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Obituaries

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

James E. Freehill Sr. 77

James E. Freehill Sr. of Stratford, husband and of Anne (McCabe) Freehill passed away at his home in Oronoque Village on Tuesday Aug. 10. He was 77.

Mr. Freehill was born in New York City on Jan. 27, 1933 and is the son of the Late James and Margaret (Hagen) Freehill. Prior to moving to Oronoque Village two years ago, Mr. Freehill resided in Fairfield for 10 years and in Westport for 30 years.

Mr. Freehill enjoyed traveling, playing golf and spending time with his family.

Survivors in addition to his wife Anne of 50 years include two sons, James E. Freehill Jr. and his wife Linda of Chestnut Hill, Mass., Joseph Freehill of Branford; two daughters, Ellen Russell and her husband Peter of Fairfield, Kate Freehill of Brooklyn, N.Y. two Brothers George Freehill and his wife Barbara of Remsinsburg , N.Y. and Patrick Freehill of Yonkers, N.Y. one sister in law Shan Freehill of Bronxville, N.Y. six grandchildren Patrick and Brian Russell of Fairfield, Annie Freehill-Fienberg of Brooklyn, N.Y. Casey Hannah and James E. Freehill III of Chestnuthill, Mass., Mr. Freehill was pre deceased by one brother John Freehill.

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Monday, August 09, 2010

Geoffrey Reynolds, 70

Geoffrey Reynolds, 70, of Westport, the husband of Janet (Severance) Reynolds, died May 9, 2010, in Norwalk Hospital.

Born Sept. 18, 1939, in New York City, he was the son of the late Frederick and Aimee (Scott) Reynolds.

Reynolds, a resident of Westport for the past 37 years, he was employed by Union Carbide as an audio-visual engineer many years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and an avid tennis player.

In addition to his wife of 41 years, Reynolds is survived by a son, Gregory Reynolds and his wife Mariko of New York City; a daughter, Michelle Rogers and her husband Brent of Chicago, Ill.; two sisters Peggy Kyker of Carmel, Ind., and Rosemary Brown of Winter Park, Fla.; two grandchildren, Alexis and Phoebe Rogers, and several nieces and nephews.

Services were private. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.

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Brian A. Petronella, 54

Brian A. Petronella of Norwalk, beloved husband of Elaine Coker Petronella, died suddenly on Aug. 6, in his home with his family by his side. He was 54.

Born in Norwalk on March 28, 1956, to Rosemarie Jaykus Petronella and the late Robert A. Petronella, he was predeceased by his brother Robert Burke Petronella.

Brian A. Petronella was the president of Local 371 UFCW, international vice president and executive vice president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO.

He was an active board member on several pro-labor organizations, including the United Way of Eastern Fairfield County.

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Saturday, August 07, 2010

Brian Petronella, Food Union President, Dies at 54

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UPDATE Brian Petronella, the longtime president of the Westport-based United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 371 food workers union and a leading figure in Connecticut labor and politics, died suddenly Friday night at his Norwalk home, the union’s Web site said today. He was 54.

“A tragic loss has been suffered by the officers, staff, executive board, and members of the UFCW Local 371,” the Web site said. “President Brian A. Petronella passed away unexpectedly on Friday evening, August 6th at his home. Please join with us in our prayers for the Petronella family.”

The cause of the death was not announced. (See obituary)

As union president since 1999, Petronella had been involved in a number of high profile union issues involving food workers. Earlier this year, Petronella was involved in talks that averted a strike and led to a new contract between Stop & Shop and its unionized workers.

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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Joanne L. Feistel

Joanne Lichac Feistel, died Aug. 4.

A longtime resident of Fairfield, sadly, she leaves her beloved daughter, Lisa Ann of Cape Cod, Mass. and Westport.

Joanne is survived by three sisters, Sandy Manzone, husband, George, Judith Ann Burrows, husband, Thom, Lucy Brown, husband, Tom; nieces and nephew, Karen Wallace, Kurt Kenney, Rachel Lank; and grandnieces and nephews, Kelly, Allison, Haley Wallace, MackKenzie, Zachary Kenney, Michael and Peter Facteau, Geoffrey, Janson Henriques; and numerous beloved cousins and relatives and longtime friends.

Ms. Joanne Feistel was born to Lucille and George Lichac in Stockton, Calif.

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Constance B. Lyle, 83

Constance Brewer Lyle passed away Aug. 5 in Charleston, S.C.  The former Westporter was 83.

She was born Jan. 4, 1927, in Spokane, Wash. to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Brewer. She studied in Spokane and went to Smith College in western Massachusetts.

While there, she met and married John E. Kilgore of Dallas. They had four children, John E. Kilgore and Robert M. Kilgore of New York City, Constance P. Kilgore Utter of Rhode Island and Ralph A. Kilgore of East Hampton, N.Y.

In 1957, they moved to New York City at which time the marriage dissolved. In 1966 she met and a year later married Gordon Lyle, Jr. of New York City on March 18, 1967.

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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Melvin A. Brenner, 90

Melvin A. Brenner, 90, of Weston, husband of Doris (Pinney) Brenner, died July 14 from head injuries he suffered in a fall.

Born in New York City, Brenner attended the City College of New York, graduating when he was 19. His first job was at the federal Bureau of the Budget in Washington, D.C.

He later had a long career in the airline industry, primarily with American Airlines and TWA. After retiring, he continued as a consultant to foreign countries as a market planner for the airline industry.

He met his wife Doris, a professional photographer, in 1976. After marrying in 1977, they lived in Greenwich, later moving to Weston. They traveled widely together.

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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Stephen H. Armitage, 67

Stephen Hopkins Armitage died Aug. 1 at home in Portland. Ore. after a long battle with kidney and lung cancer. He was 67

Steve was born April 26, 1943, the son of Albert Lawson Armitage and Margaret Anthony Armitage. He attended elementary school in Redwood City, Calif., and moved with his family to Westport in 1955, where he graduated from Staples High School in 1961.

Steve was a member of the U.S. Army National Guard of Connecticut from 1964 to 1970 and attended University of Connecticut.  He graduated from Silvermine College of Art in 1967 and completed a third year honors program in 1968.

After many years working in retail management, Steve decided to become a librarian. To do so, he received his B.S. from Charter Oak College in 1986 and received his M.S. in librarianship from Columbia University in 1988.

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Monday, August 02, 2010

Ernest M. Mendeloff

Dr. Ernest M. Mendeloff, D.D.S., of 27 High Noon Road, Weston, died on Sunday, July 25, at Norwalk Hospital following a brief illness.

A longtime resident of Weston, Dr. Mendeloff is survived by his wife, Kerstin Mendeloff. He was the son of Max and Sadie Mendeloff, both deceased.

He is survived by his children, Janine Mendeloff Hodgson and her husband Chris Hodgson of Guilford, Barry Mendeloff and his wife Jessica Curley of Chicago, and Pamela Mendeloff Duffy and her husband Liam Duffy of Elon, N.C., and seven grandchildren. His sister, Judy Mendeloff Evall, also survived him, along with her sons, Joseph and Mitchell Evall.

Dr. Mendeloff was born and grew up in Bronx, N.Y. He graduated from the City College of New York in 1948 with a B.S., and graduated from NYU Dental School in 1952. He obtained a post graduate degree in Orthodontics in 1955 from Tufts University, and was a part-time instructor at the Tufts University Orthodontic Department from 1955 to 1956.

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Dora F. Walsh, 86,

Dora Franco Walsh of Westport, wife of the late John F. Walsh, entered into eternal rest on Aug. 1. She was 86.

Dora was born in Southport, Aug. 28, 1923, daughter of the late Vincenzo and Rachele (Fuccella) Franco and has been a lifelong resident of Westport.

She attended Westport schools and graduated from the American School of Design in New York City.

Dora was a textile designer, an insurance salesperson and a telephone operator. She retired from the Southern New England Telephone Company in 1986. Her many interest as a volunteer included the Girl Scouts, Project Return, Norwalk Hospital and especially church.

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Marjorie B. Dowd, 84

Marjorie Bonar Dowd of Westport, wife of the late Victor Dowd, died July 28 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 84.WestportNow.com Image
Marjorie B. Dowd: Former Ford model. Contributed photo

Born in London, England, she was the daughter of Robert “Papa” Floyd and Ruth Adelaide (Stone) Bonar.

Dowd worked as a Ford Agency model, who was featured in fashion magazines, as well as a teacher and office manager. For many years before retiring, she worked at the Westport Public Library.

She is survived by four children, Jeffrey Dowd and his wife Maren, Gregory Dowd and his wife Ada, Eugenia LeBlanc and her husband Glen, and Peter Dowd and his wife Lynn, as well as five grandchildren, Catrin, Natalie, Gabrielle, Elliot and Emma.

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Sunday, August 01, 2010

Anthony “Tony” DiMatteo, 79

Anthony “Tony” DiMatteo age 79, of Shelton died suddenly on July 31 in Westport. WestportNow.com Image
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Born in Port Chester, N.Y. on Jan. 21, 1931, he was a son of the late John and Hilda Ciotti DiMatteo. He was married 51 years to the love of his life, Adeline “Lena” Nicoletti DiMatteo.

Anthony founded DiMatteo Insurance in 1960 and when he retired, he passed the business on to his children where they are currently celebrating their 50th year.

He attended and graduated from Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport and played on Coach Steve Miska’s 1947 Connecticut state championship football team.

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Marianne I. Wiresee, 87

Marianne Ingrid Wiresee, 87, of Mount Dora, Fla. passed away on Thursday, July 29.

She was born on April 30, 1923, in Frösö, Sweden, to the late Martin Wang and Anna (Wiklund) Wang. After living most of her adult life in Los Angeles, Mrs. Wiresee moved to Westport and then to Mount Dora in 1986.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mount Dora and loved the Lord Jesus with all of her heart.

Mrs. Wiresee was devoted totally as wife and mother, and an excellent seamstress. She is survived by her husband, Birger Wiresee, of Mount Dora; daughter, Annette M. Burks (Anthony), of Buffalo, N.Y.; and one grandchild, Dorian.

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Norma B. Green, 84

Norma Berger Green, devoted mother, grandmother, writer and artist died July 28 in Arlington, Va. of natural causes. She was 84.

Born in Providence, R.I. in 1925, Mrs. Green received her BFA in Apparel Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1945. She taught at the Famous Artist School in Westport and was the author of several children’‘s books.  She was an accomplished artist and had numerous exhibits featuring her watercolor paintings.

Former wife of Norman Sumner Green, she is survived by her sons, John and William; her sister, Dorothy Friar; daughter-in-law, Michelle; three grandchildren, Brent, Kyle and Kendall; and many devoted friends. Services private.

Donations may be made to RISD, c/o Amanda Wright, 2 College St., Providence, RI 02903.

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Ann M. Croke, 72

Ann M. (Sullivan) Croke of Fairfield, a 14-year employee of Mitchells of Westport, beloved wife of John P. Croke for more than 48 years, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 27, at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport. She was 72.

Born in Boston to the late Michael and Helen Sullivan, Ann grew up in Roslindale, Mass. and received her B.A. degree from Boston State Teachers College.

Ann lived for eight years in Villanova, Pa. before moving to Fairfield for the last 36 years. Regardless of where she lived, Ann remained a true Bostonian.

Always active in her community, she worked for 14 years at Mitchells of Westport, volunteered at the Fairfield Women’s Exchange, was an involved member of the Patterson Club, and taught CCD at St. Pius X Church.

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