Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Mary E. Latimer, 99
Mary E. Latimer, a former longtime resident of Westport and wife of the late Byron B. Latimer, died Dec. 25 in the Masonic Heath Center in Wallingford. She was 99.
Born Oct. 6, 1911, in Philadelphia, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Amy (Howard) Yearsley. She had lived in Westport for 59 years before moving to Ashlar Village in 2001.
She was a licensed practical nurse who primarily worked private-duty assignments.
She later owned a small shop in Westport and Cape Cod until her retirement. She was a member of the Daughters of the Nile, Order of the Eastern Star, Lafayette Chapter for more than 50 years. She also had been a member of Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Westport.
Monday, January 10, 2011
James F. Wilhelmy, 52
James F. Wilhelmy of Woodbury, a 1976 graduate of Westport’s Staples High School, died Jan. 8 at Waterbury Hospital. He was 52.
He was the husband of Shirley (Ferry) Wilhelmy.
James was born June 4, 1958, in Cleveland, Ohio, son of the late Robert and Rita (Argalli) Wilhelmy. He has resided in Woodbury for the past three years, previously living in Shelton.
He graduated from Staples High School in 1976 and attended Stetson University, Deland, Fla. James graduated from Oglethorpe University in Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in business. He was a self-employed contractor and was a member of the Waterbury Country Club.
Saturday, January 08, 2011
Bob Hullet, 83
Bob Hullet of Boulder, Colo., a former Westporter, passed away Dec. 18. He was 83.
Bob Hullet: worked for American Airlines. Contributed photo
Bob was born Jan. 27, 1927, in Avard, Okla., to the late Cleo and Pauline Weems Hullet and grew up on a small farm in with two brothers and two sisters. He will be remembered for his quick smile, intelligence, love of family and friends, and ability to embrace new experiences and challenges.
Growing up in a small community during the Great Depression. Bob’s early experiences and the many examples of integrity, courage, honor and hard work that surrounded him shaped his soul in profound ways.
After serving in the military, Bob attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University, New York University, Purdue University and graduated with honors from Oklahoma State University.
Brenda Bond passed away on Jan.1 at her home in Brewster on Cape Cod in Massachusetts surrounded by her family.
Brenda Bond: former Westporter. Contributed photo
Prior to moving permanently to the Cape in 1991, she lived in Westport, Wilton, and Southborough, Mass.
Brenda was born in 1940 in Brockton, Mass. and graduated from Brockton High School and Framingham State.
She is survived by Fred Bond her husband of 49 years, son Keith Bond, grandson Christian Bond of Eastham, mother-in-law, Bernice Bond of Harwich and cousins Tina Tartaglia of Brockton, Richard Kimball of Florida and Jim and Jack Whiting of Arizona.
Friday, January 07, 2011
Vera N. Hahn, 82
Vera N. Hahn, age 82, of Westport, beloved wife of the late Harold C. Hahn, Jr. died Jan. 5.
Born in Bronxville, N.Y., the daughter of the late John and Vera Nelson, she was a Westport resident for 42 years. A graduate of Katharine Gibbs, Hahn was a retired executive assistant for Time, Inc.
She was a member of the Junior Women’s League of Westport and a longtime active volunteer at the Pequot Library. She enjoyed solving crossword puzzles and delighted in time spent with her grandchildren.
Survivors include three children, Harold C. Hahn, III of Old Saybrook, Alison H. Morgan and her husband Reed of Easton, N.H. and Amy H. Reilly and her husband Brian of Southbury; a sister, Elaine Carter of Fairfield; six grandchildren, Brian, Eric and Scott Hahn, Emily Morgan and Joseph and Jonathan Reilly; and four nieces and nephews.
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Harold Hornstein, 90
Harold Hornstein, a longtime resident of Easton whose long journalism career in Connecticut and elsewhere included stints at the Westport Town Crier and Westport News, died Jan. 1 in Cheshire at the home of his daughter, Deborah Alexander Hereld. He was 90.
Harold Hornstein: veteran journalist. Contributed photo
Mr. Hornstein was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. After graduating from Brooklyn College at the beginning of World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served four years in Europe as a member of an antiaircraft gun crew. After the war he attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism on the GI Bill, graduating with a Bachelor of Journalism degree.
Mr. Hornstein’s first job was as an investigative reporter with the Columbus Georgia Enquirer, where he covered Phoenix City, Ala., known at the time as “Sin City.” Upon returning to the north, he served as news editor of the Westport Town Crier, and as county and assistant city editor of the Bridgeport Post.
He retired after an 18-year career as editorial writer for the New Haven Register, where he also wrote the weekly feature “Our Connecticut.” Mr. Hornstein was the editor of the 1976 book “New Haven Celebrates the Bicentennial,” published by The New Haven Colony Historical Society.
Monday, January 03, 2011
Jeanne Bachrach Kimball, 96
Former longtime Westport resident Jeanne Bachrach Kimball died Dec. 30 in Nashville, Tenn. where she was living with her daughter and son-in-law, Holly and Barry Tashian. She was 96.
Jeanne Bachrach. Kimball: photo taken at age 95. Robert Bachrach photo
Born and raised in West Newton, Mass, the daughter of Dorothy Keyes and Louis Fabian Bachrach, she moved to Westport in 1953 with her husband, the late Fred Kimball, who she had met at a Unitarian church camp when they were 17. He died in 1994.
She majored in music at Radcliffe College, graduating in 1936, and spent the rest of her life as an active musician.
In the mid 1950’s she founded the Westport Madrigal Singers and the choir at the Unitarian Church in Westport. She directed both groups for more than 30 years. She also led the Pitchpipers, a women’s choral group who sing in nursing homes, and she was a gifted singing teacher and vocal coach.
Norton D. Smiley
Norton D. Smiley, of Silver Spring, Md., and a former Westport resident, the husband of Harriet Flott Smiley, died Dec. 30 at home.
Born in Fountain Hill, Pa., he was the son of E. Kenneth Smiley and Gertrude (Dunlap) Smiley. He attended Virginia Military Institute and graduated from Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pa. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1965, where he attained the rank of specialist.
He retired after many years in the computer industry with IBM, Fujitsu, Informatics, Waldenbooks and Sagemaker. He had been a member of Assumption Church in Westport, serving as a eucharistic minister for many years.
Survivors, in addition to his wife of 44 years, include five sons, Colin (Jennifer) of Austin, Texas, Brian (Susan) of Langhorne, Pa., Brendan (Katrina) of Burleson, Texas, Devin (Christi Crovato) of Oceanside, Calif., and Kieran (Bo Bortner) of San Diego, Calif.; sisters, Maureen Smiley Gross of Conway, S.C., and Marcia Smiley Kung of Philadelphia, Pa.; 12 grandchildren, Rose, Aidan, Anna, Seamus, Tessa, Andrew, Harrison, Corrigan, Declan, Emeline, Mary Katherine and Callum, as well as nieces and nephews.
‘Mac’ Gibbons, founder of Green’s Farms Group, Dies at 86
Maxfield S. “Mac” Gibbons (c), a founder of Westport’s Green’s Farms Association, died Thursday at his home in Greenwich at the age of 86. The cause of death was melanoma, according to his family. Gibbons is pictured with his daughter Axie and son Nathaniel at the opening in August of Nathaniel’s exhibit at the Pequot Library in Southport of some of his mammoth tintypes—a 19th-century photographic technique which involves taking photos on metal plates. In addition to being an artist, Nathaniel Gibbons is an inspector in the Fire Marshal’s office of the Westport Fire Department and a former member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM). See full obituary here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Sunday, January 02, 2011
Maxfield S. Gibbons, 86
Maxfield S. “Mac” Gibbons: worked to preserve Westport’s residential character. WN file photoMaxfield S. “Mac” Gibbons, a founder of Westport’s Green’s Farms Association, died Dec. 30 at his home in Greenwich. He was 86. The cause of death was melanoma, according to his family.
He was born Feb. 17, 1924 in Wilkinsburg, Pa. to the late George Rison Gibbons and Helen Lewis Maxfield and grew up in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
Mr. Gibbons graduated cum laude from The Choate School, and from Yale University as a member of the class of 1945W (the ‘W’ signifies an accelerated class that Yale produced during World War II that completed four years of study in three years).
Following college, Mr. Gibbons worked briefly as a cub reporter for the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph before joining the advertising agency Ketchum, McLeod & Grove as a copywriter.
Friday, December 31, 2010
Jennifer D. Burke, 53
Jennifer Dean Burke of Ridgefield, beloved wife of Michael A. Burke, passed away peacefully with her family by her side Dec. 25 following a long and courageous battle with brain cancer. She was 53.
Jennifer D. Burke: former Westporter. Contributed photo
Born in Barnesville, Ohio the beloved daughter of Evan Benedict Dean and Janice Amberg Dean of Westport, she was raised in Alton, Ill. and Rochester, N.Y. prior to moving to Westport. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Fairfield University.
Jennifer was employed at Xerox and later the General Electric Co. where she retired as a vice president. Wherever she worked, Jennifer was admired and respected by her fellow workers for her outstanding leadership skills.
Jennifer was an inspiration to many and showed the way to deal with life’s hardest challenges with dignity and good nature. She was a member of the G.E. Elfun Society.
Adrien “Sonny” Sarrazien
Adrien “Sonny” Sarrazien died on Dec. 19 at his home in Westport.
He was survived by his wife Nancy Sarrazien, and children: David, Doreen, Robert, John Sarrazien, and Michele Whipple. He has five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
He worked for C.R. Gibson for 37 years as a truck driver. He was loved by all and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Condolences cards may be mailed to 346 Main Ave, Norwalk CT 06851 Att: Doreen. The family will hold a private gathering at a later date.
Mary Jane O’‘Donohue Knapp, 64
Mary Jane O’‘Donohue Knapp passed away on Dec. 22 at her East Norwalk residence. She was 64.
A daughter of the late Peter J. O’Donohue and Dorothy Gorman O’Donohue, Mary Jane was born in Stamford and after briefly residing in Darien and Stamford, moved with her family to Norwalk and resided for 50 years at the family home on Cove Avenue in East Norwalk.
A graduate of Norwalk High School, Class of ‘64, M. J. is remembered by many friends for her warm, generous and outgoing personality and her courageous spirit.
Mary Jane loved nature, wildlife, the ocean, and she particularly enjoyed the view of Norwalk Harbor from her “Cottage”. She was an ardent advocate of animal rights and devoted many hours to supporting dog rescue activities.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Cynthia ‘Cindy’ D’Aiuto, 48
Cindy D’Aiuto, a lifelong resident of Westport, passed away Dec. 28. She was 48.
Cindy D’Aiuto: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo
Cindy was born in Norwalk, March 17, 1962, daughter of Suzy (Kline) Fiore of Westport and the late John Watson Jr. She is a 1980 graduate of Staples High School. Cindy also loved her dog “Bear.”
Survivors in addition to her mother and stepfather Tony Fiore, include two daughters, Lynsay D’Aiuto and Jennie D’Aiuto. Two sisters, Tracy Fuchs and Whitney Cusa, five brothers, John E. Watson, Robert Watson, Craig Watson, Michael Fiore and Paul Fiore; three grandchildren, Aleigh, Jacob and Tate and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her father, she was also predeceased by her stepmother Babs Watson
Friends are invited to attend a memorial service Sunday, Jan. 2, at 3 p.m. in the Greens Farms Congregational Church, 71 Hillandale Road.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Zazel B. Wilde, 93
Zazel Bentz Wilde, a longtime Westport resident and the wife of Edgar Wilde, died Dec. 27 at home. She was 93.
She grew up in Hagerstown, Md., and met her husband there when he was stationed at a nearby military installation during World War II.
After the war, they moved to New York City, and then to Westport. A member of the Patterson Country Club in Fairfield for many years, she was an avid golfer.
Survivors, in addition to her husband of 66 years, include, her children, Zazel Loven of New York City, Jeffrey Wilde of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and Pamela Stenberg of Rehoboth, Mass., and grandchildren, Hillevi, Sven, Kathryn, Alexander, Chloe and Paige.
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport