William “Bill” Reynolds Bailey, Jr, 73, of Newtown, died April 7, surrounded by family and friends, after a lengthy and brave battle with cancer. Born February 3, 1942, he was the son of William R. and Katherine (Gunning) Bailey of West Orange, N.J.
Nancy W. (Hull) Rahikka, 83, of Newtown died peacefully at The Gardens in Danbury April 4. She was the wife of the late Richard R. Rahikka for 46 years. She was born October 31, 1931, in Southport, and was the daughter of Fannie (Lepisto) and Charles E. Hull.
Peggy Jane (Adams) Smith, 77, of Newtown, and formerly a longtime resident of Los Gatos, Calif., died peacefully March 9, with her family by her side. She was the wife of the late Frank David Smith. She was born on July 17, 1937, in Iowa City, Iowa, the last of five children born to Ithema (Dudley) and Raymond Adams.
Gladys Vivian (Garey) McLaughlin, 77, of Sandy Hook, wife of Denny McLaughlin, mother of three, and grandmother of six, celebrated 49 years of happy marriage this past February, before passing away at home, surrounded by family, April 4. Born April 12, 1937, the eldest of seven children, she grew up on a farm in Rogers, Ohio and was the daughter of Vivian Ruth (Holt) Gilmore and Phillip Ivan Garey, Sr.
Richard M. Liska, Sr, 84, of South Thomaston, Maine, died peacefully at home April 4. He was born July 23, 1930, in Stepney, Conn. He grew up on his grandparents’ farm in Newtown, attended first grade at Sandy Hook Elementary School, later went to Hawley Elementary School, and graduated from Hawley High School in 1948. He soon received draft notice for induction into the US Army. After waiting a period of time he was selected as one of eight inductees to the US Marine Corps. He trained in Quantico, Va., and Jacksonville, Fla., and was assigned to the US Marine Air Wing in Memphis, Tenn., until his discharge from service in March of 1954.
Eugene Garriepy, 82, of Sandy Hook, beloved husband of 53 years to Margaret Christine (Panciera) Garriepy, died peacefully at Danbury Hospital, April 3. He was born November 19, 1933, in Brooklyn, N.Y.