Capodieci, Amerigo P.

Amerigo P. Capodieci of New Milford, CT, passed away Wednesday August 16, 2017in New Milford, CT, at the age of 94.
He was born November 25, 1922 in NY, NY, son of the late Eugenio and Maria (Aloya) Capodieci.  Mr. Capodieci served as a Medic in the United States Army during WW II under General Patton’s 3rd Army with 3 Battles Stars – Battle of Ardennes, Battle of Bulge and Battle of Black Forest.  A graduate of Fordham University he then married Rita Martinelli on February 27, 1949.  He worked for the US Federal Government for 32 years before retiring. They lived in Bronx, NY, then moved to New Milford, CT, 32 years ago. He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church, the Newbury Men’s Club and the New Milford Senior Center.
Mr. Capodieci is survived by his wife Rita of New Milford, CT, son James (Gwenn) Capodieci of East Northport, New York and daughter Lynne (Philip) Sausto of New Milford, CT, five grandchildren – Jennifer & Len Isquith, Danielle & Leo Lima, Jaclyn & Rob Lynch, Jamie Capodieci and Andrew Capodieci and eight great grandchildren.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday August 19, 2017 at 12:30 pm at St. Francis Xavier Church in New Milford followed by the interment in St. Francis Cemetery in New Milford. Calling hours will be held Saturday prior to the mass from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.


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Morasco, Anthony J. “Duke”

Anthony Joseph Morasco, better known as Duke, passed away unexpectedly Friday, August 11th, 2017. He was 57 years old.
Duke was a graduate of New Milford High School. He attended Heidelberg College in Ohio and Western Connecticut State University. At the time of his death he was employed as a flight instructor at Arrow Aviation in Danbury, CT.
In his life, Duke excelled in many areas. He was an expert mechanic and craftsman who was able to build, replace, repair or recreate nearly anything. He was a meticulous craftsman; good enough was not good enough for him.  He liked nothing more than to be able to assist a friend who needed it. Duke was a profoundly decent man with a thoughtful and generous spirit. He was willing to teach those who were eager to learn and help those who needed it.
Duke was also a gifted writer, poet and satirist, often writing humorous poems, commentary and song parodies, which he enjoyed singing, as well as American song book and rock and roll classics. His intellect and wit were well-known and cherished by his family and friends; there was practically no subject about which he could not create a humorous anecdote, or about which he did not have a deep knowledge and understanding. Duke loved intelligent banter and had a brilliant sense of humor and comic timing. He recognized the humor in just about every life situation or moment. Everyone could count on a great story, well-timed pun or hilarious joke when Duke was there.
But Duke’s true passion was flying. From the time he was a child, Duke had a special interest in any air craft, commercial, military or experimental. He trained and acquired his private pilot’s license in his twenties and continued his studies, learning to fly some of the most unusual and challenging aircraft ever made. Duke flew for many summers as an aerobatic performer in the Rhinebeck Air Show at the Aerodrome in Rhinebeck, New York, piloting WWI aircraft, flying maneuvers, offering rides in antique planes and even having his skills featured in an episode of Man, Moment and Machine on the History Channel. Duke loved to fly and loved to talk about flying, aircraft, weather and all aviation-related trivia. His lifetime dream was to one day become a corporate pilot.
Duke was deeply devoted to his family and his family cherished him. Duke is survived by his father, Anthony S. Morasco and step mother Gail Washburn of New Milford, by sisters Annette and Jeffrey Marcus of Brookfield, Patricia Morasco and Louis Sproviero of Newtown, and Sharon and Edward Baldwin of Brookfield, and by eight nieces and nephews whom he adored. He is predeceased by his mother, Harriet Berry of Swansboro, N.C.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday August 16, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT. A graveside service will take place at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in New Milford, CT, on Thursday August 17, 2017 at 11:00 am.
Duke will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him.

Contributions in Dukes memory may be made to the New Milford Animal Welfare Society, 8 Dodd Rd., New Milford, CT 06776.



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Barboe, Audrey J.

It is with great sadness that our beloved Audrey J. Barboe has passed away on August 8,2017 at the age of 92. In the midst of WWII she found love at the age of eighteen in her beloved husband Robert and moved from England to the U.S. and raised her family of three loving daughters: Linda, Sharon and Diane.

Audrey was a loving and energetic mother and wife who enjoyed her family and friends. She was an avid bingo player, enjoyed dining out and treasured her time with her daughters on the numerous cruises they took together.  She was a fan of the King of Rock and Roll and named her Himalayan cat, Presley, after him.

She is survived by her daughters, Linda Palmieri and her husband Rocco of New Smyrna Beach Florida, Sharon Engle of New Milford, CT and Diane Barboe of South Windsor, CT. She will also be missed by her grandchildren Angie Espisito and her husband Robert, Tony Palmieri and his wife Denise, Stacey Rojas, Robin Pagan and her husband Michael, Shannon Williams and her husband Leon as well as her eleven great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

The family would like to thank her wonderful caregivers over the years including her close companion Amanda McMcarvell.

Private visitation was held for family and friends at Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT on August 11, 2017. A burial ceremony followed  at the New Milford Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the New Milford Animal Welfare Society, 8 Dodd Road, New Milford, CT.


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Mott, Robert R.

Robert R. Mott of Kent, CT, passed away Friday August 4, 2017 in Canaan, CT, at the age of 94.
He was born September 19, 1922 in Bridgeport, CT, son of the late Gilbert H.L. and Edla (Culver) Mott. A graduate of Central High School in 1940, he earned a BS in business and engineering administration from M.I.T. in 1948 and an MS in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin in 1962. He served in the United States Army Air Force from 1943 to 1945, earning his wings as a navigator and second lieutenant in March 1945. He worked for the Fafnir Bearing Company in New Britain, CT, primarily in advertising and sales promotion from1948 to 1951 in which year he started his teaching career as a mathematics instructor at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. In 1953 he assumed a similar position at Hebron Academy, Hebron, ME, becoming the Chairman of the Mathematics Department in 1957. In 1964 he became an instructor of mathematics in Kent, CT and continued to teach while serving in various administrative capacities: Director of Studies, Boys from 1968, Chairman of the Academic Committee,Boys from 1970 to 1985, and Secretary of Faculty and of the Cum Laude Chapter from 1982 to 1988, and Advanced Placement Coordinator from 1969 to 1988. In 1985 he was appointed Assistant to the Head Master which position he held until his retirement in 2003.
His professional affiliations included the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Maine, the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
He was an active member of the First Congregational Church of Kent, CT. He was a member of the Kent Planning and Zoning Commission from 1977 to 1990 and for several years, a member of the Kent Republican Town Committee. He served on the Board of Directors of the Kent Village Housing for the Elderly for a number of years.
He is survived by a sister in law, Charlotte Mott of Queensbury, NY, several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his sister Grace Mott Hackett of Stratford, CT, and brothers Willard S. Mott of Queensbury, NY and Gilbert C. Mott of Fairfield, CT.
A graveside service will take place on Saturday August 12, 2017 at 11:00 am at Mountain Grove Cemetery in Bridgeport, CT.
Contributions in his memory may be made to: Kent Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 2006, Kent, CT 06757: Hebron Academy, Hebron, ME 04238: First Congregational Church, P.O. Box 306, Kent, CT 06757: Olivet Congregational Church, 2102 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06606 or the Kent Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 355, Kent, CT 06757.
Arrangements by the Lillis funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.

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Funk, Louise

Louise Funk of New Milford CT passed away peacefully Saturday August 5th 2017 in Danbury, CT, with her loving family by her side at 89 years of age. She will be missed by many.
She was born September 25, 1927 in East Haven, CT, daughter of the late Antonio and Anna (Cardinetta) Ferraiolo. Louise was preceded in death by loving husband Louis Funk Sr. and her son Robert Funk. Louise is survived by her daughters Karen Pane and Sharon Childs, her sons Louis Funk Jr. and Edward Funk. She is also survived by several grandchildren and great grandchildren: Shelley Lavelle, Susan Funk, Luanne Awlasewicz, Mark Pane, Mathew Pane and Christina Childs. Great grandchildren Cooper Awlasewicz , Madison Daudelin, Dakota Pane,Milayla Pane, Alexa Pane and Harley Pane. Son-in laws James Childs, Micheal Pane and Thomas Awlasewicz.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday August 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm at Saint Francis Xavier Church route 109 in New Milford, CT.  Louise will be buried with her beloved husband at Saint Peter’s Cemetery, Danbury, CT, following the mass.


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King, Kathleen Ann

Kathleen Ann (Giglio) King, of New Milford, passed away peacefully on August 4, 2017 in Danbury, CT, after a long brave battle with cancer. She was the wife of Michael King of New Milford. Kathi, a.k.a. Tata, was born in Norwalk, CT and moved to Danbury when she was a young child.  Kathi graduated from Danbury High School in 1976 and then moved to the sunny state of California where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from San Diego State University.   She married Michael and together they welcomed two sons, Sam and Eric.  Her family remembers her as a princess warrior.  She was a woman of great strength, determination, and love who was extremely committed to her family.  Her faith was strong, highlighted by her double pilgrimages to the Sanctuary Our Lady of Lourdes in France.  Kathi thrived on simple pleasures and took delight in gardening, quilting, stained glass cutting as well as spending time with her family, friends and devoted canine companion Daisy. She had a great appreciation for good food, wine and music, and enjoyed a long career in the pharmaceutical industry, much of it with Watson Laboratories and Alexion Pharmaceutical as a quality assurance specialist.

She is preceded in death by her parents; Philip Giglio and Beverly Giglio, her sisters Karen Rogers and Elizabeth Giglio and her brother-in-law Lonnie Rogers.  Kathi is survived by her husband Michael King and her sons, Sam King and Eric King of New Milford, and her dog Daisy.  She is also survived by her sister Trish Green (Andy) and her brothers Paul Giglio (Noemia) and Philip McCluskey (Casey); Mother-in-law Barbara Keeler; brother-in-law Bob King (Kathy); sister-in-law Debbie Makowsky (John) and brother-in-law John King; many nieces and nephews.

 The family invites friends to the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford, CT, on Friday, August 11, 2017 from 5pm-8pm.  A Catholic mass will take place on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 83 Montfort Rd, Litchfield, CT 06759 at 12:30pm, with a reception to follow.

All are welcome to attend and celebrate Kathi’s amazing and full life. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, 83 Montfort Rd, Litchfield, Ct.

Condolences can be sent to Lillis Funeral Home.


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Carroll, Edna M.

Edna M. Carroll (Nana) was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Edna passed in New Milford, CT, on Wednesday July 26, 2017 at the age of 93 with her loving family by her side. Edna grew up in Queens, NY with her parents Joseph and Anna (Pesik) Kubik, later moving to Connecticut where she would meet and fall in love with her (late) husband Harry Carroll at The Lee’s Hat Company Christmas Party, where Harry strategically stole her ‘roast beef dinner card’ to catch her attention, consequently beginning a budding romance.


They married shortly after and raised four children, the late Dennis Carroll, Susan Hallman, Tina Toussaint and Denise Bobbie. The Carrolls lovingly opened their home to several foster children throughout the years raising their family in Bethel, beside the beloved Blue Jay Orchards.


Edna was highly involved in theatre acting and singing, her first stint at theatre began in Bethel at the The Carosel Players continuing on to perform many years at the Brookfield Playhouse. Once retired Harry and Edna moved to Florida to enjoy the warm sun and ocean views. Six years ago Edna permanently moved into the home of Tina and Rene Toussaint to be closer to family and receive their support.


Nana will be truly missed by her family, Susan and Ed Hallman, Tina and Rene Toussaint, Denise Bobbie and Rick Steiger, Sharon Carroll, and her grandchildren, Danielle and Joseph Toussaint, Lily Deering, Jeffery and Brian Carroll.


The family is grateful for the love and support of New Milford VNA Hospice and Village Crest Rehabilitation Facility during Edna’s last months on Earth. Edna’s calling hours will be Monday August 7th from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT. Interment will be private.

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Edmondson, Rozanne H.

Rozanne “Zonni” Hume Edmondson, of New Milford, Connecticut and NYC, died peacefully on July 28 at age 87.  Born to  May Desjardins and Nelson Hume in Danbury, Ct., Zonni grew up on the campus of Canterbury School, where her father was founder and first headmaster, tagging after her three older brothers Michael, Stephen and David, who bestowed on their little sister the nickname Zonni, which stuck. She attended a succession of Sacred Heart schools – Eden Hall, Maplehurst, Noroton, and ultimately Manhattanville College, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English.  This immersion in the Sacred Heart culture and spirit  forged in her a deep lifelong affinity for Catholic education.  A highlight of her college years was spending her junior year abroad at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland,   She held onto her love of Scotland and all things Scottish for her entire life, visiting often and ultimately buying a home there. Athletic and energetic, Zonni excelled in all sports throughout school, and particularly in golf during her adult years.  She was the ladies golf champion at the Lake Waramaug Country Club, where she had been a member since her teenage years.  She also proudly became one of the first American members of the Guillane Ladies Golf Club in East Lothian, Scotland, where she won the Silver Medal.  Upon college graduation, Zonni worked for General Electric before marrying her husband of 54 years, J. Richard Edmondson, and focusing on raising their five children.  As her children grew older, she deepened her connection with Sacred Heart education, working at Convent of the Sacred Heart, 91st Street, NYC, initially in the alumnae office and later as Director of Admissions for ten years.  She was at the heart and center of a large extended family who loved her deeply, including her three brothers (who predeceased her) and their spouses and children, her husband Dick (who died in 2009), her children Lisa Kiernan (John), Katie Gilmore (Steve), Timothy Edmondson (Danielle) , Nick Edmondson and Julia Luce (Dave), her nine grandchildren (John, Sam, Reilly, Paul and Callie Kiernan; Stephanie Gilmore Elliott, Mallory Gilmore Reed, Hailey Gilmore and Isabelle Edmondson; and her great-grandson Emmet Reed.  A funeral mass and celebration of Zonni’s life will be held at the Chapel of Our Lady, Canterbury School, 101 Aspetuck Ave. New Milford, Ct. on Friday August 4 at 11:00 A.M.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Convent of the Sacred Heart, 91st St., NYC. 10128.


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Elsesser, Charles K.

Charles K. Elsesser died July 26, 2017 unexpectedly at his home in Gaylordsville, CT.
Born in Massapequa, NY, the beloved son of Henry and Emily Korth Elsesser. He moved to CT when he was 12 and graduated from Bethel high school. He went to UCONN for 1 year before entering the Marines during the Korean War. He was in the FMF Reconnaissance Company and was an expert rifleman. After an honorable discharge, he re-entered UCONN receiving a BS in biology and an MS in Education, and a 6th year at Fairfield University. Charles taught biology at Danbury High School for 35 years, retiring in 1995. He loved animals and animal behavior and spent 11 summers in Africa on photo safaris. At home he had a menagerie of dogs, cats, and parrots. He was an avid runner completing 2 NYC marathons. He loved cooking for his family, lobsters on sale and a nighttime glass of Macallen.
He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years Dayle, his former wife Maryann Dowling, his brother Harry and his wife Joann Elsesser, and his children Katherine Elsesser, Korth and Tony Elsesser, Karin Shetler and Kurt Elsesser, 7 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday July 31, 2017 at 10:00am at Sacred Heart Church in Kent, CT. The interment will follow in Morningside Cemetery in Gaylordsville, CT. Friends may call at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT, on Sunday July 30, 2017 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS, 66675 or Sharon Audubon Center, 325 Cornwall Bridge Rd., Sharon, CT 06069.


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Rossell, Scott J.

Scott James Rossell, our beloved and dearest Scotty passed away on July 17, 2017. Born August 24, 2017, his short time on earth with his family has left a life time of memories of loving moments, times of laughter and reunions.

Our Scotty was a genuinely wonderful soul with a beautiful smile that would light up a room. He was always willing to lend a hand and help in many family events and projects that have created endless cherished moments to last a lifetime. He truly was loved by all.

Scotty is predeceased in death by his aunt Linda Rossell; grandparents, Fannie and J. Fred Rossell and Jaime F. Campana.

Scotty is survived by his parents, Grace and Jeff Rossell; Grandmother Alba V. Campana; Aunt Carol Rossell; his brother and fiancé, Brett Rossell and Martine Colepaugh and his soul mate Jenifer Marden.

Scotty is also survived by his aunts and uncles; Elena Jones and Frank Saccone, Jimmy and Marlene Campana, Luiggi and Maria Campana, Yvonne and Ed Ramos, Sandra and Manny Garcia, John and Kaly Campana, Paul and Maru Campana, Jeffrey and Taryn Campana; cousins Melissa Jones, Cristina Garcia, Daniel Campana, Kristin Jones, Jessica Garcia, Alexandra Garcia, Jonathan R. Campana, Anthony Garcia, Clayton Stevenson, Jonathan A. Campana, Kayla Campana, Laural Campana, Brianna Wallis, Nicholas Campna, Connor Campana, Gavin Campana, Gabriella Campana, Nicole Campana; second cousins Tatyna Inman, Jasmina Ruiz and Quincy Inman.

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