Prokos, Sherry Lynn

Sherry (Sis) Lynn Prokos, age 56, of New Milford, CT, passed away peacefully with her husband and daughters by her side at Yale New Haven Hospital on Sunday, October 15, 2017.

Sherry was born on September 17, 1961 and was raised in Ellenville, NY, by her beloved parents, Donald and Joan (Williams) Lewis. She was a graduate of Ellenville High School.

Sherry met her true love, her husband Dean Prokos, at Bailey’s Lake Campground in New York in 1976. They shared many wonderful memories together including bringing up their two daughters and welcoming four grandchildren.

Sherry enjoyed many things in her life including the variety of positions she held throughout her career, vacationing in Point Pleasant Beach, camping with her family and friends of Cozy Hills, sewing, reading and catching up on her soap operas…but nothing brought her more joy than spending time with her family.

Sherry was a devoted daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother and grandmother. She will be forever remembered by her family for her warm smile, kind heart and for her persistent way of always putting others happiness before her own.

Sherry was predeceased by her father, Donald Lewis, and is survived by her mother Joan Lewis of Ellenville, NY, sister Vicki Forgette of Ellenville, NY,  brothers Ronald Conklin of Jacksonville, NC and Scott Conklin of Topeka, KS and several nieces and nephews. She leaves behind her loving husband Dean Prokos of New Milford, CT,  daughters Katina Wall of Brookfield, CT and her husband Robert Wall and Victoria Duncan of New Milford, CT and her husband Ian Duncan along with four grandchildren whom she loved dearly, Tanner and Landon Wall and Quinn and Collin Duncan.

Calling hours will be held at Lillis Funeral Home 58 Bridge Street New Milford, CT between the hours of 11:00 am and 2:00 pm Saturday October 21, 2017 followed by a brief service.

Donations may be made in loving memory of Sherry Lynn Prokos to Yale Smilow Cancer Hospital P.O. box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508-9979.

 

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Johnson, William A.

William A. Johnson of Danbury, CT, passed away peacefully at home Monday October 16, 2017 at the age of 90.
He was born July 26, 1927 in New York, NY, son of the late Herbert and Ann (Kassler) Johnson. After graduating from Bronx High School of Science in 1945, he served briefly with the Navy. He then received his bachelor’s degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ as a mechanical engineer. On October 2, 1954, he married Ethel T. Hannaberry in Bronx, NY. Bill lived in Hawthorne, NY and worked for NY Telephone in White Plains, NY for over twenty years before retiring in 1986 and moving to New Milford, CT, where he then served as Sewer Commissioner for over 15 years. Bill was also an avid glider pilot and member of the Nutmeg Soaring Association for many years. In 2007, Bill and Ethel moved to Danbury, CT.
Besides his wife Ethel, Mr. Johnson is survived by his daughter Elizabeth Dimes of Stamford, CT, grandchildren Gregory Elting and Geoffrey and Stephen Squire, and great grandchildren Kevin and Patrick Elting. He was predeceased by his daughter Katherine Elting in 1985.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday October 20, 2017 at 11:00am at Holy Rosary Church in Hawthorne, NY. Interment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY. Calling hours will be held Thursday October 19, 2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Rosary Hill Home, 600 Linda Ave., Hawthorne, NY 10532 .

 

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Schoon, Marie M.

Marie Margareta Schoon passed away at the age of 97 on October 12, 2017 at Candlewood Valley Health Center in New Milford, Connecticut after a short illness.  She was a happy, active, and involved woman who will be missed by all those who knew and loved her.  The family is deeply grateful for the wonderful care she received during her time at Candlewood Valley Health Center.
Marie was born on March 12, 1920 in Anamosa, Iowa.  Her parents were Louise (Andreesen) and Gerhard Gerdes.  She was married in 1941 to Gerald Schoon.  Together, they owned and managed restaurants in Monticello, Iowa, Phoenix, Arizona, and Manchester, Iowa.  Marie then ran her own bridal shop business in Manchester and Bellevue, Iowa for over 20 years.   During her years living in Manchester, Iowa, she served as president of the Chamber of Commerce, and as Regional Director of the Red Cross.  She was active in many organizations in Manchester, Iowa.  Marie moved to New Milford, CT in 2005 to live closer to her family.
Marie is survived by her son, Craig Schoon and daughter-in-law Susan Schoon of Washington, CT, granddaughter Sara Schoon of New York City, New York, sister Helen Bender of San Diego, California and brother, Garrett Gerdes of Anamosa, Iowa.
Marie will be buried next to her husband, Gerald, in Monticello, Iowa.
Arrangements by the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.

 

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Kenley, Douglas C.

Douglas Charles Kenley of New Milford, CT, passed away unexpectedly Sunday October 8, 2017 in Danbury Hospital at the age of 68.
He was born June 9, 1949, son of the late Charles and Jessie (Rodrigues) Kenley. He grew up in Danbury, CT and graduated from Henry Abbott Tech. in Danbury. Mr. Kenley moved to New Milford, CT, where he  lived most of his life. He was the owner and operator of Douglas C. Kenley Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning in New Milford.
Mr. Kenley is survived by his wife Patricia Hulihan; sons Scott and Jay Kenley both of New Milford, CT; daughter Kimberly Mitchell and her husband Brian of Danbury, CT; brother James Kenley of St. Petersburg, FL; sister Karen Barrows and her husband Bill of Hurdle Mills, NC and grandchildren Julia and Grant Mitchell. He was predeceased by a son Douglas Kenley Jr.
Calling hours will be held at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT, on Thursday October 12, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Interment will be private.
Mr. Kenley loved animals and his family has asked that contributions in his memory be made to the New Milford Animal Welfare Society, 8 Dodd Rd., New Milford, CT 06776.

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Jerry Pilch

Jerry Pilch, 73 of New Milford passed away peacefully in his sleep September 27th. Jerry was born May 23rd, 1944 in Brewster, N.Y. to George Pilch and Pearl Hyatt. He took pride in everything including his work, and his daughters Kateri, Donnamae Busiere-Fine, step daughters Alana and Brandie McAuliffe, his 5 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was also proud of working with Loaves and Fishes with Sherrie Trottier, Biddy Roger, Pat and Chas Bates, and numerous volunteers.
He is survived by his brother John (Jack) and wife Marie Pilch of New Fairfield. He is predeceased by brother George Lee Pilch, sisters Dorothy Miller, Patricia Paddock, and Audrey Gerrity, also Bobby and Linda Pilch.
Jerry loved shining his shoes everyday, and meeting with friends at Dunkin Donuts with his pal Jimmy Gerow. He had fun riding his bike around town, listening to country and rock and roll, and cheering on the NY Giants football team.
Special thanks to the staff and residents of Butter Brook Hill Apartments, the Nurses and Doctors of New Milford and Danbury, CT. Also thank you to his Doctor of many years Jeffrey Tyler.
A celebration of life will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church of New Milford, on October 16th at 6 pm. Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT, assisted the family with arrangements.
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Dowling, John

John V. Dowling, 85, passed away peacefully of natural causes on Monday, September 25, 2017.
Born on April 26, 1932 in Queens, New York to Marion (Demerest) and Edward D. Dowling, Jack Dowling was the youngest of four children, sister Janet Hanson, and brothers Robert and Edward Jr… He graduated Class of 1950, Chaminade High, Mineola, NY, then attended Providence College, class of 1954, with a degree in Engineering. Jack served in the US Army, 1st Lieutenant, Corps of Engineers where he designed and constructed combat-ready collapsible bridges and as suited his varied and exceptional talents, he was selected for the Army’s ski patrol. He moved to Missouri, then Michigan to work within the automotive industry with his wife Patricia Murtagh who he married in 1957. In 1965 he moved with his family to Bridgewater CT where he lived for over thirty years. There he helped raise five children on a hobby farm along with a menagerie of animals including horses, chickens, ducks and others. He became active in local civic affairs, including the local Catholic Church of St. Francis, and was a highly motivated member of the Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Department. In New Milford, CT he found and headed up Arrowhead International. As lead engineer and salesman, he most skillfully developed a client base and partnerships throughout the Far East, Northern Europe, Africa, and beyond. The most notable of these partnerships was his relationship with lifelong friend Hidetoshi Shigeki and family. They were and remain family to this day. The inventor, the athlete, the gentleman farmer, the craftsmen, the horseman, the music maker, the traveler, the businessman, the sailor, the husband, the father, the uncle, Jack, even with all of his flaws, left us with the legacy and enduring belief that anything is possible. Jack is also survived by: his 3 daughters Patty Dowling-Finnegan, Kate Dowling Emenau and Crissy Dowling; his grandchildren, Conor Finnegan, Drew, Madeline, and Ted Kapp, Kaï and Henri Emenau; his son-in-laws Andrew Kapp and Michael Emenau, as well as many loving nieces and nephews. Jack was pre-deceased by his sons Dennis Dowling, John Dowling and his daughter Mary Francis Kapp.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday September 30, 2017 at 1:00 PM at Our Lady of The Lakes Church 3 Old Park Road, New Milford, CT
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in John Victor Dowling’s honor to The Bridgewater Fire Department, or the Bridgewater Land trust.

 

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Kreuscher, Marjorie

Marjorie (Pennie) Kreuscher

Of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida passed away on September 19, 2017 at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center Hospice Unit.  Pennie, a resident of Devonshire’s Continuing Care Retirement Community at PGA National, was 94 and had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for many years.  Pennie, a devoted Catholic, grew up on Long Island, New York, attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart, 91st St, NY High School, Manhattanville and Finch Colleges.  She worked for Gibbs & Cox before marriage to Fred Kreuscher in 1947 (70 years ago).  After her five children were grown, she was a Million Dollar agent at William B. May Real Estate in Irvington, Westchester County, NY.  Upon retirement in 1988, she and her husband snow birded for 30 years in Highland Beach, FL and their home at Lake Waramaug, Warren, CT.  She and Fred were members of the Lake Waramaug Club for 50 years, active in administration, golf, tennis and the clubs many theatrical ventures. They traveled the world.  Her youngest son, Philip, died in 1982.  Fred, Alan, Douglas, Ann and her husband were with her at her death.  She is survived by 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.  Pennie will be remembered with great love and affection as a wonderful wife and mother.  A visitation will be held on Sunday, September 24th from 4-7PM at the Howard-Quattlebaum Funeral and Event Center 754 US Highway 1, North Palm Beach.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in the chapel of the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola, 9999 North Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens.  In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations in Pennie’s name to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 E Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 or to Convent of the Sacred Heart, 1 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128. The interment will take place at St. Bridget’s Cemetery in Cornwall, CT, on Thursday September 28, 2017 at 10:00 am.

 

 

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Williams, Earl D. Jr.

Earl D. Williams Jr. of New Milford, CT, passed away Monday September 18, 2017 at Danbury Hospital at the age of 84.
He was born in Carmel, NY, on August 11, 1933 son of the late Earl D. Williams Sr. Mr. Williams graduated from Carmel High School in 1952, then joined the Navy and served during the Korean War. On June 29, 1962 he married Dorothy Sweet in Mahopac, NY. They moved to New Milford twenty years ago after Mr. Williams retired from his job as a Laborer from Local 235 in Elmsford, NY. After retirement  he never stopped working, always doing odd jobs and yard work. The only thing he loved more than hard work was his family.
Besides his wife Dorothy of New Milford,  Mr. Williams is survived by his son Earl D. Williams III of Wappinger Falls, NY; daughters Karen Turco and her husband George and Jacqueline Gaynor and her husband Thomas both of New Milford, CT; sister Ruth Cox of Mahopac, NY and grandchildren Brittany, Kyle, Steven, Chelsea, Thomas and Gabrielle.
Calling hours will take place on Friday September 22, 2017 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm followed by a service at 5:00 pm at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT. The interment will be private.
Contributions in Mr. Williams  memory may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

 

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Jones, William R. Sr.

William R. Jones, Sr., 97, passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at the Regional Hospice Center in Danbury, CT with family at his side.

A child of the Great Depression and a member of America’s “greatest generation,” Mr. Jones was born on January 17, 1920 in Remsen, New York. He was the son of Clara Kent Jones and Leroy Jones. He attended Boonville (NY) High School and St. Lawrence University where he earned a B.S. in Geology and varsity letters in baseball. Following his graduation from St. Lawrence in 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he was commissioned a hydrographic survey officer. He met and married is wife, Beatrice Elsie Platt (also in the Navy) in Washington D.C. in December, 1943. In two years at sea, he helped to chart island invasions as part of the Pacific campaign. He returned from the Pacific in 1945 and joined his wife on her family homestead in Sherman, CT. After attending law school at the University of Connecticut, he began practice in Bridgeport and shortly thereafter established himself in Danbury where he practiced with distinction for sixty-five years. The firm he founded lives on today as Jones, Damia, Kaufman, and DePaul. During his career, he served as Judge of the State Traffic Court and as a State Trial Referee in the Judicial District of Danbury. He also served as president of the Danbury Bar Association and as a State Commissioner of Unemployment Compensation. Respected for his integrity, he was appointed to the Connecticut State Bar Ethics Committee and was honored by the Danbury Bar Association late in his career with its lifetime achievement award. In addition, he was a career-long member and president of the Danbury Club and headed the fundraising drive for the expansion of the Danbury Hospital.

Active in community life, politics, and the Sherman Veterans Association, Mr. Jones was honored by the Sherman Town Republican Committee for 60 years of distinguished service. He and his beloved wife raised four boys who are the eighth generation to live on the family farm there. In addition to being a devoted husband and father, he was an avid sportsman and raised Arabian horses. His full life literally brimmed with love, hard work, high principles, and a gentle spirit. His work was characterized by a keen analytical mind and a fierce sense of justice.

Mr. Jones is survived by his beloved wife of 73 years, Elsie; four sons (Pepper, Kent and his wife Bonnie, Lawrence and his wife Maria, and William, Jr.); and two grandchildren (Dylan Jones and his wife Erin, and Caitlin Jones McLane and her husband Joshua). He is predeceased by his brother Wilbert Jones and survived by a niece and nephew, Janet Irsfeld and Jeffrey Jones.

A brief service of remembrance will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT 06776.
A private interment will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you do a kind deed in Mr. Jones’s memory. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sherman Volunteer Fire Department, the Regional Hospice Center in Danbury, or to a charity of choice in his memory.

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Leonard F. Zuba

Leonard Francis Zuba, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Thursday September 7, 2017. He was 69 years young.
Lenny was born on October 5, 1947 in Brooklyn, NY, son of the late Edward and Irene (Gniatnowski) Zuba. Lenny lived a life of service to his family, country and community. Lenny honorably served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. He was with the NYC Police Department for over 17 years before he retired in 1985.
On September 9, 1978 he married the love of his life Lorraina Smith. Following his retirement Lenny and Lorraina moved to New Milford, CT.
Lenny lived life to its fullest. His greatest passion in life was his family. He never missed a chance to spend time with his children and grandchildren.
Lenny is not only survived by his wife Lorraina but also his two sons; Matthew F. Zuba and his wife Lisa of Middletown, CT and Michael E. Zuba and his wife Tierney of Glastonbury, CT, his daughter Michelle I. Zuba of Cooperstown, NY, his sister Carolyn Brady of Brookfield, CT and his two grandchildren; Kallie Zuba and Emerson Zuba.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday September 12, 2017 at St. Francis Church, New Milford, CT at 11am. Interment will follow at the Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown, CT. Visitation will be held on Monday September 11, 2017 from 5-8pm at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.
In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Lenny may be made to Diebold Cancer Center, 21 Elm St, New Milford, CT 06776.

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