Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Victor K. Koechl, 82
Victor Karl Koechl of Wilton died July 5 at Norwalk Hospital of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 82.
Born in New York City on March 3, 1928, to Charlotte Trowbridge Koechl and Paul Koechl, he spent his early childhood in Europe, then moved to the Boston area and attended Andover, Harvard University and the Harvard School of Design, from which he attained a master’s degree in architecture.
Upon graduation, Koechl worked for the architectural firm Kahn and Jacobs in Manhattan. His first big assignment there was as a project manager on the construction of the American Airlines terminal at Kennedy Airport.
He moved to Wilton in 1965 and practiced residential and commercial architecture, first in partnership with Thomas E. Bates, and then with Lynedon S. Eaton and Helen May.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Charlaine Cook Fontelieu, 84
Charlaine Cook Fontelieu, nee Charlaine Catherine Cook, wife and mother, died July 5 of complications due to kidney failure in Santa Barbara, Calif. She was 84.
Charlaine Fontelieu: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo
She is survived by her husband Ted Fontelieu and her sister Eva Metzger, as well as her children Denise Hamilton and husband Jim, Sukey Fontelieu, Ted Fontelieu III, and Charles “Chalk” Fontelieu and wife Kim. Charlaine is outlived by her nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Charlaine was born Dec. 13 1925 and raised in Downer’s Grove, Ill., the youngest of four children. She made the adventurous decision to attend Newcomb College in New Orleans where she met the love of her life, Ted, “T.J.”
They married in 1946, just before Ted was shipped out on active duty in the Sea of Japan. After the war, they raised four children and after many moves finally settled in Westport.
Mark T. White, 57
Mark Thomson White, 57, died suddenly of heart failure on July 9.
Son of the late Thomas S. White Jr. and Helen Lawler White of Westport, he was a graduate of Staples High School and Albion College in Michigan. White worked as a landscaper and at Shaw’s of Westport.
He is survived by a brother, Frank White of New Lebanon, N.Y.; his sister, Christine Babson of Medfield, Mass.; and his nieces, Esther and Margaret Babson.
A funeral will take place at Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 17. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492.
Friday, July 09, 2010
Yvonne B. Cuseo, 91
Yvonne B. Cuseo, 91, of Westport, wife of the late Albert R. Cuseo, Sr., passed away peacefully Thursday evening in Connecticut Health of Southport.
Mrs. Cuseo was born March 20, 1919 in Fairfield daughter of the late Fredrick and Roseanne (LaBlanc) Sirois and has been a lifelong Westport resident.
Mrs. Cuseo along with her husband owned and operated Albert R. Cuseo Refuse and Cuseo Exxon Gas Station. They also owned and operated the Albert R. Cuseo Bus Service from the 1960s until 1980. Along with her work, Mrs. Cuseo most liked spending time with her family.
Survivors include her son, Peter J. Cuseo and his wife Teresa of Westport, one sister, Roseanne Richardson of Milford, four grandchildren, John, Albert, James and Christina, and four great grandchildren, Maggie, Harry, Chelsea and Amelia. She was also predeceased by one son, Albert R. Cuseo, Jr. and nine brothers and sisters.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Thomas Feldhahn, 81
Thomas Feldhahn, a longtime resident of Westport, died at Norwalk Hospital on July 4. He was 81.
He worked as a commercial art executive for several award-winning advertising agencies in both Lps Angeles and New York. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley.
He is survived by his wife, Wendy (Palmer) Feldhahn, his son Jeffery and wife Karen of Ridgewood, N.J. and his three grandchildren—Katy, Timmy and Molly as well as Tom’s older sister, Lois Dillon, in Independence, Mo.
A private service will be held at the Notre Dame Convalescent Home.
Aaron R. Rausen, 80
UPDATE Aaron Reuben Rausen, MD, age 80, of New York City and Westport, died July 7 of pancreatic cancer.
Dr. Rausen, known as “Paca” to his grandchildren, was born in Jersey City, N.J., June 29, 1930, the son of David and Ruth Rausen. He grew up in New York City.
He attended Stuyvesant High School in New York City, Dartmouth College from 1947-1950 and left prior to graduation to attend State University of New York on a full tuition scholarship where he received an MD degree in 1954.
Dartmouth awarded Dr. Rausen the Spirit of ‘51 award and an honorary degree.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Julian Kassen, 91
Julian Kassen, an internist who taught at Cleveland’s Mt. Sinai Hospital, MetroHealth Medical Center, and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), died July 5 at age 91.
Julian Kassen: father of Westporter. Contributed photo
Dr. Kassen was in private practice for 35 years, and he was later chief of legal medicine for Ohio Permanente Medical Group. Most recently he volunteered for the Dittrick Medical History Center at CWRU.
An avid reader and world traveler, Dr. Kassen chaired the physicians’ division of the Jewish Welfare Fund (now the Campaign for Jewish Needs), and he served Montefiore, Mt. Sinai, Jewish Family Service Association, and other organizations in various leadership capacities.
Born in Fitzgerald, Ga., Dr. Kassen received his medical degree from Emory University.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Charles W. Lucas II, 58
Charles W. Lucas: avid runner. File photo
Charles W. Lucas II, 58, of Westport, died on July 2 in Westport.
Charles was born on Sept. 18, 1951, in Ft Worth , Texas, son of the late “Luke” and “Cooke” Lucas.
Charles graduated from University of Texas in 1972. He enjoyed a long career in specialty retail, holding executive positions for Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co., and Bergdorf Goodman.
Charles and his wife, Katie, moved to Westport in 1987. His philanthropic spirit was integral in helping sustain the good works of numerous charities and nonprofit organizations.
Monday, July 05, 2010
Suzanne D. Siegel, 72
Suzanne Dietz Siegel died June 16, 2010, in her home in Marina del Rey, Calif., where she spent her last days surrounded by her family. She was 72.
Born in New York on Dec. 7, 1937, to Hilda and Alexander Schor, she grew up as a dancer and theater enthusiast. In the 1950s, her family relocated to Westport, where she met and married fellow creative spirit David Dietz. Together the couple raised their three children in Westport.
Siegel was involved in Hadassah and ORT, and gave her time and enthusiasm to support many causes.
She was founder and co-owner of “On Stage Academy for the Performing Arts” in Westport and hosted the Professional Actors’ Workshop,which boasted a list of local celebrity talent. She went on to produce cabaret style shows with “5-J Productions” along with her friend and producer, John Franklin.
Doris H. Conroy, 81
Doris Helen Conroy, age 81, died Sunday, July 4 in Pawleys Island, S.C.
Born in St. Louis, Mo, she was the daughter of the late Alvin and Helen Thielker. Mrs. Conroy had an unending passion for music and the arts. She was a dedicated wife and mother who loved gardening.
Doris had a long distinguished career as a registered nurse. She was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church in Westport. She dedicated her life to mothering, giving and caring for others. She was preceded in death by a brother, Alan Thielker.
Survivors include four sons, John A. Conroy of Grosse Ile, Mich., Thomas A. Conroy of Newtown, Brian J. Conroy of Shelburne, Vt., and James E. Conroy of Ridgefield; a daughter, Ann Antoniewski of Pawleys Island, S.C.; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Saturday, July 03, 2010
Louis A. Rea, 85
Louis A. Rea, 85, of Westport passed away Thursday, July 1 in Norwalk Hospital.
Mr. Rea was born Oct. 22, 1924, in Eastchester, N.Y., son of the late Michael A. and Maria (Colombo) Rea and has been a resident of Westport for 55 years.
He was employed as the general manager of Gristedes Market on Main Street in Westport for many years prior to retiring and then working part time for Achorn’s Pharmacy and was an avid New York Yankees fan.
Mr. Rea served in the U.S. Army with the 45th Division - Thunderbirds during World War II. The 45th was involved in actions in North Africa, Anzio, France, Germany and one of the liberating forces in Dachau. Mr. Rea was awarded a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.
Friday, July 02, 2010
Gregg Schoenleber, 42
Gregg Schoenleber, age 42, beloved son of Eugene Schoenleber of Madison and Marilyn Schoenleber of Norwalk, died peacefully July 2 at Connecticut Hospice of Branford.
A resident of Madison, Gregg was born in Queens, N.Y., Nov. 28, 1968. He grew up in Weston and graduated from Weston High School in 1986.
He received a BS degree in finance from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield in 1991.
Prior to his death, Gregg served as vice president of Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. He began his career with Birinyi Associates, a stock market research and money management firm based in Westport, at which he served as director of international equity research.
Walter A. Hahn, 89
Walter A. Hahn, 89, of Thirwood Place in South Yarmouth, Mass., died peacefully at home on July 1.
Born Walter August Hermann Hahn on Dec. 21, 1920 in Wittenberg, Germany, he accompanied his mother, Frieda and sister, Gertrude, to America in 1925 to start a new life with family and friends in upstate New York.
His father, August, later joined the family there. Walter attended school in Poughkeepsie and graduated from Arlington High School before enrolling at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.
He played center on the SLU football team and was president of the SAE fraternity house on campus.
Rosalie T. Fagerlund, 87
Rosalie Tietz Fagerlund, of Kennebunk, Maine, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 30.
She was born on Dec. 22, 1922, in New York City to Edward and Rosalie Tietz. She graduated from EB Davis High School and attended Concordia College where she excelled in dramatics and the sport of track and field.
Rosalie was employed as a model while attending Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in Manhattan. Upon completion of her studies, she was employed in various secretarial capacities.
Rosalie was married in 1947 to Gordon Fagerlund. After the birth of her daughters, Rosalie volunteered extensively in the Westport school system.
Thursday, July 01, 2010
Ernest H. Grauel, 82
Ernest Henry Grauel of Westport died June 30 at Norwalk Hospital of liver cancer. He was 82.
Ernie Grauel: almost 60 years in Westport. Contributed photo
Born in Norristown, Penn., on May 23, 1928, to Anne and Ernest H. Grauel Sr., Ernie spent his early years in Black Rock, followed by about six decades in Westport.
He was an artist his whole life, and at times worked as a theater projectionist and taxi driver. He loved Westport and was a local fixture, recognizable by his handlebar mustache and hats.
Ernie was mentored by the artists James Dougherty and Karl Anderson, and studied at the Pratt Institute, The Cooper Union and The Art Students League. He worked mostly in oils with an abstract, cubist style. His works were exhibited in shows throughout the region.
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport