Thursday, January 29, 2015
Donald J. Masiello, 88
Donald J. Masiello of Westport died Jan. 26 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 88.
He was born May 17, 1926 in Westport, the son of the late Daniel and Mary Masiello. He was a Staples High School graduate and went on to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He worked as a machinist for Nash Engineering and then went on to work with his father delivering produce throughout New Haven and Fairfield counties. He loved to play golf at Longshore.
Survivors in addition to his wife Jean (Piazza) Masiello of 62 years include many nieces and nephews.
William M. Sugarman, 75
William Sugarman: resident since 1976. Contributed photo
William M. Sugarman of Westport died Jan. 27 in Ludlowe Health Care Center in Fairfield. He was 75.
He was born March 22, 1939 in Providence, R.I., the son of the late Abe and Minna (Halm) Sugarman. He was a graduate of New York University and has lived in Westport since 1976. He worked for Jefferson Smurfit Inc. in sales.
He was an avid New York Jets and Boston Red Sox fan.
Survivors in addition to his wife, Angela (Paterno) Sugarman, include one daughter; Lisa A. Costello and her husband Richard of Fairfield. He was predeceased by one brother, Julian G. Sugarman.
Richard L. Rothermel, 88
Richard L. Rothermel of Kutztown, Pa. a former Westport resident, died Jan. 16 at Bryn Mawr (Pa.) Hospital. He was 88.
Richard Rothermel: magazine circulation veteran. Contributed photo
The son of the late Lloyd R. and Naomi (Brensinger) Rothermel, he was a native of Fleetwood, Pa. He graduated from its high school before joining the U.S. Navy, where he served as a radioman second class. After discharge, he graduated from Albright College in Reading, Pa.
A magazine circulation veteran who started selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door, he enjoyed a career that spanned more than 50 years.
He joined the Curtis Publishing Company in 1950 and subsequently worked for McCall’s, Dell and Perfect Subscriptions Company, before becoming president of Keystone Reader’s Service, Inc., and later, his own Magazine Service Bureau in 1980.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Mary O. Wallace, 86
Mary O. Wallace of Norwalk, wife of the late Allen E. Wallace, died Jan. 26. She was 86.
Born on Dec. 26, 1928 in Westport and raised in Norwalk, she was the daughter of Michael and Margaret O’Brien.
After attending Norwalk schools, she worked at the Norwalk Hat Corp. before getting married on May 30, 1955. Over the years, she also worked in the Norwalk school system, the U.S. Postal Service and at the Norwalk Senior Center.
She was predeceased by her brother, Michael, and her sister, Gloria. She is survived by her four children, Allen and his wife Maureen Wallace of Fairfield, Patricia Wallace of Norwalk, Mary and her husband James Tucciarone of Wilton, and William Wallace of Darien. Also by her grandchildren, Meghan and Kelly Wallace and James, Willie and Thomas Tucciarone.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Bradley S. Anschutz, 93
Bradley Steele Anschutz of Westport died Jan. 23 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 93.
The husband of the late Hope (Robinson) Anschutz, he was a longtime Westport resident.
He was born June 10, 1921 in Ansonia, the son of the late Edward and Dorothy (Steele) Anschutz.
A World War II Navy veteran, he was a 1950 graduate of Yale University and worked for the Town of Westport for 16 years as a purchasing officer.
Eugene C. Kappus, 91
Eugene Kappus: World War II vet. Contributed photo
Eugene C. Kappus of Westport died Jan. 25 in the Westport Health Care Center. He was 91.
A longtime resident, he was the husband of Betty R. Kappus.
He was born in Greenwich on July 3, 1923, the son of the late Carl and Anna (Ruckstuhl) Kappus. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served during World War II.
He loved the beach, square dancing and was a member of the Southport Squares. He was also an avid camper, traveling with his wife to all lower 48 states.
Marilynn S. Anderson, 92
Marilynn S. “Lynnie” Anderson, a 60-year Westport resident, died Dec. 7 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 92.
Born July 29, 1922 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to parents Betty K. Luttman and Jack Stubbe Lynn, she grew up in Forest Hills with sister Jean.
Her grandfather, Henry Luttman, arrived in the United States alone from Germany at the age of 15 and together with an uncle and partner, Henry Bohack, they opened a grocery store in downtown Manhattan.
The Bohack company realized over 350 stores in New York City and Long Island. Their biggest competitors were the Gristedes.
John J. Fisk, 88
John Fisk: worked for Texaco. Contributed photo
John J. Fisk of Westport died Jan. 26. He was 88.
He was born June 24, 1926 in Chicago. After serving in World War II, he attended the University of Illinois and graduated with a civil engineering degree.
He worked for Texaco for 40 years. Part of that time he lived in Brussels, where he met and eventually married his wife, Ute, of nearly 45 years.
He is survived by his wife Ute Fisk; son Michael Fisk and his husband James Banks of West Hollywood, Calif., son Stephen Fisk and his wife Sally of Westport, and grandchildren Nora and Benjamin.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Willliam M. Brown, 79
William M. Brown of Deerfield Beach, Fla., a former Westport resident, died Jan. 16 at home. He was 79.
He was born Feb. 2, 1936, in New Jersey to W. Maynard and Pauline Brown. He later served in the U.S. Marines.
He and his wife Sue lived in Westport for almost 30 years before moving to Westerly, R.I. where he was a member of the Westerly Yacht Club, and a supporter of The Church at Westerly. They spent more than 20 years in Westerly.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sue and son, Warren Brown. At his request, no service will be held.
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Eugene E. Graze, 84
Eugene E. Graze of Stratford, who commanded soldiers at Westport’s Nike/Ajax missile site in the 1950s, which inspired Westport author Max Shulman’s comic novel “Rally Round the Flag, Boys!,” died Jan. 23 at Bridgeport Hospital. He was 84.
Eugene Graze: Westport Nike missile site commander. Contributed photo
Born on June 30, 1930 in Bridgeport, he was the son of the late Eugene E. and Marion E. (Barnish) Graze. He was a 1948 graduate of Bridgeport’s Harding High School and the University of Bridgeport in 1952.
He had a long and distinguished career with the Connecticut Army National Guard. He joined as a private, graduated from Officer Candidate School and retired as a major following 23 years of service.
He was the full-time commanding officer of the Nike/Ajax guided missile site in Westport. His unit—Battery B, 1st missile battalion, 242nd artillery—was recognized as the Outstanding Missile Battery in the state under his leadership.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Remembering Sidney Kramer
There was a large turnout at the Westport Library today to celebrate the life of Westporter Sidney Kramer. The attorney, literary agent and co-founder of Bantam Books, as well as the prime mover of the local preservation group Save Westport Now (SWN), died Dec. 10 at age 99. Among the speakers was grandson Eli Kramer, 16, who said, “Sidney taught me to be humble. He proved to me that subtlety and persistence are far more efficient than eagerness and sheer force.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Recalling Sidney Kramer’s Generosity
Westport artist Miggs Burroughs recalled at the Sidney Kramer celebration of his life today at the Westport Library that his mother, now 101, worked in the Kramers’ Remarkable Book Shop for 35 years. She said she would come home many nights with humorous stories about incidents that happened at work. “Even though Sidney was rarely there, the incredibly generous atmosphere trickled down from him,” he said. Burroughs added, “My mother said in some years, the very generous end-of-year bonuses would be greater than her salary for the year.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Caroline E. Greunke, 84
Caroline Eleanor Greunke of Westport died Jan. 12 in St. Vincent Medical Center, Bridgeport. She was 84.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Oct. 9, 1930, she was the daughter of the late John and Sophie Brenner Huth. She was an avid antique collector and dealer, loved flowers and animals.
She is survived by her beloved husband, of 60 years, Orville Victor Greunke, her daughters Laura H. Jubenville and her husband Pete, Carol Greunke and her husband John, and her brother John Huth of Tennessee.. Besides her parents, she is predeceased by her sister Eleanor Wienands.
A memorial service will be held at a date to be announced. Interment will be private.
Magda M. Ivanyi, 83
Magda (Mandak) Ivanyi of Norwalk died Jan. 22 at her home. She was 83.
Born in Sopron, Hungary, she received her accounting degree in Budapest and has lived in Norwalk since 1954, after escaping Hungary in August 1951. She is the beloved wife of 54 years to Andrew Ivanyi.
Magda worked as a bookkeeper and comptroller for various local firms including Don Hansen Advertising of Westport, Deckers and the Law Offices of Miklos Koleszar in Norwalk and Rose Adams Construction of Westport.
She was the past president of the Hungarian Committee of Norwalk and Vicinity and has overseen many projects such as the Hungarian Heritage Wall plaque and the Freedom Fighters memorial in Freese Park.
Raymond J. Orr, 92
Raymond J. Orr, a longtime Westport resident who as a 19-year-old seaman first class survived the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, died Jan. 16 at home. He was 92.
Raymond J. Orr: Pearl Harbor survivor. Contributed photo
Orr was the grand marshal of Westport’s Memorial Day parade in 1996, and for many years he proudly shared his war experiences with fellow Westporters. He frequently visited schools with other veterans to recount his war remembrances to youngsters.
On Dec. 7, 2005, as he prepared to lead the Pledge of Allegiance before a board of finance meeting, he remembered that fateful day in Hawaii 64 years earlier. He was aboard the USS Bagley, a destroyer, when the Japanese surprise attack began.
“I was in a great position to see what was happening,” recalled Orr. “I was on the deck of my ship, and I remember waving to the first Japanese torpedo plane as it flew overhead. I thought it was the Air Force practicing.
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport