DiFabbio, Mary Jane “Jennie”

Mary Jane “Jennie” Massara DiFabbio, age 99, of New Milford, CT, passed away peacefully with family at her side July 28, 2020 in Southbury, CT.

Jennie was born June 24, 1921 in Syracuse, NY, daughter of the late James and Maria (Paduano) Massara. She married her loving husband Frank DiFabbio in 1944. Frank predeceased her in 1978. Jennie loved crochet. Her hands were seldom still as she created baby sweater outfits and Afghans. She was awarded numerous blue ribbons at the Bridgewater Fair for her designs. She was known for her special pizza rustica for Easter and family birthdays were always celebrated with her special “lady fingers” cakes.

For decades, Jennie was an active member of the New Milford Senior Center where she was a member of the Red Hat Society and sang with the Danbury “Cellmates”. She served several times as the Queen of the New Milford Fair.

Jennie is survived by her six children; Annette Blanco, Mary Jane Anderson, Anthony DiFabbio and his wife Marian, Frank DiFabbio and his wife Lizbeth, Joseph DiFabbio and his wife Catherine, John DiFabbio and his wife Donna and Jennie’s sister Adeline. Jennie was the loving grandmother of 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and loving aunt to numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son in laws Anthony Blanco and John Anderson, three sisters and 5 brothers.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday August 1, 2020 at 1:00 pm at St. Francis Xavier Church in New Milford. Limited seating is available and masks are required. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New Milford Senior Center.

Arrangements by the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.IMG_0370

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Noeding, James A.

James Anthony Noeding, age 80 of Sherman, CT passed away peacefully at his home Monday, July 20, 2020.

James was born in Teaneck, NJ to the late Charles and Ethel Noeding and grew up in Tenafly, NJ.  After living in Ridgefield, CT, he settled in Sherman, CT. He is predeceased by his loving daughter Lisa, sisters Grace, Patricia, Marie and Carol. Survived by many nieces and nephews.

Beloved husband of Suzanne, loving father of Charles (Sandra), Lisa, Erik (Jill) and Dane.  Devoted grandfather to Brittany, William, Alexandra, Elizabeth, Jeffrey and Lauren and great-grandfather to Raymond.

James had a passion for flying aircraft and helicopters, a love of baseball (NY Mets), boating and fishing.  He served in the US Army stationed in Panama. He coached New Fairfield Bambino baseball during the time his son Dane played.  James began flying at the age of 17 eventually obtaining the highest certification of a general aviation pilot (ATP rated).  He owned and operated multiple trucking companies serving New England, New York and New Jersey.  After selling his trucking companies James sold aircraft and helicopters.

Pilot, yacht master, business man, military man, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he lived a full life. Anyone that knew him could tell you he never had a shortage of crazy “true” stories to tell.  James will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends.

20200724_094405A celebration of James’ life will be held at a future date. Arrangements by the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.


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Hendrix, Lynn D.

Lynn Darling Hendrix formerly of Washington Depot, CT, currently of Monterey, MA, died on July 24, 2020 at home. Lynn spent the last years of his life battling Lewy Body Dementia while under the loving care of his family. He was 83.

Lynn was born on March 14, 1937 in New Milford, CT and he grew up in Gaylordsville. He graduated from New Milford High School in 1955. Lynn joined the U.S. Marine Corps. in Dec. 1956, where he served for three years until Dec. 1959, working mostly as a helicopter mechanic. After his service in the military he married his high school sweetheart Barbara Anne Richard. Together with his father Clarence, he built the family home in Washington Depot where he and Barbara raised their 7 children, 1 granddaughter and many foster children.

Lynn began his career as an auto mechanic in 1960 where he worked at New Milford Volkswagen and then later at Bird Motors in Danbury as a shop foreman. He began working for the U.S. Postal Service as a rural mail carrier in South Kent/Gaylordsville in 1986. He retired from the Post Office in 1999 in order to care for his wife Barbara. He was able to spend the next 14 years lovingly caring for her at home until her death in 2013.

Lynn had a love of the outdoors from a very young age, and he was an avid gardener. He adored his many black Labrador Retrievers over the years. He loved to read and had a vast knowledge of war history. He dabbled in carpentry, building much of the family furniture in addition to the family home. Lynn was a kind-hearted man who spent his life doing for others. His last years were difficult and heartbreaking, but despite the relentlessness of the disease, Lynn maintained until the end, his great sense of humor, his love of life, his dignity, and his independent spirit.

Lynn was predeceased by his parents, Clarence and Daisy (Darling ) Hendrix; his wife of 50 years, Barbara; his brother Lowell Hendrix and his sisters Evelyn Marsh, Gloria Malumphy and Ellen Bickford.

Lynn is remembered dearly by his children: Darlene (Laplante) Edmonds and husband Alan of Arlington, TX, Wilfred Laplante of Markle, IN, Kevin Laplante and wife Linda of Mountain Air, NM, Laurie (Hendrix) Anderson and husband Kurt of Gaylordsville, CT, Robin Hendrix and fiancé David Moulton of Barkhamsted, CT, Byron Hendrix of Markle, IN, and Cynthia Makuc and husband John of Monterey, MA. Lynn leaves 14 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services and burial will be private for the family. Due to Covid, there will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Washington Community Fund, 14 River Road, Washington , CT 06794. Arrangements by the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.



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Grammatico, Donna

GrammaticoDonna Grammatico of New Milford, CT, widow of the late Alfred Grammatico, passed away Sunday July 12, 2020 with her family at her side in New Milford, CT, at the age of 83.

She was born February 10, 1937 in Huntington, West Virginia daughter of the late James and Frances (McCormick) Irving. She graduated from Norwalk High School in 1955. She moved to New Milford in 1966 and helped her husband run his business Al’s Septic for 34 years. Donna was a dedicated member of her church choir at Our Lady of the Lakes in New Milford, she volunteered every week at the Thrift Mart, she loved to sing and play the piano. She was a beautiful soul and a good friend to many. She was a strong woman who fought bravely until the end. She will be greatly missed.

Donna is survived by her sons Nicholas Grammatico and his wife Susan and Timothy Greene; daughter Julie Hartmann and her husband Martin; grandchildren Andrew and Jack Hartmann, Hope and Abigail Greene, George, James and Christopher Greene.

A graveside service will take place on Thursday July 16, 2020 at 10:00 am in Resurrection Cemetery in Newtown, CT. Attendees are asked to observe social distancing and wear a mask.

Contributions in Donna’s memory may be made to the New Milford VNA & Hospice, 68 Park Lane Rd., New Milford, CT 06776.

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

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Viau, Helene L.

Helene L. Viau died Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at New Milford Hospital following a brief illness. She was the widow of the late Jules G. Viau.

Helene was born May 30, 1927 at home in Bridgewater, CT, the daughter of the late Martin T. and Mary (Skully) Lillis. Helene graduated from St. Francis Xavier School, New Milford High School and the University Of Connecticut School Of Alleid Health Sciences. A licensed physical therapist, Helene first worked at several hospitals in New York City and NJ, and later was employed by Sharon Hospital. Helene often spoke of making home visits to treat patients in rural Litchfield County who suffered from the lingering effects of a terrifying polio epidemic in the early 1950’s.Helene joined the staff of New Milford Hospital in1970 as director of the newly created Physical Therapy Department. After her retirement, Helene was a member of the Board of Directors of the New Milford Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, and volunteered actively in programs to improve public health, particularly that of young children.

Helene was a member of St. Francis Xavier Church in New Milford, where she was a member of the Confraternity of the Rosary and an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, bringing communion to members of the parish who were sick or hospitalized. During the 1960’s she participated with her friends in local Catholic Small Group Discussions that were promoted by the Second Vatican Council.

Helene is survived by her son, Attorney Joseph Viau of New Milford, CT, daughter Mary Cappabianca and her husband Daniel of Kailua, HI, granddaughter Isabella Cappabianca, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Helene was predeceased by her brothers, Martin, John, William and Matthew Lillis.

With the Covid 19 Pandemic in mind, the Catholic Rite of Committal will take place Monday July 13, 2020 at 10:00 am at St. Francis Cemetery, New Milford, CT. As Helene would insist, social distancing and mask’s protocols will be maintained in accordance with the emergency regulations of the State of CT.

The family is gratefull for the kindness shown to Helene during her illness by the staff of New Milford Hospital and New Milford VNA. Donations may be made to New Milford VNA and Hospice, 68 Park Lane Rd., New Milford, CT 06776.

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


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Klein, Stewart E.

image2Stewart Edward Klein died quietly at his home in Washington Depot, CT on July 4, 2020. He was 91.

Stewart was born in Yonkers, NY, the son of Frederick Klein and Lena Becker Klein. He was a graduate of the Barnard School in Riverdale, NY, where he met his wife of nearly 67 years, Leila Larsen, who attended the neighboring school. A gifted athlete, Stewart was recruited by the legendary University of Kentucky basketball program; however, he ultimately decided to attend the University of Missouri, where he graduated with a degree in Geology. He was accepted into the U.S. Army’s Officer Candidate School and served bravely in combat with the 101st Airborne Division, often operating behind enemy lines, during the Korean Conflict. He completed his military service at the rank of 1st Lieutenant and was awarded the Bronze Star, in addition to other commendations. He was a great patriot with a strong love of the American flag, making it a fitting tribute that he died on Independence Day.

Upon his return home, he and Leila lived in New York City before settling in Harrison, NY. He joined his father-in-law’s business, in lieu of pursuing a career as a geologist, where he worked for the remainder of his life. He was the long-time President of Sanitized, Inc., a global anti-microbial company, based in New York City and New Preston, CT. In addition to being a natural and successful salesman, he held numerous patents for compounds he developed. He was a genuine entrepreneur and his mind constantly brimmed with new ideas, which he pursued with unlimited enthusiasm. At Sanitized, he traveled the world with his partner, Daniel Luthi of Switzerland, who was his greatest friend for over 50 years.

Stewart was an avid tennis player and skier; he loved hot air ballooning and sky dove in his 70’s. However, he was happiest on his tractors in the fields of his farm; he loved physical work, which he pursued into his 80’s. He was known to many in the Washington area as “Lake Waramaug Stu”, and for many years grew pumpkins for the benefit of the Washington Fire Department. He never set a price for the pumpkins he sold off the back of his tractor; rather he would chat at length with each customer and encourage them to make as large a donation as possible to the firemen.

Stewart’s greatest priority was his family, particularly his wife Leila, his children, their spouses and grandchildren, who called him “Poppy”, and to his nieces and nephews. His generosity towards them knew no bounds and he would gladly give them the very shirt off his back. But mostly, he gave them his undivided attention and interest and his unquestioned love. He was a regular and enthusiastic attendee of his grandchildren’s athletic and other school events. He was also deeply interested in the lives of his children’s friends as they grew up, such that his passing is profoundly mourned by dozens whose lives he impacted.

Stewart is survived by his wife, Leila Larsen Klein, his daughter, Lisa Klein Boldt and her husband, Michael Boldt and by his son, Michael F. Klein and his wife, Leelee Smith Klein. He is also survived by his five grandchildren: Ian and Alden Boldt and Molly, Grace and Larsen Klein, as well as by his nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his sister, Helen Sandhaus and his brother Alan Klein.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Washington Volunteer Fire Department, 109 Bee Brook Road Washington Depot, CT.  06794

As a consequence of the novel coronavirus, burial will be private, and the family will hold a memorial service at a later date.

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Tompkins, Franklin “Bill”

Franklin J. “Bill” Tompkins of Washington, CT, passed away Thursday June 18, 2020 in Danbury, CT at the age of 77.

He was born January 27, 1943 in Bluff, TN, son of the late Dudley and Catherine (Keiser) Tompkins. Bill attended Washington High School. On June 9, 1962 he married Helene Coons in Pine Plains, NY. He owned and operated Gustafson Painting in Morris, CT along with his brothers. For over 30 years he was a member of the Weik Town Horse Shoe League in Morris, CT, he loved Duck pin bowling, fishing, hunting, riding his Harley and was an avid NY Yankees fan.

Besides his wife Helene, Bill is survived by his son Will Tompkins and his wife Bernadette of Washington, CT, daughters Sandra Coons of Washington, CT, Pamela Brennan and husband Alan of New Milford, CT, brother Richard Tompkins and wife Holly of Morris, CT, ten grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers Oscar, Warren and Harold Tompkins all of Washington, CT.

A graveside service will take place at Underwood Cemetery in Washington, CT, Friday June 26, 2020 at 11AM. The family would like to invite everyone to their home after the burial for a celebration of Life.

Contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to the Diebold Family Cancer Center, 21 Elm St., New Milford, CT 06776.

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

Anyone attending is asked to observe social distancing and wear a mask.


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Mildred Keefe

M.KeefeMildred G. Keefe, 98, a lifelong resident of New Milford, CT, passed away suddenly Wednesday June 17, 202 in New Milford.

She was born in New Milford daughter of the late Stephen Golembesky and Vera (Koachman) Golembesky. She graduated from New Milford High School and attended Post Junior College in Waterbury, CT. She enlisted in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in 1943 where she met and married her husband, Gerald Keefe. Following the war, together they opened Keefe Interiors furnishing many homes in New Milford and the surrounding area. Mrs. Keefe later was employed by New Milford Hospital as the Director of Human Resources for 27 years.

Mrs. Keefe was a long standing member of St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in New Milford. She proudly served as the president of the Confraternity of the Rosary at one time. She was greatly loved and supported by her church family.

Mrs. Keefe volunteered at New Milford Hospital for several years. She was a long term member of the New Milford Hospital Society. Mrs. Keefe enjoyed theater and attended many Broadway shows. She was also fond of ocean cruising, especially on Holland American Cruise Line.

Mrs. Keefe was predeceased by her husband, Gerald Keefe.

She is survived by her niece, Jennifer A. Malone of Cromwell, CT and her nephew Jeffrey J. Malone, MD of New Milford, CT. She is also survived by her wonderful church family, caring neighbors and many, many dear friends whom she greatly cherished.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, services will be private. Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT assisted the family with arrangements.


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Allen Day

Allen Day, a 80 year resident of New Milford, CT, died peacefully at Village Crest Nursing Home on June 13, 2020. He was 91 years old.

Mr. Day was born on July 10, 1928 in Rhinebeck, NY son of the late Carl and Alice (Cashner) Day. When he was 12 years old his family moved to New Milford, CT. Allen honorably served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Mr. Day was married to the love of his life Lottie Waldren, she predeceased him on November 12, 1996.

Allen was an operator with the New Milford Water Pollution Control Authority and also a constable with the New Milford Police Department for over 30 years before he retired in 1994. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and also JoJo’s Breakfast club, he never missed a breakfast always ordering a Bacon, Egg and Cheese.

Mr. Day is survived by his loving son Stewart Day and his sister Ruth Piersall, many nieces, nephews and many dear friends. He was predeceased by his siblings; Bernard, Carlton, Philip, Betty, Flora and Gloria.

A private graveside service will be held on Tuesday June 16, 2020 at Northville Cemetery, New Milford, CT. Interment will immediately follow.

Lillis Funeral Home 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT 06776 assisted the family with arrangements.

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Howard, Linda M.

Linda M. Howard (Bone) of New Milford Connecticut passed away on June 7th, 2020 after battling liver cancer. She was born on December 30, 1947 in Port Jefferson, New York.

She was a nurse for 51 years. She loved spending time with her friends and family. She enjoyed bingo at the VFW and playing the slots machines at the casino. Her hobbies included crafting, crocheting, line dancing, and gardening. She loved staying busy and rarely sat still. She was extremely sociable and would talk to complete strangers as if they were her friends. She sang in many church choirs and enjoyed serving in many of their ministries.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years Allan M. Howard Jr of New Milford, Connecticut, her mother Evelyn Bone of Pharr, Texas, her sisters Bonnie Hanson (Bob) of Michigan and Brenda Gatchel (Ted) of Ohio; her children Steve Howard (Cathina) of Bucksport, Maine, Erin Smith (Scott) of Gilbert, Arizona, and David Howard of Carmel, New York. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren Allison, Cassidy, Karrah, Isabella, Jacob, Ashley, & Eddie and her two great grandchildren Jacob Jr. & Brantley.

Celebration of life services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donation may be given to your local food bank.


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