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Obituaries

Obituaries

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

John B. Love, 86

John B. Love, a resident of Westport for 49 years, died May 17 of a heart attack. He was 86.

Born in Baltimore, Md. in 1925, he attended Loyola College and Harvard University, and obtained an MBA. from Harvard in 1947. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during the mid-1940s.

Upon the completion of his service, he began his business career in Willimantic at the American Thread Co., ultimately moving to the New York headquarters and becoming chief executive officer in 1965. He subsequently became the vice chairman of Cadbury-Schweppes, Ltd., from which he retired in 1982.

He was an active civic leader, serving on many corporate and community boards over the years in Willimantic, Westport and Hartford, including Windham Community Memorial Hospital, Norwalk Hospital, Connecticut Bank and Trust, and the Jaycees.

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Ruth M. Brayton, 94

Ruth Montsie Brayton, a former Westport resident, died May 20 in Exeter. She was 94.

Born in Cambridge, Mass., on Oct. 1, 1917, she was valedictorian of her graduating class at Hanover High School, in Hanover. She attended Goucher College where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in economics.

Her lifelong passion for investing in the stock market began with her undergraduate studies. While working in the banking industry in New York, she met Richard Mark Brayton, an architect, who was to be her husband of 35 years.

They lived in Manhattan leading an active social life, raising their four children in Westport and later in Durham.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

John H. Stewart, 79

John Harold Stewart died May 20 at home. He was 79. A 36-year resident of Westport, he also had homes in Naples, Fla. and Schull, County Cork, Ireland.

Born in Kingston, N.Y., he was the son of the late Harold and Marie Stewart. A graduate of SUNY Maritime College, he received a MBA from New York University.

Serving with the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant from 1954 to 1957, he retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1976 with the rank of captain.

Stewart joined IBM in 1957. He held various management positions in financial planning before being named corporate manager of budgets, General Business Group, in 1970. He became controller for IBM’s Federal Systems Division in 1973 and was named controller of the Data Processing Product Group in 1976. Stewart was elected an IBM assistant controller in 1978 and was elected an assistant teasurer in 1985. He retired in 1995.

He served on the Board of Trustees of several organizations including, New York University Stein School of Business, Glucksman Ireland House of NYU, Financial Executive Institute, International Management and Development Institute, Institute of Internal Auditors, and Search For Change, Inc. where he was the father of their vocational program.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Phyllis A. Feeney, 89

Phyllis A. Feeney died May 19 at her Westport home. She was 89. She was married to husband James for 69 years until his death in January 2011.

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Phyllis Feeney is shown celebrating her husband Jim’s 90th birthday in July 2009 with neighbors from Vani Court. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Elaine Daignault for WestportNow.com

A lifelong resident of Norwalk and Westport, she accomplished many things in her life of work as an employee and business owner, but her greatest success was as a mother, grandmother, wife and friend, her family said.

The daughter of the late Allyn and Mildred Ostrander Goulden, she is survived by her son David and daughter Martha Harris (Mark), grandchildren Kelly Taylor (Ryan), Sean Harris (Brooke), great grandchildren Sophie and Marin Taylor and Brayden James and Madeline Harris.

A memorial service is planned for the end of June.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Anita Mesa, 94

Anita Mesa of Westport, wife of Manuel Mesa, died May 17 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 94.

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Anita Mesa: 35-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

She was born June 12, 1918 in Colombia, South America daughter of the late Enrique and Jesuita Castaneda and has been a resident of Westport for 35 years. She has been a longtime member of Assumption Church, loved gardening, sewing and traveling.

Survivors include two sons, Oscar Mesa of Toranto, Canada and William Mesa of Westport, one daughter, Blanca C. Mesa of Colombia, 11 grandchildren, Blanca Elizabeth Mesa, David William Mesa, Beatriz Mesa Birt, Juan Alberto Mesa, Christian J. Mesa, Oscar Mauricio Mesa, Pablo Julian Mesa, Carlos Adolfo Mesa, Maria Cecilia Vadala, Carlos Mario Carmona and Roberto Jairo Carmona. 11 great grandchildren, Mia Mesa, Laura Mesa, Canilo Mesa, Laura Alessandra Mesa, Kenny Vadala, Jr. Natalie Vadala, Johana Carmona, Carlos Andres Carmona, Luisa Maria Carmona and Daniel Carmona and one great great grandchild, Santiago Carmona. Mrs. She was also predeceased by one son, Alberto C. Mesa.

Friends may attend a mass of Christians Burial Monday, May 21, at 11 a.m. meeting directly at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, May 20 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East. If you wish to leave an on line condolence please go to http://www.hardingfuneral.com.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Laurie B. Stevens, 60

Laurie Baldwin Stevens, who grew up in Westport and was a longtime resident of Durham, died April 29 in Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. She was 60.

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Laurie Stevens: grew up in Westport. Contributed photo

Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., she grew up in Westport the daughter of Robert B. Stevens of Columbia, S.C. and Doris (Liljenstein) Stevens of Westport.

She lived in Durham for 26 years, and was a member of the Durham Democratic Town Committee, P.A.L.S., Durham Garden Club, Durham Fair Association, and elected member of the Durham Board of Finance.

Along with her parents and husband Walter “Bob” Fulton, she is survived by a brother, Bradley Stevens, of Gainesville, Va. and two sisters, Susan von Schenk, of Columbia, S.C. and Wendy Stevens, of Brecksville, Ohio.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Wildes W. Veazie Jr., 85

Wildes “Bill” Veazie, a former Westport resident who served as a selectman and member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), died May 12 in Corvallis, Ore. He was 85.

He was born Oct. 27, 1926, to Charlotte and Wildes Walker Veazie of White Plains, N.Y. Following high school graduation in 1944, he served in World War II. He went into the Army ASTP program at St. Bonaventure College in Olean, N.Y. and then was sent to the European Theater where he served in Germany.

After returning from service he went to Montana State College and the NYU Graduate School of Business. In 1950 he married Helene Hurley in White Plains. They moved to Westport where they raised their three children.

He became a vice president of Crocker National Bank and opened a New York investment office on Wall Street for Crocker.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Donna M. Belta, 60

Donna Marie Belta of Orlando, Fla. and Westport, died May 11 after complications arising from diabetes. She was 60.

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Donna Belta: grew up in Westport. Contributed photo

After growing up on her family farm in Westport, she moved to Orlando and devoted her life to the care and welfare of others. As a certified health care provider, she helped both the very young and very old live life to their full potential.

Her last patient, Nicholas Wise, was in her care for almost three decades as she first became his nurse and then his guardian and “mom.” He was her greatest joy. She counted many friends in her community as well as old friends from home.

She is survived by Nicholas Wise, her mother, Dina Belta, brothers James (Karen) and Gregory (Mary Ann) and sister Connie Von Zwehl (Vinny) all of Connecticut. Additionally, she is survived by her nieces Angela Belta (Danny Lopez), Laura Loffredo (John), Jessica Walsh (Rob), Caitlin Belta, and Kelsey Belta and her nephew James Belta, her great-nieces,  Sophia and Elizabeth Lopez, Kaia Rose Loffredo and her great-nephew Connor Walsh. She is also survived by a large extended family and those who she considered her adopted family. She was predeceased by her father James S. Belta, and her grandparents, Concettina and Gregorio Belta and Grace and Giacinto Paoletti.

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mary B. Plato, 76

Mary “Susan” Brown Plato of Westport died April 1. She was 76.

She lived and worked in Westport for 40 years after living abroad in Europe and South America.

Born in Colchester, Vt. on Sept. 8, 1935, the daughter of the late Fredrick Inglis Brown and of the late Mary Lois Foster Brown, she was raised in Massachusetts and Austin, Texas.  She graduated from Austin High School, class of 1953, and attended the University of Texas at Austin where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority.

She cherished her time growing up in Austin. She loved the lakes and loved her many friends, who she had kept up with through the years. In her last high school reunion book she identified Red Jackets, football games, dances, going to Mt. Bonnell on a tractor, water-skiing, and doing the “Bunny Hop” as her happiest memories.

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Joseph J. Carelli (Pascarelli), 47

Joseph J. Carelli (Pascarelli) of Bridgeport, brother of Westport Police Sgt. Jill Ruggiero, died May 10 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport after a short, hard-fought battle with cancer. He was 47.

Born on Feb. 7, 1965, in Norwalk, he was the son of Joseph J. Pascarelli and Jeannette Ruggiero Pascarelli.  He attended Norwalk High School, Syracuse University, and Norwalk Community Technical College. 

He was a self-employed master craftsmen throughout Fairfield County.  He was a member of the Fairfield National Little League board of directors from 2001-2009, in addition to managing and coaching for that league.  He also managed and coached teams with the Fairfield Babe Ruth and Wakeman Boys Lacrosse.  He was an ardent supporter of the Fairfield Owls Travel Baseball Team.

His greatest role in life was as a father to his two boys, Taylor and Brian, and the time he spent coaching them and their many friends. They spent countless hours enjoying their common passions like golfing, the New York Yankees, the New York Giants, and things they loved to do most. The memories they have made together are truly priceless.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Chester J. Kaye, 70

Chester “Chet” J. Kaye of Westport, husband of the late Barbara J. Kaye, died May 7 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 70.

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Chester J. Kaye: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Detroit, he had been a Westport resident since 1983. He received his B.S. and Masters Degrees in finance from the University of Detroit and later received a Masters in education from the University of Bridgeport. His business career included positions at the ITT Corp. where he served as director of manufacturing cost controls, and served as CFO for Summagraphics.

He owned his own dry cleaning business in Stamford for 10 years, and following that, went on to teach business classes at West Haven High School. He was a volunteer for the Literacy Volunteers of America.

A dedicated and active parishioner of St. Anthony of Pauda Church in Fairfield, he served on the Finance Committee, was a member of the Holy Name Society, was a Eucharistic Minister and volunteered at the Annual Parish Picnic.

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Monday, May 07, 2012

Clellia L. Webb, 84

Clellia Louise “Chick” Webb, a former Westport resident, died April 29. She was 84.

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Clellia “Chick” Webb: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born on June 13, 1927 in Summit Point, W.V., the daughter of the late Annie and William Burch.  She moved to Hagerstown, Md. where she raised her oldest daughter and worked for many years at Fairchild Aircraft. 

Later she lived and worked in Washington, D.C. for the Institute of Defense Analysis before moving north to Montclair, N.J. and then settling in Westport where she raised her two youngest daughters and worked for notable authors including Robert Penn Warren and Robin Moore.  Her fingers typed many novels before she retired. 

A Westport resident for 22 years, she and her husband retired to Wilmington, N.C. in 1994. When her husband Claude Anderson Webb died in 2003, they had been married almost 40 years.

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Sunday, May 06, 2012

Alexander Domonkos, 91

Alexander Domonkos, a former artist with Famous Artist Schools in Westport, died April 27 at Griffin Hospital in Derby. He was 91.

Born on Dec. 6, 1920 in Bridgeport to Alexander and Ethel Domonkos, he attended local schools before entering the Yale School of Fine Arts. He interrupted his university education to serve as a navy pilot during World War II.

A recipient of two Distinguished Flying Crosses and four Air Medals, he flew a carrier-based dive bomber from the USS Bunker Hill and took part in the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, as well as in the first carrier strikes on Tokyo.

After the war, he returned to the Yale School of Fine Arts, from which he graduated with top honors. He then joined The Famous Artists School in Westport, where his colleagues included America’s top illustrators, painters and cartoonists, including such talents as Norman Rockwell, Doris Lee and Rube Goldberg.

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Robert A. Johnson, 74

Robert Albin Johnson of Fairfield, a French teacher at Westport’s Staples High School for three decades, died May 2 at Bridgeport Hospital. He was 74.

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Robert Johnson: taught French at Staples for 33 years.  Contributed photo

The eldest son of the late Myrtle J. (Ireland) and J. Albin Johnson, he was born May 4, 1937 in Attleboro, Mass.

He graduated from Dartmouth College, earned a Master’s Degree in French and education from Brown University where he met Arlene, his wife of 47 years, and later added a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Administration and Curriculum from Fairfield University.

At Dartmouth, he earned a regular commission in the U.S. Navy and served on a destroyer during the Berlin crisis and the earliest days of the Vietnam War. Upon release from the Navy, he accepted a reserve commission and for many years trained with the Naval Control of Shipping Organization, rising to the rank of commander and commanding officer of NCSO 5202 in Stamford and New Rochelle, N.Y. He retired from the Navy in 1982.

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Saturday, May 05, 2012

Marie C. Scofield, 77

Marie C. Robertino Scofield, a school bus monitor in Westport for the past 17 years, died May 2 at Norwalk Hospital after a short illness. She was 77.

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Marie Scofield: Westport school bus monitor. Contributed photo

Born in Stamford on May 7, 1934, she was a longtime resident of Norwak and worked for Clairol, Inc. in Stamford for 27 years.

For the past 17 years she worked for the Town of Westport as a bus monitor for the Westport school system and worked summers as a park attendant with Sherwood Island State Park. She was an avid billiard player for many years and a diehard Yankee and tennis fan. She truly enjoyed her leisure time and reading.

She was predeceased by her parents, Petrina Lella and Michael Robertino of Stamford. She is survived by her three sons, Daniel H. Scofield, Gary T. Scofield and Paul M. Scofield; and their wives Cindy, Pauline and Holly Scofield, her grandchildren, Maggie, Daniel, Victoria and Paul Scofield; her sisters Joan Robertino of Southbury, Rosemary R. Tracy of White River Junction, Vt., and Michael Robertino of Willington, Conn.

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