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Friday, April 15, 2011

Service Today for Stanley Bleifeld Image
Stanley Bleifeld: died of head injury. Helen Klisser During / WN photo
A memorial service for noted sculptor Stanley Bleifeld of Weston will be held today at 2 p.m. at Westport’s Unitarian Church.

Bleifeld, 86, died March 25 following a fall four days earlier at his home. (See WestportNow March 26, 2011)

Some of his sculpture will be on view in the reception area of the church at 10 Lyons Plains Road.

Bleifeld’s well known works are on display in Washington, D.C., the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and numerous other U.S. locations as well as in Scotland and in Italy, where he spent part of every year.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Philip M. Brown, 60

Philip Martin Brown, 60, of Redding died March 24 in Norwalk Hospital after a brief illness. He was 60.

Born Sept. 15, 1950 in Philadelphia, Pa., he has been a resident of Redding for the past seven years. He is a former teacher in Glastonbury and school administrator in Southbury, in North Haven, in Eastchester, N.Y., and in Cos Cob.

A 1972 graduate of the University of Maryland, he and received his master’s degree from the University of Hartford and did post graduate work toward his Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut.

Brown is a member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals and a former member of ASCD, an Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

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Crosby G. Patterson, 97

Crosby Gardner Patterson, a former Westport teacher, died April 11 at his home in Verona Island, Maine. He was Image
Crosby G. Patterson: former Westport teacher. Contributed photo

He was born Feb. 3, 1914, in Bangor, Maine to Leander G. Patterson and Grace Hart Patterson. Gardner was a graduate of Bangor High School and Higgins Classical Institute. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maine in journalism and English, as well as a Master of Education degree several years later.

As a teacher in Westport, he continued his graduate work at Columbia University in New York, and Fairfield University. As a young man, Gardner worked at several of Maine’s newspapers as a reporter and feature writer, including the Bangor Daily News and Portland Press Herald. He also worked at Time magazine before returning to Maine to teach.

He began teaching at Pennell Institute, Gray, and also taught at Bangor High School, Orono High School, and the Walt Whitman School, New York City, and for many years taught history and social studies at Bedford Junior High School in Westport.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Anna DeMattio, 92

Anna DeMattio, of Westport, wife of the late Carmen DeMattio, died April 11 at the Wilton Meadows Health Care Center. She was 92.

Born May 19, 1918 in Southport, she was he daughter of the late George ande Nellie (Luchkcnich) Drabaski and has been a resident of Westport for the past 68 years. Her passion in life was spending time with her family.

Survivors include one daughter, Barbara McKay and her husband John(Sean) Mckay of Westport, two sisters, Nellie Michalek of Southport, Mary Sonnenfeld of Paris, Maine, one grandson, Michael McKay and his wife Sharon McKay, two great grandchildren, Colin and Dillon McKay and several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral service Friday, April 15 at 10 a..m. in The Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East. Interment will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery, Westport.

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Antoinette (Cacavelle) Renzulli, 99

Antoinette (Cacavelle) Renzulli, wife of the late Michael A. Renzulli Sr. mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother, died April 7. She was Image
Antoinette Renzulli: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born Aug. 31, 1911 in Westport, daughter of the late Angelo and Angela Marie (Giordano) Cacavelle and has been a lifelong resident of Westport.

She is a former member of the Saint Anthony’s Society and prior to retiring worked for the Town of Westport as a cook in the food service department of Bedford Elementary School.

She loved cooking, going to church, and spending time with her family and friends. She did this with her whole heart and enjoyed every minute of it. Antoinette was a very strong person and an inspiration to everyone.

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Friday, April 08, 2011

Max Wilk Memorial Service Set for Saturday

A memorial service will be held in Southport Saturday for Westport author, playwright and film and TV writer Max Wilk who died Feb. 19 at the age of 90. (See WestportNow Feb. 21, 2011) Image
Max Wilk addresses a Westport Public Library audience in 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

The 3 p.m. event is at the Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave.

Wilk was also a music impresario who produced Westport Arts Center jazz and live musical shows for almost 20 years.

His best-known nonfiction work was 1973’s “They’re Playing Our Song.” This collection of interviews with and stories about the great Tin Pan Alley and Broadway songwriters of the 20th century has been in print for almost 40 years.

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Thursday, April 07, 2011

Esther Kramer, Legendary Bookstore Founder, Dies at 93

UPDATE (memorial service location changed for second time) Esther Kramer, founder and for 32 years, owner of the The Remarkable Book Shop, a hot pink colonial house at the end of Westport’s Main Street, died April 2. She was 93. Image
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The Remarkable Book Shop on Westport’s Main Street in this 1987 view. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow/ file photo

Even as the street shifted from local shops to national chains, the store stubbornly thrived, featuring rubber chickens, wooden monkeys, Left Bank bookstalls and whole rooms of cookbooks, poetry, and books on sailing. 

In the dawning of the age of feminism, Kramer staffed the shop with a dozen women savvy about every book in the store’s huge stock.

The shop became a social center of the town’s many writers and avid readers, and Kramer, a legendary storyteller and hostess, also became mother-confessor to three rising generations of Westport’s creative youngsters.

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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Deborah A. Bulakites, 55

Deborah A. Bulakites of Westport passed away April 4 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 55.

Born Oct. 9, 1955 in Memphis, Tenn., she was daughter of William Bulakites and the late Gertrude Gillis Bulakites. She graduated from Staples High School in 1974 and was a Westport resident for most of her life.

In addition to her father William, she is survived by her step-mother Ottilie, both of Wallingford; her uncle Eugene Bulakites of Shelton; and by two cousins, Laura Barton of Stratford, and Barbara Ferris and her husband Craig of Shelton.

Additionally, she is survived by her two step-sisters, Sidnie Crawford and her husband Dan of Lincoln, Neb., and Deborah White and her husband Gary Spenik of Alameda, Calif., and by many more cousins in Vermont.

A private graveside service will be held in Assumption Cemetery in Westport. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the American
Diabetes Association (

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Monday, April 04, 2011

Thomas A. Deyo, 66

Thomas Anthony Deyo of Bridgeport passed away on April 1 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. He was Image
Thomas Deyo: one-time Westport resident. Contributed photo

Born Oct. 27, 1944 in Bridgeport, he was a son of the late George P. Deyo Sr. and Concetta Romano Deyo Ferraro. A graduate of Notre Dame High School, he resided in Westport for a time before returning to Bridgeport.

Thomas was a former employee of Altieri Bakery in Bridgeport before going on to CBT Bank and becoming the assistant vice president. He worked a various local banks and also taught catechism at St. Luke Church in Westport.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, George J. Deyo Jr.; stepfather, Dominick J. Ferraro; and best friend, James Taaffe. Survivors include a brother, Peter Deyo and his wife, Joann; sister-in-law, Annette Deyo; and many loving nieces and nephews.

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Saturday, April 02, 2011

Frances Parise, 88

Frances Parise of Westport, the beloved wife for 69 years of the late Frank Parise who died March 11, 2011, passed away in her home on March 31. She was Image
Frances Parise: Westporter since 1947. Contributed photo

Born Dec. 19, 1922, in Bridgeport, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine (Pazdan) Kirik. Frances graduated from Harding High School and worked at Manning, Maxwell and Moore, Inc., of Bridgeport as part of the war effort.

She married her childhood sweetheart and after the war they moved to Westport in 1947 where they had lived ever since.

Frances was the quintessential homemaker, mother and wife. Surrounded by her ever growing brood of children, she could be found in the kitchen cooking, in the backyard gardening, or at the grocery store shopping.

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Augusta Butcher Brennan

Augusta Butcher Brennan, formerly of Coral Gables, Fla.,, beloved wife of 61 years of the recently deceased Frank G. Brennan, passed away March 28 in Wallingford, Conn.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of the late Isaiah and Augusta Butcher, she had previously lived with her husband for many years in Westport and Weston.

Prior to her marriage, she was one of the first female credit investigators for the then Chase National Bank. Irrepressibly restless, Augusta loved traveling over the years and witnessed many of the century’s historic events as they happened.

Home over the years included Havana, Santo Domingo, Buenos Aires, Budapest, and San Jose, Costa Rica, in addition to New York, Miami, and Connecticut.

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Friday, April 01, 2011

Kathryn Teaze Clark, 83

Kathryn Teaze Clark of Naples, Fla., and formerly of Weston and Westport, died March 28. She was 83.

Born in Bloomfield, N.J., she was the daughter of Kathryn Dodd and Moses Hay Teaze. She grew up in Bloomfield and in Westport, where her family spent summers.

She attended the Kimberley School in Montclair, N.J., and was a graduate of the Masters School, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and Finch Junior College in New York City, where she studied piano. She married John Craig Clark of Youngstown, Ohio, in 1950.

She lived many years in Weston, later moved to Madison, and had been a Naples resident since 1985. She was an avid reader and pianist, as well as a supporter of the American Red Cross and donor to its blood drives.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Service for Stanley Bleifeld Set for April 15 Image
Stanley Bleifeld: died of head injury. Helen Klisser During / WN photo
A memorial service for noted sculptor Stanley Bleifeld of Weston will be held Friday, April 15, at 2 p.m. at Westport’s Unitarian Church, a family friend said today.

Bleifeld, 86, died Saturday following a fall four days earlier at his home. (See WestportNow March 26, 2011)

Some of his sculpture will be on view in the reception area of the church at 10 Lyons Plains Road.

Bleifeld’s well known works are on display in Washington, D.C., the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and numerous other U.S. locations as well as in Scotland and in Italy, where he spent part of every year.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Irma D. Trau, 95

Former Westport resident Irma D. Trau died March 25 at The Greens in Wilton. She was 95.

Mrs. Trau was born Sept. 18, 1915, in New York City, to William and Josephine Denker. She graduated from Adelphi University was a proud member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. She worked for Pepperidge Farm until her retirement.

She is survived by her two children, Joan I. Seaman of Wilton, and David S. Trau of Monroe. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Joseph L. Seaman also of Wilton and his three children, Joseph, Abigail and Lindsay, and Debra L. Westerback of Fairfield and her three children, Christopher, Kelly and Madison, and Robert Trau and David Trau of Monroe.

Her interests included family, traveling, swimming and reading. She devoted much of her time and energy to her family members, and she cared for her mother until she passed away at the age of 91.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Patricia M. Major

Patricia McEvily Major, of Weston died March 28 at her home. She had suffered a prolonged illness with Parkinson’s disease. Image
Patricia Major: longtime Weston resident. Contributed photo

Born in 1929 in the Bronx, N.Y., she was the daughter of Ann and Arthur McEvily. Her husband, William G. Major, predeceased her.

An interior designer, Pat also worked closely with her husband in his real estate development and consulting company. She led a vibrant and busy life and never failed to smile.

A devoted mother and grandmother, she placed family before all other interests. She enjoyed tennis, gardening, entertaining, and was an accomplished cook.  Her Sunday dinners were renowned and her grace and style were ever present. Pat will always be remembered as the quintessential “Lady.”

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