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Obituaries

Obituaries

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Edward S. Anastasia, 86

Edward S. Anastasia, 86, of Hollywood, Fla., formerly of Westport, and husband of the late Lucille (Michaud) Anastasia, died Saturday, Oct. 9 in Florida.WestportNow.com Image
Edward S. Anastasia: retired firefighter. Contributed photo

Mr. Anastasia was born in Westport on June 18, 1924, son of the late Placido and Carrie (Capasse) Anastasia and had resided in Westport for 77 years prior to moving to Hollywood full time.

Ed joined the Westport Fire Department July 1, 1957 and retired June 30, 1984, serving for 27 years. He is a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and a member of the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post No. 399. He was also a life member of Saugatuck Hose Co. No. 4.

During his earlier years, Ed was very active in sports playing baseball and fast pitch softball. He played fast pitch softball many teams including, the Arrow restaurant, Norwalk Eagles and Castro Convertible and was inducted into the Connecticut Amateur Softball Fast Pitch Hall of Fame.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Judyth A. Gutoff, 75

Judyth A. Gutoff, a former Westport resident and wife, mother and sister, died Oct. 7 in New York City after a brief illness. She was 75.

Born on Jan. 25, 1935, she was the daughter of Helen and Ernst Mayer, joining elder brother Donald.

She grew up on Central Park West and attended Ethical Culture and Fieldston schools. In 1954, she was the Ohio State University homecoming queen at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Judyth married Edward Bernstein, and they were the parents of Lynn, Neal and Gail. The family lived in Westport for 23 years.

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Calling Hours Saturday for Kathy Kincaid

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Calling hours will be Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for well known Westporter Kathy Kincaid who died Monday, Oct. 5 in Corfu, Greece, after a brief illness.

The family said in an obituary made available today that the calling hours will be at Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, Westport. Interment will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations can be made to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, 777 Summer St., Suite 400, Stamford, CT 06901 attn: Rachelle Kucera Mehra, or online at www.dvccct.org

Donations can also be made to Builders Beyond Borders, 8 Willard Road, Norwalk, CT 06851 or online at www.buildersbeyondborders.org.

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Jeffrey J. Schaefer, 62

Jeffrey John Schaefer, a lifelong Westport resident and 1966 graduate of Staples High School, died on Oct. 9 at his home following a long illness. He was 62.WestportNow.com Image
Jeffrey J. Schaefer: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo

Jeff’s parents were Jack and Ann Schaefer. He attended junior college in Florida, and he graduated from Hobart welding school in Ohio. He married Susan Beverly Mahn of Westport in 1976.

In the 1970s, Jeff was a co-owner of Fairfield County Estate Liquidators, where his interest in and knowledge of antiques helped make it a successful business. In 1979 he joined his father in John Schaefer Builders Inc., which he then owned until 2001.

From 2001 to 2007, Jeff worked for Hobbs, Inc. of New Canaan, as an assistant construction superintendent and then service representative in the Renovations & Estate Services Group.

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Beatrice Z. Grossman, 89

Beatrice Zallen Grossman, wife of the late Dr. Bertram H. Grossman of Westport, died Oct. 9 at her home. She was 89.

Born Sept. 28, 1921 in Worcester, Mass., Bea (as she was known) was the daughter of the late Sadie and Morris Zallen. After graduating from Beth Israel Nursing School in Boston, she worked as a clinical instructor as well as a private nurse at several hospitals in New York City, California and Massachusetts.

Bea was also a nurse in the U.S. Army and traveled to Germany after World War II with Project Hope, a nonprofit organization delivering health, education and medical supplies where needed.

While working in Massachusetts, Bea met her future husband, Bertram Grossman, and they married in 1958. Bea continued her nursing career and helped support her husband Bert during his time in medical school.

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Saturday, October 09, 2010

Stephen J. Wegiel, Sr., 93

Stephen J. Wegiel, Sr., 93 of Westport, formerly of Eustis, Fla. and Norwich, Conn., died on Oct. 6 at Norwalk Hospital after a brief illness.

He was the son of Walter E. and Mary (Bubon) Wegiel and was born on Feb. 2, 1917, in Bondsville, Mass. He was the last of his family having been predeceased by siblings Helen, Albert, John, Stanley, Anthony, Edward, Irene, Peter, Michael, Celia, Theresa and Andrew.

Mr. Wegiel attended Belchertown High School and served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant commanding Battery C, 430th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion from April 1942 to October 1945.

He landed on Omaha Beach on June 10, 1944, and fought in Normandy, central Europe, northern France and Germany having earned the European African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, four Bronze Battle Stars and Good Conduct Medal.

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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Kristena Geysel, 63

Kristena Geysel of Westport passed away Thursday, Oct. 7 after a battle with cancer. She was 63.WestportNow.com Image
Kristena Geysel: creative ad writer Contributed photo

She lived a happy, interesting and wonderful life. She was blessed with children she adored, family and friends she cherished, and a career as a creative writer in the advertising field which she found challenging and rewarding.

Kristena is a 1968 graduate of the University of Oregon.

Kristena is survived by her son, Benjamin Geysel of Westport, daughter, Gabriella Geysel and future son in-law, Eric Schwager of Norwalk and her sister, Kay Yriarte of Eugene, Ore.

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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Kathy Kincaid, Longtime Westporter, Dies at 65

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UPDATE Longtime Westporter Kathy Kincaid, who was active in many community organizations and an expert on information security skills, has died during a trip to Greece, family friends said today. She was 65.

They said she became ill last week while traveling on a cruise with her sister Susan and brother-in-law John Shuck and was hospitalized.

A note sent to Westport Woman’s Club members today said: “It is with great sadness that we inform you that club member Kathy Kincaid died suddenly yesterday while on a cruise in the Greek Islands with her sister and brother in law.

“As soon we know the details of the funeral we will let you know.”

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Monday, October 04, 2010

Olga Lavaty, 96

Olga Lavaty of Westport, wife of the late Frank Lavaty, died Sept. 30 at home. She was 96.WestportNow.com Image
Olga Lavaty: Westporter since 1950. Contributed photo

She was born on Aug. 26, 1914, in New York and had been a Westport resident since 1950. She liked to play the piano, cards, reading and, in particular, bowling.

She is survived by three children, Geoff Lavaty and his wife Ebba of Wilton, Judy Strauss and her husband Jeff of Westport, and Jane Cooke and her husband Don of Westport; and a brother, Ed Martin of Southport.

A private family gathering will take place.

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Theodore J. Zottola

Theodore James Zottola, a former resident of Westport’s Greens Farms section, died Oct. 1 in Maryland.

He was a decorated Army veteran of World War II, who enjoyed golf, poker and choral music.

He is survived by his wife, Irene Dorothy Jasinski Zottola; his children, T.J. Zottola Jr. and his wife Suzanne, John Zottola and his wife Barbara, Gina Zottola Adams and her husband Delbert and Michael Zottola and his wife Christine; grandchildren, Jeremy David Zottola and his wife Jennifer, Sarah Louise Zottola, Stephanie Zottola, and Chris, Taylor and Grace Adams; and great-grandchildren, J.D. and Jenna Grace Zottola.

The funeral and burial were private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Gilchrist Hospice Care, 11311 McCormick Road, Suite 350, Hunt Valley, MD 21031.

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John Ege, 94

John Ege, a longtime Westport resident, died Oct. 1. He was 94.

He attended Harvard University, but to help pay his tuition, took a year off from school to travel the country as an entertainer with the World of Mirth Circus.

He graduated Harvard with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry in 1939 and served the Navy in a Harvard-affiliated program to oversee construction of battleships and destroyers supporting the war effort.

After the war, he went back to Harvard to complete graduate studies, earning a master’s degree in 1946.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Michael Smollin, 85

Michael Smollin, an acclaimed artist and illustrator who called Westport home for almost 40 years, died Sept. 23 in Fort Meyers, Fla. He was 85.WestportNow.com Image
Michael Smollin: Westporter for almost 40 years. Smollin.com photo

Smollin was most widely known for his first concept illustrated to become Sesame Street’s best selling book of all time, “The Monster At The End Of This Book,” a classic now in its third printing, which captured the hearts of children and adults since its release in 1971.

His illustrations graced a variety of magazines and publications for 30 years.

In a varied career, Smollin also won an Emmy for his work on “The Great Space Coaster” television program. Baby Boomers have all seen television commercials he directed between 1951 and 1968 such as Milkbone’s Doctor Spot, an original Smollin character, who warned that tooth-tartar is the main cause of “Bad breath in dogs!,” and the Triple S Blue Stamps’ trio of dancing vaudevillians.

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Marden Recalled as Heroic, Courageous Mom

By James Lomuscio

Family and friends today described longtime Westporter Maura F.  Marden who died at 53 Monday after a four-year battle with cancer as a heroic, inspirational and loving mom.WestportNow.com Image
Maura Marden posed with her Team Pride II teammates at the Swim Across the Sound fund-raiser for St. Vincent’s Medical Center of Bridgeport last month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Whether running for selectman, swimming across the Long Island Sound, fund-raising for Al’s Angels or cheering on her three boys at swim meets, she always evoked courage and optimism in spite of her health problems, they said.

“She was a fantastic candidate and a fantastic human being,” said John Izzo, the Republican candidate for first selectman who chose Marden as his running mate in 2001. “She was compassionate, thoughtful and a great friend, and she was a courageous woman.

“It took a brave candidate to go up against the highly popular (incumbent Democratic First Selectman) Diane Farrell,” he added about the election that Farrell won.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sylvia S. Cooper, 97

Sylvia S. Cooper of Westport, wife of the late Louis Cooper, passed away Sunday, Sept. 26 in Norwalk Hospital.

Mrs. Cooper was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on May 13, 1913, daughter of the late Meyer and Regina (Gross) Siegler and has been a resident of Westport for 40 years.

Prior to moving to Westport, Mrs. Cooper was a resident of Wilton. During the 1950s, she owned and operated the Show of the Month Club. In 1960, Mrs. Cooper founded Fairfield County Show Bus and then Show Bus Tours.

Survivors include nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Cooper was also predeceased by one sister and two brothers.

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Bernard X. “Mac” McGeady, 85

Bernard X. “Mac” McGeady, 85, of Westport, husband of the late Lee (O’Connor) McGeady, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 28 at The Watermark, 3030 Park Ave., Bridgeport, surrounded by his family.

Mr. McGeady was born Feb. 23, 1925 in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of the late Bernard and Sarah (O’Donnell) McGeady and has been a resident of Westport 58 years.

He was a founding partner in the law firm of Toren, McGeady and Associates P.C. in New York City, retiring in 2008.

Mr. McGeady received his undergraduate degree in Engineering from Manhattan College and his Masters in Engineering from New York University. He went on to earn a law degree from St. John’s University

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