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  • Frank Edson Furze, Jr

    Frank Edson Furze, Jr, 92, of Newtown, died December 29, at Danbury Hospital. He was born in Detroit, Mich. to Frank Furze, Sr and Madeline (Serrell) Edson Furze, and was a longtime Newtown resident.

  • Ruth J. Hart

    Ruth J. Hart, 82, of Southbury, died peacefully, December 26, at Danbury Hospital, after battling month-long health complications. She was born May 31, 1931, in Yonkers, New York.

  • Augusto Saviano

    Augusto Saviano, 90, of Pietramelara Caserta, Italy, formerly of Bridgeport, died December 30. Mr Saviano was the beloved husband of Wanda Santagata Saviano.

  • George Samoskevich

    George Samoskevich, 84, of Trumbull, died December 19, at St Vincent’s Medical Center. He was born in Bridgeport, the son of Nick and Veronica Samoskevich.

  • Frederick A. Crouch

    Frederick A. Crouch, 67, died peacefully December 23, following a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Mary Dougherty Crouch. Born in Rosenheim, Germany, September 20, 1946, he was the son of Anna Crouch and the late Dave Crouch.Mr Crouch was raised in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown.

  • Dolores Stafko

    Dolores Ann (D’Amico) Stafko, 73, beloved wife of Philip D. Stafko of Sandy Hook, died on December 22 at Danbury Hospital, surrounded by her loving family and friends, after a brave battle with cancer. She was born on December 31, 1939, in Bridgeport, the daughter of the late Bessie (Ginolfi) and Michael D’Amico. In addition to her husband of 53 years, she is survived by her two cherished children, Sharon (Stafko) Carter, and her husband Jeff, of Hopkinton, Mass., and Daniel Stafko, and his wife Karen, of Southington. She also leaves behind five grandchildren, siblings Mary (D’Amico) Piccuillo of Trumbull and Peter D’Amico of Shelton, and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at St Rose of Lima Church, 46 Church Hill Road in Newtown, on Tuesday, December 31, at 10 am.

  • Patricia A. Benkovich

    Patricia A. Benkovich, 67, of Sandy Hook, died December 22, at Danbury Hospital. She was the wife of Andrew Benkovich. She was born in Manchester, Conn., May 24, 1946, a daughter of Carl and Esther (Pitkin) Schwarz.

  • Fritzi Walkey Klopfenstein

    Fritzi Walkey Klopfenstein, 98, died December 16, at Churchman Village retirement home in Newark, Del. The daughter of Dr Fred L. Walkey and Mable Kintzley Walkey, she was born on Groundhog Day, February 2, 1915, in West Lafayette, Ind.

  • Janet Michale Vitello

    Janet Michale Vitello, 73, of Newtown, died December 14. She was born in Bridgeport, November 7, 1940, to Michael Vitello and Julia (Sagarena) Vitello.

  • Gladys Emma Phillips

    Gladys Emma Phillips, 94, of Roseland, Fla., died December 7, at Sebastian River Medical Center. She was born in Waterbury, resided in New Haven, and then moved to the lakeside community of Shady Rest in Sandy Hook.