Death Notices

Mary ‘Lisa’ E. France

Mary “Lisa” E. France, of Winsted, died March 18, 2017. Calling hours followed by a funeral service will be held March 27 at Montano-Shea Funeral Home. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.


Janice Gabelmann

Janice Gabelmann, 85, of Norfolk, died March 3, 2017. Funeral services were held March 17 at Church of Christ, Norfolk. Burial will be in the spring. The Kenny Funeral Home has care of arrangements.


Memorial service: Robert Potter

CORNWALL — A memorial service for Robert Potter will be held on Saturday, April 1, at 2 p.m., at the North Cornwall Meeting House.

Raymond Whittlesey Hart

WEST CORNWALL — Raymond Whittlesey Hart, 88, of Cream Hill Road died peacefully at his home on March 12, 2017. He was the loving husband of Sally Hart.

Raymond was born in Torrington on Feb. 10, 1929, to the late Doris (Shurtleff) and Charles Hart. He was a resident of Cornwall for all of his life. For many years he worked on the family farm, which was his passion. 

He was a 1947 graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School. 

In 1951 he married Sally. 

Joseph William Lahr

SALISBURY — Joseph William Lahr, 85, died March 1, 2017.  

He was born in Phelps, N.Y., and lived in Salisbury and then Lakewood Park, Fla.

During the Korean War, he served with the 51st Fighter Group, at Suwon AFB (K-13).  He worked at Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, Calif., and Lakeville Precision Molding. He founded Staub Electric in Salisbury.  

In retirement, he was an avid ocean sailor, gardener, member of Port St. Lucie Power Squadron, county election official and member of local VFW Post 8058. 

Agnes Ann Killmer

WASSAIC — Agnes Ann (Sule) Killmer, 81, a longtime resident of Wassaic, died March 11, 2017, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.  

Mrs. Killmer was a laundry supervisor at the Wassaic Developmental Center and later worked at the Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in Wingdale, N.Y., retiring in 1993.  

Born on June 13, 1935, in Fair Haven, Vt., she was the daughter of the late Ann (O’Brien) and Sandor Sule.

Francis Burritt Thorne Jr.

NORTH CANAAN — Francis Burritt Thorne Jr. died peacefully at the age of 94 on March 7, 2017, at the Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. 

A grandson of music critic Gustav Kobbe (author of “The Complete Opera Book”), he was born June 23, 1922, in Bay Shore, N.Y. and educated at the Browning School, New York City, Pomfret School, Pomfret, Conn., and Yale University, where he majored in music theory. 

He married Ann Chauncey Cobb on Dec. 9, 1942, and served as a U.S. Naval officer during World War II. 

Robert J. Mather Sr.

NORTH CANAAN — Robert J. Mather Sr., 98, of North Canaan, beloved husband of Rose Elizabeth (Morton) Mather, died Feb. 28, 2017. 

Born in Taftville, Conn., to Elsie May (Chase) and William Mather on Aug. 31, 1918, he lived in Preston, Conn., for many years before moving to North Canaan. 

He served in the US Army, 8th Armored Division, 18th Tank Battalion during World War II and worked at United Nuclear Corporation before his retirement. 

Robert Joseph Cummins

LAKEVILLE — Robert Joseph Cummins died March 3, 2017. He was 81. 

He was a financial analyst specializing in the  food and beverage industry. 

He was born in Newark, N.J., in 1935, to Grace (Holmes) and Joseph Cummins. He and his late sister, Rosemary, grew up in Albany, N.Y. He graduated from Fordham University’s School of Business in 1957, received an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1959, and served as an officer in the U.S. Army Finance Corps. 

Death Notices

Pasquale ‘Squale’ S. Bazzano

Pasquale “Squale” S. Bazzano, 80, of Norfolk, died March 4, 2017. Calling hours will be held today, Friday, March 10, at Montano-Shea Funeral Home.


Albert F. Cappabianca Sr.

Albert F. Cappabianca, Sr., 75, of Winsted, died Feb. 19, 2017. Calling hours were held Feb. 27. A Funeral Mass was held Feb. 28 at St. Joseph Church. Burial will be in St. Joseph New Cemetery in the spring. Maloney Funeral Home has care of arrangements.


Patricia Mary Prescott Russin

MILLERTON — Patricia Mary Prescott Russin, 91, died peacefully at her home in Millerton on Feb. 26, 2017. 

Born Dec. 4, 1925, in Randolph, Vt., she was the wife of Robert J. Russin. 

Pat taught school for 32 years. Her teaching career began in Greenfield, Mass. She then married, moved to Watertown, Conn., and had three children. When her children were school age, she began teaching at the Judson School in Watertown.