Our Condolences - Norbert DeVer Setzler III

posted May 5, 2021, 9:55 AM by CK Webmaster   [ updated May 5, 2021, 10:00 AM ]

Norbert DeVer Setzler III

1951 -2021

Obituary of Norbert DeVer Setzler III

Norbert D. Setzler, III, of Sherman, formerly of New Fairfield, beloved husband of Nancy (Petcavage) Setzler, died peacefully at Danbury Hospital on Friday, April 30th.  He was born in White Plains, NY on April 26, 1951, son of the late Norbert Jr., and Dolores (Daly) Setzler. 

Norbert spent most of his working life in the printing industry for various local printing companies.  He most enjoyed working as a motorcycle mechanic for Reggie Pink in White Plains, NY, in his younger years. 

Norbert was known as a family man and loved all things fun that Candlewood Lake had to offer. He would spend his weekends on the boat, jet skiing, water skiing, scuba diving and dinners at Down The Hatch.  Last ski of the season didn't mean it was getting too cold, it was as long as he was able to keep the boat in the water (even if it was November). 

When not in the water, he would Sunday drive with his wife either on their motorcycles or in his Corvette. 

As a musician, Norb played a variety of instruments. He enjoyed playing bass guitar with his band, After Hours Band for local venues and town events. 

Norbert's biggest pride is his son and grandchildren. He supported them proudly in their accomplishments. They too share in his love of the lake, music, Chevy's and riding.  

In addition to his cherished wife of 15 years, Nancy, he will be sadly missed by his son and best friend, Paul Setzler and his wife, Shannon; his grandchildren, Riley Rose and Nathaniel Dennis Setzler; his sister, Cathy Dixon and her partner Richard Rosengarten; and his brother-in-law, Tim Koch.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Margaret Rose (Murphy) Setzler; and his sister, Marsha Koch. 

A walk-through wake will be held at the Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White Street, Danbury on Friday, May 7th between the hours of 5:00-7:00pm. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the GIST Cancer Awareness Foundation, www.gist

Our Condolences - Suzanne Ruth (Lieber) Lieber-Sanden

posted Apr 30, 2021, 8:17 AM by CK Webmaster

Suzanne Ruth (Lieber) Lieber-Sanden

May 27, 1955 ~ April 25, 2021 (age 65)

Suzanne R. Lieber-Sanden, entered into eternal life on April 25, 2021 at Saint Francis Hospital.

Suzanne was born in Syracuse, NY on May 27, 1955 to the late Arthur B. Lieber and Martha D. Decker. Moving to Manchester at age 5, she graduated Manchester high school in 1974. She worked in the insurance industry while attending school at Manchester Community College. Suzanne later worked for the artistic restoration Corporation producing dental appliances and devices for the dental industry for several years. She continued her education until becoming a licensed phlebotomist in Connecticut and continued in that career for many years.

In her life, enjoying writing poems and short stories and was published shortly after high school. She also enjoyed the hobby of stained glass and donated most of her works to local churches and close friends. Suzanne also was an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoyed hiking, floral design, gardening, sailing and all the outdoor activities that could be found at the family cottage located at Candle Wood Lake in Connecticut.

Suzanne was a very special person to all who knew her and lived a good Christian life. She is survived by her husband Harold Sanden of Manchester, CT, her two sisters, Martha Housley of Cheyenne WY, Laura Battaglia of Frederick MD. She also leaves behind her nephews CJ, Matthew and Brian Battaglia of Maryland, Meryl Sanden of Pooler, GA, her great nephew Randall Madore, her friend and nice Linnea Madore and her husband Rick along with her brother-in-law Roy Sanden also of Manchester, CT.

Suzanne and her husband divided their time together at their homes in Manchester and Yucca Valley, California. She enjoyed the biannual car trips across this beautiful country, traveling to the West in the fall and East in the spring. They have been very fortunate to have done this for the past nine years, having friends throughout the United states in Mexico. It is hard to imagine a time without Suzanne. The family wishes to thank you all for the kindness that you, her friends, have always afforded her throughout her short life. Thank you.

Viewing hours will be at the Manchester Funeral Home 142 East Center St. Manchester, CT on Sunday, May 2, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM with a church service held on Monday at 10:00 AM at Zion Lutheran Church 120 Cooper Street Manchester.  Burial will be private. To view the service, or to leave a memory or message of condolence, please visit   

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Suzanne Ruth (Lieber) Lieber-Sanden, please visit our floral store.

Our Condolences: Joseph V. Dugan

posted Apr 7, 2021, 11:17 AM by CK Webmaster   [ updated Apr 7, 2021, 11:18 AM ]

February 2, 1941 – April 5, 2021


Captain Joseph V. Dugan, 80, of 17 Meadow Way, Candlewood Knolls, New Fairfield, CT passed away peacefully whilst holding the hand of his beloved wife Pat on Monday, April 5th, 2021 at Danbury Hospital. He was the husband of Patricia (Nolan) Dugan.

Joe was born in Yonkers, NY, son of the late Eugene and Sarah (Kelly) Dugan. He attended school in Yonkers, NY. In September 1971, Joe and his wife Patricia moved to New Fairfield, CT after falling in love with both Candlewood Knolls and Candlewood Lake.

Joe served honorably in the U.S. Navy from 1959 to 1962 aboard the USS Tutuila. After serving our country for three years, Joe was discharged from the U.S. Navy and joined the Yonkers Fire Department. While he started as a Fireman, Joe was promoted to Lieutenant, then to Captain and Commanding Officer of the Yonkers Arson Investigation Unit. Joe postponed his retirement after the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. At the time of his retirement later in 2002, Joe had served the people of Yonkers for over three decades with his courage, heroism, and a witty sense of humor. He saved countless lives and provided the kindness and compassion that only he could to those who had lost everything. In 1995, Joe received the “Emergency Medical Man of the Year Award” from the City of Yonkers for actions that showed his limitless courage and bravery for delivering a baby in the front seat of a parked vehicle. In addition, Joe received many awards and accommodations during his career.

Joe and his wife, Pat, owned and operated the Candlewood Stained Glass Studio located in Candlewood Corners, New Fairfield. Joe was an extraordinary artist and focused his God-given talent on creating some of the most beautiful stained glass pieces utilizing the Tiffany method. He specialized in large panels, kitchen cabinet inserts, sidelights, and various commissioned works of art. His reputation was such that he was asked to provide stained glass pieces for St. Patrick’s Cathedral in midtown Manhattan.

Joe was predeceased by his brothers Eugene, Robert, Thomas, John, Lawrence and Raymond.

In addition to his wife of 53 years, he is survived by his son, Michael; his daughter-in-law, Mandy, and his three grandchildren, Maggie, Joey, and Emma.

We are all devastated by this loss, and will miss the light that he brought into all of our lives. People like Joe Dugan are rare. We’ve been blessed to have been in his presence, if only for a finite period of time. We will see you again Dad!

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 9th, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Edward the Confessor Roman Catholic Church in New Fairfield (

Burial will be at Mountain View Cemetery in New Fairfield, CT.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joe's memory may be made to: • National Kidney Foundation (Team Joseph V. Dugan): Fueled by passion and urgency, National Kidney Foundation is a lifeline for all people affected by kidney disease. As pioneers of scientific research and innovation, NKF focuses on the whole patient through the lens of kidney health. Relentless in our work, we enhance lives through action, education and accelerating change. • Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC): This charity was dear to my father’s heart. RMHC is global network of local Chapters that has been helping millions of families with sick children find comfort and support when they need it most. Since 1974, RMHC has created programs that strengthen families during difficult times. RMHC provides vital resources and compassionate care to children and their families being served by leading hospitals worldwide.


Our condolences: Eugene "Gus" Edwards

posted Apr 1, 2021, 6:47 AM by CK Webmaster   [ updated Apr 1, 2021, 6:50 AM ]

Eugene "Gus" Edwards, 87, passed away unexpectedly at the Danbury Hospital on Saturday, March 27, 2021. Gus, better known to all as the "Coach", was a much beloved husband, father, grandfather, and respected mentor to countless youth. Gus, born March 1, 1934, in Danbury CT, was the son of immigrant parents, Nicholas and Catherine Edwards. He spent his post-depression childhood in Georgetown, CT, where he learned the value of hard work, making do with what you have, and a job well done.

He was a 1952 graduate of Danbury High School where he lettered in three varsity sports, football, track, and baseball. Gus was the Captain of his football team during his senior year and set the record for the quarter-mile. Gus then attended the University of Rhode Island, where he majored in Agricultural Studies, lettered in two sports - football and baseball - and served as a member of the ROTC.

Following graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, and served a tour of duty in Germany. While in Germany he was quickly promoted, serving as Company Commander, and played on the division baseball team. Gus continued to proudly serve the U.S. Army Reserves until retirement. He attained the rank of Full Colonel and was a graduate of the Army War College.

When he returned from Germany, he began his career as a teacher and coach at Danbury High School, attended graduate school at Fairfield University, and at the same time operated his own landscaping business.

During his teaching and coaching career, spanning over forty years, he started as a teacher and freshman football coach, later becoming a guidance counselor and head football coach. It was the perfect spot for him to help and mentor his students and teams. He led the DHS Hatters football team as its head coach for seventeen years, taking his teams to three FCIAC championship games, winning two titles. He instilled a strong work ethic and a sense of commitment and responsibility in his players, and students. Gus also founded the DHS wrestling team. He later left coaching to watch his two sons play football in college. Most importantly, Coach cherished the life-long relationships and friendships that he maintained with his players and students.

Gus was active in his community and the recipient of many awards - notably membership in the Old Timers Athletic Association, the DHS Athletic Hall of Fame, and the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement.

His true love was working the land. He maintained a Christmas tree farm for many years, and expanded into vegetables, giant pumpkins, pussy willows, and blueberries. You could find him on the farm working the soil passing his knowledge on to his grandchildren. His life was filled with activity, love of his family and community, high expectations, and hard work.

Gus is survived by Elaine, his beloved wife of 62 years. His children: Robin and her partner, Dan; Gene and his wife, Jennifer; and Marty and his wife, Lori. His grandchildren: Kyle, John, Alex, Mike, Annie, Christopher and Brenden; and his cherished dog, Pumpkin.

A Graveside Service will be conducted at 11am on Monday, April 5, 2021 at Mountain View Cemetery, New Fairfield, CT. Those attending the service are required to wear facial covering and maintain social distance protocols. The service may be viewed virtually at From the home page scroll to "Recent Obituaries" and click on Eugene Edwards' page, then select "Join Livestream".

Contributions in Gus' memory may be made to the Coach Gus Edwards Scholarship Fund, c/o Principal Dan Donovan, Danbury High School, 43 Clapboard Ridge Rd, Danbury, CT 06811 (indicate Gus Edwards Scholarship in memo line).

The family asks that you pay Gus' legacy forward by doing a kind deed for a young person. 

To express your condolences on line, go to

Green Funeral Home

57 Main Street Danbury, CT 068 10

CKCP Counselor and CIT Applications are due by March 22nd

posted Mar 3, 2021, 1:10 PM by CK Webmaster

You can find an application HERE.  

Water Authority - Virtual Tee Connection

posted Mar 3, 2021, 8:18 AM by CK Webmaster   [ updated Mar 5, 2021, 8:22 AM ]

This is for residents who wish to connect to the Candlewood Knolls Water System in the future and do NOT have a Tee connection. The CK System operator can let you know if a Tee installation is required.

Installation lock in price is $4250 for a future hookup. Deposit required on signing is $1000. Remainder of fee - $3250 will be paid when a date is given for the tee installation (future date).

Virtual Tee offer is valid until June 30, 2021.   Applications for a Tee connection received after June 30, 2021, will be charged the new Cost of $6000.

 Application for a Virtual Tee

CKWA Rules and Regulations

Important Information from CLA

posted Oct 30, 2020, 7:22 AM by CK Webmaster

Please click on the links below for important information from Candlewood Lake Authority

Our Condolences: Robert Arnold Buttner

posted Oct 26, 2020, 4:51 AM by CK Webmaster

Robert Arnold Buttner, age 68

Robert Arnold Buttner, age 68, formerly of Killington, died Feb. 26, 2020, surrounded by family during his last hours in a hospital in his current residence of Venice, Florida. Bob Buttner was born in Flushing, New York on Oct. 22, 1951, and was the son of Arnold and Emilia Buttner. He grew up in Flushing and summered in Candlewood Lake, New Fairfield, Connecticut where he started his love of swimming — including holding some unbreakable records (mostly due to regulation changes in length of swim laps). He attended Brooklyn Technical High School, where he was a great asset to the swim team; then went onto SUNY Maritime College in Bronx, New York, where he was competitively successful in swimming and baseball. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree and as a United States Coast Guard Licensed Officer in charge of the Navigational Watch. After graduation Bob sailed for the Exxon Shipping Company/Seariver Maritime, and there acquired his Captain’s License.

During his lengthy vacations from sea, Bob Buttner became an avid skier who resided in Killington, Vermont. It was there that he met another avid skier who was part of a share house, but lived in New York City — June Hughes. They were married in 1982 at a Our Lady of Good Counsel Chapel in White Plains, New York. When they were ready, the happy couple chose to raise a family in Killington. Bob and June Buttner became the proud parents of Allison and Timothy, and the family thrived within the mountain community.

In 1991, Bob Buttner suffered his first episode of epilepsy. Although his severe case of epilepsy was an extreme ailment that would rapidly deteriorate his abilities in speech — nonetheless to mention his health — he continued to be an avid and excellent golfer who loved people and never lost his smile.

After many happy years in Killington, June and Bob moved down to Venice, Florida in 2016; there they were able to make wonderful relationships through their passion for golf. To be fair, the Florida heat is brutal; so they continued to summer in Killington.

Buttner unexpectedly passed away in Venice, Florida on Feb. 26, 2020, and is survived by his wife June of 38 years, and their children: Allison and Robert (Kozar), Timothy; plus two sisters: Jeanette Boyle, and Maryann Bernard, not to mention many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Arnold, his mother Emilia, and his sister Barbara Sandstedt.

While a funeral and celebration of life are indiscernible at this time (due to current pandemic circumstances) those who knew and loved Bob Buttner are asked to lift a glass to his honor on Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. It would give his family great comfort to know that as a community we can celebrate his life, in any way simultaneously.

Our Condolences: Gerry Neal

posted Oct 11, 2020, 2:22 PM by CK Webmaster   [ updated Oct 11, 2020, 2:23 PM ]

Gerald Donald Neal passed away peacefully on October 6, 2020 at the age of 87. He was born on September 16, 1933 in Milville, New Jersey; the son of the late Anne (Casler) and Gerald Jacob Neal.  He is survived by his loving wife Barbara and his sons Joseph Robert (and his wife Pamela) and Gerald Burton, and his Grandchildren; Chloe, Beckham and Elizabeth.

Gerry was raised in Philadelphia and graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School. He served as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Airforce from 1953 to 1957.  He received his Masters Degree in Business from George Washington University and became a professor of Accounting for 3 years at Benjamin Franklin University in Washington, DC.  Later his professional experience included positions as a Financial Director of both Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. and St. Peter's Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  He was a past President of the National Capital and New Jersey chapters of the Hospital Financial Management Association and the recipient of several Hospital Financial Management merit awards.

Upon moving to Connecticut, Gerry became an Associate with Comprehensive Business Services in Brookfield prior to joining the Society of Plastics Engineers in 1980 as their Administrative Director. Later he established his own business as an Accountant.  Among his clients were Suburban-Industries, the business established and run by his son Joseph,

City Center Danbury, and the Nolan Realty Group for over 20 years. He treasured the friendships he made during that time with the Nolan and deSousa families.

Gerry and his wife Barbara lived in the Candlewood Knolls Community for over 40 years and raised their son Joe there.  Gerry was actively involved in the Community and served as Treasurer of the Community and the Candlewood Knolls Tax District for many years. He received a Lifetime Achievement award from Candlewood Knolls in recognition of his service to the Community. In 2004, he was appointed as a Commissioner to  the Judicial Selection Commission of the State of Connecticut by Governor Jodi Rell.  He was an active member of St  Edward the  Confessor Church and Chairman of the St  Matthews Guild Ministry for several  years.  He enjoyed his free time playing golf and watching his favorite teams; the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles playing football.  He will be greatly missed by his family and his friends.

A celebration of Gerry's life will be held in Connecticut at a later date.  A donation in his memory may be made to St. Edward the Confessor Church or Hospice of the North Coast, Carlsbad, California

Our Condolences: John "Jack" Foley

posted Aug 12, 2020, 5:38 AM by CK Webmaster   [ updated Aug 12, 2020, 8:05 AM ]

We are sorry to share that longtime resident since 1960, Jack Foley, has passed away. Jack grew up spending his summers at Candlewood Knolls. He was often found water skiing, playing baseball and frequenting the Candlewood Knolls dances. Like so many of us, Candlewood Knolls was his favorite place to be and his dream of being able to share it with his children also became a reality. Jack will be missed by so many lifelong friends he made in the Knolls Community he loved. 

Please find his Obituary attached here.

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