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  • Richard J. Sweetnam

    Richard J. “Dick” Sweetnam, Sr, 80, husband of Evelyn Sweetnam, died July 29 at his home of 43 years in Westport, surrounded by his family. He was born April 3, 1935, in Brooklyn, N.Y. In addition to his wife, his daughter, Susan Asetta...

  • Joseph F. Michael

    Joseph F. Michael, 97, of New Milford, died June 24 of complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was born in Danbury, November 1, 1917, to Lebanese immigrants, Farfora (Nakly) and Moses Michael.

  • Shawn Johnson

    Shawn Johnson, 37, of Danbury died July 30. He grew up in Newtown and graduated cum laude from Western Connecticut State University where he studied elementary education and psychology.

  • George J. Lazor

    George J. Lazor, 82, of Monroe, beloved husband of Agnes Tavella Lazor, died peacefully August 1 at St Vincent’s Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Meriden, August 3, 1932, he was a son of the late George J. and Frieda Afeldt Lazor.

  • Caroline Soracin

    Caroline Soracin, 98, of Trumbull, the beloved wife of the late William J. Soracin, Sr, died peacefully in her sleep July 31. She was born in Port Chester, N.Y., and was the daughter of the late Tomasina and Michael Delvey.

  • Robert T. Wilkes, Jr

    Robert T. Wilkes, Jr, 71, formerly of Newtown, died July 29. He was born in Danbury, the son of Mabel (Petitt) and Robert Wilkes Sr. Mr Wilkes retired as real estate manager for the US Postal Service, and moved to Florida in 2000. 

  • Joan Mary Gruce

    Joan Mary Gruce, 72, of Trumbull died July 28 at St Vincent’s Medical Center. She was born in Southport, and was the daughter of the late Theresa and Michael Gruce.

  • Sezaltina Silva

    Sezaltina “Tina” Silva, 91, died July 27, with her family by her side. Born in Ludlow, Mass., December 18, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Rosa Ribas Pinheiro and Joao Silva Pinheiro.

  • Mitchell Alan Falconer

    Mitchell Alan Falconer, 58, of Southbury, formerly of Newtown, died unexpectedly July 20. He was born in St Paul, Minn., February 1, 1957, and was a son of the late Hazel (Ramberg) and Ward Falconer.

  • Charles Valente

    Charles “Tom” Valente, 64, “Mr Music,” of Sandy Hook, died peacefully July 27 at Regional Hospice and Home Care Center of Western Connecticut in Danbury. He was born November 17, 1950, to Helen and Charles Valente in Peekskill, N.Y.