Lynch, David J.

David J. Lynch a lifelong resident of New Milford, CT, passed away Friday March 16, 2018 in Danbury, CT, at the age of 69.
He was born in Danbury, CT, May 7, 1948 son of the late Daniel and Angela (Roux) Lynch. David worked for the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation for 35 years before retiring in 2003. He was also an avid collector of Lionel O gauge trains.
Besides his wife of fifty years, Rozanne (Ziolkowski), David is survived by his son David J. Lynch Jr. of Southbury, CT and his grandson Gavin Lynch who he called “ His Little Buddy “ affectionately.
Funeral services are private. Interment will take place in St. Francis Cemetery in New Milford, CT, in the spring.
Funeral arrangements handled by the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.
Contributions in David’s memory can be made to the New Milford Community Ambulance, P.O. Box 102, New Milford, CT 06776 or the CT Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 60 Darlin St., East Hartford, CT 06108.

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Rose M. Giammarino

rose-g.jpgRose M. Giammarino, 70, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, of New Milford, CT, died peacefully at Danbury Hospital on March 9, 2018. Born on September 30, 1947 in Brooklyn, NY the daughter of the late Juan and Rosa Gerena. She is preceded in death by her brother, John Gerena.

Rose started her career as a hairdresser later educating and inspiring others as a vocational teacher in the field.  Her career path also included her interests in real estate, and more importantly being an advocate and mentor for patients with traumatic brain injury. Rose loved animals, was an avid reader, and enjoyed music and loved to dance. She will mostly be remembered for leading a faith-filled life with her big heart and beautiful spirit.

Rose is survived by her husband Michael Giammarino of 40 years; her daughters; Rosemary Borger and Denise Knauf; her son; Frank W. Knauf, Jr., and her precious granddaughter who was the light of her life; Cassidy Denise Borger, and her step-son Michael Giammarino.

A funeral service will be held at Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT, on Saturday March 17, 2018 at 12pm. Memorial visitation will be held prior to the service from 10am-12pm. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations in memory of Rose be made to Lustgarten Foundation research department, 415 Crossways Park Dr D, Woodbury, NY 11797, to support her granddaughter’s senior project in remembrance of her father Scott Borger, Rose’s son-in-law.


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Williams, Robin M.

Robin M. Williams of Washington, CT, passed away Sunday March 4, 2018 in Danbury, CT, surrounded by her family at the age of 68.
She was born April 12, 1949 in Danbury, CT, daughter of the late Robert and Jane (McCarthy) Straiton. Ms. Williams graduated from Bethel High School in 1967 and was thrilled to attend her 50th class reunion last summer.  She moved from Bethel to Washington, CT, in 1971 and has worked as a care giver for the past fifteen years. She was very active in the Salem Covenant Church in Washington and she was an avid Yankee fan and UConn Woman’s Basket Ball fan.
Ms. Williams is survived by her son Clint Williams and his wife Lisa of Washington, CT, daughters; Melissa Sentman and her husband Andrew, Lori Foster and her husband Jason and Ellen Williams all of Huntingdon, PA, brother Robert Straiton of Bethel, CT, sister Christine Arcovio and her husband Joseph of Danbury, CT and her grandchildren Jenna and Samantha Williams, Alissa and Daniel Sentman, Jackson and Julia Foster and her cat Scout. Robin loved her trips to Huntingdon on the Amtrack to see her grandchildren.
A funeral service will take place at the Salem Covenant Church in Washington, CT, Thursday March 8, 2018 at 1:00pm. The Interment will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Bethel, CT, at the convenience of the family.
Contributions in Robin’s memory may be made to the Salem Covenant Church, 96 Baldwin Hill Rd., Washington Depot, CT 06794.
Arragements by the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.

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Belanger, Brian L.

Brian Lorenzo Belanger of Washington, CT, 58, passed away March 3, 2018 surrounded by loved ones in Poughkeepsie, NY.

He was born February 21, 1960 in Sharon, CT, to Roland and Marie-Ange (Laroche) Belanger. He attended grade school in New Preston and Shepaug Valley Schools in Washington, and worked at Titus Park in his teenage years. He then enlisted in the United States Army and worked as a wheel mechanic. It was because of this that his brother gave him the nickname of “Gomer Pyle”. Brian had a love for music and food, a wonderful ability to make people laugh with his grand stories and never complained about the cards given to him in life.  He loved spending time with his family, especially his beloved daughter, his loving parents, as well as all of his nieces and nephews. Brian always kept his foundation of faith from his days as an alter boy to the tattoo of Jesus Christ on his right arm. Brian is survived by his parents, Roland and Marie-Ange; daughter, Rachael Dennerlien; siblings, Dolores Belanger, Norman (Kathy) Belanger, Pamela McCalvin, and Vincent (Dawn) Belanger; nephews, James (Sarah), Thomas (Veronica), Lee and Aaron Belanger; niece, Lauren Belanger; step-niece, Mariah Stoughton; great-nieces, Addison and Aria Belanger; great-nephew, Logan Belanger; and step great-niece, Sofia Stoughton. He is predeceased by his brother-in-law, Ronald McCalvin, many aunts and uncles, as well as his Godparents, Armand and Yvonne Moreau, who he cherished fondly. Brian always loved gatherings with his large extended family in Vermont and held a special place in his heart for his paternal uncle and aunt, Lucien and Beverly Belanger. His family would like to extend special thanks to his caregivers over the years.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday March 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Washington, CT. Burial will take place in Washington Green Cemetery in the spring. Prior to the mass calling hours will take place at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT from 10:30 am to 12:15 am.

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McGrath, Elizabeth

Elizabeth McGrath (nee Canning) passed away on Saturday February 24th surrounded by her family after an extended illness. She was 87 years old.  Elizabeth was a native of Gorvagh, County Leitrim, Ireland and most recently resided in Sherman, CT.  She is survived by John McGrath, her loving husband of almost 60 years.  She is also survived by their two sons: Kieran and his wife Debbie of New Milford, CT and Declan and his wife Doreen of Brewster, NY; as well as 5 grandsons: Brian, Sean, Connor, Brendan and Liam.
Elizabeth emigrated from Ireland to New York City in 1954 and worked at Best & Company for several years before her marriage to John on June 14, 1958.  During her years of raising a family she resided in Flushing Queens where she was an active parishioner of St. Kevin’s Church.  For most of the past 25 years she and her husband John split their time between winters in Boynton Beach Florida and summers in the Northern Catskill Mountains of New York where they were active members in the Irish American Community especially with the MJ Quill Irish Cultural and Sports Centre in East Durham, NY and as a member of the Lady’s Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Fiercely independent and determined never to be a burden on anyone, she and John only relocated to Sherman, CT, to be near both of their sons about 18 months ago.  She will be fondly remembered as a devoted wife, a loving mother, a doting grandmother and as a woman of deep faith and conviction who will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
The family would like to extend our gratitude to Doctor Jeffrey Tyler, the Nursing and Medical Staff of New Milford Hospital and Jennifer Skene-Tiso for their compassionate and tender care that they provided over the past several months.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday February 27th at Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT, from the hours of 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday February 28th, 2018 at 10:30 am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Sherman, CT.  Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the American Cancer Society in her memory.


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Rossano, Josephine

Josephine Rossano, 94, passed away February 17, 2018, at the Candlewood Valley Health & Rehabilitation Center after several years’ struggle with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.  She was born April 13, 1923, daughter of the late Ignazio and Rose (Natalizio) Centineo, in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY.  Her elementary schooling was in the neighborhood, but, as a high school student, she was accepted into the renowned Textile High School program in Manhattan where she studied interior design.  It was here that her life-long involvement with the decorative arts began.
In 1943, in the midst of World War II, she married Vincent Rossano (known to all as “Ross”) and, soon thereafter, moved to Austin, Texas, to be near her husband’s station until the war ended.
In the early 1950’s, after her son and daughter were born, Josephine and Ross moved the family from Brooklyn to Bergen County, New Jersey, where she raised her children and operated a successful antique business.
In 1984, having been widowed several years earlier, she joined her daughter’s young family in Sherman, CT., where she spent the next thirty years.  These were some of the happiest years of her life as she watched her grandchildren grow and met many new friends through her work at Voltaire’s Shop and Gallery and later as Young Adult Specialist at the New Milford Public Library.  During these years she was also able to satisfy her yearning for travel to exotic places, most notably spending her 80th birthday with her good friend Judy Burroughs on China’s Yangtze River.
Josephine is survived by her daughter, Lorraine Dreier and her husband Matt of Danbury, her son, Vincent, Jr. of Burlington, VT, four grandchildren: Matthew Dreier and his wife Liz of Simsbury, Nicole Hoyle and her husband Dave of Middletown, Elizabeth Rossano and her husband Griffin Lussier of Hardwick, VT, and Vincent D. Rossano of Plainfield, VT, and by one great-grandchild: Julia Elizabeth Dreier.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (

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Griffith, Tina L.

Tina Louise Griffith of Hamden, CT passed away peacefully in Danbury, CT on February 13, 2018 at the age of 53.
She was born March 7, 1964 in Lewiston, ME, daughter of Hattie (Parbus) Griffith of Newtown CT, and the late James Griffith. Tina grew up in California, moved to Colorado Springs CO, and then moved to New Milford, CT where she lived until moving to Hamden, CT in 2016. She was a member of the Church of Christ in New Milford.
Besides her mother, Tina is survived by her sisters Belinda Ireland and her husband David of New Milford, CT and Joyce Leon and her fiancée Dennis Chiulli of Valley Cottage, NY and six nieces and five nephews.
A funeral service will be held at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT on Saturday February 24, 2018 at 6:00 pm.
Contributions in Tina’s memory may be made to Regional Hospice, 30 Milestone Road, Danbury, CT 06810.


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Fast, George V.

George V. Fast of New Milford, CT, passed away Tuesday February 6, 2018 in New Milford at the age of 89.
Born in Chicago, IL, November 14, 1928 he was the son of the late George and Katherine (Wiebe) Fast. On May 22, 1948 he married Eileen Loewen in Niagara Falls Ontario Canada. They moved from Niagara Falls to New Milford, CT, sixty years ago. Mr. Fast was in management at Kimberly Clark and retired in 1987 after 37 years and was a Charter member of the Bible Baptist Church in New Milford.
Mr. Fast is survived by his wife Eileen of New Milford, CT, sons Michael Fast of Kent, CT and Kevin Ricky Fast of New Milford, CT, daughter Katherine O’Keefe of Woodbury, CT, two sisters in Canada, a grandson Shawn O’Keefe and two great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday February 10, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT. Interment will be private. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home on Friday February 9, 2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

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O’Halloran, Lisa A.

Lisa Ann O’Halloran,of Sherman,CT,died peacefully with her husband by her side on Wednesday January 31, 2018 after valiant battle against Leiomyosarcoma (LMS), rare soft tissue cancer. She was 53 years old. Born July 1, 1964 in Fort Campbell, KY, daughter of the late James Oldham and Joan (Bolen) Oldham, of Clarksville, TN.

Lisa married the love of her life Thomas J. O’Halloran on December 28, 1991.Together they moved from Tennessee to Connecticut in 1998. Mrs. O’Halloran was a Corporate Flight attendant with Interlaken Capital Aviation Service for almost 5 years. Prior to being a Corporate Flight attendant she worked for the Litchfield County Times in sales and marketing. She received her degree from Miller-­-Motte College.

Lisa was a Southern Belle. She lit up the room with her positive outlook on life, an amazing sense of humor, and everyone looked to her for inspiration. She enjoyed decorating, entertaining, spending summers on the lake, and traveling the world through her career. Her greatest passion was her family—her children were her everything.

Mrs. O’Halloran is not only survived by her husband Thomas and Mother Joan but also her two daughters; Whitney Rasor and Alexandra O’Halloran, as well as her siblings Susan, Terry, Linda and Scott. Lisa touched so many people’s lives in a positive way and will be immensely missed by her extended family and many friends.

Visitation will be held at Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street , New Milford, CT, on Tuesday February 6, 2018 from 4pm -­- 8pm.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday February 7, 2018 at 10 am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Sherman, CT.

Please send donations in Lisa O’Halloran’ s memory to support Leiomyosarcoma research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Checks can be made payable to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, should be mailed to:

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Attn: Emily Carter 885 Second Ave,7th Fl. New York, NY 10017.

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Sturner, John J.


John (Johnny) Sturner, age 82 of Candlewood Isle, New Fairfield Connecticut formally of Westchester, New York passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of his family on Monday, January 29, 2018. Johnny was born January 25, 1936, son of John and Alice (Maggie) Sturner. Johnny became a Director specializing in toy commercials for almost 50 years.   Starting in his teens, he did handy jobs for a photography studio eventually becoming the owner/president and turning it into a thriving television/film studio, Firehouse Films. Despite his dyslexia, he achieved an insurmountable amount of success.

Johnny was an avid boater, tennis & paddleball player and loved rowing. He was a collector of great things and all around antique enthusiast. Through the years his Candlewood Isle home became a showroom for many of his extraordinary finds, including antique clocks, lamps, artwork, fire memorabilia, canes & shaving mugs.  He delighted in telling you all about them.  His door was always open and if you stopped by, you were getting a full tour and likely leaving with a toy for your children or grandchildren.

Blessed beyond measure by his presence, he leaves behind his beloved and broken hearted children, Jody Clark and her husband Scott of Sherman CT, Jared Sturner and his wife Michelle of New Rochelle NY, and Jon Sturner of Reno NV. He was the most loving and generous Grandfather. The source of his greatest happiness came from spending time with & watching his four grandchildren together Julia, Jared, Jaden and Jordan.  They will never forget him telling them that he loved them “More than all the leaves on all the trees and more than anything in the history of the world”.  Nothing made him happier then being with his family & friends, sitting around sharing stories relaxing & laughing lakeside, together at what he believed to be the greatest place on earth, The Lake.  The world has lost the most special & amazing man.  He will be missed beyond measure.

A wake will be held at Lillis Funeral Home 58 Bridge St. New Milford, CT, Monday, Feb 5th, 2-4 and 6-8. A funeral will be celebrated at Sherman Congregational Church on Tuesday Feb 6th at 10:00 am followed by lunch at Candlewood Isle Clubhouse, New Fairfield CT from 12-3. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to the Dyslexia Foundation in Johnny’s name. or mail a check to The Dyslexia Foundation, 1 Clinton Place, Bedford MA 02740, Attention Will Baker. Donations may also be sent to Michelle Sturner who is happy to send them along.



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