Eleanor “Ellie” Sterry


On Monday, March 18, 2019, Eleanor “Ellie” Sterry, grandmother to all, passed away at the age of 86. Eleanor was born in Poughkeepsie NY in 1932.  She lived in Pawling, NY until, she married George Sterry on November 5, 1950.  They raised two children, Linda and George.  She worked at Goldens Department store in New Milford and also worked for many years as the assistant tax collector of New Milford.

She was active in her local churches. Eleanor had a love of baking and was known for her delicious cookies, despite having diabetes for most of her life.  She enjoyed traveling and went on many trips with the AARP.  Eleanor was a member of the Red Hat Ladies and her quilting group, she was an amazing quilter.

Eleanor is survived by her son, George Sterry Jr., grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, siblings, and daughter.  A memorial service will be held in her honor in June at Harry Brook Park for family and friends, date to be announced.  In lieu of flowers, we would ask all donations to be sent to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, https://www.jdrf.org/donate or  JDRF 26 Broadway, 14th Floor New York, NY 10004.

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William ‘Bill’ Gillis

William B. Gillis “Bill’”of New Milford, CT, died peacefully at Yale New Haven Hospital on March 17, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.  He was 73 years old.

Born on June 26, 1945 in Harrisonburg, VA, son of the late William B. and Emily Sue (Smith) Gillis. On December 8, 1973 he married the love of his life Kathleen Unsel.

Bill worked for IBM for almost 40 years before retiring in 2009.  He loved baseball, golf and never gave up on rooting for the Detroit Lions.  What Bill loved most in life was his family.  He was a family man through and through.  Nothing gave him greater pride and joy.  He was the most loving husband, father and Grandpa that anyone could ask for.  He was a kind and gentle man that was loved by all.  He always put others first, especially his grandkids.  He loved watching them grow and playing games with them.  He will be greatly missed by all but will be our angel in heaven forever.  

Bill is not only survived by his loving wife Kathy, but also his children; Matthew P. Gillis and his wife Wendy of Bristol, CT, Daniel P. Gillis and his wife Kristen of Simsbury, CT, Ginny McCaffrey and her husband Mark of Brookfield, CT, his 6 beloved grandchildren; Sam, Ryan, Kiera, Lauren, Maddie, and Reed.; his sister Florence Williams and her husband Carville, his sister in law Peggy Leonnecker and her husband Joe, his brother in law Bill Unsel and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday March 23, 2019 at 11 am at New Milford Center Cemetery, New Milford, CT. Interment will immediately follow. Visitation will be held on Friday March 22, 2019 at 5pm-8pm at Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.

In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Bill may be made to the Yale New Haven Transplant Center, 800 Howard Ave, New Haven, CT 06519


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Patricia P. Bayer

BayerPatricia Bayer of Hollywood, Florida, and New Milford, Connecticut, passed away March 12, 2019. Pat, as she was known, was born May 31, 1943 in Poughkeepsie, New York.  She was raised in Peekskill, New York and attended Peekskill High School graduating in the Class of 1961 and Elizabeth Seton College with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences in 1964.

Pat married her loving husband, Robert L Bayer Sr., on August 22, 1964. Pat & Bob had 54 inseparable years together.  While she spent several years working in a doctor’s office, her true love was in raising and caring for her family.  She was happiest whenever she was together with her husband, her children & their families.  Pat (or Mom / Mama as she was known to her family) truly loved hosting family gatherings.  There was rarely a holiday or a family event that didn’t include a wonderful meal that she lovingly prepared.  One of her fondest memories was a family trip to Lake Placid in 2014 to celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary with all her immediate family.

Pat is survived by her husband Robert L Bayer Sr. and her four children and their families: Robert Jr. & Jane with Evan, Lauren; Peter & Ruth with Mollie, Tommy; William & Krisanne with Caroline, Hudson; and Rebecca & Damian with David, Emily. She is also survived by her brother Owen Peterson, sister-in-law Judy, and 16 nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Emil & Margaret Peterson of Peekskill, New York as well as her brother, Emil William Peterson of Putnam Valley, New York.

Calling hours will be at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, Connecticut on Sunday, March 24 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. A funeral service at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in New Milford, Connecticut is scheduled for Monday, March 25 at 10:00 am.  Interment will follow at the Center Cemetery, New Milford, Connecticut.

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Reagan, Thomas E.

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our father, Thomas Edward Reagan Sr., 71, of Roxbury, CT, on February 25, 2019.

Tom was born March 14, 1947 in Bridgeport, CT, son of William and Frances (Folchi) Reagan.  He attended Andrew Warde High School where he excelled in basketball and golf.  He served in the U.S. Army stationed in Seoul, Korea, and worked as an electrician for 40 years with I.B.E.W. Local 488, and as an NRA firearm instructor.  He enjoyed his retirement volunteering at the gun range, sharing his love and knowledge of sharpshooting and firearms.

While serving in Korea he met the love of his life, Meja Im, whom he married and brought back to the States in 1969.  They raised their three children, Jayne, Lisa, and Tom Jr., in Bridgeport, CT, until 1984 when the family moved to Roxbury where Tom, a skilled tradesman, had built their new home.

Tom was a stellar marksman, hunter and fisherman, who taught his children his love of the outdoors.  He enjoyed playing golf and was interested in a variety of subjects including firearm safety and collection, survival skills, World War II history and memorabilia, and building custom computers.

Tom will be remembered for for his sense of humor, his relentless work ethic, and his love and devotion to his family and friends.  He loved being a Grandpa and adored spending time with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents William and Frances, and his son-in-law H. William Pedersen Jr. He is survived by his three children and their spouses; Jayne and William McCarthy, Lisa Pedersen, and Tom Jr. and Amanda; his former wife Meja, his brother William and sister-in-law Sharon, his eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and his six nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours.  A private service will be scheduled in the near future. Memorial donations may be made to the NRA Foundation at 11250 Waples Mill Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030.


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Ackerman, Waldron C.

Waldron C. Ackerman of Brookfield, CT, passed away Thursday March 7, 2019 in Danbury, CT at the age of 73.

He was born October 17, 1945 in Ossining, NY, son of the late Robert and Alice (Beekely) Ackerman. He served with the Army during the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1968. On June 27, 1981 he married Irene Manjuck in Stamford, CT. They moved to Brookfield shortly after being married. Mr. Ackerman worked as a surveyor for Campbell Engineering in Chappaqua, NY for over 50 years before retiring in 2014. He was a diving instructor for N.A.U.I., a Boy Scout leader in Brookfield, an avid Geocacher and outdoorsman, past member of the Chappaqua Volunteer Fire Dept. and a private pilot.

Besides his wife Irene of Brookfield he is survived by his son Raymond Ackerman of Sherman, CT, step son Richard Bennett Jr. of New Milford, step daughter Melody Brett of New Milford, CT, brother William Ackerman of North Billerica, MA, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother Robert Ackerman.

Calling hours will take place on Monday March 11, 2019 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm followed by a funeral service at 1:00 pm at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT. The interment will follow in Center Cemetery in New Milford.

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Ostrander, Jane R.

Jane R. Ostrander formerly of Bridgewater, CT passed away peacefully February 15, 2019 at River Glen Healthcare Center in Southbury, CT.  Jane was born December 17, 1928 in New York City.  She was the daughter of the late Owen and Hester Reynolds.  She graduated as a registered nurse from St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City in 1952.  She practiced nursing at New Milford Hospital in the late 50’s and then worked as an office nurse for various surgeons in the area.  She later worked as a sales manager for she and her husband’s business Audioanalyst in New Milford, CT.  She leaves her husband Walter Ostrander of Southbury, CT, a brother James Reynolds of Grand Haven, MI, a daughter and son-in-law, Julia and Craig McClain of Woodbury, CT. A funeral service will take place at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Bridgewater in the spring. In lieu of flowers please send donations to St. Marks Church, Bridgewater, CT. Arrangements by the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford, CT.


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Schorr, Edward T.

Edward T. Schorr of New Milford, CT, passed away Saturday March 2, 2019 in Meriden, CT, at the age of 75.

He was born November 24, 1943 in Brooklyn, NY, son of the late Francis and Marie (Healey) Schorr. Ed served in the Army from 1969 to 1971. He moved to New Milford in 1977. Ed was a Sub Station Operator in Eastview, NY for ConEd for 41 years and retired in 2006. Recently he was a volunteer for the Wheels Program of Greater New Milford.

He is survived by his sons; Edward Schorr and his wife Lisa of Danbury, CT and Michael Schorr and his wife Allison of Lockport, IL, brother Frank Schorr, granddaughter Sophia, several nieces and nephews and his dear friend Judy Bennett. Ed was predeceased by his wife Dolores (Krauza) Schorr and sister Patricia Chiasera.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday March 8, 2019 at St. Francis Xavier Church in New Milford at 11:00 am. The interment will take place at a later date. Calling hours will take place Thursday March 7, 2019 at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Contributions in Edward’s memory may be made to the Wheels Program of Greater New Milford, 40 Main St., New Milford, CT 06776 or on line.


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Seagriff, Diane

Diane Seagriff passed away on February 26, 2019 in Danbury Hospital after a brief illness. Diane was a loving mother to her daughter, Kathleen, and wife to her husband of 49 years, Tom. She was born on February 18, 1945 in Stamford, CT and attended Stamford Schools and Stamford Catholic High School.

Diane’s dream was to be a teacher and she graduated from Western Connecticut State College with both a B.S. and M.S. in elementary education.

Diane moved to New Milford in 1973 and taught for 16 years at Huckleberry Hill and Whisconier School in Brookfield, retiring to raise her daughter, Kathleen. Later, she was assistant manager of Video World in New Milford and a library volunteer at Northville Elementary School.

Diane was predeceased by her father, Gene Amlicke, brother Tony, and mother, Katherine. She is survived by her husband Thomas of New Milford, daughter Kathleen of East Providence, RI, brother Peter of Stamford, sister-in-law Linda and brother-in-law Greg Erling of New Jersey, and many cousins.

Diane was a loving, intelligent and caring person. She was an avid reader with a love of quilting, needlework, and bowling. Diane touched many lives and will be deeply missed.

A funeral service will be held Monday March 4, 2019 at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT, at 11:00 am. The interment will follow in Center Cemetery in New Milford

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Bowe, Colleen A.

Colleen A. Bowe of New Milford, CT, passed away Tuesday February 26, 2019 after a long battle with cancer at the age of 51.

She was born December 14, 1967 in Bridgeport, CT, daughter of Robert Dwyer of Melbourne Beach, FL and Joan (Schiavone) Dwyer of New Milford, CT. Colleen graduated from Newtown High School in 1986.  In 1992 she moved from Newtown to New Milford where she worked at Candlewood Valley Health and Rehab Center as the head of human resources and payroll. Colleen was a member of Our Lady of The Lakes Church in New Milford and volunteered as the hair and makeup expert for New Milford High School Musicals. She had an eye for detail and took pride in making sure each character had the right look. Colleen was well loved by her colleagues and friends both at CVHRC and at New Milford High School. Above all she was a wonderful mother and sister and she always put her family first. Those who knew her recognized her unwavering resilience and dedication to her two children. Her strength and courage inspired her son to pursue a career as a physician and he is currently a second year medical student at UCONN.

Besides her parents Colleen is survived by her son Michael Brian Bowe of Hartford, CT, daughter Jessica Ann Bowe of New Milford, CT, sister Lisa Dwyer of New Milford, CT and her niece Tiana Dwyer. She was predeceased by her brother Brian Dwyer.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday March 2, 2019 at 11:00 am at Our Lady of The Lakes Church in New Milford. The interment will take place at a later date. Calling hours will be Friday March 1, 2019 at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT from 5:00 pm to 8:00pm.

Contributions in Colleen’s memory may be made to the New Milford VNA Hospice, 68 Park Lane Rd., New Milford, CT 06776.

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Rupp, Beatrice

Beatrice Rupp, age 89, finished her journey here on earth on Monday, February 25th, 2019, with her loving son by her side. She is now in her eternal home with her Savior Jesus, whom she loved and looked forward to seeing face to face. Beatrice was predeceased by her father, Michael Strand, mother Margaret (Gretchen) Strand (nee: Brusta), her husband, Harold Ernst Rupp, and by her daughter, Lori-Beth Rupp. She is survived by her son Michael, and by her four grandchildren: Rebekah Capone, Daniel Rupp, Christina Rupp, and Victoria Rupp, who are all Michael’s children. A funeral service will take place on Thursday, February 28th, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT. A private burial will take place at Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, NY. Friends may call at the Lillis Funeral Home on Thursday February 28th from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Beatrice had a tender, caring heart for her family and friends as well as for those passing through a storm in life. Because of that, her request is that in lieu of flowers, donations be considered to either Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607-3000.

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