Monday, December 27, 2010
Judith Lunt, 78
Judith Lunt died Dec. 25 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center with her loving husband at her side. She was 78.
She was a daughter of the late Max and Esther Roche of Brooklyn, N.Y.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Sanford Lunt; daughter, Pamela Lewis and her husband, Jean Lewis; son, Michael Lunt; grandchildren, Andrew Lewis, Sarah Meir her husband, David Meir, great-grandson, Eli Meir; twin sister, Julia Moonitz; and brother, Michael Roche.
She resided in Westport for 40 years and for the past 16 years lived in Oronoque Village in Stratford where she was very active in Village activities.
William Leach, 65
William Leach, 65, of Las Vegas, Nev., a former teacher in the Westport schools system, died Dec. 24 after being diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumor. He was 65.
William Leach: taught in the Westport schools. Contributed photo
Bill fought a courageous battle and spent his final days surrounded by family and friends at the home of his daughter in Southington, Conn. He was formerly of Southington and moved to Las Vegas in 2005.
He was born on Feb. 14, 1945 in Jeffersonville, Ind. and was raised in Waterbury. Bill served in the U.S. Air Force, graduated from University of New Haven and later taught in the Westport school system.
He was a master craftsman and owned his own custom woodworking business. He had a love of cars and the outdoors.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Melvin Zimmers, 86
Melvin Zimmers of Boca Raton, Fla., formerly of Westport, died Dec. 24 of complications during surgery. He was 86.
Born in Tarrytown, N.Y., Nov. 23, 1924 to Harry and Anne Banks Zimmers, he was raised in the Bronx and graduated DeWitt Clinton High School in 1940.
He graduated New York University in 1947 where he was a member of the ZBT fraternity and editor of the Heights Daily News.
Mr. Zimmers was a decorated World War II veteran, serving with the 95th Divsion, “Iron Men of Metz.”
Friday, December 24, 2010
Sharon S. Broecking, 62
Sharon Seaver Broecking died Dec. 21, 2010. She was 62.
Ms. Broecking, tragically, was killed when she was hit by a car when crossing the street in Westport.
She was born Dec. 15, 1948, in Pittsburgh, Pa., but grew up in New Canaan. She moved to Westport many years ago as a young adult and had been a resident there ever since.
“Sherry,” as she was known to her friends, spent her life in service to others. For years she cared for the sick and the elderly of Westport seven days a week.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Regine Kallish, 82
Regine Kallish, a former substitute French teacher at Westport’s Staples High School and wife of the late Jack Kallish, died of cancer on Dec. 15. She was 82.
Born in Paris, France, she was the daughter of the late Rodolph Fain and Andree Kauffman Fain.
During World War II, she hid in France with her sisters and her mother, but her father was deported by the Nazis and died in a concentration camp.
Regine worked as a kinesiologist until she met her husband while he was visiting Europe. She married Jack in 1955 and they moved to California, back to Paris, Caracas, Venezuela, and San Juan, Puerto Rico before finally settling in Westport in 1975.
Kevin R. Keating, 70
Kevin R. Keating died Dec. 20 at VNA Hospice House, Vero Beach, Fla. He was 70.
He was born in Bridgeport to the late Stanley and Beatrice (Shirley) Keating. He has lived in Vero Beach for 22 years, coming from Westport.
He graduated from Fairfield College Preparatory School (“Fairfield Prep.”) and the College of the Holy Cross. He served his country as a naval officer during the Vietnam War.
Kevin spent his career on Wall Street, where he worked for more than 40 years.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Patricia G. Guidera, 57
Patricia Grant Guidera, 57, formerly of Westport, wife of the late Richard Guidera, died Dec. 17 in Alameda, Calif., from the complications of melanoma.
Pat was born Jan. 28, 1953, daughter of the late Edward J. and Rita (Cullen) Grant and was a fourth generation Westporter.
She was employed for many years in the graphic arts industry and had been a resident of Alameda since relocating from Connecticut in 1981.
Pat was an early environmentalist. She loved the outdoors and was certified as a Master Gardener by the Cooperative Extension Service Division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
John E. Brady, 61
John Edward “Jeb” Brady, formerly of Westport, died Dec. 17 at his home in Fairfax, Calif., surrounded by family and friends. He was 61.
John E. Brady: painter, illustrator, blues singer. Contributed photo
Born Dec. 20, 1948, he was the son of the late Jack and Sarah Jane Brady. His father was a salesman for Pepperidge Farm and his mother was a maternity nurse at Norwalk Hospital. Jeb was predeceased by his sister Denise.
Jeb attended Coleytown Elementary and Staples High School. In the late ‘60s, Jeb was part of an artistic movement that migrated from Westport to Berkeley, Calif. Jeb became a successful painter and illustrator and was a popular blues singer appearing in night clubs, restaurants and festivals in the San Francisco area.
Jeb is survived by his wife Sandy Brady and two sons: Michael Brady and Noah Walden who is Jeb’s son with Ainsley Parker Walden, formerly of Westport. Jeb is remembered by his many friends and fans around the world. Memorials will be held in Westport and California.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Nicholas Vigilante, 81
Nicholas Vigilante passed away on Dec. 14 in Tulare, Calif. after a prolonged illness. He was 81.
Nicholas Vigilante: Westport native. Contributed photo
He was born in Westport on March 5, 1929 to his parents John and Rose Vigilante. Nick grew up in Westport and was active in school sports playing football and baseball.
He enlisted in the Army at 17 and was trained as a paratrooper. He served in the Army of Occupation in Japan after World War II.
Nick returned to Westport and became an electrician. Nick married Catherine O’Hara and later moved to Morgan Hill, Calif., to start Alpine Mushroom Culture with his father John and brothers Joe and Jim.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Susan Abbott Steinnagel, 59
Susan Abbott Steinnagel of Westport died Dec. 16 from complications of pancreatic cancer. She was 59.
Susan Abbott Steinnagel: insurance and ratings industry executive. Contributed photo
Daughter of William Hugh Durdan and Catharine M. Howell, she was a longtime member of Christ and Holy Trinity Church, Westport where she sang in the choir, and served in the vestry, the altar guild, and the music and arts program.
A 1969 graduate of Simsbury (Conn.) High School, Susan was a 1973 graduate of Syracuse University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in literature, and of the University of Connecticut where where earned an MBA in finance. She worked as an executive and consultant in the insurance and ratings industry.
Susan worked at Moody’s Investors Service for 20 years through 2002. As the managing director of the Power and Energy team, she led a team of analysts through deregulation of global power companies.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
David B. Epstein, 77
David B. Epstein of Westport and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., died Dec. 15. in Westport. He was 77.
Born March 21, 1933, in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Jack and Rose Epstein. He grew up in Bridgeport and was a graduate of Bucknell University.
He began his professional career in advertising, and later established a commercial real estate investment and development company.
He also co-founded the David and Geri Epstein Private Foundation, which provides grants for medical research and educational opportunity. Among the foundation’s projects is a college scholarship program for Staples High School graduates.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Robert N. Smith, 52
Robert Nicholas Smith of Gold Canyon, Ariz., formerly of Westport, died Nov. 29. He was 52.
Born in Norwalk, he lived in Westport for the greater part of his life. He attended local schools and was a graduate of the Westport School of Music, studying under pianist Richard Gregor. He went to the University of Bridgeport for a year, then transferred to Arizona State.
He worked for many years in retail and restaurant management. After moving to Arizona three and a half years ago, he was employed by GC Services.
He is survived by his parents, Bob and Sandra Jaderlund Smith; his brothers, Darin and Wayne; and two nieces, Alexandra and Olena Rene Smith, all of Arizona. A Mass was celebrated at St. George’s Catholic Church in Gold Canyon. Burial will be in Willowbrook Cemetery, Westport.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Stanley V. Krygier, 99
Stanley V. Krygier died Sunday, Dec. 12 at his Fairfield residence. He was 99.
He was born in Poland on April 18, 1911 and came to the United States when he was 3 years old. When he was 11, his family moved from Greens Farms to Fairfield.
Stanley served in the Army from 1942 to 1945. He was stationed at Fort Ord and in the South Pacific in an amphibious supply division rising to the rank of sergeant in his military career.
Extensive reading was his main hobby. He was an avid and very good golfer, and as a tennis player, participated in a number of tournaments. Stanley also enjoyed applying his skills as a talented and successful gardener and was a member of the Westport Fish and Game Club, as well as Fairfield Fire Department Hook and Ladder No. 1.
Evelyn B. Kamins Levine, 90
Evelyn B. Kamins Levine of Westport, passed away Dec. 12 at the Westport Health Care Center. She was 90.
Born May 15, 1920, she was daughter of the late Zalmen and Ida Kanterman Goffen.
Mrs. Levine was a member of Hadassah and Beit Chavervim Synagogue in Westport. She worked as an office manager for B & B Motor Supply in New York City prior to moving to Norwalk where she resided for the past 10 years.
Mrs. Levine is survived by her son, the Honorable Barry Kamins (Supreme Court Justice of New York) and his wife Fern of Brooklyn, N.Y.; by her daughter Irene Schub and her husband Alvin of Norwalk; by three grandchildren, Stacey Gola and her husband Guy of Norwalk, Andrew Schub of Burbank, Calif., Allyson King and her husband Karl of Mount Vernon, N.Y.; and by three great-grandchildren, Hayley Gola and Matthew Gola of Norwalk, and Rachael King of Mount Vernon.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Fredirick William Daniel Arndt, 76
Fredirick William Daniel Arndt of Westport died Dec. 8 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 76.
Born on Dec. 5, 1934, in Waterbury, he was the son of Curt and Margaret Arndt.
He grew up in Waterbury and West Hartford, graduating from Hall High School in 1952, and the University of Connecticut in 1956 with a BA in finance. He joined the Air Force, serving in Vietnam from 1961-62, and later was a member of the New York Air National Guard, retiring as a colonel in command of the Direct Air Support Squadron.
He began working for American Airlines in 1965, retiring in 1994, and then worked for Net Jets for 10 years. He was a mason with Acacia Lodge No. 85 as well as a Sphinx Shriner and a Jester.
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport