Gradowski, Richard C.

Richard C. Gradowski of Washington, CT, passed away on Monday December 11, 2017 at the age of 77.       He was born March 6, 1940 in Torrington, CT, son of the late Chester and Edith (Rentz) Gradowski. He was a graduate of the University of Connecticut and received his law degree from Boston University. Mr. Gradowski practiced law in New Milford, CT for over 40 years and served as Town Attorney for Washington, CT for many years.     He was predeceased by his wife Gail (Ramstein) Gradowski in May of 1998.     He is survived by his daughter Allison Collins, her husband Brandon, and granddaughter Camille of Southbury, CT; daughter Beth Gradowski; and a sister Linda Gradowski of Torrington. He was also predeceased by his brother Gerald Gradowski.     Calling hours will be held Friday December 15, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 8:00pm concluding with a funeral service at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT. Interment will be private.

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Krosky, Richard G.

Richard G. Krosky, 90, died November 27, 2017 from complications of COPD. He was born Feb. 2, 1927 in Bridgeport, CT, the first born son of the late George Krosky and Eunice (DeGrott)  Krosky McPherson. He was educated in Bridgeport schools and was a member of the drum corps in grammar and high school.
During WWII when his nation called, he came running, serving as a radioman third class. He worked for the railroad for 42 years, beginning as a tower operator, than a train dispatcher, ticket agent, retiring in 1989 from Metro North as a rules examiner.
Mr. Krosky was a member of the New Milford Sportsman’s Association and an avid skier, fisherman, hunter and tennis player. He belonged to St. Francis Xavier Church where he served in many ministries and as a Eucharistic Minister.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Alice Moore Krosky; daughters Lesly Ferris and husband Raymond; Melissa Wenzel and husband Thomas; loving grandsons Zachariah and Benjamin Ferris and Jacob and his wife Danielle Ferris; a brother Charles and his wife Linda; many treasured nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother Joseph.
A Mass of Christian Burial with military honors will be celebrated Friday December 1, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church, 26 Chestnut Land Rd., New Milford, CT. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Mr. Krosky’s memory be made to the New Milford VNA/Hospice, 68 Park Lane, New Milford, CT 06776.
He was our beloved “Dickie Bird.”

 

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Mayer, Gina K.

Gina Kim Mayer, 51, of Roxbury, CT. passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Regional Hospice of Danbury, CT. She was the wife of Mercer Mayer.
Mrs. Mayer was born in Greenville, NC, June 12, 1966, daughter of Frank Skiles of Plymouth, NC and Carolyn (Davis) Chappell of Greenville, NC. She received a Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University and as a licensed clinical social worker operated Home Base Counseling Service in New Milford.
In addition to her husband of twenty-seven years and her parents she is survived by three sons, Benjamin Mayer of Roxbury, CT and Zeb Mayer of Bridgewater, CT, and Arden Mayer of Southbury, CT, and granddaughter Autumn Mayer of Roxbury Ct. She is also survived by sister Amy Jo Skiles of Plymouth, NC, brother Benjamin Skiles and his wife Molly Hearn of Roxbury, CT and step brother Eric Christensen; nieces Matilda Skiles and Justine McNair and nephew Caleb McNair. She is also survived by her step-mother Kathy Skiles and step-father Ronald Chappell. She was predeceased by her step-daughter Jessie Mayer.
A memorial service will take place Thursday, November 30, 2017 at the Roxbury Congregational Church at 10:00 am. Interment will be private.
Contributions in her memory may be made to The Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation. cbtyf.org
Arrangements by the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.

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Docktor, Jean B.

Jean B. Docktor, 85, of Bridgewater, CT, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday November 23, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury, CT.  She was the widow of Chet Wilbur and Joseph Docktor.
Mrs. Docktor was born in New Milford, CT, September 10, 1932, daughter of the late Edward and Hazel (Chadwick) Bailey. She was a graduate of New Milford High School, Class of 1949, and retired as vice president of New Milford Bank and Trust in 2004, after 30 years of employment.
Mrs. Docktor was an assistant tax collector for the Town of New Milford and a member of the Palm-Rebecca Lodge of New Milford.
She is survived by three sons, Darrell S. Wilbur and wife Catherine E. of Watertown, CT, Kevin J. Wilbur and wife Amy of New Milford, CT, and Robert L. Wilbur and girlfriend Judy Williams of New Milford, CT; four grandchildren, Lea, Kaitlin and Tara Wilbur  and Donald Williams and wife Stephenie; three great-grandchildren, Holden and Barrett  Williams and  Trinity Evangelisti. She was predeceased by her two brother s Robert and Charles Bailey and her step father Stephen Pudelka.
A Funeral Service will take place on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.  Interment will follow at the Center Cemetery, New Milford, CT.
Friends may call at the Lillis Funeral Home on Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Contributions in her memory may be made to The American Cancer Society, 38 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06854

 

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Whaley, Edward

Edward Whaley, of New Milford, CT,  born August 29, 1919, the third child born to Ira and Phoebe Whaley of Norwalk, Connecticut. Raised in East Norwalk, he served a tour of duty in WWII, with the US Army 43 division.  He was sent to the South Pacific with his best friend Joseph Padula and many people from the Danbury, Norwalk area, until the war ended.  He resided and served the Methodist Church in the following communities, East Norwalk, Ct., Danbury, Ct., Gaylordsville, Ct., and New Milford, Ct., until he passed away on November 10, 2017.  Until the end his devotion to his family, church, country, and local community residents’ was his daily routine.
Predeceased by wife, Dorothy”Dot” Whaley, brother Ira Whaley of Eat Norwalk, sister Phoebe Johnson of Norwalk, Ct., sister Ruth Vasquez of South Carolina.  Surviving relatives are, daughter Pamela Butler of Gaylordsville,Ct., son Dennis Whaley and his wife, Gail Whaley of Livingston Manor, NY, grandchildren Brian Butler of Gaylordsville, Ct., Kelly Butler of Sherman, Ct.,and Heather Whaley of Danbury, Ct., and several nieces and nephews through out the country.
A Celebration of Life Service will be Friday, November 17, 2017 at 6:30pm at the New Milford Methodist Church, 68 Danbury Rd., New Milford, Ct., 06776.  There will be a private burial for the family at Morningside Cemetery in Gaylordsville, CT.
Arrangements by the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.

 

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Valentine, Arnold H.

Arnold H. Valentine, of Kent, CT, passed from this life on November 9, 2017, surrounded by loving family. His greatest treasures were his children, Linda Marie Valentine, Allyson Ruth Schrier, Maura-Ann Esposito and their brother, Brian Kenneth Valentine.
Arnold entered this life on April 18, 1933 at 3691 Secor Avenue, Bronx, NY. His early education was in the Bronx. His family later moved to Mt. Vernon and New Rochelle, NY. Arnold graduated from New Rochelle High School in 1951. He joined the U.S. Navy and served as an Electrician’s Mate. Upon being Honorably Discharged, he was employed by Con Edison in Westchester, NY. After 3 years he changed employment to Connecticut Light and Power where he achieved the rank of Lineman, A-class, and was a Trouble Man for emergency calls. After his Lineman’s career, Arnold got his Journeyman’s CT State electrician’s license and worked for contractors in Fairfield County. Arnold ultimately retired from Kimberly-Clark Corporation in New Milford, where he worked as an electrician.
Arnold had many hobbies. He loved doing woodwork in his full basement workshop. He was an avid gardener, and he built model RC boats. Arnold practiced the martial art form of Japanese karate for almost 20 years and achieved the rank of Ni-dan 2nd degree black belt. Karate gave him an outlook on life that he strived to practice daily.
Arnold had a keen sense of adventure and with his dear wife Carol J. Valentine, he enjoyed seeing the USA, camping from the east coast to the west in a motor home, with a pickup-truck in tow and a canoe strapped to the roof.
Arnold was pre-deceased by his loving mother, Ruth Eleanor Valentine, sisters Grace Mauritz and Violet  McLeod and brother Joseph Anthony Valentine. He is survived by a sister, Ruth Katherine Kukla of St. Petersburg, FL and a brother, Roger Kenneth Valentine of Donalds, SC. He leaves behind his dear wife Carol her three children Tom, Valerie and Diane, his children, and their mother, Katherine Douglass of Plymouth, MA. There are very many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and grandchildren in Arnold’s family tree, all blessed by God, the father.
Arnold was a communicant of Church of the Sacred Heart and loved “our little parish” and the Tuesday morning Holy Rosary group.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday November 15, 2017 at 10 am at Sacred Heart Church, Kent, CT. Burial will follow at Flanders Cemetery, Kent, CT. Friends may call on Tuesday November 14,2017 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.
Arnold does not wish that flowers be sent, preferring that just a single red rose be placed by his final resting place. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Autism Research organization of your choice.

 

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Valentine, Carol J.

Carol J. Valentine, of Kent, CT, passed from this life on November 11, 2017 just two days after her beloved husband Arnold.

Carol entered this life on December 24, 1932 in Maspeth, NY. She worked as a secretary first at Tobin Garage in Kent and then for Kimberly-Clark Corporation in New Milford.

Carol had loved to spend time with her family and is believed she was very lucky to have met Arnold as he was very special and dear to her heart. They were always seen together and loved by their friends and often visited the Kent Senior Center together. She had a wonderful life traveling on vacations and across the country with Arnold in their RV.

Carol was pre-deceased by her mother, Gisella (Nagy) and father, John A. Nuzer, a sister Marjorie Hertlein and brother John A. Nuszer. She is survived by her children Thomas and Helen Johnson of CA, Dine Wilbur of CT and Valerie Johnson of Oregon as well as several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins that were all dear to her heart. Carol was a communicant of Church of the Sacred Heart and loved “our little parish” and the Tuesday morning Holy Rosary group.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday November 15, 2017 at 10 am at Sacred Heart Church, Kent, CT. Burial will follow at Flanders Cemetery, Kent, CT

Friends may call on Tuesday November 14, 2017 from 3 to 6 pm and 7 to 9 pm at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.

Carol does not wish that flowers be sent, preferring that just a single red rose be placed by her final resting place. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Autism Research organization of your choice.

 

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Hammer, Theodore A.

Theodore A. Hammer, “Ted”, of New Milford, CT & Treadwell, NY,  beloved husband of 59 years to Patricia E. Hammer passed away at home on November 10, while being held in the arms of his wife and daughter.

Ted was born on October 12, 1938 in Danbury, CT, a son to the late Theodore A. Hammer Sr and Gladys (Miller) Hammer.

For almost 8 decades Ted worked too hard, refused to follow doctors’ orders, drank booze, enjoyed guns,  cars , and the Catskill Mountains of New York.
He also enjoyed the outdoors, landscaping, ATV riding and his dogs.

Ted , who had a very strong work ethic, opened his own landscaping business at the age of 9 . He successfully ran this business for over 50 years. Ted quit school at age 15 by special permit to work full time and help his family with medical bills.
Not one to sit still, Ted also became Manager of Hoffman Poultry Farm in Brookfield , CT. Hoffman Farm is where Ted began to instill a tough work ethic in his children and other relatives including Howie, Terry and Jimmy. To this day, Ted holds the title of Master Turkey Butcher,  he would coach others, “don’t forget those pin feathers!”

Ted gave back to his community by serving The Brookfield Volunteer Fire Dept, where he was Lieutenant, a fire truck engineer and ambulance driver.  He was also a member of The CT Ox Owners and Drivers Association for over 20 years.  In 2009 Ted and Pat proudly wore the title of New Milford Village Fair Days King and Queen. Ted had a special place in his heart for Cindi Witrock and “the girls” at Carlson Physical Therapy where he  exercised daily for the past 15 years.

In addition to his beloved wife, Patricia Hammer (Retallick) ,   Theodore is survived by his son Ted Hammer of  NY,  his loving daughter Bonnie Weed (Hammer) and her husband William. He leaves 3 cherished Grandsons, David Hammer,  Daniel and  Benjamin Weed. He leaves 3 Great- Grandsons, DJ, Paul and Kyle, of  New Milford.

Ted is also survived by his sister Sandra Keane and brother Terry Hammer and many nieces , nephews and cousins too numerous to mention. Ted was pre-deceased by his brother Howard Hammer and sisters  Connie Pacific and Charlene Lagarto. He was also predeceased by his cherished brother- in – law, Grant Retallick.

Ted leaves many long time friends and buddies with a great many stories to tell for years to come. They just don’t make em’ like Ted anymore.

In lieu of flowers , the family requests donations to The New Milford Senior Center Advisory Board, INC. 40 Main St., New Milford, CT 06776 o or   New Milford VNA Hospice , 68 Park Lane Road, New Milford, CT 06776

A celebration of Teds life will be at 2 pm , November 18 at The New Milford United Methodist Church 68 Danbury Road with a farewell party lunch to be served at the church immediately following the service.  We ask you to consider wearing Teds favorite color – RED or a bright , cheerful color as we will give thanks for a life that was colorfully lived.

Burial will be private.
Arrangements by the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT

 

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Munch, Marie L.

Marie L. Savastano Munch, 90, passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home on November 8, 2017 in Tequesta, Florida.  She was born in 1927 in Woodlawn, Louisiana daughter of the late Anthony N. and Virginia (Cash) Savastano.
She graduated from Braithwaite High School, Braithwaite, Louisiana in 1943.  After high school she worked for the US Air Force in Biloxi, Mississippi, where she met her late husband, Charles W. Munch.  They were married in 1946 and enjoyed 66 years of marriage, living in Marietta, OH, Danbury, CT, Colts Neck, NJ, Lockport, LA and Sherman, CT.
Marie attended Western Connecticut State College in Danbury, CT and graduated with a B.S. in Science and Education in 1961 and Bridgeport University, Bridgeport, CT with a Master Degree in Education and Guidance in 1967.  She taught 7th & 8th grade science in Bethel, CT, and 6th Grade in Ridgefield, CT.  She was a High School Guidance Counselor in Danbury, CT and head of the Guidance Department for St. Mary’s High School in Elizabeth, NJ.
Marie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, avid gardener, and nature enthusiast.   She was a member of the Garden Club, R. F. D in Middletown, NJ, the National Garden Club., Inc. and the Sherman Garden Club of Sherman, CT.  She also was a member of the Women’s Club of Colts Neck, NJ, the Danbury Mineralogical Society, Danbury, CT, a volunteer for the Jupiter Medical Center Thrift Shop, Jupiter, Florida and various professional organizations.
Marie is survived by her daughter Elizabeth A. Mard, of Sherman, CT and Tequesta, FL;   grandson Kenneth C. Mard III and his wife Allyson, of New Milford, CT; sisters Lucille S. Oddo,  of Braithwaite, LA and Anna Mae Viator, of Biloxi, MS;   brother Kenneth Savastano, of Braithwaite, LA  and a host of nieces and nephews.
Marie is preceded in death by her brothers Anthony N. Savastano, Jr, and Ernest J. Savastano; her sisters Linda Savastano and Jeanette Savastano Matranga.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, November 17, 2017 at Coburn Cemetery, Leach Hollow Road, Sherman, CT, at 11 am with the Reverend Paul Astbury officiating.
In memory of Marie, donations may be made to the Kenneth C. Mard, Jr. Endowment Fund for The Arts, Canterbury School, 101 Aspetuck Avenue, New Milford, CT 06776

 

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Tenk, Christine Rose

Christine Rose Tenk of Gaylordsville, CT passed away Thursday November 2, 2017 with her family by her sided at the age of 59.

Christine was born on February 17th, 1958 in Bronx, NY, daughter of the late Domenic and Fannie (Nobile) Morelli.

She was a member of the first graduating class of New Fairfield High School 1976. Christine then attended the University of Bridgeport.  On May 7th, 1983 she married the love of her life Michael Tenk in Danbury CT.  They have lived in Gaylordsville since 1991.

Christine worked as a dental hygienist for Dr. Paul Esposito in Brookfield for the past 40 years.

Christine loved to cook and host family occasions.   Everything she did was a testament to her artistic flair and attention to detail.

Besides her husband Michael, she is survived by her son Domenic Tenk and daughter Emily Tenk of Gaylordsville. Joseph Froehlich of Brookfield, Emily’s significant other.  Her sisters, Donna Wabshinak and husband Greg of New Fairfield, Angela Benzinger and husband Pete of New Fairfield, Laura Taney and husband Marc of New Milford as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Calling hours will be held on Monday November 6th, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. followed by a service at 8:00 p.m. at Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.  Interment will be private.

Contributions in Christine’s name can be made to Save the Children in lieu of flowers (savethechildren.org).

 

 

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