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  • Julia Wasserman: Death Claims A Tireless Public Servant

    ulia Wasserman, a former Connecticut lawmaker, local elected official from Newtown, and studious public servant, died August 18. She narrowly eluded the Nazis’ murderous 1938 Kristallnacht that foreshadowed the Holocaust, served in the US Women’s Army Corps, and later went on to earn the highest academic and professional advancements in public health and environmental stewardship. Mrs Wasserman’s death at age 91, after a lengthy illness, was announced by her family.

  • Rita M. Murphy

    Rita M. Murphy, 88, died August 13 at Danbury Hospital. The daughter of the late Florence (Harmon) and William McIlrath, she was only 6 months old when her parents moved to Danbury from Springfield, Mass. Her brother, the Reverend Leo McIlrath, and his wif...

  • Gilbert E. Van Valkenburg

    Gilbert E. “Bud” Van Valkenburg, 86, of Danbury died at his home August 13. He was a loving, trusting husband to his late wife, Jean Marie Van Valkenburg. He was born in Newtown, July 30, 1929, and was the son of the late Ella May Storm. He attended Newtown High School.

  • Timothy F. McQueeney, Jr

    Timothy F. McQueeney, Jr, 71, husband of Jeannette Radocchio McQueeney, died August 11, in Venice (Fla.) Regional Bayfront Hospital. Mr McQueeney was retired and living in the Venetian Golf and River Club.

  • Martin Andrew Sainsbury-Carter

    Martin Andrew Sainsbury-Carter, 48, Arlington, Va., died August 2, after a heroic fight with cancer. He was a Newtown resident for 21 years, attending Newtown schools, and graduating from the Wooster School in Danbury. His wife, Stacy Fuller, and two...

  • Mary Wray Ruffles

    Mary Wray Ruffles, 82, of Bethel, and formerly a longtime resident of Newtown; mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died peacefully August 16 at home, surrounded by her family. She was born in Bronx, N.Y., October 11, 1932.

  • Robert James Ryan

    Robert James “Bob” Ryan, Sr, 86 died August 9, at his home in Norwalk. He was a lifelong resident of Norwalk, born February 23, 1929, and was the son of the late Leo and Marguerite O’Keefe Ryan.

  • Stuart Alden Opdahl

    Stuart Alden Opdahl, 77, most recently of Newtown, and formerly of Bedford, Huntington Station, and Bethpage, N.Y., died August 7 after an extended illness. Born in Bethpage, December 20, 1937, he was the youngest son of the late Clara and Olaf Opdahl.

  • Mark Phillip Todd, Sr

    Mark Phillip Todd, Sr, 47, of Newtown died July 27. He was born October 5, 1967, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and was the son of the late Bennie Todd and Mary Mungo Todd.

  • Eve Lynne Donigian

    Eve Lynne Donigian, 71, of Sandy Hook died August 10, after a brave but short six-week battle with brain cancer —  glioblastoma multiforme. Her motto throughout her short and courageous battle was always, “Let’s kick those tumors!”