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Sunday, December 11, 2011
John “Jack” H. Lewis, 77
John “Jack” H. Lewis, a former Westport resident, died Dec, 7 at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lake Worth, Fla. He was 77.
He was born in Columbus, Ohio, and lived in Palm City since 1989, coming from Westport. He was owner of Alternatives Natural Products of Stuart, Fla. He was an Air Force veteran.
Survivors include his sons, John Lewis and Adam Lewis; daughter, Amy Reffie; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Barbara Lewis.
Memorial contributions may be made to WPB, VAMC, Attn: Volunteer Services, In memory of John H. Lewis, 7305 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33410.
Friday, December 09, 2011
Yekutiel (Kuti) Zeevi, 65
Yekutiel (Kuti) Zeevi of Westport died suddenly on Dec. 8. He was 65. He was the husband of Nava Zeevi.
Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, a son of the late Pinchas Zeevi and Yona Zeevi, he was a resident of Westport for more than 30 years where he was a successful businessman as a wholesale diamond expert.
He was generous and well-liked, known for his charitable nature, and was famous for his bear hugs, always making people feel comfortable, his family said. He had a passion for soccer.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his son, Neer Zeevi and his wife Liora Zeevi of New London, his son-in-law Kevin Trager of West Hartford, and his sister Ilana Sigal of Israel.
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Linda S. Denholtz, 72
Linda S. Denholtz of Weston died Dec. 2 in Norwalk Hospital following a long illness. She was 72.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. April 12, 1939, she was the daughter of the late David and Ina (Roberts) Monheit. Prior to moving to Weston 33 years ago, she had been a resident of Westport for 20 years.
She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bennington College and her Law degree from the University of Bridgeport in 1990. She is a former member of the Public Defender’s office State of Connecticut, Bridgeport Office.
She was a volunteer with the Weston section of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC), very active in theater throughout Fairfield County and the Vineyard Playhouse, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., and a former special needs teacher for the Westport school system.
Harold S. Mickley, 93
Harold Somers Mickley, 93, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Westport, died Dec. 3. He was 93.
He was a retired vice chairman of Stauffer Chemical Co. in Westport. He previously served as the company’s executive vice president - technical.
Born in Seneca Falls, N.Y., on Oct. 14, 1918, to Marguerite and Harold Mickley, he was a child prodigy who taught himself calculus in the fifth grade and graduated from high school at age 14.
He then entered the California Institute of Technology, where his adviser was Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling, a man he highly respected for his quick and inquiring mind—attributes that characterized his student as well, according to his family.
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Hugh Pickering, 89
Hugh Pickering, a lifelong resident of Westport, died at his home on Dec. 1 after a short illness. He was 89.
Hugh Pickering: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo
Born in 1922 in Malvern, N.Y., he was the son of the late Samuel Pickering and Natalie Ronalds. He attended Westport public schools, graduating from Staples High School in 1940. He received a B.S. in chemical engineering from New York University.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a fighter pilot during World War II, flying the F4U-1 Corsair on 42 missions in the Pacific. Aviation was a passion of his which continued long after the end of the war.
He worked for the Chevron Oil Company and retired in 1986 as the general manager of the Hoffman Oil Co., Chevron’s subsidiary in Stamford.
Florence J. Shook, 97
Florence James Shook, Westport resident for 63 years, died at her home on Oct. 26. She was 97.
Florence J. Shook: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo
She is remembered for her enormous love, friendship, and generous spirit, said her family. She co-founded a school, advocated for actors, adored dogs, and relished her family.
Quick to come with chicken soup, a glazed ham, or easily add another place at the table, she possessed a particular affinity for those in trouble or with “broken wings.”
“There will always be people whose lives are in turmoil and need immediate help,” she said.
Friday, December 02, 2011
Ina M. Micheels, 73
Ina M. Micheels, a former Westport resident, died Nov 27 at her home in Newton, Mass. She was 73.
She was born in the Netherlands, in Amersfoort in 1927 and also lived in Amsterdam. She came with her mother, Mily Polak, to the New York City area in 1938, at age 11.
She lived for 52 years in Westport including time at 16 Minute Man Hill in a house designed by modernist architect Paul Rudolph—whose demolition in 2007 was the subject of much controversy—and then moved to Newton for the last six years of her life.
She was married to Louis J. Micheels, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst for 61 years until his death in 2008. She attended high school at the Putney School in Vermont, and graduated from Russell Sage College in 1948.
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Elsie D. Dickenson, 90
Elsie Dorothy Dickenson of Wilton, previously of Westport, wife of the late Dr. James R. Dickenson, died Nov. 28 at Norwalk Hospital, after a lengthy illness. She was 90.
Born in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Theodore and Elsie Allmendinger.
She was an art teacher in Pittsburgh, an administrative assistant for D&B, several attorneys, and a publishing company.
Survivors include her children, two sons, James R. Dickenson II, Theodore A. Dickenson and his wife Lisa; a daughter, Elyse Dickenson, and four grandchildren, Anastasia, Sarah, Catherine, and William.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Marvin Gelman, 84
Marvin Gelman, founder of Lighting Services Inc., whose company’s products illuminate museums and display windows all over the world, died Nov. 29 in Westport of complications from cancer. He was 84.
Marvin Gelman: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo
A longtime Westport resident, Gelman had a passion for boating and being on the water. He was a member of the Saugatuck River Sail and Power Squadron and former commander of Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 72 based in Norwalk.
He was a member of the New York section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNY) since 1950. He began his career as the lighting director of NBC’s “Tonight Show with Steve Allen.” While working at NBC, he met his future wife, Barbara Savini, a production assistant with the program. The two married in 1957.
In 1958, he left the network to launch his own consulting firm, Lighting Services Inc (LSI) which had a motto of “everything in lighting from design to installation.” Within a few years, realizing that quality lighting equipment was not available in the field, he changed focus and Lighting Services Inc. became a full-fledged specialty manufacturer of accent and display lighting.
Eleanor Bond, 76
Eleanor “Ellie” Whitford Bond died Nov. 14 with the comfort of loving family at her side. A Westport resident from 1966 to 2000, she was a friendly and familiar face in town before moving to California to be closer to her children and grandchildren.
The daughter of the late William G. and Dorothy (Edwards) Whitford, she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, and worked briefly in advertising for Leo Burnett before marrying and moving to Westport with her husband, Robert “Bud” Bond and young family. The couple was married 52 years.
A wonderful smile and an engaging warm personality delighted Ellie’s many friends and colleagues, her family said. She was an enthusiastic organizer and participant in various civic activities including the Westport Women’s Club and received a National Service Award from the Girl Scouts of America.
A local columnist wrote of her retirement in 1999 after 17 years of devoted employment with the Westport YMCA, “She was the glue that held the Y together.”
Monday, November 28, 2011
Esther L. Nayer, 84
Esther Leah Nayer of Westport, a resident for 11 years who was active in many organizations, died Nov. 26. She was 84.
Born in the Bronx, N.Y. on March 4, 1927 the daughter of the late Nathan and Anna Abraham, she was a member of Temple Israel of Westport, the Y’s Women of Westport/Weston, and the League of Women Voters. She was active in the Westport Center for Senior Activities.
She is survived by her husband Stanley, her children, Jonathan Rainer and his wife Renee of Dix Hills, N.Y., David Rainer and his wife Wendy of Raleigh, N.C., Judith Nayer and her husband Robert of New York, N.Y., siblings, Sarah Hirschhorn and George Abraham, and by her grandchildren, Craig, Jason, Stefanie, Joshua, Rebecca and Matthew.
She attended Taft High School and the Jewish Theological Seminary and worked for many years as an insurance agent and as an executive secretary at the Vernitron Corporation in Great Neck, N.Y.
Harold R. Shippey, 85
Harold R. Shippey, born in Westport in 1926, died Nov. 21 in his Woodland Park, Colo. home after a lengthy illness. He was 85.
After serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II, he served as a public servant—in Westport as a fire captain for 21 years, and then a sergeant in the Teller County Sheriff Department for 19 years. His late father, Harold A. Shippey, was a former Westport fire chief.
He and his wife built and enjoyed three homes in their 64 years of marriage, two in view of Pikes Peak.
He was a longtime member of Ute Pass Lions Club and board member of Ute Pass Historical Society; 37-year-member of Midland Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, the Ute Pass Crickets Chapter of Family Campers and RVer’s.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Anthony (Snoop) Fiore, 80
Anthony Fiore: 30-year Westport police veteran. Contributed photo
Anthony (Snoop) Fiore, a former Westport police officer and husband of Sue (Kline) Fiore, died Nov. 23 in Norwalk Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was 80.
Born in the family homestead on Ketchum Street in Westport’s Saugatuck area, he was the son of the late Anthony and Mary (Febbraio) Fiore and a lifelong Westport resident.
He was a 1949 graduate of Staples High School and attended both the University of Maryland and Babson College.
He joined the Westport Police Department on July 1, 1956 serving the town and people of Westport for 30 years. He retired with the rank of Inspector on April 1, 1986.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Hector R. Anton, 92
Hector R. Anton, Ph.D., of Westport died Nov. 22 in his daughter’s home in Lexington, Mass. He was 92.
A retired partner of Deloitte and Touche, a public accounting firm, he was professor emeritus of the Haas School of Business Administration, University of California, Berkeley, serving as associate dean, chairman of the department, and in various capacities.
He was professor emeritus at the Stern School of Business at New York University, and chairman of the Ross Institute there. He was a visiting professor at Kauppa Korkea Koulu in Helsinki, Finland, in 1960-1961. He gave lectures in Stockholm, Sweden, during that period.
He was an author of several books on accounting practices and one on Fortran and business data processing. He received his doctorate at the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Norma M. Peterson
Norma Althea MacKenney Peterson of The Cedars, Chapel Hill, N.C., formerly of Westport, wife of Robert Edwin Peterson for 65 years, died Nov. 19 at her home.
Norma M. Peterson: Westporter for 37 years. Contributed photo
Daughter of the late Leroy N. and Grace E. MacKenney of Duxbury, Mass., she was born in Oakland, Maine and grew up in Duxbury where she was graduated from high school in 1941. She returned to her Maine roots, receiving her BA degree in psychology and English from the University of Maine, Orono, in 1945.
Her varied employment history included such interesting jobs as docent for the John Alden House in Duxbury, assistant to the personnel director for a munitions company in Hanover, Mass. during World War II, claims adjuster for Liberty Mutual Insurance in Boston, a service representative for NJ Bell, and 20 years as a substitute teacher in the Westport school system.
Long active in community affairs, she served on the Connecticut Commission for the Elderly, as vice president of Opera New England in Fairfield County, and as vice president of Connecticut Alliance for Music. While living in Ohio in the 1960s, she served as an AAUW president and secretary of the League of Women Voters. PTA president was yet another way she served the community.