Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Russell C. Bass, Sr., 87
Russell Cooper Bass, Sr., of Danbury, died Monday, Dec. 28, at his home. He was 87.
He was the husband of the late Edwina Christine (Brundage) Bass. He was born in Windham, Dec. 9, 1922, son of the late George R. and Bessie M. (Cooper) Bass.
Previously of South Norwalk and Wilton, he attended Wilton Center School, Westport Junior High, and Staples High School.
He served in the Army during World War II and worked as a machine operator for 45 years at Gilbert & Bennett, until his retirement in 1987.
Muriel Doyle, 80
Muriel Doyle Muriel (Ronnie) Jennesse Wronwick Doyle of Hilton Head Island, S.C, formerly of Westport, died on Dec. 25. She was 80.
She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Sept. 24, 1929, the only child of Helen (Schriefer) and Charles Wronwick. She attended The Berkeley Carroll School. She was a graduate of Jackson College for Women (Tufts University) where she met and married her husband, Lawrence, in 1951.
Upon graduation she worked for Westvaco in New York City and supported her husband while he pursued his JD from Columbia University. Prior to putting down roots in Westport, Ronnie and Larry lived in Augsburg, West Germany.
Upon their return to the United States they raised three children, Jeffrey C. Doyle of Cincinnati, Ohio, Allison A. Doyle of Natick, Mass., and Nancy D. Bowditch of Medway, Mass.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Charles M. Rochlin, 24
Charles (Charley) Mark Rochlin, 24, of Westport, passed away Dec. 27.
Charles M. Rochlin: A Marine since 2008. Contributed photo
Charley was born Sept. 14, 1985 in Norwalk and has been a lifelong resident of Westport. He attended Fairfield Prep for three years where he played competitive ice hockey and graduated from Staples High School June 2003.
He also attended the University of Colorado for three years. Following his time at the University of Colorado, Charley enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in March of 2008.
He completed a seven-month tour in Iraq, returning home this past September and was currently stationed at camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Barbara Jane Grenier Anderson, 49
Barbara Jane Grenier Anderson of Fairfield, beloved wife of Michael James Anderson, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family Friday, Dec. 25, in her home. She was 49.
Barbara Anderson: Staples ‘77 grad. Contributed photo
Born in Charleston, W. Va. Barbara was raised in Westport. She graduated from Staples High School in 1977 and Tufts University with honors in 1981.
Upon graduating, Barbara moved to New York City where she worked in the legal department for Corporate Property Investors. She and her husband met in New York and were married in 1986. Early in their marriage they lived in Tokyo and London, where they spent 11 years.
While in London, Barbara earned her Masters Degree in European Cultural Policy from Warwick University, and also served as information officer for the Museums and Galleries Commission.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Anthony J. Delano, 81
Anthony J. Delano of Stratford, formerly of Easton and Westport, passed away Dec. 22 at Lord Chamberlain Health Care in Stratford. He was 81.
Anthony J. Delano: ‘46 Staples grad.Contributed photo
Mr. Delano was born May 18, 1928 in Westport. He is the son of the late Joseph and Carmela (Piemonte) Delano. Raised in Westport, Mr. Delano lived in Easton for 34 years and most recently resided in Stratford.
After graduating from Staples High School in 1946, he was honored with an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he received a Bachelor of Engineering degree and his Army commission in 1951.
Upon graduation, Mr. Delano was assigned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 2nd Engineer Battalion, 2nd Division and served in the Korean War through 1953 where he was awarded the Bronze Star medal.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Samuel J. LiSacchi, 91
Samuel J. LiSacchi, 91, of Palm Harbor, Fla., father of Mary Ellen Marpe of Westport, died Dec. 18 at home.
He moved to Florida in 1984, from Arlington Heights, Ill. He retired from the federal government after 32 years of service as director of procurement and supply in the Chicago regional office. He was a veteran of World War II.
He was a member of Highland Lakes Homeowners Association, a member of Retired Federal Employees, past president of Sutton Place Homeowners Association. He was a Catholic and member of St. Luke Catholic Church.
Survivors include his son James M., Chicago; daughter, Mary Ellen Marpe, son-in-law, James and granddaughter, Samantha of Westport; brother Lt. Gen. Frank Sackton, Scottsdale, Ariz.; and loving companion, Marge Heffernan.
Earl E. Brodhag, 88
Earl E. Brodhag, 88, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Westport, died Dec. 18.
Born in Charleston, W. Va., Earl graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1942 with a degree in metallurgical engineering. Formerly of Atlanta and Westport, Earl had been a vice president of Universe Tankships Inc. (Brazilian Kaolin Division)
In Florida, he was a member of the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Venice. He also belonged to the Venice Sailing Squadron, the TPC at Prestancia and volunteered for Hospice, Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels.
Earl is survived by his wife of 64 years, Audrey; sons Dean (Julia) of Charlotte, N.C., and Jack (Dottie) of St. Simons Island, Ga.; and grandchildren Jonathan (Kathleen), Emily (Rob Kish) and Daniel.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Robert C. Kane, 77
Robert Charles Kane, 77, of Westport, husband of Susan Walker Kane, died suddenly on Dec. 14 at home.
Born Aug. 23, 1932, in Norwich, son of the late Arthur and Helen Kane, he grew up in Rochester and Syracuse, N.Y. He was a resident of Westport for 36 years.
Kane retired after 20 years with Xerox Corp. as regional vice president. Upon retirement, he volunteered with the International Executive Service Corp., for which he took on assignments worldwide.
He received his bachelor of arts degree from Holy Cross and his MBA from the University of Southern California. Following graduation from Holy Cross, Kane entered the U.S. Navy as an officer and was stationed in San Diego, Calif. It was there that he met his wife of 48 years, Susan Walker.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
David G. Paris, 91
David G. Paris, 91, of Westport, died Tuesday, Dec. 8 at Bridgeport Hospital.
Born in New York City, a longtime resident of Brooklyn and Great Neck, N.Y., he played varsity basketball at City College and, in 1938, joined the predecessor league to the NBA. Paris played professionally for 10 years. He then had a long career as a coat manufacturer.
David was a past president of Temple Beth El of Manhattan Beach in New York. He was the beloved husband of Gail, deceased.
He is survived by his children, Stuart Paris, Robin Paris and Eddie Paris; his granchildren, Jason Paris, Gail Schwartz, Asa Paris and Michael Paris; and his great-grandchildren, Jordan Paris, Sarah Schwartz, Ilana Paris and Annie Schwartz.
Timothy Keogh, 39
Timothy Keogh, 39, of Westport, father of Olivia, Isabelle and Ava, the husband of Jill, died suddenly on Friday. Dec. 4.
The owner of Top Knotch Productions, based in New York City, he was a good friend, great dad and mentor to many. His great joys in life besides his family included time on the water kiteboarding and fishing. Spending the day with his family boating on the Long Island Sound was precious.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Keogh Childrens’ Educational Fund c/o Jeremy Vishno, Vishno Law Firm Trustee, 183 Sherman St. Fairfield, CT 06824.
Monday, December 07, 2009
A. Marvin Rosene, 75
A. Marvin Rosene, 75, of Niantic, Conn., formerly of Westport, died on Thursday, Dec. 3, at his home surrounded by his family.
Mr. Rosene was born in Boston, and raised in Salem, Mass., an historical town on the north shore. He attended school in Salem and in Warwick, R.I. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1952 to 1958.
After his discharge from the Marines, he graduated from the University of Rhode Island and later attended the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Rosene worked for Xerox Corp., for 25 years and retired in 1990. During his career with Xerox, Mr. Rosene and his family lived in Mexico and Australia before moving to Westport where he lived until his retirement.
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Alice D. Graves, 88
Alice Deering Graves, 88, of Westport, a former teacher at the Westport-Weston Cooperative Nursery School, died in her home Sunday, Nov. 29.
The wife of Royal S. Graves, Alice was born Sept. 4, 1921 on her family’s farm in Waterford, Maine, the daughter of Wilson and Helen (Deering) Morse. After attending the one-room Waterford public school through 8th grade she graduated from Bridgeton Academy and Westbrook Junior College.
Alice married Royal S. Graves at the Yale Chapel in May 1944, and the couple recently celebrated 65 years of marriage.
Alice and family moved to Westport, in June 1966, and soon after she began teaching at the Westport-Weston Cooperative Nursery School, a position she greatly enjoyed, retiring in 1987.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Anne Pitkin, 66
Ann Pitkin of Ithaca, N.Y., formerly of Westport, died Nov. 30. She was 66.
Born in New York City on Jan. 12, 1943, she was the daughter of Walter and Susan (neé Kobbe) Pitkin. She was raised in Westport where she attended Staples High School and is remembered by classmates as curious, brainy, rebellious and beautiful, her family said.
She was graduated from Columbia University in 1965 with a B.A. in English, moved to Ithaca in 1973, and, after beginning a career in social work in the 1980s, earned a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Washington in 1991.
She was married to Tim Teitelbaum (of Ithaca) from 1964 to 1976, with whom she had sons Ben and Felix.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Fay Plohn, 85
Fay Plohn, a benefactor of Italian-American humanitarian activities, a patron of the arts and the widow of the investment banker and securities underwriter Charles Plohn, passed away on Nov. 27 at her home in Westport. She was 85.
Fay Plohn: art patron. Contributed photo
Born Filomena Lucia Suriani on Feb. 19, 1924 in New York City, one of five children of Italian immigrant parents, she grew up in The Bronx and graduated from P.S. 89 and Christopher Columbus High School.
After graduation during World War II, she was among the first women to work in the trading and operations area of a Wall Street brokerage firm, where she met her future husband.
While living in New York City and often traveling to Italy during the 1950s and 1960s, Fay and Charles Plohn developed their decades long interest in collecting art, including a highly important English silver collection, Chinese paper weights, and porcelain and paintings by both established and previously undiscovered artists.
Peter A. Bray, 54
Peter Albright Bray, who operated Bray’s Tax Service in Westport, beloved husband of Alma Bray, died suddenly on Sunday, Nov. 29 at Norwalk Hospital.
Peter A. Bray: operated Bray’s Tax Service. Contributed photo
Born in Buffalo, NY, Peter was the son of Joyce V. Bray and the late Paul A. Bray, Jr. He graduated from Norwalk High School in 1973, and his career started by working for the family’‘s firm of Bray Studios, which was founded in 1910 by Peter’s great- grandfather, John R. Bray, a pioneer of film animation.
Later Peter’s father, Paul A. Bray, Jr., redirected Bray Studios into the field of military aviation training films and pioneered in the development of visually reconstructing aircraft accident scenes for presentation at trials. Peter had also been an auxiliary police officer in Norwalk in the 1970s.
Peter established his own firm, Bray’‘s Tax Service, in 1975 after working at H&R Block. Peter began his tax service by visiting clients in their homes, establishing a long-standing tradition of personalized service. Bray’s Tax Service eventually opened offices in Fairfield, Stamford and Norwalk.
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport