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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Janice Ann McClenathan Palladino, 45

Janice Ann McClenathan Palladino died unexpectedly Feb. 11, in her Sandy Hook home.

She was born in Bronxville, N.Y., on Sept. 18, 1964, to the late Robert and Marjorie McClenathan. A graduate of Staples High School in 1983, she was employed in Oxford by Eemax Inc.

Palladino was a loving person with a kind soul; always willing to help others. She enjoyed watching the beautiful birds that were attracted to her home by her many bird feeders; along with sitting by campfires.

She is survived by her husband, William Palladino, and two daughters, Michelle and Sarah Palladino. She is also survived by her sister, Marilyn Winchester of Granby; a brother, Robert McClenathan and his wife, Julie of Monroe; two sisters, Carol McClenathan of Towson, Md., and Sally McClenathan of Sandy Hook; as well as several nieces and nephews.

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Constance K. Tortorelli, 90

Constance K. Tortorelli (nee Vecchio), of Westport, formerly of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, N.Y., died on Tuesday, Feb. 16. She was 90.

Beloved wife of the late Saverio. Loving mother of Laura L. Farrell and Anthony S. Tortorelli. Cherished grandmother of Brian and Joseph. Devoted great-grandmother of Kacie, Janine, Carina, Joseph and Brian. Fond sister of the late Ralph and Marion.

Funeral from the Matthew Funeral Home Inc., 2508 Victory Boulevard at Willowbrook Road, Staten Island, N.Y. on Friday, at 8:30 a.m. Funeral Mass Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholice Church 9:30 a.m.

Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may visit Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Rudolph F. “Rudy” Mutter, 81

Rudolph F. “Rudy” Mutter, of Northampton, Mass., a 30-year resident of Westport where he served on the Board of Education and Representative Town Meeting (RTM), died suddenly on Saturday, Feb. 13.

Born in Easthampton, Mass., on Aug. 6, 1928, he was the son of the late Rudolph F. and Emma (Meyer) Mutter. He attended schools there, graduating from Easthampton High School and the former Williston Academy ( The Williston-Northampton School ). He also graduated from the University of Massachusetts where he was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity.

During high school and college, he worked in his father’s plumbing business, the R. F. Mutter Company in Easthampton. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War, and was a member of the reserves for a number of years, being discharged as a captain.

Much of his business career was spent with American Standard and the Nestle Company as a marketing and sales executive. In recent years, as president of The Sunrise Group in South Hadley, he was a management, advertising and marketing consultant.

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Robert L. Hallock, Sr., 84

Robert L. Hallock, Sr., of Woodbridge, died Saturday, Feb. 13, at home with his loving family by his side. He was 84.

He leaves behind his devoted wife of 32 years, Jane Haddad Hallock and her son, Al Mestuzzi. He is the father of Sharon Mones and her husband, Ronald of Clinton, Robert L. Hallock Jr. and his wife, Loretta of Westport, and Nancy Liberto and her husband, Nicholas of Bridgeport.

He is the brother of Elton Hallock, Beverly Evans, and the late William Hallock. He is the grandfather of Ronald Mones, Jr. and his wife, Kathleen, Brandon Mones and his wife, Sarah, Cynthia Mones, Sandra Hallock, and Jeffrey Hallock, Susan Masi, and her husband Christopher, and Drew Grega, and his wife, Lindsay.

He is the great-grandfather of Jessica Masi, also leaves several nieces and nephews.

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Joel D. Schine, 82

Joel David Schine, longtime resident of Westport and recent resident of Huntington, Conn., died peacefully surrounded by his wife and daughters at his home on Sunday, Feb. 14.

Born in Bridgeport, April 21, 1927, a son of the late Isaac and Rose Schine, Schine was a graduate of Yale University Class of 1948 and had served in the U.S. Navy. 

He was president of the family-owned business City Lumber Co. and Cilco Terminal.

Schine was member of the Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) in   1963-64, was an active board member of the Child Guidance Center of Bridgeport for more than 35 years, a former board member of the Jewish Federation of Bridgeport, and was a reading and math tutor for the School Volunteer Association of Bridgeport. 

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Sunday, February 07, 2010

Benjamin F. Grywalski, 93

Benjamin F. Grywalski, 93, of Southington, formerly of Wallingford, and Myrtle Beach, S.C., died peacefully after a brief illness on Saturday, Feb 6.

He was born July 8, 1916, in Westport, son of the late Joseph and Catherine (Zawiskak) Grywalski.

He was a World War II Veteran, having served from 1941 to 1945 at the U.S. Army’s Headquarters Battery, 11th Coast Artillery Unit at Fort H. G. Wright on Fishers Island, N.Y.

He had been employed by the Joseph T. Ryerson & Son Company in Wallingford for 30 years until his retirement in 1976.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Constance B. Boylan, 92

Constance B. Boylan, 92, of Westport, wife of the late Frank Boylan, died Jan. 13 at Norwalk Hospital.

Born Dec. 23, 1917, in Dallas, Texas, daughter of the late Leon and Elisa (Schneider) Blum, she was a resident of Westport for the past 33 years. An artist by trade, Boylan focused primarily on portraits. She also loved gardening, Compo Beach and swimming there.

Survivors include two nephews, Robert M. Blum of Bethesda, Md., and Stephen L. Blum, MD, of Arlington, Texas.

She was predeceased by one sister, Elisa Haquebard, and one brother, Leon Blum.

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Rita M. Barrows, 92

Rita Merlet Barrows, a former Latin and French teacher at Westport’s Long Lots Junior High School, died on Jan. 23 at Long Hill in Edgartown, Mass. She was 92.

The daughter of Ernest Henri Merlet and Philomene Chevalier Merlet, she grew up in Hartford and graduated from St. Joseph College in Hartford, class of 1939.

In 1942 she was married to Richard Edward Barrows and they were lovingly together until his death in 1974. They raised one daughter, Philisse Marie.

When Barrows was 17, her sister, Therese, was born to their 41-year-old mother. In 1934, medical knowledge was such that their father had been sent home without the baby and told it would be better to let the baby go, as she was weak and his wife would not be strong enough to care for her.

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Monday, February 01, 2010

Benjamin A. Krygier, 93

Benjamin A. Krygier died Sunday, Jan. 31, at Carolton Convalescent Hospital in Fairfield. He was 93.

Born in Greens Farms, he was a lifelong Fairfield resident.

Krygier, a retired painter, proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 557th Field Artillery Battalion, seeing action in northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe.

He was a longtime race fan and in his youth had served as a member of a pit crew. He also enjoyed hunting, was an avid fisherman, and was a member of Westport Fish and Game.

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Jean R. Planthaber, 89

Jean R. Planthaber of Weston passed away in her home on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

Born March 2, 1920 in Far Rockaway, N.Y., she was the first child of Florence and Walter Roche. She attended Our Lady Star of the Sea Elementary School and graduated Our Lady of Wisdom Academy in Ozone Park.

Jean attended Hunter College where she majored in French followed by two years at Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School.

After graduation, her first position was personal secretary to Mr. S.H. Kress, where she was able to use her French, translating for him as his art collection pieces arrived from France.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Ira L. Kasindorf, 85

Ira L. Kasindorf of Westport died Jan. 25 at New York University Medical Center. He was 85.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., a son of the late Herman and Bessie Kasindorf, he was a U. S. Army veteran who served during World War II.

Kasindorf was a member of the Weston Commission on Aging, and served on the board of the League of Women Voters in Weston.

He was predeceased by his wife, Stella Sobelman Kasindorf, in 2004.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

“Nikki” Stone, 99

Genevieve Marie Nichols “Nikki” Stone, 99, of Westport, died Dec. 28, 2009.

The youngest of five children, she was raised in New Canaan and attended Normal School in Stamford, where she graduated with honors and was the salutatorian of her class.

She received her bachelor’s degree from The Teachers College of Connecticut (now named Central Connecticut College) in 1934. She then taught at Center School in New Canaan until her retirement 50 years later. Many students still remember her fondly as their first grade teacher.

In 1938, she was married to William “Bill” E. Stone, past vice president of The Westport Bank and Trust, who predeceased her in 1980. An avid bridge player, Stone was active in the Westport, Weston and Norwalk senior centers. She will be remembered as a loving wife, caring teacher and compassionate friend.

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Robert B. Meny, 85,

Robert Blake Meny, 85, of Trinity, Fla., a resident of Westport for 30 years, died Jan. 8 in Clearwater, Fla., after a long illness.

He was the husband of 55 years of Vera M. Meny, 82, of Palm Harbor, Fla.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on March 24, 1924, he was the son of Louis and Lillian Meny of Ozone Park and Point Lookout, N.Y. He graduated in 1940 from John Adams High School, Queens, N.Y., as valedictorian. In the same year, at the age of 16, he was accepted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

While at MIT he was captain of the track team and, in 1942, qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 220- and 440-yard relay dashes at the Millrose Games in Madison Square Garden, New York City.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Frances G. Lee, 101

Frances Moy Lee, who with her late husband operated the West Lake Chinese Restaurant in Westport for 25 years, died on Dec. 6, two days after her 101st birthday.

Born Frances Gum Moy, on Dec.  4, 1908, in Providence, R.I., she was the daughter of Pink Fun Moy — of San Francisco; New York City; New Bedford, Mass., Providence and Newport, R.I. — and Fong She, his second wife.

Frances graduated at the top of her class at Julia Richmond High School in 1926, and earned an accounting degree with honors from New York University in 1930, as well as winning a New York State Regent’s Prize. She was of one of the few women of that era — certainly, one of the few Chinese-American women — to earn a college degree.

In 1930, she married Edward Wonkai Lee. They had three children: Georgia (deceased), of Greenwich; Myron, of Incline Village, Nev.; and Patricia, of Bloomington, Ind., and Hong Kong.

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Mary L. Shornick, 88

Mary L. Shornick passed peacefully at home in Bellingham, Wash., on Jan. 8 with her beloved husband and two of her children at her side.

Mary was born Oct. 26, 1921, to Effie and George Sproull in Kansas City, Mo., and she married Winston, the love of her life, in 1939.

Mary is survived by Winston; children James (Golda), David, Jeffrey (Brenda), and Catherine; 12 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Mary and Win gifted their four children with an extraordinarily rich childhood in Kansas City and Westport, Conn.

They later lived in California, Texas, and Washington in order to be near children and grandchildren.

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