Thursday, January 14, 2010
Jay R. Flaxman, 80
Jay R. Flaxman, 80 of Bridgeport, former manager of The Record Hunter in Westport and Westport Transit District employee, passed away suddenly on Monday, Jan. 11.
Jay R. Flaxman: worked at The Record Hunter. Contributed photo
Mr. Flaxman was born in The Bronx, N.Y. on March 27, 1929. Jay was a family man who was most happy when surrounded by those he loved and they returned his love in full measure. Jay was a veteran of the Korean War.
After his discharge he worked for The Record Hunter In New York City and later opened and managed The Record Hunter in Westport. He took great pleasure in serving the citizens of Westport and enjoyed guiding them in making their selections.
He called on his vast knowledge of classical, pop and folk music to help them make good choices. He created a welcoming environment in the store and was generous to young and old who visited him for advice and companionship.
Edward G. Goodspeed, 88
Edward Givens Goodspeed died Dec. 31, 2009.
Born on Aug. 21, 1921, in Warwick, R.I., he spent his early childhood in Waban, Mass. In 1931, his family moved to Westport. He spent most of his life there and in Fairfield.
Goodspeed attended The Taft School and graduated from Choate-Rosemary Hall. He went onto Yale University, where he graduated with the class of 1944. At Yale, he served in the ROTC and was captain of the Yale baseball team.
A World War II veteran, he was a first lieutenant who fought in the Battle of the Bulge as a forward observer, helped capture the Remagen Bridge and was an aerial observer in the 308th Field Artillery Battalion, 78th Infantry Division. He was awarded the Air Medal for completing 63 missions.
Joseph W. Ziegahn Sr, 65
Joseph William Ziegahn Sr. died Jan. 6, at his home in New Canaan.
A dynamic, creative and inspiring man, he was born in Luverne, Minn., on Oct. 22, 1944, to Margaret Arnold and George William Ziegahn of Sioux Falls, S.D.
He met and married the love of his life in 1968, Ingeborg Helene Emilie Grassmann Ziegahn of New Canaan, while attending Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. He received a bachelor degree in art and his teaching degree.
After graduation, Ziegahn moved to Connecticut to work for the Westport Board of Education, as a teacher of art, ceramics and photography at Coleytown Junior High School and Long Lots Junior High School for close to a decade.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Joseph Ziegahn Service Set for Saturday
Joseph Ziegahn Sr., a former arts teacher at Westport’s Staples High School and technical director of the Staples Players from 1982 to 2008, died Jan. 6 in New Canaan. He was 65.
His death produced an outpouring of tributes from present and former Staples students who praised not only his artistic skills but his gentle and sensitive mentoring and support of the many he encountered. He retired in 2008 after 39 years in education. (See obituary)
A memorial service will be held at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in New Canaan on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m.
David Roth, Staples Players director, said Players will be honoring Ziegahn at its performance of “Little Shop of Horrors” on Saturday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Staples Auditorium.
Peter I. Cooper, 78
Peter Iredell Cooper, 78, of Rutland, Vt., died Jan. 2 at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
He was born Feb. 11, 1931, in Boston, Mass., the son of Donald B. and Doris (Olds) Cooper.
He graduated from Staples High School in Westport, attended the University of Connecticut and graduated from St. Joseph the Provider College in Rutland. During the 1950s, Mr. Cooper served in the U.S. Air Force in Roswell, N.M.
He was executive director of Alcohol Information and Referral, now the Evergreen Center, for six years and counselor to the recovering community. He wrote advertising copy at WHWB and was a technician for Vermont Interactive Television for a number of years, retiring in 2009.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Jeffrey R. Meier, 60
Jeffrey “Fuzzy” R. Meier, 60, of Westport, a former Board of Education security guard, special police officer, and traffic agent passed away Monday, Jan. 11 at Norwalk Hospital.
Jeff was born Sept. 19, 1949 in Norwalk and has been a lifelong resident of Westport.
He was a 1969 graduate of Staples High School and a retired security guard for the Westport Board of Education.
Jeff served as a special police officer for the Town of Westport from 1975 to 1982 and was appointed as a traffic agent for the town and served from 1988 through 2002.
Saturday, January 09, 2010
2006 Staples Grad Killed in I-95 Crash
Jacquelyn-Ann Perez, 21, a 2006 graduate of Westport’s Staples High School, died early Friday in a two-vehicle accident on I-95 in Norwalk. She was the second recent Staples grad to die in an area car crash in less than two weeks.
Jacquelyn-Ann Perez: lived in Westport 12 years. Facebook.com photo
State police said Perez, who had moved to Southport seven months ago from Westport, was headed south on the exit 15 on-ramp in a 2009 Subaru when she veered left for an unknown reason, crossing the right and center lanes, directly into the path of a 2004 Freightliner tractor-trailer, causing a collision.
Perez was pronounced dead at the scene of the 1:25 a.m. accident. The Subaru was totaled and the truck suffered heavy damage, state police said.
Her death followed that of Charles M.Rochlin, 24, a 2003 Staples grad, who was killed in a crash on Greens Farms Road in Westport on Dec. 27. (See WestportNow Dec. 28, 2009)
Jacquelyn-Ann Perez, 21
Jacquelyn-Ann Perez, 21, of Southport, passed away Friday, Jan. 8, 2010.
Jackie was born May 17, 1988, in Key West, Fla., and had resided in Westport for 12 years prior to moving to Southport seven months ago. She was employed as a receptionist for Philip Salon in Wilton. and was a 2006 graduate of Staples High School.
Survivors include her mother, Sandra T. Blinn of Southport, one brother, David Aronson of San Francisco, Calif., one sister, Dawn Aronson of Mt. Holly, Vt., her maternal grandmother, Tessie DeMattia of Southport., one aunt, Linda Voulgarakis and her husband Jim of Wilton, two uncles, Nick Manzi of Southport., and James DeMattia of Vermont; three cousins, Harry and Nikki Voulgarakis, and Libby-Ann Longo all of Wilton.
The family will receive friends in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, on Monday, Jan. 11 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Joseph F. Vena, 90
Joseph F. Vena of Fairfield, the beloved husband of Julie Kaczegowicz Vena for more than 51 years, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at home.
Born in Westport, he was a longtime Fairfield resident and was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a Foreman with C.O. Jeliff Company for more than 31 years.
During his lifetime, Mr. Vena was an avid golfer. He was also a member of the Southport Volunteer Fire Deptartment for more than 25 years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Virginia Ceci of Norwalk; two sisters, Edith (Lulu) Rodriguez of Fairfield and Marie Reitano of Fairfield; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Dino Veno, Andrew Veno, Nicholas Veno and Frank Veno.
Friday, January 08, 2010
Longtime Westporter Connie S. Maniatty Dies at 90
UPDATE Longtime Westporter Connie S. Maniatty, former Salomon Brothers managing director and partner and former chairman of the board of the Norwalk Hospital Foundation, died today. He was 90.
Connie S. Maniatty: former Norwalk Hospital Foundation chair. File photo
He joined Salomon Brothers in 1943 and was named a general partner of the firm in 1960.
Maniatty was the chairman of the board of the Norwalk Hospital Foundation for more than nine years, and a member of the board of trustees of the hospital itself. During his chairmanship, the Foundation raised more than $55 million.
Maniatty was active in Columbia College affairs since his graduation in 1943, serving as permanent president of his class, a trustee for 11 years, and a member of numerous Columbia University committees.
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Stuart A. “Stu” Forbes
Stuart A. “Stu” Forbes of Westport, Mass., passed away over the weekend at his residence unexpectedly. He was the former husband of Jane (Carney) Forbes of Westport, Mass.
Born in South Kingstown, R.I., a son of the late Ervin G. and Marguerite T. (Kelley) Forbes, he spent his youth in Wickford, R.I., and lived in Westport, Conn., from 1979 until moving to Westport, Mass, in 1993.
A graduate of North Kingstown High School, Class of 1963, and the University of Rhode Island, 1967, he earned his MBA from Fordham University in 1974.
Mr. Forbes was a foreign exchange trader on Wall Street for many years with American Brands, Toronto Dominion Bank and AMRO., retiring in 1993.
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Actor Donal Donnelly, Former Westporter, Dies at 78
UPDATE Donal Donnelly, a Westporter for almost three decades who became one of the most respected Irish actors of his generation, died in Chicago on Monday after a long battle with cancer. He was 78.
Donal Donnelly in “The Dead.” File photo
Donnelly, who moved to Westport in 1979 and remained here until 2008, was best known for his role as the scheming Archbishop Gilday in “The Godfather: Part III” and as good-natured drunk Freddy Malins in John Huston’s adaptation of James Joyce’s “The Dead.”
But he saw the stage as his natural home.
Donnelly was nominated for a Tony Award for his role as Private Gar in the original staging of Brian Friel’s “Philadelphia, Here I Come!” in 1964.
Joseph P. Wirsing Jr., 58
Joseph P. Wirsing Jr., 58, of Wilton, the husband of Karen Schlegel, died Jan. 2 in Westport.
Born in the Bronx, N.Y., on April 8, 1951, son of Joseph P. Wirsing Sr. and the late Patricia Harrison Wirsing, he was a Wilton resident for 30 years.
Wirsing worked in the entertainment production industry with some of the biggest names in the music business, including Prince, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Jackson Browne, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Pat Benatar, Chic, David Johansen, Wham!, Buddy Miles, Band Of Gypsys and Aerosmith.
He was also involved in many special events, including the Grammy Awards telecasts, the Pope John Paul II masses in New York City, The U.S. Bill of Rights tour, WOMAD, the Amnesty International “Conspiracy of Hope” tour, Live-Aid and Woodstock 94.
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Eva M. Carrara, 97
Eva M. Carrara, 97, a native and lifelong resident of Westport and wife of the late Peter D. Carrara, passed away peacefully Monday Jan. 4 at home in the company of her family.
Eva Carrara: oldest member of United Methodist Church. Contributed photo
Born at home in Westport, Sept. 12, 1912, the daughter of the late Nathan and Elsie (Baker) Shippey, Mrs. Carrara was the oldest living member of the United Methodist Church in Westport.
Prior to retiring Jan. 5, 2001, Mrs. Carrara was employed for 29 years with MBI in Norwalk. She is a graduate of Staples High School and a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church of Westport where she was a member of Suzannah Circle.
Survivors include two daughters, Joanne C. Marshall and her husband Howard, Marilyn F. Carrara both of Westport, three grandchildren, Jay Marshall (Lynn), Janice Ullrich (Jim), Nancy Sengstacken; four great grandchildren, Brenna and Nicole Marshall, Joseph Pepin, Meghan Sengstacken, and two great great grandchildren, Kaiden and Jaylyn Powell.
Stefanie Prigge, 63
Stefanie Prigge, 63, of Greenwich, died Dec. 31 at home.
Born in Alexandria, Va. on Aug. 12, 1946, she was the daughter of the late William and Louise Prigge.
Prigge attended Westport schools and graduated from Staples High School in 1964. She moved to Greenwich in 1973. Her family was longtime members of Saugatuck Congregational Church and the Cedar Point Yacht Club.
She is survived by her brother, Peter Prigge. She was predeceased by her younger brother, Paul Prigge.
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport