Hendrix, Lowell

Lowell Hendrix formerly of Gaylordsville, CT, passed away October 15, 2018 in Danbury, CT at the age of 87.

Lowell was born February 3, 1931, in Sherman Ct, son of Daisy and Clarence Hendrix. Following his birth, his family moved to Gaylordsville where he lived the rest of his life.
He is survived by his brother Lynn D Hendrix, and by his five children, Lee and his wife Mary, Cathleen Blasco, Wendy Waszczak and her husband Libor, Beth Tyler, and son Loren. He is also survived by his grandchildren, whom he loved very much, Emily Hendrix , Mathew Blasco his wife Amy, Lisa Zobel and her husband Travis, Allison Reiss and her husband Alex, Ryan Tyler ,Eric Tyler and his wife Kirstin, Adam Waszczak and his wife Kelly and Patrick Waszczak and his wife Jessica. He is also survived by his great grand children, Camden and Carter Zobel, and another great grandson who was born the day after Lowell died. He is predeceased by his wife Charlotte (Kaiser); his parents and sisters ,Evelyn Marsh , Gloria Malumphy, and Ellen Bickford.
Lowell lived most of his life in Gaylordsville. He was the last Charter member of the Gaylordsville Volunteer Fire Department. He was only 16 at the time, but spent so much time in building and organizing the department, the members suspended the bylaws and voted him in as an active member. He was a Past Chief for a total of five years among serving in other offices. He retired in the mid-1990’s
He served in the US Army in the Korean Conflict and was a proud member of the New Milford VFW, American Legion Post and Korea War Veterans.
He was instrumental in organizing and constructing the Korea War Veterans Memorial in the New Milford Town Hall
Upon returning from a Korea, he moved to Gaylordsville where he and his father built a house.
He lived there until 1993, when he built another house in Gaylordsville. He then moved to Danbury. He was an active member of the Gaylordsville United Methodist Church and as a young child the Wemenesa Grange. He also severed on the New Milford Zoning Board.
As a young man he was employed by a fire truck shop on Long Island. Upon moving to Gaylordsville he worked for New a Milford Motors, the first Volkswagen dealership in the United States. He also worked as a mechanic for CL&P. He then opened a gas station and repair shop in Park Lane in New Milford.
He then worked for many years at Bird Volkswagen in Danbury, and his last employment was with World Wide Volkswagen.
He enjoyed camping with his family, having made many trips, the biggest one to Yellowstone. Trips to Vermont were many, but his greatest love was his wife Charlotte and his Fire Department. The family would like to thank the staff at Glen Hill Nursing Home for taking such good care of him and to the Gaylordsville Volunteer Fire Department for all their assistance with his funeral.

A Funeral Service will take place on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 1 PM at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT. Interment will follow in Morningside Cemetery, Gaylordsville, CT

Friends may call at the Lillis Funeral Home on Saturday, October 27 from 11 AM until the time of the service.

Donations in his memory may be sent to the Gaylordsville Volunteer Fire Department, 700 Kent Rd, Gaylordsville Ct 06755 or to the Glen Hill Center,1 Glen Hill Rd Danbury Ct 0810 , attn : Kathy Datillo

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Madeline Gale

Madeline_Gale_PhotoMadeline B. Gale (“Cookie”), age 89 of Bridgewater, died peacefully October 18, 2018 at the Candlewood Valley Health & Rehab center, after a prolonged illness. She was the wife of the late Edward L. Gale.

Madeline was born in New Milford, CT on April 6th, 1929, daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Chumcha) Boltrom. A graduate of New Milford high school, she was employed as an operator with the Southern New England Telephone Company for more than twenty years, retiring in 1989.  Madeline was a Bridgewater resident for more than fifty years, loved the outdoors and enjoyed spending time in her gardens, reading and walking near the center of town.  She was active as a Cub Scout Den Mother and volunteer at the Bridgewater Burnham Elementary School.

Madeline was a member of St Francis Xavier Church in New Milford and is survived by her sons Peter and wife Sally of Houston TX, David of Collegeville PA, Colin of Kirkland WA and three grandchildren: Brenna, Christopher and Benjamin.

She also leaves a brother Francis Boltrom of Monroe, Maine, and two sisters; Maryanne Haywood of Rochester, NY, and Alice Pollard of San Rafael, CA. Mrs. Gale is predeceased by her siblings: John Boltrom, Cecile Anderson, Helen Boltrom and Kathryn Rosati.

A graveside service will be held on Monday October 22, 2018 at 11AM at the St Francis Xavier Cemetery, New Milford CT. Arrangements by Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford, CT.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Bridgewater Senior Center, 132 Hut Hill Rd, Bridgewater, CT 06752

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Goodrich, John K.

John Keith Goodrich of Cornwall, CT, passed away Saturday October 13, 2018 in Sharon, CT, at the age of 80.

He was born February 24, 1938 in Oak Park, IL, son of the late Lawrence Keith and Margaret (Gillan) Goodrich. After graduating Choate Prep School in Wallingford, CT, he served with the Army for four years and then received his Master’s degree from the University of Michigan.  Mr. Goodrich was a self-employed Financial Consultant. After 45 years he retired in 2005 from his company Colonial Consulting in New York, NY. In May of 2002 he married Susan M. Hancox in Salisbury, CT.

Besides his wife Susan he is survived by his two daughters, Susanne Moeller of Tampa, FL and Barbara Goodrich-Welk of San Diego, CA.

A funeral service will take place Saturday October 20, 2018 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Kent, CT, at 11:00 am. The interment will take place in Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, NY, at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will be Friday October 19, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.

Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 309, Kent, CT 06757 or the Salvation Army at https://give.salvationarmyusa.org or by phone (800) 725-2769.


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Keane, Jo Ann

Jo Ann Keane of New Milford, CT, passed away at home on Sunday October 14, 2018 surrounded by her family at the age of 74.
She was born June 10, 1944 in Waterbury, CT, daughter of the late John and Nora (Alessandroni) Taylor. She graduated Washington High School in 1962. On April 25, 1964 she married William Keane in New Milford. Mrs. Keane worked at the Deans office in Canterbury School starting as a secretary in 1974 and became the secretary for the Head Master before she left in 1978 to work as the office manager for the Sunny Valley Foundation in New Milford, CT. She then worked as an office manager at Feinson’s Store in Danbury and before retiring in 1996 worked in the controller’s office for the Town of Brookfield, CT. Mrs. Keane was a member of St. Francis Xavier Church in New Milford, a volunteer for the American Cancer Society in New Milford. She loved to cook, watch politics, read and do puzzles.
Besides her husband William she is survived by her daughters Tammy Ciafone and her husband Jeff of Oviedo, FL and Susan Keane of Katy, TX; sister Kathie Taylor Bielicki of Jensen Beach, FL and grandchildren Taylor and Matthew Ciafone and Austin Reeves.
A funeral service will take place on Friday October 19, 2018, 10:00 am at Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT. Interment will follow in St. Francis Cemetery in New Milford.
Contributions in Jo Ann’s memory may be made to the New Milford VNA Hospice, 68 Park Lane Rd., New Milford, CT 06776.

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Judge, Jeremy G.

Judge, Jeremy Griswold, of Roxbury, CT, born in NYC on Jan 20th 1931, died peacefully on the 9th of October.  Jerry graduated in 1952 from Cornell University, where he built cherished friendships that he maintained throughout his life. Jerry spent most of his life with his loving bride, Margot. They met at Point O’ Woods, Fire Island, working summers during college, and fell in love strolling the beach and singing the popular tunes of the day. They married and spent 58 years together until Margot’s unexpected death in Maine in 2011. She was the love of Jerry’s life. Jerry was the loving father of Geoff, Jennifer and Peter encouraging them in their educational and professional pursuits, as well as their marriages to three wonderful women, Mary Ann, Ethelind, and Kathy.  Jerry’s loving sister Jennifer Howes, his grandchildren, Jennifer, Alex, Eric and Louis and numerous nieces and nephews brought him much joy.  Jerry spent 44 years enthusiastically working at Prudential. He spent three wonderful years in the New England office in the mid-70s, followed by his most rewarding work years, getting Congress to alter the tax structure of all Mutual and Stock insurance companies in a more equitable way.  In the mid-80s Jerry and Margot enthusiastically poured themselves into the Episcopal Marriage Encounter, becoming national leaders of this organization. Jerry was very active in Christ Church in Roxbury, and served as Treasurer for many years.

A funeral service will take place Friday October 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Christ Episcopal Church, Roxbury, CT. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that charitable donations be made to either Christ Episcopal Church or Minor Memorial Library, both in Roxbury, CT.

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



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Maxson, Marilyn S.

Marilyn S. Maxson of Brookfield, CT, passed away Sunday October 14, 2018 in Danbury, CT, at the age of 92.
She was born September 19, 1926 in White Plains, NY, daughter of the late Norman and Marion (Muir) Smith. Marilyn grew up in Scarsdale, NY and graduated from Scarsdale High School. After she married John Maxson they lived in Greenwich, CT, then moved to Wilton, CT, where they raised their family and in 1973 they settled in the Candlewood Lake Club in Brookfield, CT, where Marilyn enjoyed playing Bridge, Golf and Tennis. Marilyn had worked at the New Yorker Magazine as a secretary then as an Office Manager for the Ridgefield Parks and Recreation and was a member of the Candlewood Lake Club.
Marilyn was predeceased by her husband John in July of 2008. She is survived by her sons James Maxson of Everett, WA, Jeffrey Maxson of Brookfield, CT; daughters Lesley Bowman and her husband Grant of New Milford, CT, Amy Calcavecchio and her husband Richard of Brookfield, CT and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday October 17, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT. Funeral services and interment will be private.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 306 Industrial Park Rd., Suite 105, Middletown, CT 06457.

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Capozziello, Grace M.

Grace M. Capozziello of Bridgewater, CT, formally of New Milford, CT, passed away peacefully at Danbury Hospital after a brief illness on October 3, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.
Grace was born in Bridgeport, CT July 6, 1925 to the late Anthony and Lucy Capozziello.  She moved to New Milford at age of eight. She helped run a small neighborhood grocery store with her mother called Testanis from 1940 to 1970, where she also made her home.  She worked at the Bleachery in New Milford  for 18 years until it closed, then she worked for 30 years at Kimberly Clark in New Milford until her retirement. At KC she met many wonderful people with whom she remained great friends until her passing.
Grace is survived by her loving daughter Sandy and wonderful son-in-law Roy Magner of Bridgewater, CT with  whom she made her home for the last three years. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Josephine Capozziello of Trumbull, CT and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by eight siblings, Tony Capozziello, Alberico Capozziello (Jenny), Albert Capozziello (Laura), John Capozziello (Francis), Virginia Imbimbo (Fred), Rose Imbimbo (Henry), May DeSeina (Charles), and Vera Sisbarro (John). She was also predeceased by her grandson, Robert L. Pinney.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday October 8, 2018 at 10 AM ay St. Francis Xavier Church, New Milford, CT. Interment will follow at Center Cemetery, New Milford.
Friends may call on Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 2 to 5 PM at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Grace’s memory to Danbury Hospital Foundation, Danbury, CT or New Milford VNA, 68 Park Lane Road, New Milford, CT 06776. Both gave her wonderful and loving care through her health struggles for the past three years.

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O’Connor, John D.

John D. O’Connor, 94, passed away peacefully at his Sherman, Connecticut home on October 3, 2018, with his wife, Andrea, at his side. In addition to his wife, John is survived by daughter Susan O’Connor of Portland, Oregon, and granddaughter Leda O’Connor of Nashville, Tennessee.  His daughter Sally predeceased him.

A celebration of a life well lived will be held at Holy Trinity Church in Sherman on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.

John and Andrea enjoyed 44 years of marriage punctuated by love, laughter, mutual support, and many memorable trips to St. Barts, Nantucket, and Las Vegas.

John was born and raised in New York City, where he attended parochial schools, graduating from Chaminade High School.  He served in the Army Air Force during World War II, stationed in Alaska for most of his years in the service, working with weather squadron on the island of Shemya, near the end of the Aleutian chain.  Following his discharge, he attended Bethany College in West Virginia, majoring in English with a minor in French.

Upon graduation from college, John worked for American Airlines and then began his own retail business.  He later worked for Lederle as a pharmaceutical salesman.  He then took a position in advertising sales at the American Journal of Nursing Company, eventually being promoted to Director of Marketing and Advertising Sales.

Wanting to do something that would give him a sense of purpose and personal fulfillment, he enrolled in the nursing program at Hunter College, attending school in the evenings, doing his clinical work at Bellevue Hospital, and graduating with a bachelor of science degree, magna cum laude, all while still working in his “day job.”  When his daughter Sally died after 22 years of illness, he left his job in New York City in order to help others in some meaningful way.  He was hired by Danbury Hospital as one of the first men to work as a pediatric nurse.  He also worked for the Danbury Visiting Nurse Association and as an adjunct professor of pediatric nursing at Western Connecticut State University.

John was an active sportsman, competing in football, basketball, and track and field throughout high school and college.  In his later years and into his 80s, he played competitive basketball in an over-40 league, competing nationally in basketball and track and field events with the Senior Olympics.

Most in Sherman knew John because of his nearly 30 years of involvement with the Sherman School, first as a volunteer and then as a special education paraprofessional, working in the classroom setting.  Honored by the Sherman Parent Teacher Organization in 1992 as a “Friend of Education,” John made a real difference in the lives of so many young people, opening the door to the gift of reading, coaching boys and girls in basketball, or just being a kind and calming influence in the classroom.

John served on the Sherman Board of Selectmen for six years, on the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Board of Assessment Appeals, and the Housing Commission as well as being a Justice of the Peace.  Having served on the town’s Recycling Committee and as town representative to the Housatonic Resource Recovery Authority, he was a frequent volunteer for the Hazardous Waste Day in New Milford.  He also served on any number of ad hoc committees, including the first committee to study the need for senior affordable housing and another concerning elderly tax relief.

As a Selectman, John worked with First Selectman Ken Grant and others as a member of the concept group that recommended using a grant for the track and basketball court at Veterans Field and the walking trails at Colonial Park.  He was twice the keynote speaker at Sherman’s Memorial Day ceremonies, once Grand Marshal of the parade, and served as Master of Ceremonies for the dedication of Sherman’s Veterans Memorial at Old Town Hall.  He also served with Gary Albert and Janet Hopkins on the Bicentennial Committee, suggesting the fireworks that closed that year of festivities.

John’s background in nursing led to several town-related volunteer activities.  For many years, John was involved with FISH, first as a driver and then as manager of the lending “closet,” delivering equipment to  Sherman residents needing a medical device.  He also served as President of that organization.  John was Sherman’s representative to the New Milford Visiting Nurse Association, serving as President and as one of the original volunteers for the New Milford VNA Hospice, as well as the town’s representative to the Northwest Regional Mental Health Board.  He was an EMT with the Sherman Volunteer Fire Department and, as a nurse, was involved for 15 years doing free blood pressure screenings at the Senior Center.

John also volunteered at Holy Trinity Church, the Sherman Library, and other town organizations.  He was an organizing member of the Sherman Veterans Association and served as chairman of the Scholarship Committee.  He personally planted and watered many of the Kousa dogwood trees around town as a member and Vice-President of the Sherman Garden Club.  He joined Susan Boosey of the Sherman Congregational Church and Sandy Keane of Holy Trinity to create Hungerford Place, a local food bank that delivered food to those in need.

John’s volunteer service was recognized over the years.  In 1996, he was the recipient of a “Successful Aging Award” from Connecticut Community Care in recognition of life-long accomplishments and community service.  In 2005, he was presented with the Sherman Citizen Award for tireless service to the town and its citizens as well as a Public Service Award from Connecticut’s Secretary of State.  The following year, friend and follow volunteer, Guido Tino, called him the “consummate volunteer who leads by example.”

Most recently, recognizing changes occurring in Sherman’s population due to the country’s economic condition, John realized that there was much more to be done beyond his capacity as an individual, working with a small group of friends to form the non-profit organization, Sherman Cares, which serves as the “resource of last resort” for Sherman individuals and families in need.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Sherman Cares, PO Box 611, Sherman, CT  06784 or through the organization’s website at shermancares.org.

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Marx, Barbara K.

Barbara K. Marx, 89, of New Milford, CT, passed away peacefully on September 29, 2018 surrounded by her family.

Barbara was born in White Plains NY to Annemarie Kleinert on November 27, 1928.  She graduated from White Plains HS Class of 1946.  On January 15, 1949 she married James A Marx in White Plains NY and was blessed to spend the next 69 years with her best friend.  She worked at the New York Telephone Company in White Plains until her four boys arrived at which time she stayed at home to raise them. Being a Mom and a wife were her greatest passions in life and she excelled at them. New Milford has been her home for the last 27 years where her family has expanded to include 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  She was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Lakes and volunteered at the New Milford Library for decades before retiring last year.

Barbara is survived by her beloved husband Jim, sons James, John (Kelly), Tom (Sue), Neal (Donna), grandchildren David (Michele), Peter (Nicole), Hilary (Chris), Tom (Grace), Emily, Joey, Philip, Megan and Matt as well as 2 great grandsons Jack and Hunter.

She is preceded in death by her mother Annemarie Kleinert, her sister Susan Murphy, her daughter in law Denise O’Connor Marx, and 2 grandchildren Brian and Dana Marx.

The family will greet friends on Wednesday October 3, 2018 from 4-7 at Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford CT

Funeral services will be held on Thursday October 4, 2018 at 11 am at Our Lady of the Lakes Church, 3 Old Town Park Road, New Milford, CT with Fr. Gerald Dziedzic officiating.  Burial will follow at New Milford Center Cemetery

The family of Barbara wishes to extend our sincere gratitude for the comforting and loving care provided by Dr Anderson and the staff of Village Crest and Masonicare Hospice.

Barbara loved all animals but especially dogs.  In lieu of flowers, the family request a donation be made in her name to the New Milford Animal Shelter, 8 Dodd Road, New Milford CT 06776




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Dratch, Theodore F.

Theodore F. Dratch, “T.D.” age 77, of New Milford, Connecticut, left his earthly life on Saturday, September 29th, 2018, from the comfort of his home surrounded by his family.  He was born on March 29, 1941 to the late Frank Dratch and Mary Koziar Dratch of Bethel, Connecticut, their 7th child.  T.D. was married to Barbara McMahon Dratch in 1963, and they were about to celebrate their 55th anniversary.  He graduated from Bethel High School and J.M. Wright Technical School in Stamford, and also attended Bullard Haven Technical School to obtain his master barber license.  He is survived by his children, Beth Marino and her husband Henry of Delhi, New York, Kathy Krizan and her fiancé Erik Menzer of New Milford, CT and Frank Dratch of Thomaston, CT.  He leaves cherished grandchildren, Nicholas, Megan, Kurtis, Paige, Matthew, Collin, Tommy and Kenneth who he showered with love and taught many important life lessons.  He is survived by one sister, Ann Meyerholz, of New Milford, and numerous nephews and nieces who adored him. He was predeceased by his brother, Stephen Dratch, and four sisters, Irene Hanna, Mary Baldelli, Kay Patella and Dorothy Grana.

T.D. was a long time barber, beginning his career with his late brother-in-law at Joe’s Barber Shop on Bank Street. He later catered to his customers by going to their homes to give haircuts. T.D. loved hunting and fishing, and going to the horse races in Saratoga Springs, NY, every summer. He was a member of the New Milford Sportsmen Association, and Christ Church in Roxbury, Connecticut. He enjoyed volunteering at various activities as well as the United Way Food Truck.  He loved telling jokes, and calling all his friends for their birthdays. He had an engaging smile, and knew how to make everyone feel important.  He brought cheer to all who met him and loved giving out small gifts of candy.

Calling hours will be on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Lillis Funeral Home, Bridge Street, New Milford, and Funeral Services will be held on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Christ Church, Wellers Bridge Road, Roxbury, CT followed by interment in the Columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the New Milford Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Program, 68 Park Lane Road, New Milford, CT, and Christ Church, 4 Wellers Bridge Road, Roxbury, CT.


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