Thursday, November 18, 2010
John S. Edwards, 93
John Sherwood Edwards, a life-long resident of Easton and father of Westport Public Works Director Stephen Edwards, passed away at home on Wednesday, Nov. 17. He was 93.
John S. Edwards: life-long Easton resident. Contributed photo
Sherwood was the only child of the late Minnie and Erwin P. Edwards of Easton.
Sherwood is survived by his wife, Phyllis M. Edwards; his four children, James S. Edwards of Easton, Stephen J. Edwards and his wife, Polly of Easton, Larry B. Edwards and his wife, Donna of New Hartford, and Sally Berger and her husband, John of Hendersonville, N.C.; as well as many grand and great-grandchildren.
A graduate of the University of Maine, Sherwood returned to his roots and expanded the family dairy farm into what now is known as Maple Row Tree Farm, which continues to be run by the family.
Janet Joyce Flynn, 71
Janet Joyce Flynn (nee Ardissone) of Randolph, N.J. and formerly of Ridgefield, N.J., beloved mother and grandmother passed away on Friday, Nov. 12 at her home with her family at her side. She was 71.
Predeceased by her husband, Donald Flynn, she is survived by her mother, Louise Ardissone (nee Bagnati) also of Randolph, N.J and formerly of Ridgefield, N.J.; as well as her children Judy Romano along with her husband Greg and their children Alexander, Christopher, and Elise Romano of Basking Ridge, N.J.; Kathy Flynn along with her children Daniel, Erika, and Madeline Parisi of Westport; Danny Flynn along with his wife Gordana and their sons Donald and Christopher of Randolph, N.J.; and Peter Flynn along with his daughters Jessica and Megan of Flanders, N.J.
Janet Flynn was the 1956 valedictorian and captain of the cheerleading squad at Emerson High School in North Bergen, N.J. She worked as an editor at McGraw Hill in New York City and, after having married in 1958 and raising a family for years, she worked as a school crossing guard in Ridgefield, N.J., and enjoyed bingo and bowling.
Although stricken with Multiple Sclerosis for more than 30 years, she never complained but was instead an inspiration to all who knew her. She was an avid Yankees fan, devoted soap opera junkie, coffee-aholic, and was her 10 grandchildren’s most devoted fan as they pursued activities on the ice, stage, water, and field.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Barbara L. Duffy, 91
Barbara L. Duffy, 91, of Davie, Fla., formerly of Westport and wife of the late Cornelius F. Duffy Jr., died Nov. 16, 2010, at the North Broward General Hospital in Florida.
Barbara Duffy: 60-year Westport resident. Contributed photo
Born on March 18, 1919, in Nashua, N.H., she lived in Westport for 60 years before moving to Florida in 2004. She worked for Norwalk Hospital as a registered nurse for 32 years before retiring in 1991.
She had served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during World War II as a second lieutenant. She is a graduate of St. Joseph School of Nursing in New Hampshire and a life member of the Joseph J. Clinton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 399.
Survivors include two sons, Richard F. Duffy and Daniel P. Duffy, and two daughters, Patricia F. Duffy and Kathleen E. Duffy all of Davie, Fla.; a grandson, Brian Duffy of Milford. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Kenneth Duffy, and a grandson, Darrell Duffy.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Jane Turner Terpening, 88
Jane Turner Terpening of Westport passed away on Nov. 10 at the Honey Hill Rehabilitation Center in Norwalk. She was 88.
Jane Terpening: active at Unitarian Church. Contributed photo
Mrs. Terpening was born on May 15, 1922, the daughter of William and Grace Turner. Jane graduated from Phoenix High School and Oswego State Teacher’s College.
She taught for more than 10 years beginning in a one-room schoolhouse in Booneville, N.Y., then to a class of 30 ninth graders in Rochester, N.Y.
She was instrumental in introducing a drug program in Westport during the 1970s called Project Renaissance, an offshoot of Daytop Village. She served for five years on its board of directors.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
John C. Donaher Jr., 78
John C. Donaher Jr., of Fairfield, husband of Susan Sherman Donaher, died Nov. 9. He was 78.
Born July 18, 1932, in New Kensington, Pa., he graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1954, with a B.S. in business, and in 1960 earned a master’s degree in hospital administration from the University of Pittsburgh. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served at the Allied forces headquarters in Paris from 1955 to 1957.
He moved to Fairfield in 1978 from Detroit, Mich., where he had been president of the Detroit Medical Center, to assume the presidency of Doctors Hospital in New York City. In 1990, he was appointed director of hospitals for Aga Kahn in Chantilly, France. He returned to Fairfield upon his retirement. He was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church in Westport.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons John of Pittsburgh, Pa., Matthew of Newtown, and Patrick of Fairfield; daughters Tracy of Fairfield and Brigid MacDonald, of Hopkinton, Mass.; siblings Mary Ann Hanna, Ursula Donaher, Catherine Julien and Dennis Donaher all of Webster, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Margaret Donaher, and brothers William and Terrence.
Mary Lee Culver Casson, 78
Mary Lee Culver Casson of Westport, a singer and actress, died Oct. 31. She was 78.
Born on Feb. 21, 1932, in Richmond, Va., she received a B.A. degree from Bryn Mawr College in 1953, and attended Juilliard School of Music in New York City and the Conservatorio de Santa Cecilia in Rome where she studied opera performance. She performed in musical theater productions and concerts.
She also acted in movies, including “Under Ten Flags” with Charles Laughton and “Five Branded Women” with Sophia Loren. She starred in the first full-length movie made for Italian television and had her own radio program.
After moving to New York City, she performed on stage and television, including commercials. She sang concerts at Carnegie Hall and other venues, and performed as the Angel in the Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall.
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.
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.
Richard Terry Sr.: coached gymnastics Contributed photo
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Joseph C. Sibigtroth, 94
Joseph Clarence Sibigtroth passed away on Oct. 22 in Westport. He was 94.
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.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Joseph Stein, Librettist of “Fiddler,” Dies at 98
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
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.
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.
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport