Death Notices October 6

William Joseph Patrick Darcey

TORRINGTON — William Joseph Patrick Darcey, 74, of Torrington and formerly Winsted, died Sept. 14, 2011. Funeral services are private. A celebration of  life will be held at St. Maron’s Church, Torrington, on Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. Cook Funeral Home, Torrington, has care of arrangements.

Brian S. McGrane

Kathrine (Schueler) Brooks

SHARON — Kathrine (Schueler) Brooks, 92, formerly of Sharon, died Sept. 27, 2011, at Ledgeview Assisted Living, in Cumberland Foreside, Maine. She was the widow of Charles D. Brooks.

Mrs. Brooks was born July 22, 1919, in Stamford, Conn., the daughter of the late Louise (Kneilling) and Oscar Schueler.

She was a 1940 graduate of the University of Connecticut.

She married Charles in March the following year and lived in Stamford from after World War II until 1958, when they moved to Wilton.

Helen D. Chrisman

NORTH CANAAN — Helen D. Chrisman, 95, beloved mother of Neil D. and Richard Chrisman, died peacefully Sept. 29, 2011, at her home in Geer Village.

She was the widow of Neil M. Chrisman, whose career spanned more than 40 years as an executive in the agricultural and construction machinery business across Latin America and in Moline, Ill., with John Deere.

Helen was born Nov. 19, 1915, in Chicago, Ill., and graduated from Wheaton College in 1936. She was a teacher (high school and Montessori), linguist, musician, pilot, rancher, horsewoman and ardent champion of women’s liberation.

Linda Claire (Niver) Hanlon

NORTH CANAAN — Linda Claire (Niver) Hanlon, 69, of Granger Lane, died Oct. 1, 2011, at the Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following a battle with cancer. She passed on with her loving family by her side. Linda was the wife of John Forbes Hanlon. They had been married for 52 years.

Linda was born Nov. 24, 1941, in Ancram, the daughter of the late Myra Sheldon (Leach) and Harold Everett Niver.

Andrew L. Houghtaling

SHARON — Andrew L. “Andy” Houghtaling, 65, died Aug. 1, 2011, at Conway Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Andy was born in New York City on Sept. 11, 1945. He graduated from Indian Mountain School in Lakeville and the Marvelwood School (now in Kent, formerly in Cornwall).

He and his family lived in Sharon for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy (Mattson) Houghtaling of Myrtle Beach; and cousins from the Northeast.

Death Notices September 30

John H. Heuschkel

WINSTED — John H. Heuschkel, 69, of Winsted, died Sept. 22, 2011. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, at St. Joseph Church, Winsted. There are no calling hours. Maloney Funeral Home has care of arrangements.

Victor S. Larsen

WINSTED — Victor S. Larsen, 36, of Winsted, died Sept. 23, 2011. Funeral services were held Sept. 29 at Montano-Shea Funeral Home, Winsted.


Allyne (Gade) Stimson Barnes

LAKEVILLE — Allyne (Gade) Stimson Barnes of Lakeville died peacefully with hospice care on Sept. 25, 2011, surrounded by all her children.

She was born in Rochester, N.Y., on Sept. 24, 1922, and was the daughter of Ruth (Sibley) and Captain John Allyn Gade of St. James, N.Y., and New York City.

Allyne attended the Chapin School in New York City, St. Timothy’s School in Stevenson, Md., and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y.

Walter Warren Davis

MILLERTON — Walter Warren Davis, 96, died peacefully at his home in Millerton, Sept. 21, 2011.

He was born July 25, 1915, in Ennis, Texas, to Edith (Warren) and John Randolph Davis. He attended Southern Methodist University and Columbia University and graduated from Columbia law school in 1937.

He worked briefly as an attorney in New York City and served his country in the Army during World War II in the Judge Advocate General Corps in Washington, D.C., and in France, achieving the rank of captain.

Lilly (Benedict) Hollander

WEST CORNWALL — Lilly (Benedict) Hollander, 83, passed away comfortably at her home on Sept. 24, 2011.

Born in Vienna, Austria, in 1928, she came to the United States as a child, then settled in New York City and later in West Cornwall with her husband, Peter.

A graduate of The Cooper Union, Mrs. Hollander became an expert conservator of fine antique artworks on paper.

A remembrance: Walter Davis

While in law school and my first years in practice, I was very fortunate to work with Walter Davis and Bob Trotta.

I think a young lawyer needs to understand the importance of three skills: thinking and expressing oneself clearly, acting responsibly and finding effective resolutions to a client’s problems.

Walter was one of those rare people who possessed all three.

His keen analytical mind saw the essential elements of a problem, and no one spoke or wrote more clearly.