Saturday, February 19, 2011
Beatrice Kalman, 92
Beatrice Kalman, a longtime Westport resident who, with her late husband, ran the Compo Acres Luncheonette, died Feb. 12 in Lauderhill, Fla. She was 92.
Born Sept. 25, 1918, in Hartford, she was the widow of Morris Kalman, mother of David Kalman of Westport, and grandmother of Michael Kalman and Steven Kalman and grandmother of Lily and Abigail Kalman.
She and her husband Morris ran Compo Acres Luncheonette in Westport for more than 20 years. A mainstay and popular eating place, the luncheonette was a meeting place for many for breakfast, lunch and early dinner, enjoying Beatrice’s home-style cooking.
She was buried on Florida on Feb. 14.
Arthur Levy, Jr., 90
Arthur Levy, Jr., an attorney and a Westport resident since 1954, died in his home on Feb. 18. He was 90.
In 1947, Levy joined the law firm of Friedman and Friedman in Bridgeport. He then practiced law until 2000 as a partner and of counsel to the firm and its successor, Friedman, Newman, Levy & Sheehan.
His calm demeanor provided needed support to his many clients. A quiet man, he excelled at legal research and writing. Even after computer research became the norm, he could still find the dispositive case, “in the books” faster than any attorney with a keyboard.
Born Oct. 24, 1920, he was the son of Arthur and Alice D. Levy. He was raised on the Upper West side of Manhattan and graduated from Townsend Harris High School at the age of 16. He then matriculated at NYU Heights and was admitted to Harvard Law School in 1940.
Natale C. Arcudi, 86
Natale Carmelo Arcudi died Jan. 12. He was 86.
Natale C. Arcudi: native Westporter. Contributed photo
He was born Feb. 25, 1924, in Westport. He lived in Victorville, Calif. for more than 14 years and then moved to Oklahoma City, Okla., to live the balance of his life with his granddaughter, Jeannie and family.
Nat joined the Army Air Corps after high school, from 1943-1946, as an engine mechanic on transport aircraft.
He was one of seven children and survived by sisters Cora Arcudi of Florida, Mafalda Zona of Connecticut (predeceased by Jenny and Yolanda) and brothers Benny and Carmen Arcudi, both of Florida.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Helen Catherine Hart, 81
Helen Catherine Hart of Westport died Wednesday, Feb. 16. She was 81.
A native of Fairfield, she was the daughter of the late William Stephen and Helen Catherine Duffy Hart.
She was a graduate of Staples High School Class of 1948, a secretary in the Famous Artist School in Westport, and retired from Amax in Greenwich.
She is survived by her sister, Beverly Hart Conley and husband Mortimer of Arden, NC.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Jacques V.B. Voris III, 73
Jacques V.B. Voris III of Westport, and husband of Patricia (Mills) Voris passed away Feb. 8 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 73.
Mr. Voris was born Oct. 7, 1937 in Norwalk, son of the late Jacques V.B. Voris II and Helena Voris and has been a resident of Westport for the past 39 years. He had attended the University of Connecticut and prior to retiring was employed as a systems analyst for General Reinsurance.
Survivors in addition to his wife of 47 years, includes one daughter, Rebecca Voris and her husband Robert Huff of Summerville, Mass. one son, Jacques V.B. Voris IV, and his wife Susan of Westport, three sisters, Jacqueline Kimsey of Springfield, Mass., Terry Seranno of Delray Beach, Fla., Nina Swain of Houston, Mo., and one grandson, Quint Voris.
Services will be announced at a later date. Interment was private. The Harding Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements. Memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Voris may be made to the Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery PL. Westport, CT 06880
Sharlene Surprise Hays, 53
Sharlene Surprise Hays of Stamford, formerly of Westport, passed away on Feb. 13 after complications from a long illness. She was 53.
Sharlene Surprise Hays: ‘76 Staples grad. Contributed photo
Sharlene was born and raised in Westport and graduated from Staples High School Class of 1976. She then went on to graduate from Jacksonville University.
Upon returning to Westport she began working at Boatworks Yacht Sales in Rowayton, where she worked for 24 years, retiring this past November.
She was the beloved wife of Gene Hays of Stamford, and is also survived by her mother, Anne Surprise of Cape Cod, her brother Scott and his wife Deborah of Texas and many loving nieces and nephews. Sharlene was predeceased by her father, Capt. Bill Surprise and her brother Steve Surprise of BVI.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Zabelle Nigohosian, 90
Zabelle Nigohosian of Westport died Feb. 10 in her home. She was 90.
Born and raised in Medford, Mass., she married Gesag Nigohosian in 1945 when he returned from military service in North Africa and Europe during World War II. After starting their family in Lynn, Mass., the couple moved to Westport in 1954.
She worked 25 years in the Norwalk school system, serving as an administrative assistant at Honeyhill Elementary and Nathan Hale Middle schools. After retiring, she volunteered 24 years in the gift shop at Norwalk Hospital.
She is survived by her daughter Diana O’Donnell of Fairfield; her son Kenneth Nigohosian and his wife Kathy of Mission Viejo, Calif.; three granddaughters, Deborah O’Donnell of Fairfield, Erin Nigohosian Tavares of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Dayna Barringer of San Francisco, Calif., and a great-granddaughter, Ava Tavares of Mission Viejo, Calif. She was pre-deceased by her husband of 61 years.
Nancy D. Brown, 86
Nancy D. Brown, a longtime resident of Westport, died Jan. 26. She was 86.
Born Dec. 20, 1924 in New York City, she was the daughter of Lilian Unterberg and Samuel Derecktor of Meriden. She grew up in New Rochelle, N.Y., before graduating from Northwestern University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communication.
She married Alan M. Brown of Brooklyn, N.Y., on Jan. 23, 1945, and they raised three children in Scarsdale, N.Y. In 1969, she moved to Westport where she lived until her death.
She had worked many years for Glendenning Corp. and Homerica, helping businesses find homes for relocating employees. She was a member of the Westport Woman’s Club and also liked to travel.
John Hubbard “Hub” Wheeler, 84
John Hubbard “Hub” Wheeler, formerly of Westport, passed away Jan. 15 in Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. with his family at his side. He was 84.
He was born April 1, 1926 in Bridgeport to the late John W. and Eleanor Wheeler. He was also the husband of the late Joan G. Wheeler, who passed away in 2007.
He was predeceased by siblings Kenneth G. Wheeler, Eleanor Joan LaPoint, R. Duff Wheeler and David B. Wheeler. Hub was educated at Northwood School and Vermont Academy and attended Dartmouth College.
He was also a veteran of the World War II military police in Korea. He was an investment banker with Carreau, Smith, Inc. and Advest for 31 years, prior to his retirement in 1985.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Katherine J. Hornick, 82
Katherine Jane Hornick, “Jane,”died Feb. 7 at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital after a long battle with the effects of diabetes and heart disease. She was 82.
Born Aug. 21, 1928, in Westport, she was raised and lived most of her life in the Westport-Fairfield area. Jane was employed by Southern New England Telephone as a phone operator. She retired after 30 years.
She always loved to work out in her gardens and was a lover of good food and cooking.
She is survived by her sons, Leland Reichert and his wife, Kimberly, of Westport, and Peter Reichert and his wife, Gail, of Franklin. Jane also has a granddaughter, Jamie Reichert, of Kill Devil Hills, N.C. Her beloved dog “Missy” was always at her side and will miss her greatly. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Hornick; her parents, Howard and Olive Baker; sisters, Olive Hansen and Dorothy Jennings; and nephew, Steve Jennings.
Carol M. Rafter, 78
Carol M. Rafter, a former Westporter for 30 years and beloved wife of John W. Rafter, died Feb. 8 in Naples, Fla., from complications following a long illness. She was 78.
Carol M. Rafter: 30-year Westport resident. Contributed photo
Carol, maiden name Holland, was born Jan. 9, 1933 in Salem, Mass. She graduated from Salem High School and attended Emmanuel College in Boston before marrying the love of her life, “Jack” Rafter, in 1953.
After building their first house in Hamilton, Mass., they made their home in Westport for more than 30 years before moving to Naples following Jack’s retirement.
While in Westport, Carol was a member of various clubs, enjoyed playing bridge, sailing and the beach. When in better health, she loved to swim her many laps in the pool or at the beach.
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Gertrude “Gerry” Seligson, 95
Longtime Westport resident Gertrude “Gerry” Seligson died Feb. 7 from Alzheimer’s disease. She was 95.
Gertrude Seligson: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo
Born Jan. 12, 1916 in New York City, she was the daughter of Leah and Abraham Goodman. Her father was in the fashion business, and she modeled while attending Hunter College.
In 1937, she married Julius Seligson, a former national intercollegiate tennis champion, and after moving to Westport in 1948, the two were popular players on local courts. She continued playing well into her 80s.
For many years, Gerry was a school psychologist, remedial reading teacher, and worked as a consultant with the Educational Development Corporation, a pioneering program designed to help disadvantaged students. She was also a college guidance counselor.
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Jeanne P. Carlson, 81
Jeanne Petersen Carlson, former Westport Public Library employee and wife of John P. Carlson for 59 years, has died. She was 81.
Born in Meriden, she was the daughter of Ernest and Blanche Peterson. She attended schools in Meriden as well as the University of Bridgeport, where she met her husband.
She worked at the Westport Library for 30 years, retiring as secretary to the director. She lived in Westport and Fairfield prior to moving to Clinton 12 years ago.
Survivors, in addition to her husband, include a son, Eric Carlson of Clearwater, Fla.; a daughter, Susan Laird and her husband, David, and a grandson Gregory Laird, all of Guilford.
There will be no calling hours and the service will be private according to her wishes. The Swan Funeral Home, 80 East Main St., Clinton, is handling arrangements.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Paul L. Starzyk, 61
Paul L. Starzyk, of Naples, Fla. died Jan. 26 in Florida. He was 61.
Paul L. Starzyk: grew up in Westport. Contributed photo
Born May 27, 1949 in Bridgeport, he grew up in Westport and was a proud graduate of the University of Connecticut with a degree in industrial engineering. While attending UConn, he also served as president of the Beta Sigma Gamma fraternity.
Upon graduation he joined Timex, rising to the position of worldwide training manager, later working with Smith & Wesson. In 1986, Paul discovered Naples, owning and operating the Naples Pet Center.
In 1994, Paul found his passion, working with and advocating for adults with special needs with TECH of Collier County, Inc., now known as Sunrise Community of Collier County.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Stephen P. Chacho, 46
Stephen Patrick Chacho passed away Jan. 27 at St Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. He was 46.
Stephen P. Chacho: 1982 Staples graduate. Contributed photo
Stephen was born in Norwalk March 1, 1964 and has been a lifelong resident of Westport. He is a 1982 graduate of Staples High School and attended Sacred Heart University.
Stephen was an avid sportsman participating in wrestling, soccer and track. He worked extensively in the restaurant business and was a passionate and creative cook.
He is survived by his wife, Angela Chacho , his parents, John J. and Lucille Chacho, his sister Susan Chacho, two stepchildren, Abbey-Lynn Albani and Joseph Albani. He is also survived by his mother in-law, Mary Abraham and his father in-law, Louis Mennillo, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport