MacDonald, Christine N.

Christine Noble MacDonald, age 66, of Southbury, CT, passed away peacefully on Sunday August 11, 2019 at Danbury Regional Hospice.

Chris was born November 7, 1952 in New Milford, CT, daughter of Victoria (Marshall) Noble of New Milford and the late Edward Noble. A 1970 graduate of New Milford High School, Chris went on to pursue a career in health care and worked at New Milford Nursing Home and Bethel Health Care.

In addition to her mother, Chris is survived by her sister Debbie Zeigler (Terry) of Kitty Hawk, NC and her brother Keith Noble of Atlanta, GA.

A memorial service will take place at the New Milford United Methodist Church on Thursday September 12, 2019 at 4:30 pm.

In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to the New Milford Animal Welfare, 8 Dodd Rd. New Milford, CT or Regional Hospice, 30 Milestone Road, Danbury, CT 06810.

Arrangements by the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.

 

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Brian Waldron

Waldron-websiteBrian Cody Waldron of New Milford, CT passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 10 2019, at the age of 20.
 
Born on January 21, 1999, Brian attended New Milford High School and he went on to work in various retail positions until most recently where he was employed by the Sheppard’s Inc. logistics company, as a Shipping and Receiving clerk.
 
Brian enjoyed spoiling his daughter, boating, writing music, gaming, and eating scrambled eggs, but above all other things Brian loved spending time with his daughter, fiancé, family and friends.
 
Brian had a very large and loving family, he is survived by his fiancé, Ms. Makayla Showalter, a daughter Aubree Elizabeth (2), and he was also expecting another daughter, Adilyn Rose in September, his parents Tracey (Tony) Morrissey and Brian (Jen) Waldron, his siblings Brittany, Jacob, Kyle, Madison, AJ, Kaylee, Racheal, Sonny, and Strongbow, his grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Robert Dean, Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd Waldron, and Mrs. Lou Ann Pecor. 
 
Brian is predeceased by his stepmother, Christine Waldron, as well as grandparents, Junior Pecor, George & Thelma Whelden. 
 
Brian was a superhero to his nephews, Jayden Cody and Mason, a rock star to dozens of cousins, a ‘legit legend’ to hundreds of friends, and quite often a pain in the ‘ear’ to his many aunts and uncles, all of which loved him unconditionally.  
 
Calling hours will take place on Saturday, August 17th at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford, CT from 10:00am to 1:00pm, with a funeral service starting at 12:15pm. The internment will be private.
 
Donations in Brian’s memory may be made to the benefit of his children:
Ms. Aubree Elizabeth Waldron
c/o Webster Bank
53 Main St.
New Milford, CT 06776
 
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Cerrato,Robert C. III

IMG_3342Robert Charles Cerrato III of New Milford, CT, passed away unexpectedly Saturday August 10, 2019 in Danbury, CT, at the age of 43.

He was born August 1, 1976 in Cambridge, MA, son of Robert C. Cerrato II of West Wareham, MA and Susan (Metcalf) Galuski of McDonough, GA. Robert moved from Taunton, MA to Poughkeepsie, NY where he worked as a mechanic for DCH Toyota. There he met Judith Bucinsley and they married June 11, 2008 in Orlando, FL. They have lived in New Milford since being married. He was a member of the ODD Fellows in New Milford.

Besides his wife Judith and parents, Robert is survived by his sons Cole Cerrato of McDonough, GA, Tyler Cerrato of Kansas City, KS, a brother Scott Galuski of Taunton, MA, sisters Lisa Cerrato of Taunton, MA, Grace Cerrato of West  Wareham, MA, Sandra Olivera of Maine, Step mother Sheri Cerrato of West Wareham, MA, step father Dennis Curry, step brothers Ian and Shamus Curry, all of McDonough, GA, Aunt Sharon Trani of Medford, MA and Aunt and Godmother Julie Roth of Lexington, MA and God Father Eddie Cerrato (Kristin) of Medford, MA. He was predeceased by his step father Paul Galuski.

Calling hours will take place on Friday August 16, 2019 at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT from 5:00 pm to 7:45 pm with a funeral service starting at 7:45 pm. The interment will be private.

Donations in Robert’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105.

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Deross, Catherine M.

Catherine M. Deross, Also known as “Big Nana” to her family of Sherman, CT, passed away Saturday August 10, 2019 in New Milford, CT, at the age of 95.

She was born May 26, 1924 in Brooklyn, NY, daughter of the late George and Catherine (McQuirk) Saunders.

Mrs. Deross was predeceased by her husband Ralph E. Deross. She is survived by her daughters Donna Dixon (John), Linda O’Connell (Dan) and Dianne Choate (Michael), six grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday August 17, 2019 at 11:00 am at St. Francis Xavier Church in New Milford. The interment will be private.

Contributions in Catherine’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St.  Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Arrangements by the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.

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MacDonald, Christine Noble

Christine Noble MacDonald, age 66, of Southbury, CT, passed away peacefully on Sunday August 11, 2019 at Danbury Regional Hospice.

Chris was born November 7, 1952 in New Milford, CT, daughter of Victoria (Marshall) Noble of New Milford and the late Edward Noble. A 1970 graduate of New Milford High School, Chris went on to pursue a career in health care and worked at New Milford Nursing Home and Bethel Health Care.

In addition to her mother, Chris is survived by her sister Debbie Zeigler (Terry) of Kitty Hawk, NC and her brother Keith Noble of Atlanta, GA.

A memorial service will take place at a date and time to be announced. In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to the New Milford Animal Welfare, 8 Dodd Rd. New Milford, CT or Regional Hospice, 30 Milestone Road, Danbury, CT 06810.

 

 

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Lillis, Martin G.

Martin G. Lillis a lifelong New Milford, CT resident, passed away at home Friday August 2, 2019 at the age of 64.

He was born in New Milford July 15, 1955, son of the late Lawrence and Anne (Campion) Lillis. He graduated New Milford High School in 1973. Martin worked in his family Liquor store, Washington Liquor Store for many years but his passion was always music.

Martin is survived by his sister Kathleen Maguire and her husband Tim of West Dennis, MA and a nephew Daniel. He was predeceased by his longtime companion Maurica Seible.

A graveside service will take place at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in New Milford at 1:00 pm on Tuesday August 13, 2019.

Arrangements by the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.

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Harriet C. Webb

Ceia Webb        
April 10, 1938 – July 26, 2019
 
Harriet Cordelia (Ceia) Webb, a master in the arts of grit, faith, and courage, died in New Milford, CT at the age of 81, while visiting her children and grandchildren on the morning of July 26, 2019. She was vigorous and healthy, dying exactly the way she would have wanted, without warning and without pain.
 
Ceia’s life was one of service first, a deep-rooted belief passed on to her by her parents, firmly set in the small, community-minded Cos Cob neighborhood of Greenwich, Connecticut where she grew up, along with her younger brother, Robert (Bob) M. Webb, Jr., who predeceased her. Bob attended Brunswick School and Columbia and Boston Universities.
 
Ceia was particularly proud of her parents. Ceia’s father, Robert M. Webb, Sr., attended Williams College and earned his MSW from Columbia University. He taught at Princeton University; served in the armed forces; helped grow the United Way of Stamford while maintaining the need for a dedicated Greenwich United Way; and was a founder of Community Centers, Inc. in Greenwich. Ceia’s mother, Muriel S. Webb, a Connecticut College graduate, served on the vestry of Christ Church Greenwich and, after her husband’s death, relocated to Geneva, Switzerland to serve on the World Council of Churches. 
 
Ceia attended Cos Cob elementary school followed by Greenwich Academy (class of 1956) and the Parsons School of Design for Interior Design & Architecture, before moving to Kent, CT, where she raised her five children: Hugh, Diana, Tegan, and twins Lockey and Beth. While raising her children and volunteering for the Boy Scouts as a troop leader, she earned a degree from Western Connecticut State University in 1972 in social work, community organization, and business management, and ran her own baking business called The Overflow.
 
The Overflow began as a way to sell the extra baked goods she made each week for her large family. With her busy schedule, she had no time to staff a store.  Her solution, as always, was simple, community-minded, and no-nonsense.  The back porch of her 1700s saltbox home, located on Rte. 7, became a storefront, of sorts.  The cash box was left out with a sign that read Honor System and all baked goods were marked with prices. She always used to say that she never lost a penny, in fact, lacking proper change, most people overpaid.  Her food was delicious, especially the sticky buns.
 
Over the years, Ceia wore many hats to make sure that her children had the benefit of an excellent education and that they were well-traveled. Ceia also owned and operated a successful catering business for many years, including her children in everything that she did.
 
Ceia’s home was a safe haven for the children and teenagers that she mentored, many of whom considered her a surrogate mom.  These were relationships that she treasured deeply, many of which she maintained until the end of her life.  In particular, she considered Robert Kay of Colorado and Hector Guzman of California to be family, keeping in touch with both over the years.
 
Resuming her career, Ceia joined the team at Four Winds Hospital in Katonah, New York for many years and, later, worked with several other psychiatric and alcohol and drug rehabilitation facilities. 
 
Ceia’s entrepreneurial spirit and drive to help others led her to establish several companies and charity organizations including ReCourse, Inc., The Hunger Coalition, The Hunger Coalition’s Mobile Pharmacy unit, and her most recent adventure started in 2003, Rebuilding Together Litchfield County chapter (RTLC). After she moved to Virginia, she continued to work for RTLC telecommuting and traveling to Connecticut at least six times per year. Through RTLC, Ceia raised the funds and volunteers to repair 241 homes in northwestern Connecticut, allowing 387 low income veterans, elderly, and disabled to remain in their homes independently. Ceia was supported in her good work by her family, including John Matta, Diana’s fiancé, who served as RTLC’s volunteer chairman. Ceia had just completed her latest round of repairs in April of this year, another eight homes.
 
In her free time, Ceia was a volunteer at The Reynolds Homestead, located near her home in Patrick County, VA, which preserves the birthplace and early home of American industrial giants R.J. and A.D. Reynolds. She served as a docent and as the organizing director of The American Music Series, held at The Reynolds Homestead, celebrating outstanding talent throughout southwest Virginia and northwest North Carolina. Ceia was recently honored with their Volunteer of the Year award for her exceptional work and leadership.
 
Ceia loved everything, traveling, staying home, the water and the outdoors – swimming, sailing, camping, or sunning at the beach.  She was a certified lifeguard and CPR instructor, taught swimming, and spent much of her last few weeks on camping trips in Virginia and North Carolina. In particular, Ceia loved spending time with her children and jumping in to help with their projects, from writing for the Greenwich Sentinel newspaper to organizing classrooms at Ridgefield Academy and Education without Walls, to painting and redecorating offices and homes, she was a consistent, present, and guiding force in their lives.
 
Ceia is survived by her children and their families: Hugh W. Reid of Wake Forest, NC, his wife Danelle and their children Jordan and Maddison Reid; Diana C. Reid of New Milford, CT and her daughter Cordelia Schoen (currently attending Western Connecticut State University); Tegan S. Gawel of Kent, CT, her husband Michael and her children Coalter Baker and his wife Brittany of Washington, D.C. and Travis Baker of Austin, TX; Lockey Coughlin of Sherman, CT, her husband Christopher and their children Shea Coughlin (currently attending Western Connecticut State University), Campbell Coughlin (currently attending Connecticut College) and Tucker Coughlin (currently attending Marymount Manhattan College); and Elizabeth Anne White Barhydt of Greenwich, CT, her husband Peter and their children Emma and Steele. She is also survived by her niece Liza Webb Snyder. Ceia was predeceased by her son-in-law, Chip Schoen.
 
In New Milford, a gathering of local friends and family will be held at Education without Walls at 64 Railroad St. on Saturday, August 3 from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. In Virginia, a Celebration of Life for Ceia will be held on Sunday August 11, 2:30 – 4:30 pm with a Musical Jam at The Reynolds Homestead. In Greenwich, a Memorial Service will be held at Christ Church, 254 East Putnam Avenue on September 7 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow.
 
Donations may be made to Rebuilding Together Litchfield County, which carries on Ceia’s important work, at RTLC, 122 Stilson Hill Road, New Milford, CT 06776 or https://www.rebuildingtogetherlitchfield.org/
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Murphy, Mary

Mary Sullivan Murphy, beloved wife of Robert W. Murphy Jr., age 76 of New Milford, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday July 23, 2019. She was born to the late Patrick Sullivan and Lillian Kelley Sullivan on October 31, 1942.

She was an active member of the St. Francis Xavier Parish community. Mary was a teacher at Holy Infant Nursey School for many years.

Mary valued her faith, family and friends. Her faith allowed her to open her heart and home to many who were in need. Above all else she devoted her life to her children and grandchildren who meant everything to her. She loved to watch TV, especially Criminal Minds and Law and Order SVU & was known to have quite a sweet tooth.

Mary is survived by her husband of 53 years, Robert, her children Robert W. Murphy III and his wife Lauren, Patrick Murphy and his wife Karen, Kelly Thomas and her husband Timothy, John A. Murphy and his wife Jillian, Daniel Murphy; all of New Milford, CT and Angy Vasquez of Waterbury, CT; her cherished grandchildren Chantel, Patrick, Kaylei, Sean, Collin, Connor, Ryan, Dillon, Hannah, Shane, Kara, Luke, Kyle and Molly; her brother James Sullivan of Southington, CT and his son Joseph. She also leaves behind numerous loving relatives and friends.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday July 30, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday July 31 at 12:00 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church. A private interment will follow in St. Francis Cemetery in New Milford, CT.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in memory of Mary S. Murphy to the Dementia Society of America by mail to PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901, or online at www.DementiaSociety.org/donate

 

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Evagash, Stephen L.

Stephen Lowell Evagash of New Milford, CT, passed away Monday, July 22, 2019, in Boston, MA at the age of 30.

Stephen was born February 17, 1989, in Danbury, CT, to James and Joy (Seiler) Evagash. He graduated from New Milford High School in 2007 and has been working as a medical technician for Lincare in Brookfield for the past six years. Stephen enjoyed remodeling his home and loved gardening.  When not working on his house or in his garden, Stephen could be found fishing with his father, or cooking and shopping with his mother.

Stephen will be sadly missed by so many. He is survived by his parents James and Joy Evagash of New Milford, CT, brother David Evagash, maternal grandmother Roslyn Seiler, aunts and uncles Carole and Barry Tannenbaum, Richard and Anita Seiler, Tom and Evelyn Evagash, Paul Evagash, Marie Evagash, and his numerous cousins. He is preceded in death by multiple grandparents as well as his Uncle Joe Evagash.

A funeral service will take place at Temple Sholom, 122 Kent Road, in New Milford on Sunday, August 4, 2019, at 11:00 am. Interment will be private.

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation at http://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org or to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at http://www.lls.org, 3 Landmark Square, Suite 330, Stamford, CT 06901.

 

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Thyberg, Alfred C. Jr.

Alfred C. Thyberg Jr. of Warren, CT passed away Wednesday July 24, 2019 in New Milford, CT at the age of 95.

He was born November 16, 1923 in Brooklyn, NY son of the late Alfred C. Thyberg Sr. and Anna A. (Johnson) Thyberg. He served in the Naval Air Corps from 1943 to 1945 then moved to Warren, CT in 1947. On June 28, 1954 he married Elaine R. Reibetanz in Bellerose, NY. Mr. Thyberg was the founder and director of Mt. Lake Bible Camp in Warren, CT. Affectionately known as “Uncle Al” to staff and campers, he operated the camp for nearly 70 years before retiring in 2013.

Mr. Thyberg is survived by his sons Scott Thyberg of Warren, CT; Chris Thyberg and his wife Leslie of Pittsburgh, PA; Peter Thyberg and his wife Frances of Auckland, New Zealand; daughter Katherine Spatschek and her husband Willy of Waidhofen, Germany; grandchildren David, Hannah, Christopher, Emily, Anna, Jan and Timothy. He was predeceased by his wife Elaine, his son Stephen, by a brother and three sisters.

Calling hours will be held Monday July 29, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT. The burial will be private.

Contributions in Mr. Thyberg’s memory may be made to Christian Youth Fellowship, Inc., 58 Mountain Lake Rd., Warren, CT 06777.

 

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