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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • John C. Doty

    ohn C. Doty, 57, of Bridgeport, beloved husband of 22 years to Doreen Valacka Doty, died peacefully December 14. Born in Plattsburgh, N.Y., he was the son of the late Shirley Annis and John Charles Doty, Jr.

  • 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.

  • Doris Pearson Laird

    Doris Pearson Laird, 94, of Newtown, wife of the late James S. Laird, died December 12, in Southbury. She was born in New Haven, September 29, 1919, daughter of Raymond and Emma Rausch Pearson.

  • Rebecca Watson

    Rebecca (Schmaling) Watson, 57, of Waterbury, died December 5, at Waterbury Hospital, after a long illness. She was born February 8, 1955, in Stamford.

  • Walter John Castings

    Walter “Walt” John Castings, 64, of Woodbury, died December 9, at St Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury, with his loving wife Katie Coad by his side. He was born in Pawtucket, R.I., November 29, 1949, and was the son of the late Donald and Norma (Ware) Castings. 

  • William Tita

    William “Bill” Tita, 79, of Danbury, husband of Margaret “Peg” (Kundrat) Tita died December 9, at Danbury Hospital. He was born in Danbury, November 14, 1934, son of Peter and Anna (Katrenich) Tita.

  • Winnifred M. McMahon

    Winnifred “Winnie” M. McMahon, RN, 87 of Derby, wife of the late James T. McMahon, died December 9, at the Jewish Home for the Elderly, Fairfield. She was born in New York, NY, March 7, 1926, and was the daughter of the late John and Margaret (McDonald) O’Keefe.