Silverman, Neal A.

Neal A. Silverman, 58, of New Milford, passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. He is survived by his wife Patricia (Patty), son Michael and wife Elise, and son Christopher and wife Donna, and a large, supportive extended family.

Neal loved his wife, his kids, his extended family, and all things Boston sports (especially the Red Sox) more than anything else in life. He was known for his warm, kind, and encouraging attitude. He was a long-time coach with New Milford baseball and a regular at gyms around town. A cancer survivor, Neal was eternally grateful for the compassion and dedication of all the medical professionals and caregivers who helped him over the years.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, June 25th from 3-5 p.m. at Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Neal to support cancer research and wonderful patient care via


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Allen S. Murphy

Allen S. Murphy, 87 years old, of New Milford, CT, passed away peacefully in his home on June 20th, 2017. Allen was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Murphy. He was preceded in death by his wife Mildred Murphy and his son Michael Murphy.

Allen is survived by his son William L. Murphy and his wife Dawn Pitcher of Sherman, CT; his daughter-in-law Cherry Murphy of Vernon, CT; his 5 grandchildren, Naomi Murphy, Shane Murphy, Shawn Murphy, Megan Langley and Justin Murphy; and 11 great-grandchildren.


Allen was a lifelong member of the New Milford community, serving in many local charitable organizations. He was also an active member of St. John’s Church in New Milford.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, June 23, at St. John’s Church, New Milford, CT at 11:30 AM. Interment will follow at Center Cemetery, New Milford, CT. Visitation will be held prior to the service at Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT from 9am-11am.


In lieu of flowers, any donations should be made on Allen’s behalf to the New Milford Thrift Mart 146 Danbury Rd, New Milford, CT and/or to Loaves and Fishes Hospitality in New Milford 40 Main Street, New Milford, CT.


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Jeffrey Goodbou

Romeo Jeffrey Goodbou, Jeff, a lifelong resident of New Milford, CT, died peacefully with his family by his side on June 17, 2017. He was 55 years old.


Jeff was born on March 2, 1962 in New Milford, CT, son to the late Romeo and Rena (Michaud) Goodbou. He was a graduate of New Milford High School. Ten years ago Jeff met the love of his life, John Lizauskas, they hit it off immediately and never left each other’s side from that day on.


Mr. Goodbou was a truck driver for many companies; his most recent was with Colony Trucking out of Orange, CT. He was an avid NASCAR fan. He had a passion for life and lived to the fullest every day. He was the life of the party and had the biggest heart always putting others first. His greatest passion in life was his family. They meant the world to him.


Jeff is survived by his partner, John, and his sisters; Diana (Ronnie) Pelletier, Rhonda Goodbou, Lynn Goodbou and Janet (Fred) Goodbou, John’s sister Carol Lizauskas and her son Timothy Humiston. Also his nephews, Ronnie Pelletier Jr, Brett Goodbou, Dale Pellitier, Nick Collins, his nieces Bonnie Goodbou, Ashley Richmond, Tonya Mikhalych and his great nephews; Zachary and Alex Pelletier and Hunter Price and Austin Faber. He was predeceased by his son Jeffrey who died as an infant.


A graveside service will be held on Thursday June 22, 2017 at St. Francis Cemetery, New Milford, CT at 11 am.


In lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations to be made in his memory to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.

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Gillece, Bernard

Bernard F. Gillece, 64, of New Milford, CT, passed away on Thursday, June 15, 2017 At Regional Hospice, Danbury, CT, after a long battle with cancer. He was the husband of Susan Joseph Gillece whom he married on October 6,1978 in Stamford, CT.

Mr. Gillece was born in Greenwich, CT, April 6, 1953, son of the late John Sr. and Helen Botsva Gillece.

He was a graduate of Greenwich High School and employed as a mechanic at Kimberly Clark Corporation for 37 years, retiring in 2016. At Kimberly Clark he was member of the Fire Brigade and First Responders.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Kimberly Gillece and Amy Gillece, both of New Milford, and a granddaughter, Sophia Gillece.

Funeral Services wiil be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Animal Welfare Society, 8 Dodd Road, New Milford, CT 06776


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Waldron, Christine B.

Christine Bizier Waldron of Washington, CT, passed away unexpectedly Thursday June 15, 2017 at home at the age of 36.

She was born September 15, 1980 in New Milford, CT, daughter of Gaston and Huguette (Bureau) Bizier of New Milford, CT. Christine graduated from Henry Abbott Tech in Danbury, CT and Naugatuck Valley College in Waterbury, CT. On October 27, 2012 she married Brian Waldron at the Mayflower Inn in Washington, CT. Christine was a bus driver for All Star transportation in Washington, CT. She will always be remembered by her family as a fabulous mother.

Besides her husband Brian and her parents, Christine is survived by her children Jacob, Kyle, Brian and Brittany Waldron all of Washington, CT; three grandchildren, sisters Kathy Collins and her husband Eric of Brookfield, CT and Tania Bizier and her boyfriend Nick Leon of New Milford, CT, and her father and mother in-law, Lloyd and Unice Waldron of Washington, CT.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Wednesday June 21, 2017 at St. Francis Xavier Church in New Milford, CT, at 11:00am.  Calling hours will be held on Tuesday June 20, 2017 at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

Contributions in Christine’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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Gray, Carla F.

Carla Gray, only daughter of Helen Gray and the late Wallace Gray, died suddenly at her home in Jamaica Plain, MA.  She was 52 and worked for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as Executive Director of Marketing.  Carla grew up in Washington Connecticut and attended Rumsey Hall School and graduated from The Oldfields School in Glencoe, Maryland.  She graduated from Trinity College in Hartford in 1987.  She loved books and began her career in various book shops including Reading International in Harvard Square.  She joined Houghton Mifflin 20 years ago, starting in telephone sales before becoming Executive Director of Marketing.
What follows is a tribute to Carla from her friends at Houghton and the many colleagues who came to know her.  She was loved and respected.
“Last night (at BookExpo at the Jacob Javits Center) one of Carla’s dear friends, Craig Popelars, organized an impromptu party in her memory at the Cowgirl Hall of Fame, site of many a Hellfire party he, Patty Bert and Ruth Liebmann had hosted during past BEA’s.  Last night’s reunion featured Carla Gray Gin Gimlets and many hugs, tears and laughs.  Craig said in part, ‘I hope we can honor her not just tonight but in everything that we do while we’re in this business’.
Bruce Nichols, Senior Vice President and publisher at HMH, reflected, ‘The world has lost a great champion of the written work, a tireless advocate for authors and a dear friend of booksellers across the country.  HMH has lost a beloved colleague of 20 years.  We will miss Carla every day.’
Professionally, Carla was tops – she was a tireless and creative promoter, a great mentor and a discerning reader.  If Carla said Read It, I did immediately.  Personally, Carla was – well make a list of everything you’d want in a friend.  She was exuberant, witty, silly, loyal passionate, warm, welcoming and very cool.  She could tell a story.  It’s not an exaggeration to say she could make any day a holiday and any event a celebration.
She also loved race horses and handicapping her favorite races at which she became quite proficient and had several impressive winning streaks.
She loved books and she loved book people and she loved it all fiercely and we loved her back.”
A funeral will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 78 Green Hill Road, Washington at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 1, 2017.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to St. John’s Memorial Garden or to Steep Rock (2 Tunnel Road, Washington) in Carla’s memory.
Arrangements by the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.


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Lautier, Connor Patrick

Connor Patrick Lautier, 17, of New Preston, CT. left this life on Friday June 2, 2017. He was the son of Amber Browning Lautier and Timothy P. Lautier. He was their gentle giant, 6 feet 8 inches, who had a loving soul and a beautiful smile that would make all feel welcome. He was passionate about ice hockey, which he played many years as a goalie. He was an avid dirt biker and passionate about all water sports which he enjoyed with his sister and brother, best friends Dan White and Justin DiBenedetto and his best supporter Annie Rosa. One of his favorite past times was vacationing Oceanside in Charlestown RI with his family & friends, he also enjoyed visiting family in Iowa, Kentucky and California. He was a student in the Region 12 School System. He is survived by his parents, sister Olivia Jean, brother Mason Ruissiaux, his handsome Chocolate Lab Duke, grandparents Larry Browning of CT, Sheila & Joe VanDusen of IA, aunt Angela & uncle Mathew Boris of MA, aunt Kathie Lautier of NY, uncle Randy & aunt Kelly Browning of IA, uncle James & aunt Tyrien VanDusen of KY, uncle Richard & aunt Brenda of IA, aunt Rachelle & uncle Scott McGowen of IA. and many cousins. He is predeceased by his grandparents Evelyn and Victor F. Lautier.

Visitation will be held on Friday June 9th, 2017 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford CT. A service will follow at the funeral home at 8:00pm. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in Connors memory may be made to Loaves & Fishes Pantry in New Milford, CT.

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Meyerholz, Leo E.

Leo E. Meyerholz of New Milford, CT, passed away at home on Sunday June 4, 2017 at the age of 89.
He was born December 24, 1927 in Danbury, CT, son of the late Arthur and Helen (Reynolds) Meyerholz. Mr. Meyerholz served with the U.S. Navy during WWII and worked at Republic Foil in Danbury, CT, for 42 years before retiring in 1990. In February of 1994 he married Ann Dratch in New Milford where they have lived for the past 23 years. He was a member of the VFW Post and Catholic War Veterans both in Danbury, CT and was a diehard Yankee and Giant fan. He also was a big Bill Parcells fan and enjoyed watching all the teams he coached.
Besides his wife Ann of New Milford he is survived by his sons Lee Meyerholz and his wife Stella of Mahopac, NY and Scot Meyerholz of Walton, NY, a daughter Diane Meyerholz of Palm Coast, FL, step children Joseph Indrisek of Litchfield, CT and Maryann Ness and her husband Mike of New Milford, CT, grandchildren; James Meyerholz and his wife Nancy, Steven Meyerholz, Tanya Meyerholz, Krystal Hart, Brad Ness and Brett and Ashley Indrisek and five great grandchildren.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday June 9, 2017 at Our Lady of The Lakes Church in New Milford, CT, at 11:00am. Interment will be private.
Contributions his memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517 or go to‎
Arrangements by the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.


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Crocco, Joseph A.

Joseph A. Crocco of Sherman, CT, passed away in Danbury, CT, on Friday June 2, 2017 at the age of 92.

He was born August 27, 1924 in Hamden, CT, son of the late Rocco and Immacolata (Melillo) Crocco. He served in the United States Army during WWII. Mr. Crocco has lived in Sherman since 1979 and was a carpenter. Mr. Crocco was a license Pilot who loved to fly and he was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association; he also rode motor cycles and was a member of the Gold Wing Riders, and he loved boating and water skiing.

He is survived by his wife of thirty seven years Shirley (Daskam) Crocco, his step children Roy Stowe and wife Kathy of Beacon Falls, CT and Shirley Ann Stowe of Casa Granda, AZ, step grandchildren; Tina Demers, Wayne Boudreau and Rachael Stowe. He was predeceased by his brothers Pasquale and Albert Crocco.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday June 8, 2017, 10:00am at Holy Trinity Church in Sherman, CT. Interment will follow in Coburn Cemetery in Sherman.

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Jesson, Clara V.

Clara V. Jesson of New Milford, CT, passed away on Saturday June 3, 2017 in New Milford at the age of 95.
She was born September 6, 1921 in South Kent, CT, daughter of the late Antoni and Yadwiga (Witkowski) Orzech.  She graduated from Booth Free School in Roxbury, CT and then attended Post Junior College.
Mrs. Jesson was predeceased by her husband of fifty two years, William Jessen.
She is survived by her daughters Sally Berry of Bronx, NY, Joan Rees of Monroeville, PA, three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT, on Thursday June 8, 2017 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Interment will be private.
Contributions in Mrs. Jesson’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice

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