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Obituaries

Christopher Stanley Smith

CORNWALL — Christopher Stanley Smith, 89, of Geer Village and formerly of Cornwall passed away at Rose Haven in Litchfield on Nov. 4, 2011. He was the husband of the late Honor Helen (Boyd) Smith.

He grew up in New Haven and attended the Foote School and Hopkins Grammar. He went on to the Forman School in Litchfield and graduated from Deerfield Academy and from Bard College the Art School of Columbia University in 1947. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, from 1942 to 1945.

Irving John ‘Wings’ Wasley Jr.

SHARON — Irving John “Wings” Wasley Jr., loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away at home on Nov. 4, 2011, at the age of 83. He was the husband of Barbara (Morren) Wasley for 55 years.

Born Sept. 10, 1928, in Bristol, Conn., he was the son of the late Helen (Perkins) and Irving John Wasley Sr.

William H. Newton

SOUTH KENT — William H. Newton, 92, of South Kent, died Nov. 1, 2011, at New Milford Hospital. He was the husband of the late Charlotte (Hagman) Newton, whom he married on Valentine’s Day in 1943. Mrs. Newton died April 16, 2011.

Mr. Newton was born in South Kent on February 28, 1919, the son of the late Leroy S. and Hazel (Ketchell) Newton.

He was a graduate of Kent Center School and attended night school at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. He was a lifetime dairy farmer.

Ruth Hannah (Wiener) Klemens

SALISBURY ­— Ruth Hannah (Wiener) Klemens, beloved wife of Paul Klemens, passed away on Oct. 29, 2011, after a courageous struggle with cancer. She had been a resident of Connecticut since 1967, living first in Manchester, then in Storrs, before moving to West Hartford this year.

Although her profession was as a foreign language teacher, she was also a respected educator and frequent lecturer on the Holocaust. Her courage as a survivor gave her an international platform to remind the world: “Never again.”

Laura (Van Doren) Brazee

SALISBURY— Laura (Van Doren) Brazee, 53, passed away Nov. 5, 2011, at Sharon Hospital in the company of her family, with her husband, Danny, holding her hand.

Laura was born in New York City in 1958. Her family moved to Cornwall in the mid-1960s. She attended Housatonic Valley Regional High School and the University of Connecticut.

Laura was a partner in Lally and Associates of West Cornwall, and was employed by N.R.S. of Lakeville, leaving to become a fulltime mom for her children, Peter and Carly, and her stepson, Danny Jr.

Vivienne E. Ambery

SHARON — Vivienne E. Ambery, 84, formerly of Sharon, died Nov. 7, 2011, at Sharon Hospital. She was the widow of the late John Mott and Thomas Ambery.

The Kenny Funeral Home in Sharon has charge of arrangements.

A complete obituary will follow in the Nov. 17 issue of The Lakeville Journal.

In memoriam - Laura (Van Doren) Brazee

To My Mother

I Love You

You’ve made me who I am today

In your own special way.

Your wisdom and strength

Will forever thrive in our

Hearts and memories.

I know you are watching over me,

As I take care of our family

With everything you taught me.

I love you and I always will.

Love,

Your family

Love,

Carly E. Brazee

Appreciation - Jim Bates

Occasionally in life one encounters a special someone whose similar interests and involvements help to create a lasting friendship.

For me, Jim Bates was just such a person, and I and everyone in Salisbury will dearly miss Jim and his community involvement, which was done with such warmth and dedication.

Jim learned early on as a student at Salisbury School that giving back to the community was a vitally important part of his being. He embraced the lesson of service to others for the rest of his life.

Death Notices November 4

Lisa S. Nelson
Lisa S. Nelson, 46, of New Hartford, died Oct. 23, 2011. Calling hours and a memorial service were held Oct. 29 at Cook Funeral Home in Torrington.

Alfred Sherwood Ongley

NORTH CANAAN — Alfred Sherwood Ongley, 83, of Railroad Street in North Canaan went home to be with the Lord on Oct. 28, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Al was born Feb. 8, 1928, at Sharon Hospital. He was the son of the late Irene (Parsons) and Alfred E. Ongley.

Al served in the U.S. Navy as a cook in the landing craft infantry in World War II. He enjoyed bowling, gardening, fishing, birds and baking. He was a member of the Northwest Rod & Gun Club.

Al was married to the love of his life, Nancy (Saunders) Ongley, on Sept. 26, 1953, in Granby, Conn.