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Webster Elliott Janssen
Webster Elliott Janssen of Litchfield, Connecticut passed away on May 29, 2012 after a long battle with cancer. He was husband to Arlene Janssen, father to sisters Tyra Lisa Abrams of New York, Erika McCann of Scarsdale, and Kristina Janssen of Litchfield. He was a grandfather to Sean, Matthew and Brian McCann, Olivia Abrams and Alana Janssen.
A funeral service will be held 12 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at Rowe Funeral Home, 283 Torrington Road, Litchfield. Burial will be private. Friends and family may call on Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made on line to the American Cancer Society Memorial Mosaic under Webster Janssen or mailed to the American Cancer Society: PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.
Jesse J. Graham II
Jesse J. Graham II attorney, resident of Litchfield and New York City, husband of Rebecca, and father of Courtney, Michael and Peter, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2012, at his home in Litchfield surrounded by his family.
Jesse was born in Kingston, New York, a son of Kelsey D. Graham II and the late Florence Smith Graham.
Also survived by two brothers, John L. Graham and Kelsey D. Graham III; a sister, Priscilla A. Graham; three nieces, Christina M. Graham, Allison M. Graham and Annabel Graham; and two nephews, James K. Graham and Kelsey D. Graham IV.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 25 South Street, Litchfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Melanoma Research, 300 East 66th Street, New York, N.Y. 10065.
William Frederick Lang
William Frederick Lang died March 23, 2012, at his home in West Goshen, CT. He was born April 8, 1926, in Torrington, CT. He was the son of Chester Arthur Lang and Orrilla Mary Barnes Lang Freeland and the stepson of Lamont S. Freeland. His wife of 56 years, Joan Monroe Lang of West Goshen, CT and three daughters and their respective spouses, Greta Joan Marinelli of Manchester, CT, Sara Louise Taft of East Otis, MA, and Heidi Nell Woelper of Lakeville CT survive him. He, "Papa", leaves behind five cherished grandsons, one granddaughter, and a newborn great-granddaughter. All were the light of his life. He also leaves two nephews, Jason R. Lang and Neil W. Lang.
He was predeceased by his only sibling, a brother, Robert B. Lang of Torrington, CT.
William was a member of the class of 1945 at Litchfield High School and graduated from Bob Jones College Academy in Cleveland, TN.
He served in the 503 M.P. Battalion U.S. Army of Occupation Leghorn, Italy.
William (Bill) lived in West Goshen, CT since 1959 and raised his family there. He worked for Sears Roebuck & Co. in the Display Department in Miami Florida for two years after his marriage and then, after moving back to CT, in Torrington and Waterbury. After leaving Sears he worked for Regional School District #6 at the Goshen Center School, where after 22, years he retired in 1992. He was a life-long member of the Advent Christian Church in Torrington, CT where he served as an assistant and then organist for many years after his retirement.
All of his life he was a lover of music and was a talented piano player. Bill took great joy from gardening, collecting antiques and spending countless hours on his hobby of researching the family genealogy. He always had his "nose in a book" and his love of reading was a passion he passed on to his children and grandchildren for which they are most grateful.
At William's wishes, a private burial service will be held for immediate family. A Memorial Service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012, at Advent Christian Church, 217 New Harwinton Road, Torrington.
John Leonard Hanecak, Jr.
John Leonard Hanecak, Jr., age 65, of Westerly, RI, formerly of Litchfield, died March 22, 2012, at Rhode Island Hospital. He was the husband of Kathy (Burns) Hanecak for 45 years.
Born in Torrington, son of the late John L Hanecak, Sr. and Mary Ann (Zajac) Hanecak, he served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He retired from the Torrrington Company after 40 years and most recently worked as a handyman for the Larkin Square in Watch Hill, RI. John will be remembered by many as a skilled handyman who built his family home on Harris Rd., in Litchfield and many other projects for family and friends particularly the undertaking of his daughter Karen's home.
John loved clamming, fishing, boating and the beach, especially with his son, Jay, and brother, Steve. He had also been an avid runner who ran in many area races and completed three marathons. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion in Litchfield and Charleston, RI
In addition to his wife, Kathy, John is survived by a son, Jay Hanecak, of Rocky Hill; a daughter, Karen Hanecak of Cranston, RI; three brothers, Thomas and wife, Roseann of Norfolk, Stephen and wife, Debbie of Litchfield, and Jim of Torrington; many nieces and nephews; and his special buds, Teddy and Tinker.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 49 South Street, Litchfield. Burial will be private. Friends and family may call on Monday, March 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Rowe Funeral Home, 283 Torrington Road, Litchfield.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Whtie Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 368, Litchfield, CT 06759.
RITA WALKER HANNON
LITCHFIELD - Rita W. Hannon died peacefully with family at her side on March 17, 2012; she was 98 years old.
Rita was born on December 30, 1913 in Palmer, Massachusetts to parents Randolph and Blanche Leonard Walker. In 1938, Rita graduated from the Hartford Hospital School of Nursing, Hartford, CT. Upon earning her R.N., Rita then drove across the United States with two of her classmates, exploring the country and beginning her lifelong love of travel and adventure.
During World War II, Rita joined the US Army as an Army Nurse stationed in New Zealand. Many of the patients she treated during the war continued to send her notes and Christmas cards for the rest of her life. While stationed in New Zealand, she met John J. Hannon, Jr. They were later married on 'One Tree Hill' in Auckland, New Zealand on February 18, 1943.
Following her Army service, Rita moved with her husband to Litchfield, CT where she raised three children, was active in volunteer public health services and worked as the Director of Nursing for Rose Haven Nursing Home. She and her husband enjoyed many vacation trips with their best friends, John and Ruth Rubino, in addition to spending winters on Jekyll Island, Georgia.
Rita was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, John Hannon, her twin brother Clifford Walker and her beloved daughter Joy Hannon Iffland. Rita is survived by her brother Francis Walker, her son David and his wife Barbara of Litchfield, her daughter Catherine Hannon and her husband Charles Bernacchio of Portland, Maine, her special friends George and Cindy Iffland of Litchfield; five grandchildren, Maureen Hannon and her husband Randall Patterson; Roy Hannon and his wife Amy; Wendy Iffland; Catherine Iffland Winters and her husband Scott Winters and Michaela Bernacchio; five great grandchildren; Peter Hannon, Charles Hannon, Ethan Hannon, Geoffrey Winters and Kayla DePino.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:30 A.M. Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 49 South Street, Litchfield. Burial will follow in St. Anthony Cemetery on Whites Woods Road in Litchfield. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday prior to Mass at the Rowe Funeral Home, 283 Torrington Road in Litchfield, CT.
Thomas Richard Healy
Thomas Richard Healy, 50, passed away on March 10, 2012, at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. He was the loving father of Faith Elizabeth Healy.
Born in Torrington on Sept. 2, 1961 he was a son of Richard T. and Janet (Rebmann) Healy of Litchfield. Tom graduated from Litchfield High School and Western Connecticut State University. He worked as an Accountant for several area companies. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Litchfield Recycling Committee, former member of the CT Chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association and member of The United Methodist Church of Litchfield.
In addition to his daughter, Faith, and parents, Richard and Janet, he is survived by a brother, Jack Healy and his wife, Roberta of Litchfield; two sisters, Holly Zemak and her husband, Frank, of Terryville and Rachel Bourquin and her husband, Frank, of Winsted; two nieces, Jennifer Healy and her husband, Kevin Waugh, and Linnea Healy; and former wife, Elizabeth Healy.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at The United Methodist Church of Litchfield, 69 West Street, Litchfield.
In lieu of flowers, contributions In Memory of Thomas Healy may be made to United Methodist Church of Litchfield, P.O. Box 65 Litchfield, CT 06759.
Kathryn Marin Barwikowski
Kathryn Barwikowski of Goshen, CT passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 23rd at the all too young age of 27. Kate's memory is still celebrated by her mother & father, Margaret & Bob Barwikowski, her four brothers Pete & Rob Barwikowski & Corey & Chris Burke, & their respective wives Rachel & Robin, her three nieces Scarlet, Emma, & Clare Burke, her boyfriend of 3.5 years, Marcus Santore, & her innumerable friends. Kate was a beloved daughter, aunt, sister & best friend to her brother, Pete, & the acting mother of her spoiled dogs Martina & Josephine.
In the spirit of her love for animals and in lieu of flowers, donations in Kate's honor can be made to the Little Guild of St. Francis, P.O. Box 59, Cornwall, CT 06796.
Calling hours will be held Tuesday, February 28th from 4 - 7pm at the Rowe Funeral Home, 283 Torrington Road, Litchfield. Friends and family are invited to share stories and memories at 7 p.m.
William F. (Bill) Schnell
Lifelong Warren Resident and Devoted Husband and Father
WARREN - William F. Schnell, 80, of Warren, passed away on Monday, February 20, 2012.
Born October 5, 1931, at his family homestead in Warren, William was the son of the late William F. and Grace I. (Sheldon) Schnell. He graduated from New Milford High School in the class of 1950. In July 1952, he began a tour of duty in the Korean War, serving as Corporal First Class specializing in artillery until June 1954, when he received an honorable discharge due to injuries received in the line of duty. He married Ruth (Monroe) Schnell in 1957 and built a home in 1972, where he raised a family. In his early career, he worked for the Town of Warren Highway Department. He then worked as a machine operator at Kimberly Clark from 1961 to 1964. His career as a sheet metal machinist at PTC Aerospace in Litchfield lasted 30 years until his retirement in 1995.
While raising his family, he served the community of Warren as a former member of the Warren Volunteer Fire Company, as a Boy Scout Scoutmaster for over 20 years, as well as a member of the Board of Finance. He was the Master of three area Granges with 66 years of service and an active member of the American Legion for over 50 years. Bill was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping with his family. In addition, he enjoyed playing golf and traveling. But what he enjoyed most was spending time with his family and friends. Whether it was a weekend camping trip to the Catskills, trout fishing in Vermont, or a beach bonfire at Lake Waramaug, time was always made to be with family. He will be remembered most for his unique sense of humor; generous spirit; quiet but forceful strength and integrity; and genuine country boy charm.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth M. Schnell of Warren, Conn.; two sons, William F. Schnell, III and his fiancé Gretchen Sullivan of East Haven, Conn., and Charles M. and Kara Schnell of Williamsburg, Mass.; his daughter and son-in-law Heather L. and Arnold Villarreal of Westminster, Calif.; three grandchildren, Hayleigh and Jordan Schnell and Aaron Villarreal; and a step-grandchild, Alex Villarreal; two sisters, Grace Johnson and Martha Shook of West Hartford; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Aside from his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, six sisters, and one daughter.
In celebration of Bill's life, a memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 25, at 10:00 AM at the Warren Congregational Church. A reception will follow in the parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Warren Congregational Church Book of Remembrance, 4 Sackett Hill Road, Warren, Conn., 06754; or to the Warren Prime Timers, Warren Town Hall, 50 Cemetery Road, Warren, Conn., 06754.
Dr. Benjamin Katzin
World War II veteran, physician
Two months shy of his 100th birthday, Benjamin Katzin MD, of Litchfield, died at home on Feb. 13, 2012, surrounded by his children. Born in Winsted, CT on April 25, 1912, he graduated first in his class from the Gilbert School. He received his BS degree from Yale University in 1934, his PhD in physiological chemistry from Yale in 1939, and his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1943.
He served as an army physician during World War II, specializing in tropical diseases, treating ill servicemen returning from the South Pacific. After the War, he began his medical practice in Torrington in 1947, which included serving as shop physician for the Torrington Manufacturing Company. After retiring in 1983, he continued to enjoy raising sheep and chickens, and tending a vegetable garden big enough to provide his family with vegetables well into the winter.
He served on the Litchfield Board of Education for 18 years, and was chairman for 16 years. He was president of the Litchfield High School Scholarship Association and chairman of the Board of Governors of the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. Soon after arriving in East Litchfield, he was appointed surgeon of the East Litchfield Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the advisory council of the Connecticut Junior Republic.
His wife, Betty, died in 2008. He is survived by his daughters, Barbara of Arhus, Denmark, Anne Raechel Hackney of Newton, MA, Louise of Katonah, NY, and Charlotte of Austin, TX, and sons, William of Cleveland Heights, OH, and James of Litchfield. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren.
Contributions may be made in his memory to the Litchfield High School Scholarship Association (P.O. Box 245, Litchfield CT, 06759), the Connecticut Junior Republic (P.O. Box 161, Litchfield, CT 06759, attn: Hedy Barton), or the Johns Hopkins University (JHU Medical School Alumni Scholarship Fund, Development & Alumni Relations Office, 100 N. Charles St., Suite 216, Baltimore, MD 21201).
Mr. Robert J. Knox Sr.
World War II Navy veteran
Robert J. Knox Sr. of Litchfield passed on while at home on February 13th 2012. He was the husband of Elaine (LeClair) Knox. Robert was born on April 5 th 1927, the son of Joseph and Bridget Knox.
He was a World War II veteran serving in the Navy. He was proud of being a journeyman carpenter and worked for the State of Connecticut on the Bridge Crew for 25 years and retired in 1989.
He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Bob took pleasure in building, gardening, and being with friends and family. His favorite hobby was building birdhouses for bluebirds. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Besides his wife of 62 years, Robert is survived by one son, Robert Knox Jr. and his wife Ella of Litchfield, three daughters; Patricia DuCharme and husband George of Seabring, Fla., Lynne Knox of Windsor, Ct., and Sandra Knox and fiance Michael of Windsor, four granddaughters-Wendy and Bridget Chabre, Chelsea and Aprille Knox, three grandsons- Alex and Morgan Giosa and Hunter Crine and three brothers- Joseph Knox of Navarre Fla., James Knox of Tampa, Fla. and Anthony Knox of Litchfield. He was predeceased by two brothers, Thomas and William Knox.
The family wishes to thank the staff of the VNA Hospice Team of Bantam for their loving care.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Litchfield. Burial will follow in Our Lady of Grace Cemetery in Bantam. There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the Bantam Volunteer Ambulance Corp, P.O. Box 456, Bantam, CT 06750; or to VNA Northwest Hospice Team, 607 Bantam Road, Unit F, Bantam, CT 06750.
Mrs. Barbara Tanner Curtiss
Former tax collector, bookkeeper
On February 13th, Barbara Tanner Curtiss, 83, lost a long and courageous battle with multiple illnesses and ailments including the sudden loss of her beloved husband of 61 years in December. She died peacefully at home in the loving presence of her family. She maintained her grace throughout and never lost her sense of humor.
Barbara was born on December 10th, 1928 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, a daughter of the late Harvey A. Tanner and Anne (Wright) Tanner. She was raised in Lenox, Massachusetts, resided in Warren after marrying Herbert L Curtiss Jr. before moving to Litchfield in 1977. In addition to raising her two children, she was the tax collector for the town of Warren, the bookkeeper for Conn's Dairy in New Milford and a real estate salesperson for the Washington Agency, later opening her own company.
She is survived by her daughter Lori Curtiss of Torrington and son Kevin Curtiss of Ellicott City, Maryland. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren Wade, Tracy & Sabrina Curtiss, and Amy Pollock and her brother Wallace Tanner. She was predeceased by her loving husband Herb, her grandson Kevin Pollock, her brother Richard Tanner and sisters Alice (Tanner) Romasco and Teresa (Tanner) Guinan.
To honor Barbara's wishes, there will be no formal calling hours or funeral service. Friends and family are invited to pay their respects and share their memories and stories at a celebration of her life in her home at 364 Milton Rd, Litchfield on Friday, Feb. 17, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Kevin Pollock Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Rowe Funeral Home, P.O. Box 486, Litchfield, CT 06759.
Mr. Raymond A. Desrosiers
World War II veteran
LAKESIDE - Raymond A. "Yogi" Desrosiers, 85, passed away on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 at Wolcott Hall. He was the husband of 63 years to Doris (St. Hilaire) Desrosiers
Born in Lawrence, Mass., on Nov. 15, 1926, he was a son of the late Elzear and Rosanne (Plourde) Desrosiers. Yogi was a World War II veteran, having served in the United States Navy. A 42 year resident of Lakeside, he had worked at Uniroyal in Naugatuck and The Torrington Co.
In addition to his loving wife, Doris, he is survived by two sons, Victor Desrosiers and Roger Desrosiers; a daughter, Stacey Desrosiers, three sisters, Blanche Thibault, Sister Theresa Desrosiers and Sister Consolata Desrosiers; two grandchildren, Roger Desrosiers Jr. and Jakob Desrosiers; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters and four brothers.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Our Lady of Grace Church, Bantam. Burial in Lawrence, Mass. will be private. There are no calling hours.
Dr. Jacqueline Martin
A bright light on all she touched
LITCHFIELD - Dr. Jacqueline Pearson Martin, 60, of Litchfield, CT passed away peacefully on February 9th after an inspiring ten year battle with cancer. She was the loving wife of John Martin and devoted mother of Kieran and Meghan Martin.
Jacqui was born in London in 1951, daughter of John and Dorothy Pearson. She grew up in England, Germany, Taiwan, and the US, traveling more before high school than many do in a lifetime. Jacqui received her B.S. from Virginia Tech and pursued her MSW at Virginia Commonwealth University. After traveling for two years through Europe, she returned to the states where she worked in Houston before going back to school where she received her Doctoral degree from Texas Chiropractic College.
She established her chiropractic practice in Houston where she worked with the Houston Ballet, Houston Oiler football team and was an attending doctor at the 1984 Olympics. In 1989, Jacqui moved to Litchfield where she expanded her practice after receiving her license in Acupuncture. During this time she continued her travels including hiking Mt. Kailash in Tibet and many trips to Europe and South America. She also wrote and published her book 'Traveling Sunwise.'
In addition to her husband, children, and dog "Dudley," she is survived by her father, John Pearson; her brother, Danny Pearson; and sisters Caroline Pearson and Judy Arrington.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12:30 p.m. Saturday, February 11, 2012, at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 49 South Street, Litchfield. Friends and family may from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10, at Rowe Funeral Home, 283 Torrington Road, Litchfield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the White Memorial Foundation in Litchfield, CT. To send an online condolence to the Martin family, kindly visit www.rowefuneralhome.net
Milton Korner, 76, passed away at home with his loving family at his side on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. He was the husband of 51 years to Jean (Madden) Korner.
Born in Waterbury on September 21, 1935, he was raised in Cheshire, a son of the late William and Florence (Kilbourn) Korner. He graduated from Wilcox Technical High School and worked as a self-employed tile setter.
In addition to his loving wife, Jean, he is survived by son, William Korner and his wife Lynn of Goshen; daughter, Deborah Lund of California; son, James Korner and his wife Toni of Goshen; five grandchildren, Daniel Lund, Courtney and Thomas Korner, and Cara Lynn Palmer and Carly Ann Palmer; a sister, Janet Brandt and her husband Bill; a sister-in-law, Maryann Brasche; father-in-law, James Madden; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to VNA Northwest,Inc. Hospice Program, 607 Bantam Road, Unit F, Bantam, CT 06750; or Little Guild of St. Francis, P.O. Box 59, West Cornwall, CT 06796.