Emilie Jones, college administrator
Emilie Bidlingmeyer Jones of Ridgefield, a retired college administrator who became a local baker, died on Friday evening, Jan. 7, 2005, at her home.
She was 63 years old and the widow of W. Merritt Jones.
Mrs. Jones was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on July 8, 1941, daughter of Charles J. and Leah Ladd Bidlingmeyer.
She attended Cincinnati schools, graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor's degree in history, the University of Akron with a master's in education and from New York University with a master's in college administration.
Mrs. Jones was a director of admissions at several universities and colleges and had been director of admissions at Pace University before her retirement.
An avid baker, Mrs. Jones in her retirement baked for the County Corners store at Joe's Corner in town.
Mrs. Jones came to New York from Ohio in 1970 and to Ridgefield in 1975.
She was a former member of the College and University Admissions Board of the United States, Washington, D.C.
Mrs. Jones is survived by three stepdaughters, Elise Montanari of Bethel, Sandra Lilly of Ashfield, Mass., and Karen McDonald of Truckee, Calif.; a brother, Vinson Bidlingmeyer of Cincinnati, Ohio; two sisters, Dottie Lewis of Cincinnati and Velnette Stumpf of Callawassie, N.C.; four stepgrandchildren, seven nieces and nephews and six great-nieces and -nephews.
A brother, Charles Bidlingmeyer, and two sisters, Leah Woodruff and Mabel Kreff, died before her.
Graveside interment services will take place at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Fairhaven, Vt.
A memorial service will take place on Monday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah Street.
The family will receive friends after 6.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Ridgefield Fire Department Ambulance Fund, 6 Catoonah Street, or to the Visiting Nurse Association, 90 East Ridge, both Ridgefield, CT 06877 .
James H. Jack, former resident
James H. Jack of Southbury, a former Ridgefielder, died on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, at the Lutheran Home in Southbury. He was 96 years old and the widower of Anna Pedder Jack.
Mr. Jack was born on Sept. 25, 1908 in Fall River, Mass. He was the son of the late Samuel and Jean Jack, both from Scotland.
Mr. Jack worked for many years in production supervision for the Velvaray Company and Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, both in Fall River, Mass. He also worked for Armstrong Tire and Rubber in Norwalk, later transferring to its plant in Hanford, Calif.
He was a lieutenant in the Somerset (Mass.) Fire Department and a member of the Massachusetts State Guard during World War II. He was a 59-year member of the Pioneer Lodge of the Masonic order in Somerset. He was also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints in Southbury.
Mr. Jack is survived by four children, Robert H. Jack of Southbury, Kenneth P. Jack of Leesburg, Fla., Bette A. Ettinger of St. Cloud, Fla., and Connie Tarby of Southbury; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Services and burial were private.
In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made to the Lutheran Home, 990 Main Street North, Southbury, CT 06488, in Mr. Jack's memory.
Arrangements were handled by Carpino Funeral Home, Southbury.
Anita Ialongo, 92, 64-year Ridgefielder
Anita Principi Ialongo of Ridgefield, a homemaker, companion, and award-winning needleworker, died on Monday, Jan. 3, 2005 at Danbury Hospital. She was 92 years old and the widow of Francesco 'Frank' Ialongo.
Mrs. Ialongo was born in Oneonta, N.Y., on Nov. 30, 1912, to parents who were visiting the United States from their hometown of Orchiao, Di Pesaro, Italy. She returned with her parents to Italy and attended schools there and lived in Orchiao until the age of 18, when she returned to the United States, first settling in Norwalk.
In 1940, Mrs. Ialongo moved to Ridgefield and had lived here ever since. In early years, she worked for the former Danbury Shirt Factory. For 33 years, she was a companion and housekeeper for the late Barbara Lowe Fallass of Cross River, N.Y.
When she was in a convent school in Italy, Mrs. Ialongo learned needlepoint, an art she practiced throughout her life. Her work won blue ribbons, especially at the Danbury State Fair, where they were exhibited under the Big Top.
She had been a member of the O.W.L.S., enjoying many of their trips, and of St. Mary's Church.
Mrs. Ialongo is survived by a son, Robert L. Marinelli and his wife, Dorothy, of Ridgefield; three granddaughters, Lisa Mollica of Gilbert, Ariz., Lesli McDevitt of New Milford, and Mary Elizabeth Marinelli of Ridgefield; a grandson, Timothy R. Marinelli of Ridgefield; and four great-grandsons.
Her husband, a well-known tailor, died in 1979.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10:15 in St. Mary's Church.
Burial will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association, 90 East Ridge, or to the Ridgefield Fire Department Ambulance Fund, 6 Catoonah Street, both Ridgefield, CT 06877.
The Kane Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Charlene Carboni, Ridgefield native
Charlene Stevens Carboni of Newtown, a Ridgefield native and member of the Ridgefield High School Class of 1964, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005, at Danbury Hospital. She was 58 years old and the wife of William F. Carboni.
Mrs. Carboni was born in Ridgefield on June 14, 1946, a daughter of Howard and Marion Scofield Stevens. She attended Ridgefield schools and graduated from Ridgefield High School in 1964. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and graduated from the Berkeley School in White Plains.
While the Carbonis knew each other at Ridgefield High School, they didn't begin dating until Mr. Carboni was a junior in college. They were married in 1967 and moved to the Los Angeles area, where Mrs. Carboni worked for several oil companies and for Grey Advertising.
After living in California for 16 years, the couple returned to Connecticut and made their home in Newtown.
Mrs. Carboni enjoyed touring in the couple's motor home, especially visits to coastal communities from Cape Cod to Florida. Her primary interest, however, was her grandchildren, Kayla and Kyle, said her husband, Bill.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Carboni is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Murphy, and her husband, Karl, and their children, Kayla and Kyle of Woodbury; and a sister, Sally Sossei, and her husband Edward of Bethlehem.
The Rev. Kendall Palladino conducted services Wednesday in the Kane Funeral Home. Burial will take place in Ridgefield Cemetery in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mrs. Carboni's favorite charity, the Connecticut Food Bank, P.O. Box 8686, New Haven, CT 06531-0686 or to Regional Hospice of Western CT, Home Healthcare, 405 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810.
William H. Browning II, entrepreneur
William Hull Browning II of Concord, Mass., an international businessman who lived in Ridgefield as a boy, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005, at Walden House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Concord, Mass. He had suffered a massive stroke in London, England, three years earlier on his way to Jordan, a country to which he traveled extensively as an international entrepreneur.
Mr. Browning was born in New York City on Dec. 10, 1918, the son of the late William C. and Elizabeth Miner Browning of Ridgefield and Nantucket, Mass. His parents had maintained a home on Spring Valley Road for 40 years before moving to Redding in the 1960s.
Mr. Browning was a graduate of Harvey School and of Middlesex School in Concord; he also attended Harvard University.
During World War II, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, but a serious motorcycle accident prohibited his joining. He therefore joined the American Field Service as an ambulance driver attached to the British Army. He was awarded the British Empire Medal for outstanding bravery in the African and Italian theaters of the war.
After the war, Mr. Browning was associated with Kerby Saunders in Manhattan, and with two associates he formed the corporation Geodyne. Both companies were very involved in Pakistan and the Middle East.
He lived in Manhattan and Pound Ridge, N.Y., London, France, and most recently in Palm Beach, Fla. He had been a member of the Apawanis Beach Club in Rye, N.Y., and the Metropolitan Club in New York and the Bedford Golf and Tennis Club.
An avid equestrian, he was a member of the Goldens Bridge Hounds Club in North Salem, N.Y.
He is survived by three children from his marriage to Jordice G. Browning (Jordice H. Gigstad) of Wilton: his daughter Karen J. Browning of Belmont, Mass., and SouthHero, Vt., William C. Browning of Haverhill, Mass., and Dr. Scott W. Browning of Bala Cynwyd, Pa.; and his daughter from his marriage to his first wife, the late Gloria Cain (French), Mrs. John Mykolyk (Deborah Browning) of Long Beach, Miss., and six grandchildren, David, Alexis, Kirby, Ian, Drew and Owen. He is the brother of Kirk Browning of New York City and the late Ann Noble and is also survived by his former wife, Diane Morrell Browning of Winter Harbor, Me.
The Rev. William Eddy, rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Buzzard's Bay, Mass., will lead services Friday, Jan.7, at 11:15 a.m. in the Massachusetts National Veterans Cemetery in Bourne, Mass.
Donations in his memory may be made to PB Cats Inc., P. O. Box 2922, Palm Beach, FL 33480, or to Buddy Dog Humane Society, 151 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, MA 01776.
The Joseph Dee & Son Funeral Service in Concord, Mass., is handling arrangements.