Thomas John Stella, 81, of Danbury died June 8 at Bethel Healthcare Center. He was the husband of the late Mary Ann (Schoen) Stella. He was born January 23, 1933, in Scranton, Penn., the son of Anna (Mahalik) and Thomas U. Stella.
Alice M. Schlierf, 82, of Ridgefield died peacefully June 4, surrounded by her children and family. She was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., September 12, 1931, to Elizabeth (Larkin) and James J. Reilly. Mrs Schlierf and her husband, the late Frank A. Schlierf, lived in Yonkers for more than 20 years, where they raised their family.
Richard W. Andrews, Sr, 90, died after a brief illness, June 6, at his Newtown home, surrounded by his family. He was born in Sandy Hook, November 12, 1923, the son of Georgie Northrop Andrews and Lewis V. Andrews, Sr.
Frances O’Toole, 91, of Heritage Village, Southbury, formerly of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., died peacefully at home June 4. The widow of James C. O’Toole, she was born March 23, 1923, in Bronx, N.Y., daughter of Mary Mabel and William F. O’Brien.
Edwin John “Jack” Harrison, Jr, 73, of Newtown died peacefully at Danbury Hospital on May 30, the 50th wedding anniversary of his marriage to Beryl. He was born in Philadelphia May 1, 1941, the only son of Anna Peterson Harrison and Edwin John Harrison. His uncle was Eric Knight, author of Lassie Come Home, and he often talked of Eric’s dog, Toots, a Border collie that was the original Lassie.
Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson of Monroe, Trumbull, and Naples, Fla., died June 1. She was born in the Bronx, N.Y. Ms Johnson was a longtime resident of Trumbull and for 15 years, a part-time resident in Monroe. She also had 27 years of winter residence and was a member at the Foxfire Country Club Community in Naples.
Henry S. Kostka, 66, of Sandy Hook died May 30 in Danbury Hospital. Mr Kostka was the husband of Bonnie (Fesh) Kostka. He was born in Derby, September 7, 1947, a son of Beatrice (Scott) and Henry Kostka.