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Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Doris B. Shiller, 79
Doris Barker Shiller, a longtime Westport resident, attorney, and former Board of Education member who championed the controversial Project Return effort to bring Bridgeport students into Westport schools in the 1960s and ‘70s, died July 22 after a brief illness. She was 79.
Doris Shiller: active in community affairs. Contributed photo
Born May 9,1933 in Brooklyn. N.Y., she was raised in Belle Harbor, N.Y. She graduated Barnard College cum laude in 1954 with a degree in economics and Yale Law School in 1979. She was the first woman partner at Marsh, Day, & Calhoun in Bridgeport. In 1985, she continued practicing at Berkowitz, Balbirer, Weisman and Lubell, P.C. until she retired in 2005.
She moved to Westport in 1957 and participated actively in many Westport civic and community affairs.
She joined the League of Women Voters, serving on its Long Range Budget Study. She joined the PTA and became an officer of the PTA Council.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Jo-Anne G. Tallcouch, 73
Jo-Anne R. Graziani Tallcouch of Easton, a U.S. Postal Service employee in Westport for more than three decades, died July 28. She was 73.
Jo-Anne Tallcouch: longtime Westport postal employee. Contributed photo
Born in Bridgeport on Aug. 28, 1938, she was daughter to the late Joseph and Anna Somen Graziani, A graduate of Bassick High School, Class of 1956, she had been a Fairfield resident for 35 years before moving to Easton 10 years ago.
She had worked in admissions for Long Island College and Norwalk Hospital. She later worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Westport for more than 32 years until retirement. While there, her likeness was used for a commemorative stamp honoring the U.S. postal worker.
She had also been a waitress in several area restaurants. She enjoyed traveling, especially her monthly trips to the Atlantic City casinos. She also loved her shopping trips with her sister Lorraine, which were always filled with fun and laughter.
Final Farewell to Restaurateur
There was a large turnout today at Westport’s Assumption Church for services for Westport restaurateur Frank S. DeMace, co-founder of Mario’s Restaurant, who died Tuesday at the age of 78. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Travel Writer Suzy Gershman, Ex-Westporter, Dies at 64
Suzy Kalter Gershman, a former Westport resident best known for her “Born to Shop” travel series, died July 25 in her native San Antonio, Texas, after a year-long battle with brain cancer. She was 64.
Suzy Gershman: known for her “Born to Shop” series. Contributed photo
An author, journalist and television personality, she brought her international expertise to readers, television viewers, travelers and shoppers the world over with her magazine articles, shopping tours, and the “Born to Shop” travel guides.
Gershman was also the author of “C’est la Vie,” a bestselling memoir about her first year of widowhood during which time she moved from her Compo Road South home in Westport to Paris and began a new life. On the book’s cover was a dog rescued from the Westport animal shelter.
In an effort to learn more about the dog’s Westport background, she penned a plea for information in the dog’s name that appeared on WestportNow on Jan. 15, 2004.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Paying Tribute to a Legendary Restaurateur
There were long lines today as friends attended services at the Harding Funeral Home for legendary Westport restaurateur Frank S. DeMace, co-founder of Mario’s Restaurant, who died Tuesday at the age of 78. There will be a service Monday at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Assumption, 98 Riverside Ave. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Paul E. Conway, 89
Paul Emmanuel Conway, a longtime Westport resident who moved to New Canaan a year ago, died July 27 at Waveny Care Center in New Canaan. He was 89.
Paul Conway: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo
Born on Feb. 24, 1923 in Cologne, Germany, he was the son of the late Hedwig and Albert Conway of New York City.
At a young age, he and his family moved to Berlin and in 1936 they fled Berlin for the safety of London. Shortly thereafter, he enlisted in the British Army and served as a member of the Royal Fusiliers. He was stationed in India and Burma during World War II and was recruited to the Prisoner of War Interrogation Section under the command of Lt. Co. Alexander Scotland which later became the War Crimes Investigation Unit.
He interrogated German war criminals under the command of Scotland. After the war, he emigrated to the United States. He had a successful career in the textile Industry, most recently co-owning C&L Sales.
Mario’s Place on Westport’s Railroad Place is draped in black bunting today for Frank S. DeMace, known to friends as Tiger. The co-founder of the restaurant died Tuesday of cancer at the age of 78. Services are being held today from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Harding Funeral Home 210 Post Road East, and on Monday at 10 a.m. directly at the Church of the Assumption, 98 Riverside Ave. See obituary here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Robert A. Carusone, 68
Robert A. Carusone of Fairfield, formerly of Westport and a Westport police officer for almost 34 years, died July 27 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 68.
Robert Carusone: 34-year police veteran. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Born Oct. 16, 1943 in Bridgeport, he was son of the late Constantine A. and Sophie (Jarocki) Carusone. He retired to Westerly, R.I. in 2004, then moved to Fairfield five years ago. A Westport resident for 60 years, he most recently served as a crossing guard at Green’s Farms Elementary School.
He was appointed to the Westport Police Department on Aug. 1, 1965, appointed a desk officer Jan. 1, 1969 and became a detective April 1, 1976. he also served on the Westport Police Scuba Team. He retired from the police force on June 1, 1999.
He was a member of the Westport PBA, past president of the Westport PAL and a former member of the Staples Gridiron Club. He was honored by the Westport Sportsman.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Dorothy D. Bonfietti, 86
Dorothy “Dee” Delling Bonfietti of Fairfield, a former preschool worker in Westport, died July 23 at the Trumbull home of her son. She was 86.
Born Sept. 20, 1925 in Bethel, she was daughter of Maxwell Delling and Edith (Lederer) Delling. She attended schools in Bethel and received her Bachelor’s Degree in textile design from the University of Connecticut.
She married Ebi Primo Bonfietti and raised five children in Fairfield.
Throughout her life, her primary focus was on her home and raising her children. Adventurous and committed to broadening her children’s horizons through education and travel, she traveled with her five children to historic sites, on ski trips and camping adventures for weeks at a time throughout the East Coast and Canada.
Kenneth L. Robinson, 84
Kenneth L. Robinson, a former Westport resident, died July 25 in Hardwick, Vt. He was 84.
Kenneth Robinson: 1946 Staples grad. Contributed photo
He was born on May 15, 1928, in Norwalk, the son of Charles H. and Rose A. Robinson. He graduate from Staples High School in Westport in 1946.
Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a military policeman in occupied Japan. He then went on to trade school to become a machinist.
He was later deployed to France during the Korean War. He married Jean E. Worthy on May 16, 1953. They made their home in Connecticut where all five of their children were born and then in May 1971, they moved to Hardwick, Vt.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Frank S. DeMace, 78
Frank Salvatore DeMace, the owner of the legendary Westport restaurant, Mario’s Place, died July 24. He was 78.
Frank DeMace: Lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo
Born at Norwalk Hospital on Dec. 23, 1933 to Josephine and Pasqual DeMace, he was a lifelong resident of Westport. He was a beloved figure to countless people whose lives he touched, his family said.
As one friend said, “He did more things by accident for people than most of us have done intentionally.” He was known as a man of few words with a big heart and a generous spirit.
The town is filled with stories of those whose careers he helped start or whose education he helped fund. He was a gentle man who couldn’t say “no” to anyone in need, his family said.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Lifelong Westport Restaurateur Frank DeMace Dies at 78
Frank DeMace: Mario’s legend. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE Lifelong Westport restaurateur Frank DeMace died Tuesday, according to Mario’s Place Facebook page run by former employees. He was 78.
Nicknamed Tiger by his Saugatuck boyhood chums, DeMace cut his teeth in the restaurant business working at the Arrow on Charles Street.
Later he partnered for decades at Mario’s Place at Railroad Place with the late Mario Sacco. (See WestportNow July 8, 2009) Sacco often credited DeMace with the restaurant’s success.
DeMace commanded a larger-than-life presence as Mario’s owner and as the chef whose steaks were revered statewide.
Stephen J. Felia Jr., 83
Stephen J. Felia Jr. of Westport died July 22 in Connecticut Health of Southport. He was 83.
He was a longtime resident of Westport where he served his community as a Westport firefighter for 28 years.
Born on June 26, 1929, he was the son of the late Stephen J. Felia Sr. and Mary Lipsay Felia. As an early teen, he developed a love of aviation. Before he was of age to drive a car he had learned to fly at the then Monroe airport.
He attended Bullard Havens Technical School where he studied to become a master carpenter. Shortly after graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War as a Seabee. After the war, he worked in and around Westport building many houses. He enjoyed helping people fix things and always carried his tool box in his car.
Joseph M. Quigley, 80
Joseph M. Quigley, formerly of Westport, died of cancer June 2 in Naples, Fla. He was 80.
Joseph Quigley: supported Staples wrestling program. Contributed photo
He was the son of the late Joseph and Ethel Quigley of Nutley, N.J. He encouraged participation in high school sports and was a supporter of the Staples High School wrestling program in the late 1980s.
He sponsored many off season wrestling activities for a group of high school athletes, including trips to out-of-state tournaments. His stepsons, Peter and Zach Cahill, were both state-open champions.
After graduation from Cornell University in 1954, he worked in information systems for Burroughs, IBM, Xerox, Continental Can, and Comsat Corp. He retired in 1992.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Edward F. Bieling, 83
Edward F. Bieling of Fairfield, a former Westport resident, died July 21 at Ludlow Health Care in Fairfield. He was 83.
Born on March 14, 1929, he was the son of the late John Sr. and Gertrude (O’Brien) Bieling. Prior to moving to Fairfield 43 years ago, he was a longtime resident of Westport, where he grew up and attended school. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean Conflict.
He worked as a butcher and then a milkman for Wade’s Dairy for many years. After his retirement, he worked part time at Fair Auto Supply until he was 80. He was a member of the American Legion Post 143 in Fairfield. and the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399 in Westport.
He was an avid New York Yankees and UCONN Women’s basketball fan.