Tuesday, August 18, 2009
‘07 Staples Soccer Star Preston Hirten, 20, Dies During Practice
Preston Hirten: “Epitomized Staples soccer.” Staplessoccer.com photoUPDATE Preston J. Hirten, a member of Westport’s Staples High School Class of 2007 where he was a star soccer player, collapsed and died today during a practice at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. He was 20.
CPR was administered immediately, but efforts to revive him failed, said Staplessoccer.com.
In a message posted on the Staples soccer Web site, the Hirten family said: “The Hirten family thanks the many Westporters, Stapleites, and soccer players and fans from around the FCIAC for their kind thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.”
The family said a memorial service will be held Saturday at the Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road, at 2 p.m.
John P. Gudzik, 92
John P. Gudzik, 92, a retired Westport police officer and husband of the late Regina T. (Zygmant) Gudzik, died on Sunday, Aug. 16.
John P. Gudzik: Westport police officer for 32 years. Contributed photo
Born in Westport, John was a lifelong resident. Prior to his retirement, he was a patrolman with the Westport Police Department for more than 32 years where he received numerous commendations.
He also worked as a carpenter in his early years for the Punzelt Co., Bradley Co., and the Godfrey Co.
John was a member and past president of the Westport Police Benevolent Asociation, a member of the Westport Police Athletic League, a member and past president of the Ukranian American Club, a member and past president of the Greens Farms Volunteer Fire Department where he chaired the annual Easter egg hunt for the last 50 years, and, a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Sylvia Pressman, 83
Sylvia Pressman, 83 of Trumbull and Delray Beach, Fla., died Aug. 7, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Medical Center.
Born in Norwalk, a daughter of the late Fred and Rose (Dunaisky) Sokolow, she was a graduate of Norwalk High School, class of 1942. Pressman was the temple administrator at Temple Israel of Westport for 34 years, and was a long-time volunteer at The Jewish Home for the Elderly of Fairfield.
She was predeceased by her husband, Paul Pressman, in 1999.
Pressman is survived by her sons, Lanny Boles and his wife, Debbie, of Shelton; Bob Boles of Easton; her grandchildren, Jason, Rachel, Michelle and Brian, Brett, Taylor; sister, Jeanette Shohet of Fairfield; and by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services took place Monday from The Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home in Fairfield. Interment followed at Temple Israel Cemetery on Richards Avenue in Norwalk. Shiva was observed at the Pressman residence in Trumbull on Monday following the interment, and on Tuesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Pressman Intergenerational Programming Fund at The Jewish Home for the Elderly, 175 Jefferson St., Fairfield, CT 06825; or to a charity of one’s choice.
Lydia Audrey Nadel, 86
Lydia Audrey Nadel (née Bulkin), 86, wife to her late husband Irwin, died Aug. 6, 2009.
With a deep appreciation for the arts, she enjoyed playing the piano, film, theater and listening to classical music. She loved attending the local opera, gardening and reading.
Her passion for reading led to her first job at the Book of the Month Club. Most cherished was the time spent with her long-time and dear friends who often gathered for lunch, great conversations and support. She also treasured her time with her five grandchildren.
Born in New York City on June 26, 1923, she married Irwin Nadel in 1947. In 1954, they relocated to Westport, where they became long-term residents until moving to Fairfield in 1993.
Monday, August 10, 2009
NY Times Makes a Correction, Thanks to WestportNow
Thanks to WestportNow, The New York Times today made a correction to its obituary of Anne Wexler.
The former Westport homemaker who left an indelible mark on Connecticut politics in the ‘60s and ‘70s and went on to become a national political figure and well known Washington lobbyist died Friday at the age of 79
The newspaper’s original obituary said Wexler “did just about everything in politics except run for office — from licking envelopes to running Democratic campaigns to serving as a top aide in the Carter White House before becoming an influential Washington lobbyist.”
In fact, as WestportNow reported in its obituary, Wexler ran twice for the Westport Zoning Board of Appeals—unsuccessfully in 1965 and successfully two years later. WestportNow notified the Times of its error.
Caspar A. Merolla, 92
Caspar A. Merolla, 92, of Westport, husband of the late Dorothy (Searing) Merolla, passed away Saturday, Aug. 8 at Norwalk Hospital.
Born Dec. 25, 1916, in Brookly, N.Y., son of the late Antonio and Mamie Merolla, he has been a resident of Westport for 33 years.
Prior to retiring, he was employed as an office manager for Keefe and Keefe Company in New York City. He is a former volunteer at Wilton Meadows Health Care in Wilton and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include one son Paul A. Merolla and his wife Nancy of Wilton, one sister, Rita DiStefano of Valley Stream, N.Y., two grandchildren, one niece and one nephew. In addition to his wife and parents, he was also predeceased by one sister, Gloria Vaccaro.
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Former Westporter Anne Wexler, Powerful Lobbyist, Dies at 79
UPDATE Anne Wexler, a former Westport homemaker who left an indelible mark on Connecticut politics in the ‘60s and ‘70s and went on to become a national political figure and well known Washington lobbyist, died Friday at her Washington home after a long battle with cancer. She was 79.
Anne Wexler: Westport homemaker became a power in politics. File photo
She first delved into politics working on the Fairfield County congressional campaign of an antiwar candidate in the mid-60s. A staunch liberal, she helped run Eugene McCarthy’s Connecticut operation during his 1968 presidential run.
She got her start in public life working in the Westport PTA and as an elected member of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) while the family lived in a Cape Cod-style home on Bonnie Brook Road. The New York Times once noted it had “a swimming pool in the back and a good deal of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild in the cellar.”
Her two sons attended Coleytown Elementary and Junior High schools as well as Staples.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Noted Architect Who Designed Westport Library Dies at 71
Charles Gwathmey, an architect who won wide acclaim for his love of Modernism and passion for geometrical complexity but whose Westport Public Library design drew much criticism, has died, The New York Times said today. He was 71 and lived in Manhattan.
Charles Gwathmey: Westport Library design was “problematic.” File photo
The Times said Gwathmey was part of a generation of architects who put their own aesthetic stamp on the “high Modernist” style developed in the early 20th century by Le Corbusier and others. It said many of his best buildings were houses.
The Westport Library was not one of his better designs. Library trustees hired him to design the $4.6 million, 33,000-square foot building that opened in 1986 on a former landfill site. Almost immediately, it was criticized for looking like a factory, not taking advantage properly of the river vistas, and poorly functional as a library.
A library document summed up the issues this way: “It proved to be problematic in terms of space and functionality.”
Monday, August 03, 2009
Jerry M. Astrab, 79
Jerry Michael Astrab, 79, of Westport, passed away Friday at Norwalk Hospital with his family at the bedside. He was 79.
Jerry was born 25 May 1930, son of the late Michael and Helen (Drozdak) Astrab in Norwalk. Graduating Norwalk High School in 1948, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy and became an electronics expert.
Following his enlistment during the Korean War, he opened Jerry’s TV, which became a longtime fixture on the Boston Post Road in Norwalk. After closing the business, he was employed by Stauffer Chemical Co. of Westport until his retirement in the early 1990s.
Jerry was a No. 1 fan of the New York Rangers.
John “Jack” Hooper, Former Chase Executive, Dies at 86
John “Jack” Hooper, a former vice chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank, died Friday at his Westport home after a long battle with cancer. He was 86.
John “Jack” Hooper: won fame as banker and pianist. Contributed photo
Hooper retired as the bank’s chief credit officer in 1985. Known affectionately by his colleagues as “Dr. No,” he had a responsibility for credit policy, country risk policy, real estate finance and lending services.
Born in Danbury, Hooper joined the Chase National Bank in 1948 after wartime service as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
He served in various local and national departments of the bank before he was named executive in charge of Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa in the banks international department.
John W. Kiermaier, Media Exec and Former RTMer, Dies at 87
UPDATE John W. Kiermaier, a former longtime Westporter who made his mark professionally as a media executive for New York’s Channel 13 and CBS and who served his town on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), a Charter Revision Commission, and other bodies, has died at the age of 87.
John W. Kiermaier (far left) appears on a 2005 panel discussion on the media at the Westport Woman’s Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The New York Times reported today that his son, Lock, confirmed that his father died July 27 in Norwalk where he and his wife Constance, an artist, had moved two years ago.
Kiermaier served two terms on the RTM (2001-03 and 2005-07) as well as time on the Commission for Senior Services (2003-05) and the Charter Revision Commission (1999-2000).
In the 1960s, Kiermainer steered Channel 13, the New York area’s major public television station, through precarious financial times. He was president of what was then called WNDT/Channel 13 (it is now WNET/Channel 13) from September 1964 to May 1970.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Esme O’Brien Carroll, 70
Esme O’Brien Carroll, 70, of Coral Springs, Fla., formerly of Westport, died on May 18.
She was born in the Riverdale N.Y., on Jan. 26, 1939, to the late Dr Gerald J. and Florence A. (Donnelly) Carroll.
She leaves her two adoring daughters: Patricia Carroll Britto and her husband Arthur Britto of Coral Springs, Fla., and Marianne Carroll Ieuter and her husband Jacob “Jake” Ieuter of Wilmette, Ill.; her brother, Kevin Carroll of Chester, Conn., her sister, Patricia Taylor of Westport; four grandchildren, Kathryn Ryan Britto, Jaclyn O’Brien Britto, Caroline Haeberle Ieuter and William Charles “Charlie” Ieuter; as well as several adored nieces and nephews.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Lauretta Oliver, 95
Lauretta Oliver, 95, of Westport, passed away peacefully on July 26, 2009 at Wilton Meadows Convalescent Home.
She was born Dec. 26, 1913, in Columbia, SC and moved with her mother and brother to Norwalk in the early 1920s, and attended local public schools.
She married William Bland from which her daughter Rosemary was born. During World War II, she worked in the defense plant and later as a domestic worker. Widowed, she later married Grant Oliver.
Lauretta was extremely interested in the world around her, and was well regarded by her family and friends for her ability to recall details of family history and historical facts of the world.
Henry C. “Budge” Atterbury, 77
Henry C. “Budge” Atterbury: longtime Power Squadron member. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Henry C. “Budge” Atterbury, 77, a husband, father to four sons, and longtime Westport resident, died July 24, 2009.
Born in Norwich, Conn., on May 13, 1932, he attended the Norwich Free Academy and Hebron Academy before graduating from Yale University with a B.A. in history and economics.
After Yale, he joined the U.S. Air Force where he became a pilot and navigator.
He was a longtime member of the U.S. Power Squadron where he taught boating safety and navigation courses for more than 50 years, was a past commander and a member of the local Saugatuck Squadron since 1969. He was an active and enthusiastic member of the Y’s Men of Westport.
He is survived by J. Shirley, his wife of 54 years; his four sons and their wives, Henry and Denise of New Paltz, NY.;. Bruce and Kim of Marysville, Wash.; Douglas and Cyndi of Johnstown, Pa.; and Dana and Jenniffer of Boston, Mass.; seven grandchildren, Katharine, Robert, Brittney, Lindsey, Margaret, Christina, and Elizabeth; and his sailboat Suntop.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Marie Montano, 94
Marie Montano 94, wife of the late Alphonse Montano of Ladson, South Carolina formerly of Westport, Norwalk, and Hollywood, Fla., died peacefully at home Sunday July 19, 2009 in the company of her family.
Marie was born in Bridgeport, May 21, 1915, daughter of the late Dominick and Isabel DeMace. She worked for 40 years at Southern New England Telephone Company as an assistant 0anager.
She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Court Assumption and the Horizon Club of St. Mathews Parish.
Marie is survived by her sister Madeline DeMace of Ladson, S.C., nephews and nieces, Michael and Diane Adinolfi of Ladson, S.C., Pete and Mary Ludovicy of Westport, and Jack and Diane Adinolfi of Florida. Her great nieces and nephews, Anne Powell of San Antonio, Texas, Michelle Entrekin of Bristow, Va., and Paul Ludovicy of Westport.
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport