New Milford High School
Class of 1974
New Milford, Connecticut
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BONNIE (PARKINSON) BLACKMAN
Bonnie E. Blackman of Gaylordsville, CT, passed away peacefully on Thursday October 19, 2017 at Regional
Hospice in Danbury, CT, after a brief but exceptionally brave battle with ovarian cancer. She was 61 years
Bonnie was born on March 9, 1956 in New Milford, CT and was the daughter of the late David and Gladys
(Brown) Parkinson and step-daughter of Norris Wildman. For her first years of grade school, she attended
the Gaylord School; A One-Room Schoolhouse located less than a mile from her home in Gaylordsville. She
later attended New Milford High School from 1970 to 1974. During this time it became clear that Bonnie
didn't want to be like the other girls, and she bought her first motorcycle.
Despite her adventurous side, she was proud of her perfect school attendance record, and worked just as
hard in everything she did for the rest of her life. Bonnie worked in Banking for over 25 years, and before
retiring in 2015, she was a Market Manager for Union Savings Bank in New Milford. She was also
passionately involved in her community, and gave vast amounts of time to help make her town a better
place. Some of the titles that Mrs. Blackman held and was awarded over the years include: past president of
the New Milford Rotary Club, Paul Harris Fellow Award winner, past board member of the New Milford VNA,
Girl Scouts of Connecticut Troop Treasurer, board member of the Tricentennial Committee, board member
of the New Milford Chamber of Commerce, co-chair for the Red Cross Breakfast fundraiser, past board
member of the United Way, member of the New Milford Downtown Business Alliance, and board member of
Morningside Cemetery in Gaylordsville and Center Cemetery in New Milford.
Somehow in the midst of all this charitable work Mrs. Blackman also found the time to be an incredible
sister, friend, and mentor. She was an endlessly supportive and loving mother to her daughter, even though
Desarae ruined her Thanksgiving in 1990 when she was born prematurely on November 22nd. Bonnie was
also the perfect companion to her husband David Blackman, whom she married in Gaylordsville on
November 11, 2007. It was clear to anyone who knew them that they suited each other beautifully. She
danced her way into thousands of hearts, and her memory will never be forgotten by anyone who had the
pleasure of seeing her smile.
Bonnie is survived by her husband David Blackman of Gaylordsville, CT, her daughter Desarae Van
Coughnett of Danbury, CT, step-daughter Darcy Wheeler and her husband Earl Wheeler of New Milford, CT,
step-daughter Amy Blackman of New Milford, CT, sister Gail Turnquist and her husband Robert Turnquist of
Gaylordsville, CT, step-grandchildren Julia, Jordan and Aaron Wheeler of New Milford, CT, and nephew Luke
Turnquist of Groton, CT. Bonnie requested a celebration of life in lieu of a wake or funeral, date and time to
be determined by her family. Contributions in Bonnie's memory may be made to the New Milford Rotary
Club or the Regional Hospice in Danbury, CT. Arrangements by the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street,
New Milford, CT.
Dwaine A. Deicke passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving wife and brother at his home on January
17th, 2017. Dwaine was born on June 1st, 1956 in Danbury, CT to Catherine Fusco Deicke.Dwaine worked as
a truck driver for his family's business Deicke Bros Trucking. Dwaine is survived by his beloved wife Julie
Richichi Deicke and cherished brother Carmen K Deicke and his sons Dwaine Deicke Jr. of Jacksonville,
Florida, Chris Pimentel and his wife Christina of Newtown, Connecticut and Michael Pimentel of New Milford,
Connecticut, and five grandchildren. And many thanks to his physician Dr. Yvette Fernandez. A Celebration
of Life Gathering will be held on Saturday January 28th, 2017 from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. To light a candle or
leave a condolence in his memory please visit Danburymemorial.com - See more at:
LINN CHAMBERLIN PEET
No obituary has been found. Please email the Committee if you would like to add information about Linn to
our website. She was born September 5, 1956 and died on May 16, 2016. She was living in Spring Hill,
Florida, at the time of her death, which was sudden and unexpected.
Cynthia Landry, 55, of New Milford, CT, passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2012, at New Milford
Hospital. Miss Landry was born in New Milford, CT, December 26, 1956, daughter of Marjorie Hipp Landry.
A graduate of New Milford High School, class of 1973 (sic), she was Director at Cartus Relocation Company
in Danbury, CT for 23 years. Her job took her to many countries on business, including Hong Kong and
Singapore. In addition to her mother, she is survived by two brothers, Walter Landry Jr. of Morris and
Jeffrey Landry and his wife Sherry of New Milford; two sisters, Susan DiGuilio of Tuscon, AZ and Beth
Klingensmith and her husband Scott of Tuscon, AZ; five nephews, Nicolas DiGuilio, Albert Landry, Justin
Landry, Tyler DiGuilio, and Timothy Haff; and five nieces, Denise Landry, Ashley Klingensmith, Brooke
Landry, Alyssa Klingensmith, and Heather Haff.
Funeral services will take place on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11 AM at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58
Bridge Street, New Milford, CT. Burial will follow at Center Cemetery, New Milford, CT. Friends may call at the
Lillis Funeral Home on Friday, November 16 from 10 AM until the time of the service.
Contributions in her memory may be made to New Milford Animal Welfare, 8 Dodd Road, New Milford, CT
06776 or the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, New York 13326
J. RUSSELL NICOLAS - Teacher
J. Russell Nicolas Jr., age 63 of New Milford, passed away on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at New Milford
Hospital. Mr. Nicolas was born in New Haven, December 25, 1946, son of J. Russell Sr. and Ruth Selmquist
Nicolas. He attended New Haven schools and graduated from Hamden High School in 1964 and from
Southern. State University in 1968. Mr. Nicolas joined the staff of New Milford High School in 1968 as a
History teacher and retired in 2000, after 32 years of teaching. During his 42 years as a resident of New
Milford, he was involved in many community activities. For several years, he was a member of the former
Board of Selectmen. He joined the Lions Club in 1974, serving as secretary in 1978, and becoming president
in 1982-1983. He continued to be active, serving as historian and wrote the cover letter for their 75th
anniversary book. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the John Pettibone Memorial Scholarship
Committee since 1992. The committee awards scholarships to New Milford High School seniors, and his role
was to pre-screen applications and schedule interviews. For the past two years, he served as one of three
board managers of Harrybrooke Park, a private park in New Milford. Mr. Nicolas is survived by a sister,
Malin Atnes and her fiance, Ted Sarris of Cheshire; a brother, Robert Nicolas and his wife, Janice of Hamden;
three nephews, Brian (Nancy) Atnes of Manasquan, N.J., Kevin Atnes of Cheshire, and Michael (Jessica)
Atnes of Southington; a great-nephew, Justin Atnes; a great-niece, Peyton Atnes, both of New Jersey; and
many cousins. A Funeral Service will take place on Saturday, May 22, 2010, at 10 a.m. in the Lillis Funeral
Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford. Burial will follow at Center Cemetery, New Milford. Friends may call in
the Lillis Funeral Home on Friday, May 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. Contributions in his memory may be made to
Harrybrooke Park, P.O. Box 364, New Milford, CT 06776. - See more at:
NANCY-MARIE VAGO - Teacher
Nancy-Marie Vago, 72, of New Milford, died Feb. 3, 2010, at Village Crest Center for Health and
Rehabilitation in New Milford.
Miss Vago was born May 1, 1937, in Bridgeport, daughter of the late Arthur James and Frances Mary Nemety
Miss Vago graduated from Laurelton Hall Academy and the University of Connecticut, where she received a
bachelor of arts degree and was the first woman in the American Institute of Physics, UConn chapter.
Miss Vago began her graduate studies at UConn, studying philosophy and sociology, before transferring to
the University of Bridgeport, where she earned a master of science degree in education.
Miss Vago was a teacher of science and mathematics at New Milford High School for 29 years, retiring in
She was a member of the first Earth Day Festival on the Village Green in New Milford, which was started by
her science chairman, the late Larry Kershnar.
After an early retirement, Miss Vago traveled in Britain, driving alone to the OolaPoole, the northernmost
point in Scotland.
In later summers, Miss Vago studied at Oxford University and in France, and traveled extensively while
Her interests included traveling, education, her cats, people and art.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in the spring.
The Lillis Funeral Home in New Milford is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Animal Welfare Society, 8 Dodd Road, New Milford, CT 06776 or to the
charity of one's choice.
WILLIAM S. KILTON
William S. Kilton, age 52, of New Milford, died Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at The Kent Specialty Care Center,
Kent. Mr. Kilton was born December 12, 1955 in Machias, Maine, a son of the Boyd and Madeline (Willeger)
Kilton, Sr. of Branford, Fla. He worked for many years as a truck driver and was currently employed by All
American Waste in New Milford.
Mr. Kilton was a member of the National Mud Racing Organization and drove cars in the demolition races at
Riverside Park. He was an active member of the Hat City Riders motorcycle club.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Kilton is survived by two brothers, Boyd Kilton, Jr. and his wife, Sharon of New
Milford and Frank Kilton of Branford, Fla.; his sister, Belinda Bruey and her husband, Dennis of New Milford;
five nieces and nephews, Benjamin Kil-ton, Tammy Randall, Lisa Garcia, Donna Anderson and Dennis Bruey,
Jr.; and several grandnieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held at the First Assembly of God Church, 47 Old Park Lane Rd., New Milford,
Sunday afternoon, October 26, 2008 at 3. Memorials may be made to Hat City Riders' charity fund, c/o
Karen Schlichting, 12 Birchwood Dr., New Milford, CT 06776.
The family would like to extend their sincere and heartfelt thanks to the members of the Hat City Riders for
all of the support in a very difficult time.
Published in the News Times on 10/22/2008
THERESA MARIE ROSA
On June 10, 2008, the Lord called Theresa Marie Rosa home following a long courageous battle with cancer.
Theresa was born July 14, 1956 in Bronx, NY. She graduated from New Milford High School in New Milford,
CT in 1974. During the 1980s, Theresa moved to Gardener, ME, and then to Waterville, ME, and in 2006, she
moved to Roanoke, VA.
Throughout her illness, Theresa remained active in her church and started her own business. She never
gave up the fight, never gave up hope, and always praised the Lord for her blessings. She was selfless in
her actions and loving of her family. She was a testament to strength and courage.
Theresa will be remembered in the hearts of many; her daughter, Erin; her mother, Betty Jo; her sisters,
Joanne, Christina, Margaret, Carrie and Jennifer; her brothers, Peter, Vincent, Anthony, and Lowell; her
nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins, her dear friends and all whose lives she has touched. She will
remain forever in our hearts and will be greatly missed.
Memorial services were held at Oakey's South Chapel on June 13, 2008, officiated by the Rev. Charles
Hoffler. Friends wishing may make donations in her memory to the American Cancer Society, 2840 Electric
Road, Suite 106A, Roanoke, VA 24018 or Carilion Hospice Services, 1917 Franklin Road, Roanoke, VA 24014.
Arrangements by Oakey's South Chapel & Cermatory.
WARD STUMPF JR.
Ward C. Stumpf Jr., 49, of North Road, New Milford, died Aug. 29, 2006, while working in Sherman. He was
the husband of Mona (Larson) Stumpf.
Mr. Stumpf was born Sept. 3, 1956, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., son of Ward Clemens Stumpf of New Milford and
the late Edna Geneva (Meckley) Stumpf.
He spent his early childhood in western Pennsylvania and moved to New Milford at the age of 9. He was a
graduate of New Milford High School, Class of 1974.
He was a self-employed carpenter and recently had established The Merryall Tree Works.
Besides his wife and father, Mr. Stumpf is survived by four daughters, Laura, Allison, Marissa and Iris; a
brother, Earl of Bridgewater; and three sisters, Cassandra Rawnsley of Sacramento, Calif., Anna Carlson of
Sherman and Valerie Lorimer of Pennsylvania.
A funeral service will be held today (Friday) at 2 p.m. at the New Milford United Methodist Church, Chapel in
the Pines, 68 Danbury Road, New Milford.
The Lillis Funeral Home of New Milford handled arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gaylordsville United Methodist Church, 685 Kent Road,
Gaylordsville, CT 06755, or to Northville Fire Department, 355 Litchfield Road, New Milford, CT 06776.
GEORGE P. DORING - Teacher
George P. Doring, 66, died June 20, 2006. He was a longtime chairman and current member of the Zoning
Commission, was a well-known language teacher, coach and administrator in New Milford's public schools
for more than 30 years. His ties to the community reached many people and organizations, including the
Rotary Club, the Visiting Nurse Association Board of Directors and Meals on Wheels. His daughter Julie was
his pride and joy, and his dog, Angus, was a constant and beloved companion, his friends said. His wife
Christine, an artist, died several years ago, and despite the devastating loss, Mr. Doring kept up with his
Many members of the community remember Mr. Doring for his tireless work on the Zoning Commission. He
first served on the Zoning Board of Appeals as an alternate in 1970, then as an alternate on the zoning
board from 1970 to 1975. His membership on the zoning board continued from 1975 to this year. He was a
member of the Housing Partnership from 1988 to 1993. He also served on the town's affordable housing
land use regulation committee, the affordable housing site committee, the affordable housing task force,
the interview committee for an economic development director, and the Waste Management settlement
fund committee. (Reprinted from the New Milford Times.)
SOCRATIS S. CLONARIS - Teacher
Socratis S. Clonaris, 79, of Grove Street, New Milford, died Monday, February 13, 2006, at his home. He was
the husband of Althea Roy Clonaris. Mr. Clonaris was born in Enfield, N.H., May 3, 1926, son of the late
Stratis S. and Helen Cakiades Clonaris.
He was a graduate of Keene State College, N.H., and Western Connecticut State University, and was a
veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army Air Corp.
Mr. Clonaris was a teacher in New Hampshire before moving to New Milford in 1955, where he taught
science for 30 years at New Milford High School, retiring in 1985. He was also junior varsity baseball coach
and driver education teacher at the high school.
He was a former deacon of the First Congregational Church, New Milford, and a member of the Connecticut
Teachers Association. He enjoyed flying small aircrafts.
In addition to his wife of 54 years, he is survived by a son, James Stanley Clonaris, of New Milford; a
daughter, Nancy Louise Caldwell, of Shelton; a sister, Eugenia Clonaris Kilmetz, of Ridge, N.Y.; four
grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the John Pettibone Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 944, New
Milford, CT 06776.
Samuel Mazzarella, 50, of Kent, formerly of New Milford, died Saturday February 4, 2006, at his home. Mr.
Mazzarella was born in New Milford, March 7, 1955, son of Mary Louise Jordan Mazzarella, of New Milford,
and the late Samuel Mazzarella.
He worked as a facilities manager at Camp Kenmont Kenwood in Kent. Before moving to Kent, he was
employed at Bucks Rock Camp in New Milford.
His favorite hobbies were fishing, cooking and spending time with his daughters.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by three daughters, Rachel, Renee and Rhonda, all of New Milford;
his ex-wife, Carolyn, of New Milford; eight brothers and sisters; one granddaughter, Cecelia Atwood; one
goddaughter, Jenna Nicole Couillard; and numerous nieces and nephews.
TIMOTHY THOMAS SMITH
Timothy Thomas Smith, 50, passed away on September 8, 2005. The services were held September 12, at
the Coburn Cemetary in Sherman. Surviving him are his former wife, Tammy Brown, his daughter, Mariah,
and his son, Clinton, as well as his brother, Terrence, all of Sherman, and his sister, Connie, of Arizona.
DENISE PEYRON ULTSCH
Denise Mary (Peyron) Ultsch, 48, of Long Meadow Hill Road, Brookfield, died Sept. 7, 2004, at her home. She
was the wife of Robert B. Ultsch. Mrs. Ultsch was born in New Milford April 9, 1956, daughter of Elizabeth
Hulton Peyron and the late Charles Peyron.
She was a graduate of New Milford High School, Class of 1974, and was employed as a certified nursing
assistant at the Homesteads in Newtown.
In addition to her husband and mother, Mrs. Ultsch is survived by two daughters, Michelle Scarpa and her
husband Eric of Wallingford, and Nicole Kolinchak of Oceanside, Calif.; a sister, Michelle P. Scott of New
Milford; and a granddaughter, Lauren Scarpa.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held tomorrow (Saturday) at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church , Route
109, New Milford. Burial will be at St. Francis Cemetery in New Milford at the convenience of the family.
Friends may call at Lillis Funeral Home , 58 Bridge St., New Milford, Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Terry L. Downie - 1978
Jean L. Faries - 1987
Jonathan H. Malone - 1990
Mark E. Woods - 1991
Ann E. Farnsworth - 2001
Lance M. Sainz - 2001
Linda A. Torpey Ramirez - 2002
Denise M. Peyron Ultsch - 2004
Timothy T. Smith - 2005
Samuel Mazzerella - 2006
Ward Stumpf, Jr.- 2006
Theresa Marie Rosa - 2008
William S. Kilton - 2008
Cynthia Landry - 2012
Linn Chamberlin Peet - 2016
Dwaine Deicke - 2017
Bonnie Parkinson Blackman - 2017
Socratis Clonaris - 2006
George Doring - 2006
Nancy Marie Vago - 2010
J. Russel Nicolas - 2010