Domenica I. Sachetti, native of Italy
Domenica I. Sachetti, who returned to her native Italy after World War II to adopt a war orphan, died on Friday, Sept. 28, at Laurel Ridge Care Center. She was 91, and had lived in the Branchville section of Ridgefield for the past 25 years.
“She was very thoughtful and generous,” said her husband, Dominick Sachetti. “Very mild, mild mannered. She had no enemies.”
Mrs. Sachetti was born in Augusta, Italy, on June 21, 1910, a daughter of the late Turibo and Leonarda Tripoli Incenti. Her family moved to this country when she was 11, and settled in Middletown, where she lived most of her life. She moved to Ridgefield 25 years ago when she married Mr. Sachetti. Her first husband, Sebastian Misenti, had died earlier.
It was 1947 when she returned to her wartorn homeland and adopted the boy who became her son, Santi Misenti of Middletown.
“His parents were killed in World War II, and she went over there and adopted this boy,” Mr. Sachetti said.
While living in Middletown she worked as a supervisor in a clothing factory, and later in a retail clothing shop.
She and Mr. Sachetti met through relatives. After remarrying and moving to Ridgefield, she would go south with her husband for the cold months — a tradition that continued until two years ago, when she became ill. “We went to Florida for the winter every winter for the past 23 years,” he said.
Her enjoyments were simple.
“She loved to cook, for one thing,” Mr. Sachetti said, “and she liked to dance, oh yes, she danced, we danced.”
“She’d make pickles out of zucchini,” he said. “Every once in a while people would ask for her recipe.”
Beside her husband, and her son from Middletown, she is survived by two step-sons, Thomas Sachetti of West Redding and Donald Sachetti of Norwalk; 10 grandchildren, Vincent Misenti, John Misenti, Michael Misenti and his wife Gina, and Barbara Misenti, Laurel Cardelichio, Lisa Mahon, Susan Sachetti, Robert Sachetti, Donald Sachetti and Julie Sachetti, and six great-grandchildren.
The Rev. M. Joseph Joaquin, pastor, celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in Sacred Heart Church, Church Street, Georgetown. Burial was in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield.
Earl Rubin, 66, early temple president
Earl Rubin of New Haven, a former president of Temple Shearith Israel here, died Monday, Sept. 10, in Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was 66 years old.
Mr. Rubin had lived on Ridgebury Road from 1969 until the mid-1970s and was one of the first presidents of the temple, serving in that position for two years.
A native of New York City, Mr. Rubin was born in Brooklyn on Dec. 31, 1934. He grew up in the city and graduated from Brooklyn College and later studied at New York School of Law.
Over his career he worked in various sales positions, and at one point operated The Connecticut Law Book Company, a used-book store for lawyers, on Catoonah Street.
Mr. Rubin later lived in Massachusetts and Guilford, and had retired to New Haven four years ago. He had been active in the A Better Chance (ABC) program in Madison.
Mr. Rubin is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Rubin, and her two children, Elizabeth and Nicholas Ninivaggi, all of Ridgefield; a son, Dr. Jonathan Rubin and his two daughters, Sarah and Elana, all of Parkland, Fla.; a brother, Marvin Rubin of Maryland; and a sister, Shirley Baer, also of Maryland.
Services will take place Friday at 11 a.m. at Temple Shearith Israel.
Donations in his memory may be made to Hillel at Yale, 80 Wall Street, New Haven, CT 06510, or to ABC of Madison, Box 371, Madison, CT 06443.
Helen Stiles Rose, 96, former nurse
Helen Stiles Rose, who lived on Laurel Hill Road with her daughter Helen Wilson for the past 10 years, died Tuesday, April 9, at Filosa Convalescent Home in Danbury. She was 96 and had practiced nursing throughout her lifetime.
Mrs. Rose was born in Mountain City, Tenn., on Aug. 19, 1905, and graduated from William King High School in Abingdon, Va. She earned her nursing degree from Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon in 1925.
Highlighting her career were supervisory positions at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut and Hunterdon County Medical Center in Flemington, N.J., and director of nursing at Peterborough Hospital in Peterborough, N.H.
Beside her daughter, she is survived by her son-in-law David Wilson of Ridgefield, her sister-in-law Ruth Stiles of Abingdon, Va., and her granddaughter Katharine Stiles Wilson of Troy, N.Y.
Her husband was William H. Rose, who died in 1977. They were married in 1946 at Harkness Tower Chapel at Yale University.
Private graveside services were held at Knollkreg Memorial Park by the Rev. William R. Pickles, associate of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, both in Abingdon. Funeral arrangements were coordinated by Bouton Funeral Home in Georgetown and Campbell Funeral Home in Abingdon.
Marjorie Rogers, widow of writer
Marjorie Rae Lawson Rogers, 84, of 131 Oakview Avenue, Maplewood, N.J., a former Ridgefielder, died Sunday, May 19.
She was the widow of Donald I. Rogers, Hearst columnist, economics editor, newspaper publisher and author of 14 books, who died in 1980.
Mrs. Rogers was born in Attleboro, Mass., in 1917 and spent her childhood in New Hartford, Conn. She spent her later years in New York City, Ridgefield and Newtown. She had lived at Mimosa here from 1964 until the mid-1970s.
She was a member of the Roger Sherman Chapter of the DAR and the Newtown Women’s Club.
She is survived by three sons: Donald Rogers Jr. and his wife Trina of Maplewood, N.J., Mark N. Rogers and his wife Sandy of Plain City, Ohio, and David D. Rogers of Sherman; a daughter: Nancy Elizabeth Marcucilli and her husband James of Newtown; a son-in-law, Justin Wallrapp of Byfield, Mass.; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her daughter, Marilyn Wallrapp, died before her.
Services will take place Friday, May 31, at 1 p.m. at the North Congregational Church, New Hartford. Burial will follow in Village Cemetery, New Hartford.
The Shea Funeral Home, 5 Steele Road, New Hartford is entrusted with arrangements.
Frederick Reynolds, worked for IBM
Frederick William Reynolds Jr. of Cooperstown, N.Y., a former IBM employee who had lived in Ridgefield, died while on vacation Sunday, March 3, at the Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, Texas. He was 70 years old.
Mr. Reynolds was born on May 20, 1931, in Woonsocket, R.I., a son of Frederick William and Roby Mae Stearns Reynolds Sr. He married Janet “Jan” Thurlwell on Aug. 19, 1967 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
As a young boy, Mr. Reynolds and his family moved from Rhode Island to Glendale, Calif., where he graduated from Glendale College. He did advanced study at the University of Colorado and the University of Texas. During the Korean War, he served in the United States Navy.
For 37 years, Mr. Reynolds was employed by IBM and was active in all areas of product development. During his IBM career, he and his family lived all over the United States, finally settling in Ridgefield, where they lived for 10 years. During his time here, Mr. Reynolds was an active member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.
In 1992, he and his wife moved to Cooperstown and, until last year, they owned and operated Angelholm Bed and Breakfast on Elm Street. Mr. Reynolds was also the founding president of the Empire State Bed and Breakfast Association.
Mr. Reynolds was an active and member of Christ Church in Cooperstown, where he served in such capacities as senior warden, lay eucharistic minister, chalice bearer, and Stephen minister. He was also active with the Cooperstown Rotary Club and the Executive Service Corps in Oneonta.
“He was a big man in many respects and will be greatly missed by his family and friends,” his family said.
Besides his wife of 34 years, Mr. Reynolds is survived by two sons: Dean Curtis and his wife, Susan, of Burlington, Ontario, Canada, and Frederick William Reynolds III, Esq., and his fiancée, Gretchen Andry, of Dallas, Texas; a daughter: Nancy Ellen Franklin of Houston, Texas; his father: Frederick William Reynolds Sr. of Hemet, Calif.; a brother: Robert Reynolds and his wife, Donna, of Reno, Nevada; a sister: Mae Schubert and her husband, Richard, of Glendale; eight grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Father Douglas C. Smith, rector, will lead the Office of the Burial of the Dead with a Celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m. in Christ Church. A reception will follow in the Sill Parish House at Christ Church.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Cooperstown Food Bank, 25 Church Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326 or Friends of Bassett, 1 Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown is in charge of arrangements.
Donald Readman, popular guidance counselor
Donald R. Readman, an industrial arts teacher who became a popular guidance counselor in the East Ridge Middle School, died Tuesday night, Aug. 13, at his home, Lockwood Lodge, in Newtown.
He was 69 years old and had lived on Silver Spring Lane for many years.
“Mr. Readman was kind, authentic and very approachable,” recalled Paul Hazel, the school system’s personnel director. “He was very diligent and caring about kids. He was just a great person and a wonderful help to both parents and children.”
Mr. Readman began his career here in 1961 as an industrial arts teacher at Ridgefield High School, but his longstanding interest in guidance led him to take courses in the subject at Fairfield University where he eventually received a master’s degree. He became a guidance counselor at the East Ridge Junior High School, later the middle school, in 1973 and by the time of his retirement in 1992, was the school’s senior counselor.
A native of Johnstown, Pa., the son of Bert and Idonna Readman, Mr. Readman was born on Jan. 20, 1933. He grew up in nearby Dale and graduated from Dale High School in 1950. He worked in the receiving department of General Electric until 1953 when he entered the U.S. Navy, serving as a communications specialist. He served aboard the submarine USS Cavalla (SSK 244), based at Groton.
After his discharge in 1956, Mr. Readman worked as a railroad brakeman for a year before entering California State College in Pennsylvania where he majored in industrial arts and education.
After graduation he came to Ridgefield where he taught woodworking and metalworking until becoming a counselor.
In the late 1970s, when mainframe computers were relatively new in the school system, Mr. Readman became a leader in using them to schedule classes and classroom assignments.
But it was his counseling for which he was widely known. “Middle school kids are sort of a work in progress,” Mr. Hazel said. “He understood this and the kids liked him. He was very helpful — he was one of the good people.”
For many years, Mr. Readman also worked as a bartender at Silver Spring Country Club.
“He loved to golf, loved to travel,” said his daughter, Teresa LeLash. He was a skilled woodworker.
Mr. Readman’s wife, Mary Anderson Readman, died in 1996. Around 1998 he moved to Southbury, and then to Newtown in May.
His survivors include a son, Matthew Readman of Bedford, N.H; and three daughters: Monica Mulvihill of Ridgefield, Teresa LeLash of Redding, and Jane Smith of Falmouth, Maine; a sister: Vera Leidy of Mineral Point, Pa.; and eight grandchildren: Marian and Justin LeLash of Redding, Merrell and Jack Readman of Bedford, and Erin, Amy, Forrest, and Christopher Smith of Falmouth.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Ridgefield. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Kane Funeral Home, 41 Catoonah Street, on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut, 800 Main Street South, Southbury CT 06488.
Patricia J. Purfield, 50, hospital volunteer
Patricia J. Purfield, 50, of Woodcock Lane, wife of Paul J. Purfield, died on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Norwalk Hospital after a battle with breast cancer.
Mrs. Purfield was born in Mineola, N.Y., Sept. 21, 1951, a daughter of the late Robert L. and Kathleen (Rooney) Shipley. She attended New York schools.
A resident of Ridgefield for the past six years coming from Merrick, L.I., Mrs. Purfield was a member of the American Cancer Society Patient Support Group of Wilton and a volunteer at the Norwalk Hospital Emergency Room.
She enjoyed gardening and interior decorating.
In addition to her husband of 22 years, she is survived by two daughters, Katharine A. Purfield and Julianne Purfield both of Ridgefield, a brother, Robert L. Shipley Jr. of Stevensville, Md., a brother-in-law, Anthony Blais, a sister-in-law, Margaret M. Blais, three nephews, Daniel Shipley, Robert L. Shipley III and Vincent Blais, as well as a niece, Mary Blais.
A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted in the Kane Funeral Home 41 Catoonah Street, on Friday at 1 p.m. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. Friends will be received in the Kane Funeral Home on Friday, Dec. 14, after 11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Patient Support Services Fund, American Cancer Society, 392 Danbury Road, Wilton, 06897, The Norwalk Hospital Foundation for Oncology and/or Family Support Services, Norwalk, 06856 or to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.
Sally Powers, 59, teacher and counselor
Sally E. Powers of Fillmore Lane, a grandmother who was a longtime teacher and school counselor, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, after a long battle with cancer. She was 59 years old.
Mrs. Powers was born in Atlantic City, N.J., on July 14, 1942, a daughter of Kathryn and the late James Molnar of Cape May Court House, N.J. She lived most of her life in Chatham, N.J.
She received her bachelor's degree from Fairleigh-Dickinson University and a master's from Seton Hall, and had taught in elementary and middle school for about 20 years. She later became a school counselor, the equivalent of a guidance counselor here. She retired three years ago and had lived in Ridgefield for two years.
An athlete in high school, Mrs. Powers served as a softball, soccer and basketball coach, both in school programs and for local recreation leagues.
She enjoyed visiting Florida and especially coastal regions as she had the shoreline of New Jersey.
"Above all things, Mrs. Powers treasured her grandchildren, Zachary and Katie, and her family, her loyal and loving dog companion, Sandy," her children said. "She was the heart and soul of our family. We have never met a more generous and caring person. We love and treasure her now and always. She was a blessing."
Besides her mother, Mrs. Molnar is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Bob Cunius, with whom she made her home; her son and daughter-in-law, Harry and Brenda Powers of Vernon, N.J.; her sister and niece, Patricia and Sheri Bango of Alexandria, Va; her grandchildren, Zachary and Katie Cunius of Ridgefield; and her mother-in-law, Irene Powers of Selinsgrove, Pa.
A memorial service took place Sunday, Sept. 30, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Chatham.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Mote Marine Institute, c/o Debbie Colbert, caretaker, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236; The Pelican Man Bird Sanctuary, c/o Karen Bigner, 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236; St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center, 575 Woodland, Madison, NJ 07940; or to the American Cancer Society for cancer research.
The Kane Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.