Morris, Frank P.

Frank MorrisFrank P. Morris, 87, of New Milford, CT, died peacefully with his family at his bedside while in convalescence care on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 49 years, Joan Mary (Fogarty) Morris.
Mr. Morris, born in Bronx, New York, January 31, 1932, was the son of the late James and Loretta (Graham) Morris. In addition to his beloved wife, Joan, Frank was predeceased by his brothers Thomas and James, as well as his oldest son Michael. He is survived by 3 sons, Edward Morris and wife Tracey of Morris, CT, Patrick Morris of New Milford and John Morris of Torrington; 4 daughters, Carol Zucca of Ashville, NC, Kathleen Clancy and husband Brian of Sherman, Nancy Stolz and husband Paul of New Milford and Marie Morris of Danbury; 10 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and companion Marion Oldren of New Milford.
A resident of New Milford since 1963, he was a member of Our Lady of the Lakes Church, a member of the Parish Ministries, former member of St. Francis Xavier Church and the St. Francis School Association. In addition to strong faith, Frank was deeply involved with the Knights of Columbus, reaching position of a Fourth Degree Knight as well as Grand Knight. He was a proud member of the International Typographical Union, serving as Union President until his retirement from the Norwalk Hour Publishing Company. As a veteran, Frank was immensely proud of his contribution to our country, serving in the U.S. Navy through the Korean War and working tirelessly with the Korean War Veterans Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion where he proudly served in the role as Commander. Service to others, a moral principle for Frank, guided him on a 46 year path in his friendship to Bill W., and commitment to helping others in need. Frank’s family and friends enjoyed his quick wit with a flair for sarcasm, appreciation of music, and everything Irish. His commitment to fitness leaves a long list of interests such as skiing, swimming, cycling and running, but most notably are his accomplishments of triathlons, long endurance swim events and multiple marathons (NYC finisher), all over the age of 50.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday January 28, 2020 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church, New Milford. Burial, at St. Francis Cemetery, New Milford, will be arranged at a later date.
Friends may call at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford, on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Greater Danbury Area Korean War Veterans Association, PO Box 3632, Danbury, CT 06813.

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Turner, Dolores G.

Dolores G. Turner of New Milford, CT, passed away Sunday January 19, 2020 in New Milford at the age of 89.

She was born January 17, 1931 in Yonkers, NY, daughter of the late Irving and Grace Conboy. Dolores attended Yonkers High School. On January 29, 1950 she married Edmund G. Turner in Dobbs Ferry, NY. They have lived in New Milford for the past sixty years. Dolores helped her husband in their business, Turner’s Upholstery, in New Milford. She loved spending summers at Lynn Deming Park and the camp ground. She was an accomplished seamstress; she loved sewing, plants, her pets and snowmobiling.

Dolores is survived by her husband Edmund, her son Edmund Turner Jr. and his wife Robin of Clarksville, TN, daughter Diana Gunther and her husband Rick of Tolland, CT, sister Charlotte Barnes of Advance, NC, grandchildren Blake, Leon, Roxann (Paul),  Kelly (Brandon), and Lindsay (Mike), great grandchildren Annlee, Dane, Emersen, Marissa, Brock and Knox. She was predeceased by her daughter Dorothy Grinnell December 12, 2018, and two brothers Billy and Frank Conboy.

Calling hours will take place on Saturday January 25, 2020 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm with a service starting at 5:00 pm at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT. The interment will be private.

The family would like to thank all the nurses, aides and staff at Candlewood Valley Health Care for all the amazing care they gave Dolores.IMG_20200120_115525791~2

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Pope, Sadie R.

IMG_1032Pope, Sadie Rose, beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt. Sadie Rose (Haddad) Pope, 94, passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at New Milford Hospital. She was the beloved wife of Grant E. Pope and beloved mother of her children Grant Jr.(deceased) and Doreen F. Dupill.

Sadie was born in Waterbury, CT and her parents settled in Danbury, CT.  She was the oldest daughter of ten children of Hanna and Almazza (Naim) Haddad. Sadie met Grant Pope, a young mechanic in Southworth’s ,New Milford, CT and married soon after on November 23, 1946 ( 73 years ) and settle in New Milford. After working for several businesses in town, she retired from the pharmacy in New Milford Hospital. She volunteered for many years at New Milford Hospital and New Milford Thrift Store. Sadie was an excellent bowler for leagues in New Milford.

Sadie is survived by her husband Grant Pope, her daughter Doreen Dupill, son-in law Robert Dupill, grandson Grant Dupill and great granddaughter Charli Francis Dupill and her brother Charles Haddad. Sadie was a crafter in needlework’s and hand crafts. She and husband Grant made and gifted hundreds of handcrafted pieces to family and friends. Sadie’s love of life’s adventure could be felt and seen in everything she did, the way she raised her children and enjoyed her family and friends.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday January 21, 2020 at St. Francis Xavier church in New Milford at 11:00 am. The burial will take place at St. Francis Cemetery in New Milford in the spring. The family will receive friends at the church prior to the mass starting at 10:30 am.

A reception and lunch for family & friends will follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation to  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or New Milford & Danbury Hospital Foundation, 21 Elm St., New Milford, CT 06776. Arrangements by Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.


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Madden, Sean J.


Sean Joseph Madden of New Milford, CT, went peacefully to heaven, on January 13, 2020 at the age of 76.

He was born on June 3, 1943 in Queens, NY, son of Joseph William Madden and Helen Veronica (Sullivan) Madden. He graduated from Holy Cross High School in Queens, NY, in 1960 and then graduated from Villanova with his degree in Mathematics.  He went on to further his education with a Masters in Computer Science at Adelphi University and an MBA at Sacred Heart University.  He worked in the fields of Software Engineering and Product Development at NASA, ITT, Timex and Pratt & Whitney – having an impact on many technological breakthroughs.

Sean loved vacationing with family, playing golf with his buddies, rooting for the Yankees, boogie-boarding at the beach and an occasional Johnny Walker Black (over ‘educated’ ice). He had a kind, genuine, gentle and caring spirit who will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know him.

Sean is survived by his loving wife, Carol Madden, his adoring daughter, Tracey Madden and son-in-law, Donald R. Larson Jr, of Redding, CT. Sean has been welcomed into the arms of his son, Dennis Sean Madden, who passed away in October, 1994.  He was a beloved ‘brother’ (in-law) to Mary & George Miller of Ballwin, MO and uncle to George, Kevin, John, Dan and Debbie Miller.

There will be a service at St. Francis Xavier cemetery in New Milford at 11am on Friday, January 24, 2020, for all who knew Sean.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Sean’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

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Dean, Robert R.

Robert Richard Dean passed peacefully at his home, surrounded by family, Sunday January 12, 2020, at the age of 82.

He was born February 17, 1937 in Birmingham, England, son of the late Robert and Florence (Allen) Dean and step son of Donald (Pepe) Cobb, whom he considered his best friend.

Robert married the love of his life, Sharon Lee Dean, 35 years ago on April 13th, 1985.

Robert was a decorated military veteran, who earned National Defense and Good Conduct medals of Honor while serving in the US Army from 1954-1962, later served as a Military Police Officer in the Connecticut Guard, and also volunteered with the Civil Air Patrol of CT.

Robert worked for Kanthal for 29 years as the Shipping & Receiving Manager, he then owned and operated Dean’s Deli from 1995 until 2004.

He enjoyed playing guitar, hunting, fishing, loved camping and appreciated a nice campfire, but most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends.

Robert was a loving Husband, Brother, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Great-Great Grandfather, Uncle and Brother in law.

Beside his devoted wife, Sharon, Robert is survived by his son Robert D. Dean (Dawn Dean); Eight daughters, Judy Dean (Wiliam Nichols), Brenda Wood, Robin Abell (Ronald Abell), Rosemarie Salter , Cindy Crandall (Keith Crandall), Cheryl Hill (Roger Hill), Tracey Morrissey (Anthony Morrissey) and Sharon Villa(Joshua Van Etten) and sister Muriel Bovat of St. Albans, VT,
and his beloved dog, Suzie Q. He was dearly loved by 34 Grandchildren, 51 Great Grandchildren, 1 Great-Great Grandson, several nieces & nephews, and his lifelong buddy, Mr. Orvis Jones.

Besides his parents Robert was predeceased by his Donald Cobb, brother David, two daughters – Mary Dean & Diana Dean, a son in law, John Wood Jr., and Grandson, Brian Cody.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, January 26th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford, CT 06776. A memorial service will be held at Lillis Funeral Home on Monday, January 27th at 11:00 am. Interment will follow immediately after at Center Cemetery, 6 Poplar St., New Milford, CT, followed by a celebration of life gathering, held at Odd Fellows Hall, Route 7, New Milford.

In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored for any donation to the Family Cancer Center, 21 Elm St, New Milford, CT 06776

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Murphy, Christopher A.

Christopher A. Murphy, a lifelong New Milford, CT resident, passed away Monday January 13, 2020 in Danbury, CT at the age of 61.

He was born January 4, 1959 in New Milford, CT son of the late Howard and Rita May (Carter) Murphy. He graduated from New Milford High School in 1978.Chris was a Fire Suppression Tech for Fire Control services in New Milford for the past thirty years. He was a talented player and performed with several different bands over the years and was a very active member of the First Congregational Church of New Milford.

Chris is survived by his Fiancée Diane Taylor of New Milford and her three sons he loved dearly, Daniel Lewis of Medford, MA, Matthew Lewis of New Milford, CT, Timothy Lewis of Stamford, CT, sister Bonnie Murphy of New Milford, CT, nephew David Murphy of New Milford and several great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Frederick Murphy, sisters Maryanne Murphy and Jane Mc Hatten and a nephew Douglas Ammon.

A funeral service will take place on Saturday January 25, 2020 at the First Congregational Church in New Milford at 1:00 pm. Prior to the service calling hours will be held at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. The interment will be private.

Contributions in Chris’s memory may be made to the New Milford Animal Welfare, 8 Dodd Road, New Milford, CT 06776.

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Chase, Amanda J.

Amanda J. Chase, 67, of Cornwall, CT, passed peacefully surrounded by her daughters on January 10, 2020 in Torrington, CT. Born June 9, 1952 in New Milford, CT, to Joseph and Dorothy  (York) Cass.
Amanda retired in 2014 from the A. Gallo Co. after 25 years of dedicated service. Before retirement, Amanda’s passion was gardening with a focus on dahlias. She was happiest in the garden, sharing her wealth of knowledge and inspiring others to succeed in growing dahlias. With the encouragement of friends she opened a business, Something to Crow About Dahlias. She was known as the Dahlia Lady, a title she was very proud of. Amanda traveled to England with her daughters this past year, a lifelong dream.

She is survived by her daughter’s  Stephanie Chase of Canaan, CT, Allison Chase (Matthew Knox) of Dover Plains, NY, her mother Dorothy Cass of Cornwall, CT, siblings Susanne Scott (Robert Pearce) of Brooklyn, NY, Jane Jackson (Roger) of Cornwall, CT, Kenneth Cass of Cornwall, CT, Fred Cass (Mary-Ann Campbell) of Gaylordsville, CT, and Brian Cass of Gaylordsville, CT. She was predeceased by her lifelong loving partner Donald Polidori, her father Joseph Cass, her brothers Brad Cass and Michael Cass. She also leaves behind beloved cousins, nieces and nephews, who affectionately called her Nannie. Her very much loved cats, Princess and Lily also survive her.

Calling hours will take place on Monday January 13, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm with a 7:00 pm service at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT. The burial will take place in Morningside cemetery in Gaylordsville, CT, in the spring.

In memory of Amanda, donations could be made to the American Cancer Society or The Little Guild.

The family would like to thank Smilow Cancer Center, VNA Northwest, and CHH for their dedicated support and care of Amanda. IMG_1490

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Williams, Hazel M.

Hazel M. Williams, 95 of New Milford, CT passed away on January 9, 2020 after a brief illness.  She was born on April 21, 1924 in Stamford, CT. She was the daughter of  Leonard Allinger and Helen Willets Allinger. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years Ralph E. Williams Sr., and her  two brothers, William Allinger, and Leonard Charles Allinger along with her sister Mildred De Angelis. She leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews. She is survived by two sons, Robert M. Williams of New Fairfield, and Ralph E. Williams Jr. and his wife Barbara J. Williams of New Milford. Hazel had three grandchildren, Ralph E. Williams III and wife Priscilla of New Milford, Amy L. Williams Brooks and husband Jonathan Brooks of Southbury, and Ashley A. Williams of Brooklyn, N.Y. She also had six great grandchildren Emma, Rebecca and Ryan Williams, Sebastian and Dahlia Brooks and was predeceased by Lily Brooks.

Hazel led a long, happy and healthy life devoted to her family, and will be missed by many.

The family would like extend thanks to the Candlewood Valley Health & Rehabilitation Center for their care and compassion. There will be no calling hours. A private graveside ceremony will be held at a later date.


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Meeker, Timothy Jr.

Timothy Wayne Meeker Jr. passed away unexpectedly at home Monday December 30, 2019 at the age of 24.

He was born June 3, 1995 in New Milford, CT the son of Timothy W. Meeker Sr. of Kent, CT and Lisa Swanberg of Washington, CT. Tim grew up in the Washington, CT area and graduated from Shepaug Regional High School in 2013.He was working as an electrician with his father and had worked at Pet Co in Brookfield, CT. He was a member of the Salem Covenant Church in Washington and had recently joined the Choir.

In addition to his parents Tim is survived by his brother Wesley Meeker of Washington, CT; Maternal grandparents Harris and Judy Swanberg and many Aunts, Uncles and cousins.

Calling hours will be held on Friday January 10, 2020 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Salem Covenant Church, 96 Baldwin Hill Rd., Washington Depot, CT 06794. A funeral service will be held at the church Saturday January 11, 2020 at 3:00 pm. The interment will be private.

Contributions in Tim’s memory may be made to the Salem Covenant Church, P.O. Box 314, Washington, CT 06794 or the New Milford Animal Welfare, 8 Dodd Rd., New Milford, CT 06776.untitled

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Broughel, Hugh P.

Hugh P. Broughel of New Milford, CT, passed away Sunday January 5, 2020 in New Milford at the age of 73.

He was born February 24, 1946 in Fairfield, CT, the youngest son of the late Edward and Florence (Lavery) Broughel. He graduated from Andrew Ward High School in Fairfield, CT; he received his BA from Sacred Heart University and an MS and six year certificate from Fairfield University. Hugh married Nancy Kachur at St. Joseph’s Church in Danbury on February 13, 1971.He taught science at St. Jerome’s School in Norwalk and later became a psychologist at Pre School in Waterbury. Hugh loved the outdoors and cared deeply about the environment. He enjoyed many hikes, especially on the Appalachian Trail. Hugh was a gentle, quiet loving man; those who were lucky enough to know him are better people for it. Hugh volunteered for Meals on Wheels and the Appalachian Trail and he was an avid wood worker.

Hugh is survived by his wife Nancy, of 48 years; brother Andrew of Milford, CT and many nieces and nephews with whom he shared a special relationship. He was predeceased by his brothers Edward and James.

Calling hours will take place Saturday January 11, 2020 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am with a celebration of life starting at 11:00 am at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT. The interment will be private.

Contributions in Hugh’s name may be made to the New Milford Animal Shelter, 8 Dodd Rd., New Milford, CT or the CT Appalachian Trail conservancy.

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