Haddad 
Mary (Khalli) Haddad, 104, of Crosby Manor, Danbury, wife of the late George Haddad, died on Saturday morning, November 10, 2001, at Mediplex of Danbury. 

Mrs. Haddad was born in Lebanon, October 25, 1897, a daughter of the late Boutros and Najme (Said) Khalli. She immigrated to the United States from Lebanon in 1907, first settling in Lawrence, MA, and later moving to Rocky Mountain, NC, and, in 1927 settling in Danbury. 

In early years, Mrs. Haddad was employed in the local hatting industry, and, in later years, as a homemaker. 

She was a member of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church of Danbury. 

A daughter, Janet Piersall of Brewster, NY, nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren, survive Mrs. Haddad. 

A son, Joseph P. Haddad, and a daughter, Rose McDonough, predeceased her. 

The Rite of Burial will take place on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 125 Kohanza Street, Danbury, with the Rev. Joseph Longofono officiating. 

Burial will follow in Wooster Cemetery, Danbury. 

Friends will be received at St. George Church on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. 

Contributions in Mrs. Haddad’s memory may be made to St. George Church Building Fund. 

The Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Avenue, Danbury, is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy A. Plisko 
Dorothy A. Plisko, age 78, wife of the late John Plisko, formerly of Halpin Lane, Ridgefield, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, at Laurelwood Convalescent Center. 

She was born in Greenwich, CT, Aug. 21, 1923, a daughter of the late Ray and Agnes (Colthrup) Lent. A resident of Ridgefield for 15 years, she was formerly a resident of Newtown for 25 years. 

She was a former 22-year employee of Dualite Co. in Newtown. 

She is survived by one son, Richard O’Connor of Bethel, CT. Funeral services will be private. 

Burial will be in Newtown Village Cemetery. 

There are no calling hours. 

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

Marie T. McGivern 
Marie T. (Oberle) McGivern, 85, formerly of Danbury and Long Island, NY, died Friday, November 9, 2001 at Dammert Geriatric Center in Belleville, IL. 

Mrs. McGivern was a graduate of John Adams High School, Queens, NY. She was a secretary for one of the professors at St. John’s University, Long Island, NY and later at Perkin-Elmer in Danbury. Marie always had a great devotion to the Blessed Mother and for that reason she left Danbury to be a part of the Apartment Community of Our Lady of the Snows National Shrine in Belleville, IL. 

Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, Harry J. and Lucille Oberle, Jr., of San Diego, CA; a step-daughter, Mary Kate McGivern Lincoff; two step grandchildren, Allison and Matthew Lincoff, all of Wakefield, MA; four nephews, Harry J. Oberle, III, of Concord, CA, Jon R. Oberle of Pittsburgh, PA, Richard Oberle of Winter Park, CO, and Christopher P. Oberle of San Diego, CA. She was predeceased by her first husband, Martin Leonard; her second husband, James McGivern, whom she married in Danbury; and her parents Harry J. and Marie A. (Tivnan) Oberle, Sr. 

A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2001 at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Apartment Community Chapel, Belleville, IL at 11:15 AM. 

Arrangements by George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, 120 North Illinois Street, Belleville, IL 62220.

Christine Ryan 
Christine Ryan, 86, of Danbury, died at Heritage Heights Nursing Home, Saturday, November 10, 2001, following a lengthy illness. 

She was born in Ireland, December 4, 1914, a daughter of the late William and Mary (Casey) Ryan. She moved to the United States in 1952 and has been a local resident since. 

Christine is survived by two sisters, Josephine M. Ryan of Brookfield and Melda Watkins of England; a brother, Michael Ryan of Wales and several nieces and nephews. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Peter Church, Danbury on Monday at 10:30 AM. Interment will be at the convenience of the family There will be no calling hours. 

Contributions may be made to DATAHR, 166 Old Brookfield Road, Brookfield, CT 06804. 

Green Funeral Home, 57 Main Street, Danbury is in charge of arrangements.

Charles P. Johnson 
Charles Per Johnson died suddenly at the Waterbury Hospital on Nov. 9, 2001, at the age of 73. 

He was the husband of Kathleen McNamara Johnson and lived in New Fairfield, CT. 

He was born in Chicago Ill., March 16, 1927, son of the late Simon and Elsie Johnson. He was a pioneer in the telecommunications industry and was founder (in 1969), chairman and CEO of General DataComm Industries, Inc. of Middlebury, CT — a developer and manufacturer of data communications equipment. 

Charles was a U.S. Navy veteran who served in the Pacific during World War II. 

After his military service, he received a degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern University while working as a lineman for Illinois Bell Telephone. 

His career continued as a transmission engineer of Illinois Bell, and, as a manager for ITT Kellogg Co. in Chicago, where he sold and coordinated the equipment for the telephone company designated to provide communications for the U.S. Military Missile Program. 

He then moved east and became general manager of the Adler/Westrex Communications Division of Litton Industries. He then became vice president at Stelma, Inc., of Stamford, CT, and then founded General DataComm. 

He was founder of the Independent Data Communications Manufacturers Association, which was very successful in creating a competitive market for data communications equipment in the USA. 

He had been a member of the American Business Council and the American Electronics Association. 

Recently, he was a director of the Shoreview Homes Association in Danbury. 

Besides his loving wife, he is survived by his son, Charles Jr. of Marietta, GA; daughters. Susan Goodchild of Annisquamn MA, Debra Johnson of Wilton, CT, and Kirstin Johnson of Manhattan, Kansas; five grandchildren, Lindsey, Mallory, Christine, Charles III and Nicholas; his sister, Kenlynn Johnson of Perrysbury, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. 

His special in-laws, who quoted him as saying “He was the only Swede in McNamara’s Band,” as well as a host of friends and extended family, also survive him. 

He enjoyed boating, traveling, music, sports, and especially, family gatherings in Rhode Island and Connecticut. 

He was predeceased, by his son, Randy. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter Church, Main St., Danbury, CT. 

Burial will be in the family plot at St. Peter Cemetery. 

Friends may call at the Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White St. Danbury, CT, on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. 

Contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Rita Boyer Kovacs 
Rita Boyer Kovacs, 86, of Bethel and Newtown, died Thursday afternoon at Mediplex in Danbury. She was born in Holyoke, Mass., on June 23, 1915, the daughter of Theodore and Viola Boyer. 

She is survived by her husband, E. Paul Kovacs of Danbury, and her sister, Claire Bookwalter of Colorado. She is predeceased by her brother, Wilmer Boyer of Danbury. She also is survived by her sons, Paul J. Kovacs of Montana, Jerome P. Kovacs of Brookfield, Kenneth W. Kovacs and daughter-in-law Karen Kovacs of Bethel, and her daughters, Karen K. Parks of New Milford and Rita Weller of Danbury. She also is survived by her eight grandchildren, Kirsten Kovacs-Hardy, Adrienne Qui, Jennifer Kovacs, Jeremy Kovacs, Jessica Junger, Melissa Parks, Amanda Parks and Edward Weller; her two great-grandchildren, Jenna and Justin Qui; and several nieces and nephews. 

Rita graduated from Holyoke High School and moved to the Danbury area in 1933. She worked in Woolworth’s and the Mallory Hat Factory before her marriage to E. Paul Kovacs in 1936. With her husband, she started and was actively involved in the family’s general construction and gravel business while raising her children in the ’40s and ’50s. She was a past member of the Ridgewood Country Club where she was an accomplished golfer and avid bowler. 

Rita had a zest for life and an energy for raising her family. She was her own person and had a sense of humor. She will be sadly missed by all and will be lovingly remembered for her selfless generosity to all who knew her. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary Church, Bethel, on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury. Friends may call at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury, on Tuesday afternoon and evening from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. 

Contributions, in Mrs. Kovacs’ memory, may be made to St. Mary School, 24 Dodgingtown Road, Bethel, CT 06801.

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