Michael J. Schultz

Michael Schultz photoMichael Joseph “Mike” Schultz, 70, of 16 Hillside Ct, Brookfield, died August 18, 2018 at his home. He was born May 1, 1948 in Brooklyn, NY, son of the late Harold V. and Filomena “Fanny” (Sapanaro) Schultz. Michael attended Danbury High School. He was the husband of Barbara A. (Gambickler) (Beebe) Schultz for 42 years.

Since 1978, Michael had lived in Maine, California, New Mexico, North Carolina, New Jersey and most recently Sebring, Florida, before returning to Connecticut in 2015. He had worked in automotive and sporting goods sales for most of his career. He enjoyed ice hockey, tennis and golf, playing cards and was an avid fisherman.

Michael is survived by his son, Michael J. Schultz, Jr. and his granddaughter Ashley Schultz, and his sister-in-law Gail Schultz and nephew Christopher Schultz, of Bethel. He is also survived by his step-children and their families, Karin (John) Irwin of Roxbury, William Beebe of Brookfield, Robert (Wendy) Beebe of New Milford, and Suzanne Beebe of Brookfield, with whom he made his home, as well as his grandchildren, Kariann McDougall of Torrington, Sarah & Sean Irwin of Roxbury, and Kyle & Jordan Beebe of New Milford, and several cousins. He was pre-deceased by his beloved brother Harold Schultz.

Friends may call at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford on Saturday, Sept. 8th at 11:00am for a memorial service. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to Friends of Brookfield Senior Center, 100 Pocono Rd, Brookfield, CT 06804.

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Amos Doering

New Milford- Mr. Amos W. Doering, 90, passed away on August 19, 2018 at Glen Hill Center in Danbury.

Amos became a widower in 2016 when his wife Josephine L. (Pruchnik) Doering passed. He was born May 22, 1928 in Buckeye, Iowa, son to the late Henry and Hilda (Rice) Doering. He had served honorably in the U.S. Army during the WWII era and went on to work for many years as a mechanic for SNET.  Amos was a member of the VFW Post in New Milford and enjoyed playing pool with his friends and visiting the fairs to see the draft horses.  He is survived by a sister Helen Reynolds of Connecticut, his stepchildren, Michael Merrill and Melissa Pezzolo both of New Milford, his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  A funeral service will be held on Friday, August 24, at 11am at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford. There will be a calling hour starting at 10am until the time of service. Burial will be private.

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Yocum, Doris E.

Doris E. Yocum, PhD, longtime New Milford, Connecticut resident, died peacefully at home on July 7, 2018 at the age of 89.

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Western Connecticut State University Danbury, Dr. Yocum joined the faculty in 1971. She had previously been a faculty member at the State University of New York Stony Brook, as well as a teaching fellow at the University of Pennsylvania where she earned both her undergraduate and doctoral degrees.

She continued lecturing worldwide after her retirement.

A passionate advocate of higher education, she created two scholarships in the name of her mother, Lorena Yocum: one at the Preston High School, Bronx, New York; and one at her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences.

Raised in Pennsylvania, Dr. Yocum was predeceased by brothers Charles and Donald. She is survived by her nephew Richard C. Yocum, MD, of California, and niece, Kimberly F. Yocum of Pennsylvania.

Services will be private.


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Beckerman, Richard S.

Richard Stanley Beckerman of Lakewood Ranch, FL and New Milford, CT, passed away Thursday evening August 2, 2018 at home in New Milford after a valiant fight with brain cancer.  Holding his hands and wishing him Godspeed were his wife Nea and his children Lisa, Michael and Danielle.  He has left a huge hole in their hearts and he will be sorely missed by all as a husband, dad, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, father-in-law and uncle.
Richard was a CPA and the proud owner of a commercial typography business, Expertype Inc. for 25 years before retiring in 1994. He was an avid golfer and was a member of the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club in FL and the Ridgewood Country Club in Danbury, CT.
Richard’s wishes were to be cremated.  Calling hours will be at Lillis Funeral home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT, on Tuesday August 7 from 4 to 8pm and Wednesday August 8, from 10am until noon, with a funeral service at noon in the Funeral home.  A luncheon will be held after the service in the family home on Candlewood Lake, New Milford, CT.
Following the Jewish tradition, the family will be sitting Shiva at Lisa’s home in Baltimore Saturday, August 4th, Sunday, August 5th and Monday, August 6th, from 11am until 9pm.  An evening service will be held at 7pm each evening.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for donations to be sent to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
There is a memorial page created in his honor should you like to donate.



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Connelly, Katherine

Katherine McHann Connelly, 90, of Tucson, AZ passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018. Beloved mother, sister, grandmother and friend, she is survived by her children John W. (Cheryl) Connelly of Blackfoot, ID, David Connelly of Savannah, GA, Joanne Connelly Suda (Robert) of Fairfax, VA and Jeanne Maxwell (Ryan) of Anchorage, AK. She is also survived by one brother, James McHann of Punta Gorda, FL, 10 cherished grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband John W. Connelly and her daughter Cynthia Bass.

Kathy was born in New Milford, CT, the daughter of Katherine Kelly McHann and William McHann. After her marriage, she moved to Naugatuck, CT and then on to Bethlehem, CT where she raised a family while working in the town drugstore and bank. In 1987, following the death of her husband, she moved to Tucson and started a new life and career, reluctantly retiring at the age of 79.

Blessed with the gift of gab, Kathy was a friend to all that knew her. Her interests were many, to include knitting, crochet, crosswords and puzzles. Her love for NASCAR racing was second only to her love for animals, and she spent the last many years walking through her neighborhood offering treats to the local pets. She will be deeply missed by her extended community of family and friends and the world is a bit dimmer in her absence.

Calling hours are 5-8 pm on Friday, Aug. 10, at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford, CT. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, 10:00 am at Prince of Peace Catholic Church/Church of the Nativity, 48 East St., Bethlehem, CT. Burial to follow in Bethlehem cemetery.

A fighter all her life, Kathy was a two-time cancer survivor. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Katherine Connelly to support cancer research and patient care at: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via http://www.dana-farber.org/gift.

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Kwasniewski, Stanley E.

Stanley E. Kwasniewski of New Milford, CT, passed away in New Milford Thursday August 1, 2018 at the age of 89.
He was born November 15, 1928 at 90 Boardman Road in the Boardman District of New Milford, CT, son of the late Stanley and Bronislawa (Makowski) Kwasniewski. He graduated from
New Milford High School in 1945, then served with the Army from 1950 to 1952.   He was a Korean War veteran who was stationed in Sendai, Japan.  In 1974 he married Joanna Jusko in Greenwich, CT.  Stanley worked for Connecticut Light and Power for 40 years at the Rocky River Power Plant in New Milford. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, New Milford VFW and the New Milford American Legion.
Stanley was a proud lifetime resident of New Milford.  He was a faithful Boston Red Sox fan.  He cherished his family, friends, country, church and Polish heritage.
Besides his wife Joanna of New Milford he is survived by his sons Stanley (Nicole) Kwasniewski of Cos Cob, CT and David (Stephanie) Kwasniewski of Chesterfield, VA as well as five grandchildren.  He was predeceased by 4 brothers and 3 sisters.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday August 7, 2018 at St. Francis Xavier Church in New Milford at 10:00 am followed by the interment in St. Francis Cemetery in New Milford. Calling hours will be held on Monday August 6, 2018 at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

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Doucette, Jeanne

Jeanne Doucette of New Milford, CT, passed away Thursday July 26, 2018 in New Milford at the age 94.
She was born May 8, 1924 in Edmundston, Canada, daughter of the late Joseph and Marie (LeClaire) LeBlanc. Jeanne had lived in Waterbury, CT before moving to New Milford, CT in 1959. She had worked for many years at Kimberly Clark in New Milford and was a member of the New Milford Senior Center. Jeanne was predeceased by her husband Wallace Doucette in October of 2010.
She is survived by her son Paul Doucette of Spring Valley, CA and her sister Cecile Therrien of  Waterbury, CT.                .
A funeral service will take place on Sunday July 29, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT. Interment will be private.

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Bull, Dr. Peter T.

Dr. Peter Tucker Bull of New Milford, CT, passed away peacefully in his home on July 18, 2018 surrounded by his wife and children. Peter was born December 30, 1950 in Boston, MA to the late George W. Bull and the late Nancy Marcus and was raised in Shirley, MA.

Peter is survived by his wife of 37 years, Laura (Wyman) and children, Jordan (Sherri), Jameson (Samantha), Kelsey Arshad (Faizan) and Allison O’Brien (Francis). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Carter, Mason, Wyatt and Hailey, who lovingly refer to him as Sir Petie. He is also survived by his brother George (Dale) and many nieces and nephews.

Dr. Bull graduated from Mount Hermon School, UMass Amherst, and UMass Medical school. He spent his career as a physician in various settings including a private practice in New Milford, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, and MidState Medical Center.

After retiring, his love of gardening led him to pursue a degree as a master gardener.

Above all else, Peter enjoyed spending time with his growing family, vacationing in Cape Cod, West Hill Pond, and Maine. Peter was known for his laid back demeanor, his love of animals and his quirky and often inappropriate sense of humor. He enjoyed life’s simple pleasures: mowing the lawn while listening to 60’s music, bird watching and getting coffee with friends.

Calling hours will take place on Sunday, July 22 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT. A funeral service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church in New Milford on Monday, July 23, 2018 at 11:00 am. Interment will be private.

To honor his memory, please perform random acts of kindness or make donations to the Animal Welfare Society, 8 Dodd Rd., New Milford, CT 06776.




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Soule, Myrtle

Myrtle “Bunny” Soule, 97, died peacefully at New Milford Hospital on July 13. She was born at home in 1921 in the Macedonia area of Kent, Ct. She was the daughter of Sherman and Mary (McCann) Chase. Bunny was predeceased by her husband, Millard “Bub” Soule, Sr, her two sisters, Dorothy Gawel and Alice Rosati of Kent and her two brothers Nelson and Milo Chase. She is survived by her half sister Mary C. Palmer.

Bunny is survived by her son, Millard “Butch” Soule Jr of Kent and his wife Judith, and her daughter Nancy Cipolla and her husband Bill of New Milford. She is also survived by three grandsons, Justin “Luke” Soule, his wife Danielle, and stepchildren Andrew and Emily of Kent, Trevor Soule and his wife Allycia of North Canaan, and Zachary Soule, Kelly, and her son Damien of North Canaan, one great grandson Tristan, and three great granddaughters Kayla,Rylan, and Caden also of North Canaan.

Bunny worked in the kitchen at Kent Center School, was secretary to the Kent Center School nurse, Probate Judge, and Town Clerk. During WWII, while the men and women of Kent were serving our country, she drove her father’s flat bed truck delivering lumber from his sawmill to local lumber yards. She was also a bank teller for the Kent branch of the New Milford Savings Bank. Bunny was a member of The Kent Girls Club, Den Mother for the Kent Cub Scouts, Troop Leader for the Kent Girl Scouts, and a member of the VFW Auxiliary of New Milford. More recently, she was a member of the Kent Monday Morning Art Group.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Kent Volunteer Fire Department, Templeton Farms Apartments Resident Fund In Kent, or Animal Welfare of New Milford, Ct.

A graveside service will be held at the Kent Congregational Church cemetery at 11:00 on August 18, followed by a luncheon at Templeton Farms Apartments, 16 Swift Lane, Kent, Ct. at noon. Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford assisted the family with arrangements.

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Campbell, Richard A.

Richard A. Campbell of Bridgewater, CT, passed away at home Monday July 16, 2018 at the age of 75.
He was born May 17, 1943 in New Milford, CT, son of the late John and Anna (Dickinson) Campbell. He graduated from New Milford High School in 1961 then attended Penn State and Bridgeport University pursuing a business degree. As a Boy Scout he achieved the highest rank of Eagle Scout. Mr. Campbell took over the family business and became owner and operator of Campbell Services in Bridgewater. He was a 50 year member of the Good Shepherd Lodge of the Odd Fellows in New Milford, served on the board of directors for Tissue Banks International, was past president of the Connecticut Eye Bank and past president of Fairview, a retirement home in Groton, CT.
Mr. Campbell is survived by his son Colin Campbell and his wife Toni of New Milford, CT, a sister Dorothy Fitch of Bridgewater, CT, granddaughter Fiona and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Robert Campbell.
Calling hours will take place on Sunday July 22, 2018 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm followed by a funeral service at 12:30 pm at Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT. Interment will take place in Roxbury Center Cemetery, North Street (Route 67) Roxbury, CT.
Contributions in Richard’s memory may be made to the New Milford Animal Welfare, 8 Dodd Rd., New Milford, CT 06776 or to Tissue Banks International, 5520 Research Park Dr., Catonsville, MD 21228

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