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Obituaries

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Mary C. Fusco, 95

Mary C. Fusco, 95, a longtime Westport resident and wife of the late Patrick Fusco, died Nov. 6, at the Notre Dame Convalescent Home in Norwalk.

Born on Feb. 3, 1915, in Providence, R.I., she was the daughter of the late Gerald and Mary (Gallasso) Rubiano and had been a resident of Westport most of her life.

She was formerly a volunteer at Norwalk Hospital and the Catholic Daughters of America, Court Assumption.

Survivors include two sisters, Carmella Vento and Antonetta Cretella, both of Westport; two nephews and three nieces. She was predeceased by two sisters, Frances D’Orso and Jane Klupzak.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday at Assumption Church in Westport. Memorial contributions may be made to Notre Dame Convalescent Hone, 76 West Rocks Road, Norwalk, CT 06851.

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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Richard A. Terry, Sr., 88

Richard A. Terry, Sr, 88, longtime resident of Milford and beloved husband of the late Joyce Terry, passed away from a tragic accident in Westport on Saturday, Nov. 6. WestportNow.com Image
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Son of the late Franklin and Elizabeth Goss Terry, he was born in New Haven on July 10, 1922. Dick served with pride and honor in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He graduated with a BA from Central Connecticut and earned his Masters at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU).

Dick worked for the Milford Board of Education as a shop teacher of industrial arts for automotive and metal. Dick founded and coached the Milford gymnastics program and was most instrumental in bringing about the sport of gymnastics statewide for Connecticut.

Dick served as assistant coach for the University of Bridgeport and the SCSU gymnastics programs and was associated with many Olympians. He was an energetic and vibrant force in the world of gymnastics and gave so much of himself in all sporting activities.

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Monday, November 08, 2010

Mary C. Crutcher, 95

Mary Constance Bliss Crutcher, born June 5, 1915 in Scranton, Pa., to Helen Jones and Sydney R. Bliss, died Nov. 6 at The Virginian in Fairfax, Va.

Her grandfather, from Macclesfield, England, founded the Bliss Silk Throwing Company which had five mills in Scranton and the surrounding area. She attended Scranton Country Day School and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College.

She married James Wood Johnson Carpender in 1935 and had her oldest daughter, Constance.

In 1945 she married Lt. Commander William R. Crutcher (USN) gaining another daughter, Caroline, and later having Susan, Nancy and Marny. She was a member of NOW wives in Southern California and McLean, Va. and served as president at one time.

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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Maria Izzo, 101

Maria Izzo, 101, wife of the late Luigi Izzo, passed away at home on Wednesday, Nov. 3 in the company of her family and just two weeks shy of her 102nd birthday.

Mrs. Izzo was born Nov. 22, 1908 in Cavallare, Italy daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Pagliaro and has been a resident of Westport for 57 years.

She is a former member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Court Assumption. Her favorite pastime included cooking and spending time with her family.

Survivors include five daughters, Angelina Carusone and her husband Joseph of Anzio, Italy, Elizabeth Petretta and her husband (Rocco) of Westport, Josephine Bertoldo of Meriden, Antonia Prentice of Monroe and Ann Izzo of Westport;  two sons, Anthony Izzo and his wife (Margie) of Tarheel, N.C., Joseph Izzo of Westport, 13 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Izzo was also predeceased by six brothers and sisters.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Herbert C. Hartmann Sr., 94

Herbert C. Hartmann Sr., 94, of Westport and Jupiter, Fla., the husband of the late Grete Hartmann, died Oct. 25 at his son’s home in Old Saybrook.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Henry and Jennie Hartmann and a longtime area resident. He attended Peter Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan.

He began his professional career working six years at Chase Bank, then five years at IBM.

He moved on to Fairchild Camera in Jamaica, N.Y., where he played a role in Jimmy Doolittle’s “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo.”

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Shirley Yvonne Huston Young, 84

Shirley Yvonne Huston Young, a Westport resident many years, died Oct. 18 in Wilton. She was 84.

Born on June 9, 1926, in Schenectady, N.Y., she was the daughter of Orrin R. and Blanche Gallant Huston of Scotia, N.Y.

She graduated Scotia High School in 1944, became a visiting nurse, married her husband, Richard Allen Young, in 1950.

In 1969, the family moved to Westport where she resided until 2000, then retired to Wallingford. She eventually moved to Wilton in 2006.

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Joseph C. Sibigtroth, 94

Joseph Clarence Sibigtroth passed away on Oct. 22 in Westport. He was 94.WestportNow.com Image
Joseph C. Sibigtroth: World War II vet.  Contributed photo

Born on Nov. 29, 1915 to Joseph and Alma Sibigtroth in Mendota, Ill., he was the second oldest of eight children, the others being Art, Helen, Ruth, George, Bernice, Don, and Bob. 

He received his bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Illinois in 1939 and 1940, respectively.  He married Marjorie Ward in 1941 and had two children, Alan and Joan. 

From 1942 to 1946, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a lieutenant in the southwest Pacific. 

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Joseph Stein, Librettist of “Fiddler,” Dies at 98

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UPDATE Joseph Stein (r), the veteran musical librettist who penned the books to such shows as “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Zorba,” died Sunday. He was 98 and had recently been hospitalized at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan after a fall. Stein visited the Westport Country Playhouse in 2007 (picture) when it held a benefit gala to honor composer John Kander (c), a partner in the musical theater songwriting team with the late lyricist Fred Ebb. The pair are best known for “Cabaret,” “Chicago,” and the song “New York, New York.” At left is Stein’s wife Elisa. Stein wrote the book to Kander and Ebb’s musical take on Thornton Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth,” called “All About Us,” which had a production in Westport in 2007. The late Eartha Kitt, a Weston resident, appeared as The Fortune Teller. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

 

 

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Domenica “Mimma” Romeo, 69

Domenica “Mimma” Romeo of Westport, beloved wife of Orlando Romeo, passed away on Tuesday, Oct.19 at Yale-New Haven Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was 69.WestportNow.com Image
Domenica “Mimma” Romeo: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Domenica was born in Reggio Calabria, Italy on Feb. 12, 1941, and is the daughter of the late Andrea and Maria (Tegano) Galimi. She has resided in Westport for many years, working as a seamstress and homemaker.

She was a loving mother and grandmother, known to her grandchildren as ‘Nonna’.

In addition to her husband of 47 years, she is survived by two sons, Carlo Romeo and his wife Katie of Fairfield, Andrew Romeo and his wife Luisa of Norwalk, two daughters, Maria Palmer and her husband Richard of Stamford, Julia Desroches and her husband Ron of Hamden, one sister, Maria ‘Tita’ Bellantoni and her husband John of Cos Cob, one brother, Ignazio Galimi and his wife Pina of Stamford, two sister-in-laws, Ada Galimi of Italy and Grazia Galimi of Norwalk, and 10 cherished grandchildren.  She was predeceased by two brothers, Francesco and Antonio Galimi.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Ilse Barwick, 84

Ilse Von Lasser Zollheimb Barwick died Oct. 12 in Norwalk. She was 84.WestportNow.com Image
Ilse Barwick: 30-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

She was born Dec. 24, 1925 in Austria, daughter of the late Eric and Elizabeth (Ferrous) Von Lasser Zollheimb. Her childhood and early education in Vienna was interrupted by the outbreak of World War II with the Russian advance in 1945.

The family was forced to flee and settled in the vicinity of Innsbruck, where she completed her studies at the local university.

After a brief period of employment with the U.S. Information Service in Innsbruck, she left for marriage to Aristide Hubrich in Zambia, Africa. They subsequently moved to London where two daughters were born.

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Robert L. Weinstein, 76

Robert Lewis Weinstein of Weston passed away on Wednesday Oct. 13 at his home surrounded by his family after a serious illness.  He was 76.

Mr. Weinstein was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., a son of the late Annette and Charles Weinstein.

Mr. Weinstein graduated from Hofstra University in 1956 with a degree in business. He was a member of the ROTC and spent six months on active duty stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground and then another six years in the Army Reserves, moving up to the rank of captain before being discharged. 

Throughout his life, he adored history and anything to do with the military.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Edward S. Anastasia, 86

Edward S. Anastasia, 86, of Hollywood, Fla., formerly of Westport, and husband of the late Lucille (Michaud) Anastasia, died Saturday, Oct. 9 in Florida.WestportNow.com Image
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Mr. Anastasia was born in Westport on June 18, 1924, son of the late Placido and Carrie (Capasse) Anastasia and had resided in Westport for 77 years prior to moving to Hollywood full time.

Ed joined the Westport Fire Department July 1, 1957 and retired June 30, 1984, serving for 27 years. He is a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and a member of the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post No. 399. He was also a life member of Saugatuck Hose Co. No. 4.

During his earlier years, Ed was very active in sports playing baseball and fast pitch softball. He played fast pitch softball many teams including, the Arrow restaurant, Norwalk Eagles and Castro Convertible and was inducted into the Connecticut Amateur Softball Fast Pitch Hall of Fame.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Judyth A. Gutoff, 75

Judyth A. Gutoff, a former Westport resident and wife, mother and sister, died Oct. 7 in New York City after a brief illness. She was 75.

Born on Jan. 25, 1935, she was the daughter of Helen and Ernst Mayer, joining elder brother Donald.

She grew up on Central Park West and attended Ethical Culture and Fieldston schools. In 1954, she was the Ohio State University homecoming queen at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Judyth married Edward Bernstein, and they were the parents of Lynn, Neal and Gail. The family lived in Westport for 23 years.

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Calling Hours Saturday for Kathy Kincaid

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Calling hours will be Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for well known Westporter Kathy Kincaid who died Monday, Oct. 5 in Corfu, Greece, after a brief illness.

The family said in an obituary made available today that the calling hours will be at Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, Westport. Interment will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations can be made to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, 777 Summer St., Suite 400, Stamford, CT 06901 attn: Rachelle Kucera Mehra, or online at www.dvccct.org

Donations can also be made to Builders Beyond Borders, 8 Willard Road, Norwalk, CT 06851 or online at www.buildersbeyondborders.org.

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Jeffrey J. Schaefer, 62

Jeffrey John Schaefer, a lifelong Westport resident and 1966 graduate of Staples High School, died on Oct. 9 at his home following a long illness. He was 62.WestportNow.com Image
Jeffrey J. Schaefer: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo

Jeff’s parents were Jack and Ann Schaefer. He attended junior college in Florida, and he graduated from Hobart welding school in Ohio. He married Susan Beverly Mahn of Westport in 1976.

In the 1970s, Jeff was a co-owner of Fairfield County Estate Liquidators, where his interest in and knowledge of antiques helped make it a successful business. In 1979 he joined his father in John Schaefer Builders Inc., which he then owned until 2001.

From 2001 to 2007, Jeff worked for Hobbs, Inc. of New Canaan, as an assistant construction superintendent and then service representative in the Renovations & Estate Services Group.

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