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Raymond Dowling

Monday, June 26, 2017

Thursday, June 1st, 2017 surrounded by his loving family in his Naugatuck home. Born on January 19, 1929, Ray was proud to live his entire life in Naugatuck. Growing up in the “Kelly Hill” section of town, Ray graduated from Naugatuck High School in 1946. He received his B.S. in History and Social Studies from Central Connecticut State, a masters in Administration from Columbia University and a 6th Year Professional Degree from Fairfield University in supervision and administration. Married in 1961, Ray met Joanne Chiffriller while they were both teaching in Oxford. Realizing his good fortune, Ray described their marriage as “the best thing that ever happened to me.” The most important part of Ray’s life was his family, beginning with his four children and then his three grandchildren. Nothing made Ray happier than holiday dinners and trips to Cape Cod when his family was together. Ray dedicated his professional life to public education. After beginning his teaching career in middle school, Ray taught history and social studies at Naugatuck High School and later became the assistant principal. Ray then served as School Superintendent for Naugatuck for 22 years before retiring in 1991. The Resource Center at Naugatuck High Schoo

Ida Gerber

Monday, June 26, 2017

Simon and 9 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Jack Cipinko and the late Oscar Cipinko. Fond aunt of many nieces and nephews. Graveside services Monday 10:30 AM at Westlawn Cemetery (Westlake section), 7801 W. Montrose, Norridge. Info Mitzvah Memorial Funerals, 630-MITZVAH (630-648-9824) or

Monday, June 19, 2017 - Wise County Messenger

Monday, June 19, 2017

Texas Press Association convention last week. Honors were for news writing, sports, and page design. The Messenger also won awards for column writing, headline writing, news photos and special sections.SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church Wesley Center, 201 E. Main, in Decatur. A representative from the Dallas Paleo Society will introduce their latest book, “Guide to Fossil Collecting.” Guests are welcome. Call 940-735-0361.DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System will hold diabetes education classes in Decatur today. The beginner class will be offered at 3 p.m., and the advanced class will be offered at 4 p.m. Both classes will be held at Wise Health System in the Education Room on the second floor. The classes are intended to help those with diabetes better understand and manage the disease. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Call Gilley at 940-626-1890.STEAMING TUESDAYS – The Decatur Public Library will have a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) event every Tuesday throughout the summer. Children in kindergarten through second grade can participate in the 2 p.m. STEAM event, and children in third through fifth grades may attend the 6:30 p.m. session. To register, call the library, 940-393-0290.WISE COUNTY DEMOCRATS – The Wise County Democrats will host Vanessa Adia, candidate for U.S. Congress (District 12) 6:30 p.m. today at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity, Decatur. Adia will discuss her plans for the district and answer questions. Contact Chair Amos at SCHOOL BOARD – The Decatur School Board meets tonight at the DISD Administration Building, 307 S. Cates St. The meeting will start at 6 with a closed session, and the open session will begin at 7. The agenda includes a budget update.FUNERALS – Graveside service for Bonnie Waters, 73, of Albuquerque, N.M., formerly of Bridgeport, is 10 a.m

Everyone in Austin has benefited from the work of Dr. Charles Pelphrey -

Monday, June 19, 2017

Dad even formulated our own embalming fluid.”His parents declared bankruptcy, however, just as Pelphrey graduated from Austin High School. They moved out into the country near what is now the intersection of North Lamar Boulevard and U.S. 183. Pelphrey worked for a contractor, a telegram company, a periodical distribution company, a boardinghouse and the Meeks-Hyltin Funeral Home.In those days, hearses from competing funeral homes often raced to reach a deceased person first. In an unforgettable episode, a group of vehicles led by Charles B. Cook of Cook Funeral Home headed to New London in East Texas, where almost 300 students and teachers died in a natural gas explosion on March 18, 1938.Pelphrey attended the University of Texas and chronicled the rise of the UT Tower in photographs. He became well-known in his circles for procuring and embalming cats for anatomy class.Meanwhile, he dated Elvira Hermann, whom he would later marry.While preparing for medical school, Pelphrey worked at Brackenridge Hospital as an orderly. He lived nearby inside a dorm at the once-condemned former home of the Institute for the Blind, now known as the Arno Nowotny Building.MORE HISTORY: Austin bids farewell to Brackenridge Hospital after 133 yearsHe and his roommate, Clyde Halley, skipped the graduation ceremonies to apply in person for admission to the Baylor School of Medicine in Dallas. But a problem stood in the way: money. All through his medical education, Pelphrey was forced to ask well-established Austinites for gifts or loans. Clearly, however, they saw him as a smart investment.“Medical school started Sept. 1, 1940,” Pelphrey writes. “And I arrived with all of $25 in my pocket. Some of us pledged the Phi Rho Sigma fraternity, which supplied a place to live in their large house. I couldn’t tell you just where the money came for living expenses, but I made several hitch-hiking trips back to Austin to hit up everyone I knew for money.”BreakthroughsThe summer after his sophomore year at medical school, Pelphrey worked at Camp Swift, near Bastrop, and tended to country kids who lived nowhere near a clinic. Back i

Halbert Floyd Dennis - Shelbyville Times-Gazette

Monday, May 01, 2017

He served on both the President’s Committee on Mental Retardation and as an Official Delegate of the White House Conference on Children. As a nationally recognized expert on the intersection between the intellectually disabled offender and criminal law, he served as special consultant to various court systems including the Tennessee Supreme Court. At Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, he served for several years as the Chairman of the Department of Special Education — hailed as the nation’s pre-eminent program in that field — and served as a Research Fellow of the John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development, the Director of the Kennedy Center Institute on Youth and Social Development, the Director of Grant Development of Peabody/Vanderbilt University, and the Director of Programs for Special Educators of Peabody/Vanderbilt University. He is the author of numerous books and articles on law and special education, rights of disabled children and adults and educational policy. He is predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth Tittsworth Dennis, and survived by his present wife, Pauline Privett Dennis; children John (Julie) Dennis of Brentwood, Tennessee, Tricia (Mohamed Mustafa) Dennis and Patrick Dennis of Chattanooga, Tennessee; grandchildren David Dennis of Franklin, Tennessee, Sarah Dennis Manners (Nick) of Nolensville, Tennessee, and Katherine Mustafa of Harrogate, Tennessee; and a great-grandson, Hayden Manners of Nolensville, Tennessee. A Memorial Service will be held 2 PM Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Feldhaus Memorial Chapel, Shelbyville, Tennessee. Contributions in lieu of flowers to the ARC-Tennessee, 151 Athens Way, #100, Nashville, TN, 37228Feldhaus Memorial Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Storm chaser killed during Texas quest grew up in Colorado - The Denver Post

Saturday, April 08, 2017

West Texas, according to the National Weather Service. The tornadoes themselves did not damage property or kill anyone.The collision happened at a remote intersection near Spur, which is about 55 miles southeast of Lubbock, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. DPS Sgt. John Gonzalez said Williamson was driving a Chevrolet Suburban when he ran a stop sign and slammed into the Jeep, killing all three instantly.Jaeger belonged to a three-member storm-chasing crew that calls themselves MadWX. According to the group’s website, he caught the “weather bug” growing up in Colorado where he saw many high plains storms. He attended Douglas County High School.His family later moved to Peoria, Ariz. At the time of his death he had been working as an Uber driver and worked at a pizza restaurant called Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Company.Jaeger loved nature, not just tornadoes. He also loved a beautiful sunset, DiPiazza said.“He has been fascinated with weather since he was a little boy,” she said in a phone interview Wednesday.Jaeger was a storm spotter, who was certified by the National Weather Service, DiPiazza said. When he died he was involved in a scientific storm study. It was an effort to predict the directions of dangerous storms. He and colleagues would fly drones into micro-bursts to calculate storm directions. Jaeger would also call the weather service when he saw tornadoes touch down.“He loved being able to warn people,” DiPiazza said. “I’m sure he saved lives.”His videos on the website, MadWX Chasing, also made it clear that he and his weather partners got a thrill from approaching tornadoes.“Corbin had an unbelievable passion for weather and storm chasing, as well as a great passion for life. He loved having fun and getting up close and personal with the biggest and baddest storms and tornadoes on the planet. He was such an amazing partner because we shared this mindset and had a joint passion for having a front row seat to supercells and tornadoes,” Trey Greenwood, one of Jaeger’s two partners at MadWX, wrote in an e-mail message to The Denver Post.Jaeger described himself in Twitter shortha

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Rose Holland

Monday, June 26, 2017

Rose goes to join her parents; her brothers Frederick Retkowski; Stanley Retkowski; and her sister Vera Retkowski.Donations in Rose’s memory can be made to ORTV, Inc. In Memo section please write "Celebration of the Eucharist", 15 Peach Orchard Road, Prospect, CT 06712-1052.Friends and family are invited for a visitation on Monday, June 26, 2017 from 9 to 11 am at the Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Avenue, Naugatuck; followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 12pm at St. Hedwig’s Church, 32 Golden Hill St, Naugatuck. Burial will be private.

'No money to die': Burying the poor and unclaimed - Muncie Star Press

Monday, June 19, 2017

We probably average three or four trustee services a month."It's a depressed area," Cox said. "People have no money to live and they have no money to die."Buried at taxpayer expenseThere's a section of Beech Grove Cemetery, the city-owned final resting place for thousands of people, where people are buried at taxpayer expense by the trustee's office. Some of the graves have markers and tombstones like those you would see in every section of the historic cemetery. Some are unmarked and some have been commemorated over the years by homemade wooden crosses with the hand-lettered names of the deceased.Buy PhotoGravesites at Beech Grove Cemetery Tuesday afternoon.  (Photo: Jordan Kartholl / The Star Press)The graves for the indigent are located not far from the grand tombstones and marble crypts of some of the city's founding families. But they are miles apart when measured in the cost of their final disposition. A typical modern funeral can cost $5,000 or more, Walker said, but the indigent burials cost about $2,000, including $1,000 for preparation of remains, coffin and service, $750 for the cemetery and around $250 for a headstone.Most of the burials for the indigent in recent decades have been done through the Center Township trustee's office. When someone dies without insurance or funds to cover burial costs and their family members can't or won't pay for burial, the trustee's office works with family members to provide a basic service and burial.In the past year, the indigent burial service changed from one held at a local mortuary to graveside services as a cost-saving measure."Meeks and Parson (Mortuary) are very good to us," Walker said. "They treat them just like they would treat you and I, with a coffin and sign-in book and service." Remains are often, but not always, cremated.The trustee's office approves or denies burial assistance requests based on how much money is available from the deceased person's family, including the value of vehicles."I've never asked anybody to sell their TV or anything," Walker said. "If I get down and out and had to come to this office to ask for assistance, that's what we're here for. But I shouldn't have a boat parked in my yard (and get a taxpayer-funded burial)."The trustee's office performed 32 indigent burials in 2016 at a cost of about $52,000. As of mid-April, had performed 11 so far in 2017.Searching for survivorsThe Star Press tried to contact family members of people buried through the trustee's office, but Walker said families she asked about being interviewed didn't want to talk about the emotional and potentially emba

Friday, June 9, 2017 - Wise County Messenger

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Air Medical responded.FATAL WRECK UPDATE – The victim killed in an early morning Wednesday wreck near Alvord has been identified as a Bowie resident. The wreck happened just after 3 a.m. at the intersection of County Road 1596 and U.S. 81/287 near the Exxon truck stop on U.S. 81/287 north of Alvord. Texas Department of Public Safety Spokesman Sgt. Lonny Haschel said a pickup driven by Brayden Brown, 18, of Alvord was eastbound on County Road 1596 and pulled out into the southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 to cross over and head north on U.S. 81/287. A southbound passenger car driven by Kathryn Joseph, 64, of Bowie struck the side of Brown’s truck. She died at the scene. Brown and several passengers in his truck were not injured, Haschel said.MORNING STORMS – Storms moved into Wise County this morning bringing heavy rainfall. Rainfall totals as of 7:45 a.m. included 1.5 inches in Greenwood, 1.02 in Bridgeport, 0.95 in Alvord, 0.88 in Decatur and 0.51 in Rhome. The rain is expected to end this morning before an afternoon high of 84.DRIVER’S EDUCATION – Decatur High School’s driver’s education class starts Monday at the McCarroll Middle School Multipurpose Building. Participants must be 15 years old by July 1. Class fee is $75, and the driving fee is $225. Payment must be made at the DHS office before the first class. Call 940-393-7200 or email KIDS – The 4-H Clover Kids Camp is 1:30-4 p.m. June 13-15. The camp is open to incoming kindergartners through second graders. Participants will learn about 4-H projects through hands-on activities. Cost per camp is $15, or $40 to attend all three days. Contact Chrissy Karrer at 940-627-3341 or LIBRARY EVENTS – Chico Public Library presents Adult Game Night for ages 16 and up 6:30-8:30 tonight. Family Lego Day is 1-5 p.m. Saturday. Also, sign ups are open for Ladies Craft Night on June 16. The craft will be 3D Painting with Buttons for ages 15 and up. Only 8 spots remain for craft night. To register call 940-644-2330.BLOOD DRIVE – The Decatur Church of Christ is having a Carter BloodCare drive 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Call 940-627-1912.BARBECUE FUNDRAISER – Chico Volunteer Fire Department’s annual barbecue is Saturday. Carter BloodCare will be on site from 2-8 p.m. Food will be served starting around 5 p.m. The event will also include an auction, door prizes and music. The 200 block of Weatherford Street between Sherman and Jacksboro streets in front of the fire hall will be shut down during the event due to heavy pedestrian traffic.FISHING DERBY – The 2017 Kid’s All-American Fishing Derby is this Saturday from 8-11 a.m. at Black Creek Lake. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., and prizes will be awarded from 11:30 to noon. Bait, cane fi

Obit Gives Us an Inside Look at Inside Journalism. It's Not Pretty. - National Review

Monday, May 01, 2017

And sure enough, for non-thinking people, Obit delightedly tours one of the paper’s most enduring, popular sections — the one devoted to the way of all flesh. Thinking folks, however, will know there has to be more to it than that. Previous Times documentaries — Bill Cunningham New York (2010), Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011 )— were just puff pieces geared to fawning subscribers. In Obit, Gould structures a workday at the Times in four segments: Morning Meeting, The Morgue, Photo Meeting, and Page-One Meeting. Employees on the obit desk describe their duties with the pride one expects of white-collar (and mostly white) professionals; then, one of them recalls a letter from a reader who, begging to see a family member’s obit, naïvely claimed: “My uncle subscribed to the New York Times all his life. It was a religion for him.” That staffer’s not quite humble admission of a Times reader’s sacred devotion should correct any fantasy that these are your typical bureaucrats. Professional self-awareness shadows the rest of the film.[embedded content] One obit writer anxiously confesses her duty and power: “You’re going to have to have command of this person’s life work and historical significance.” This is valuable insight into the ideology of an institution that many people refuse to recognize as having an ideological foundation. Describing obit-writing as “a retrospective genre” and the effort to “do justice to a life” does not sufficiently explain how these summing-up stories — granted only to a few — are about life more than death. Obits, like the paper itself, go beyond reporting to establish reputation; obits certify biography and, indeed, verify history. Unlike old-time, florid local-newspaper funereal panegyrics, a Times obit declares a person’s life newsworthy, conferring a final moment of celebrity (and perhaps envy among some rea