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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Stuart A. “Stu” Forbes

Stuart A. “Stu” Forbes of Westport, Mass., passed away over the weekend at his residence unexpectedly. He was the former husband of Jane (Carney) Forbes of Westport, Mass.

Born in South Kingstown, R.I., a son of the late Ervin G. and Marguerite T. (Kelley) Forbes, he spent his youth in Wickford, R.I., and lived in Westport, Conn., from 1979 until moving to Westport, Mass, in 1993.

A graduate of North Kingstown High School, Class of 1963, and the University of Rhode Island, 1967, he earned his MBA from Fordham University in 1974.

Mr. Forbes was a foreign exchange trader on Wall Street for many years with American Brands, Toronto Dominion Bank and AMRO., retiring in 1993.

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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Actor Donal Donnelly, Former Westporter, Dies at 78

UPDATE Donal Donnelly, a Westporter for almost three decades who became one of the most respected Irish actors of his generation, died in Chicago on Monday after a long battle with cancer. He was Image
Donal Donnelly in “The Dead.” File photo

Donnelly, who moved to Westport in 1979 and remained here until 2008, was best known for his role as the scheming Archbishop Gilday in “The Godfather: Part III” and as good-natured drunk Freddy Malins in John Huston’s adaptation of James Joyce’s “The Dead.”

But he saw the stage as his natural home.

Donnelly was nominated for a Tony Award for his role as Private Gar in the original staging of Brian Friel’s “Philadelphia, Here I Come!” in 1964.

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Joseph P. Wirsing Jr., 58

Joseph P. Wirsing Jr., 58, of Wilton, the husband of Karen Schlegel, died Jan. 2 in Westport.

Born in the Bronx, N.Y., on April 8, 1951, son of Joseph P. Wirsing Sr. and the late Patricia Harrison Wirsing, he was a Wilton resident for 30 years.

Wirsing worked in the entertainment production industry with some of the biggest names in the music business, including Prince, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Jackson Browne, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Pat Benatar, Chic, David Johansen, Wham!, Buddy Miles, Band Of Gypsys and Aerosmith.

He was also involved in many special events, including the Grammy Awards telecasts, the Pope John Paul II masses in New York City, The U.S. Bill of Rights tour, WOMAD, the Amnesty International “Conspiracy of Hope” tour, Live-Aid and Woodstock 94.

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Eva M. Carrara, 97

Eva M. Carrara, 97, a native and lifelong resident of Westport and wife of the late Peter D. Carrara, passed away peacefully Monday Jan. 4 at home in the company of her Image
Eva Carrara: oldest member of United Methodist Church. Contributed photo

Born at home in Westport, Sept. 12, 1912, the daughter of the late Nathan and Elsie (Baker) Shippey, Mrs. Carrara was the oldest living member of the United Methodist Church in Westport.

Prior to retiring Jan. 5, 2001, Mrs. Carrara was employed for 29 years with MBI in Norwalk. She is a graduate of Staples High School and a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church of Westport where she was a member of Suzannah Circle.

Survivors include two daughters, Joanne C. Marshall and her husband Howard, Marilyn F. Carrara both of Westport, three grandchildren, Jay Marshall (Lynn), Janice Ullrich (Jim), Nancy Sengstacken; four great grandchildren, Brenna and Nicole Marshall, Joseph Pepin, Meghan Sengstacken, and two great great grandchildren, Kaiden and Jaylyn Powell.

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Stefanie Prigge, 63

Stefanie Prigge, 63, of Greenwich, died Dec. 31 at home.

Born in Alexandria, Va. on Aug. 12, 1946, she was the daughter of the late William and Louise Prigge.

Prigge attended Westport schools and graduated from Staples High School in 1964. She moved to Greenwich in 1973. Her family was longtime members of Saugatuck Congregational Church and the Cedar Point Yacht Club.

She is survived by her brother, Peter Prigge. She was predeceased by her younger brother, Paul Prigge.

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Monday, January 04, 2010

World War II Vet Edward J. “Edyo” Keehan Dies at 84

Edward J. “Edyo” Keehan, a Westport native who went off to World War II at the age of 17, survived battles at sea, and 60 years later fought and won another battle in his hometown—to erect a monument to his fallen comrades, died Saturday at Norwalk Hospital. He was 84.keehan75.jpg
“Edyo” Keehan: led effort to restore monument. Contributed photo
1943 Saturday Evening Post cover. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) File photo

In 2004, he published a book recounting his experiences, “Battle for Honor.” “I hope many people in Westport get a chance to read it,” he said at the time. (See WestportNow Nov. 24, 2004)

Keehan’s book tells of his time aboard two World War II cruisers, how he came home and worked as a truck manager for 18 years, and then retired and went into real estate.

But all the while he was concerned that a World War II monument that once stood outside the old Westport Town Hall on Post Road East was missing.

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Sunday, January 03, 2010

Josephine F. DeMattia, 101

Josephine F. DeMattia, age 101, of Westport, the beloved wife of the late Joseph E. DeMattia, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 2, with her family by her side.

Born in San Miguel, Italy, Mrs. DeMattia was a resident of Westport since 1931. She was co-owner with her husband of the DeMattia Fuel Company in Westport prior to her retirement.

She is survived by her three daughters, Gloria Osterberg and her husband, Kenneth of Niantic, Delores Carter of Essex and Adele DeMattia of Norwalk; six cherished grandchildren, Kenneth Osterberg of Newington, Kurt Osterberg of Trumbull, Bryan Carter of Westbrook, Jeffrey Carter of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Kimberly Bogan of Essex and Kathleen Carter of Ivoryton; her brother, Andrew DeMattia of Myrtle Beach and her sister, Isabel Waldera of Easton; her sister-in-law, Theresa DeMattia of Southport; and 10 great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, Michael and Liberty DeMattia and three sisters, Fannie Gilberti, Jennie Gilberti and Amelia Ferrandino.

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M. Jennifer Bradshaw Hanusovsky

M. Jennifer Bradshaw Hanusovsky, formerly of Weston, died Dec. 10 in Memphis, Tenn., after a three-year battle with cancer. Image
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Jennifer enjoyed helping those in need. Starting years ago when she was youth minister at Norfield Church in Weston and the YMCA in Westport, where she co-sponsored a Saturday program for handicapped children that still is active today, helping disabled children.

Jennifer was preceded in death by her father, Frederick Beville Bradshaw and her brother, Gary Allan Bradshaw.

She is survived by her loving husband of almost 26 years, Robert Hanusovsky of Memphis, Kaye Bradshaw, mother; Steven and Debbie Bradshaw, brother; Brennen Bradshaw, niece and Garrett Bradshaw, nephew all of Mobile, Ala.;. Justin and Kim McDonald, Jared McDonald, nephews from Mobile. John and Madeline Hanusovsky, brother-in-law of Oxford, Conn., Patty Ann and Andrew Athan, sister-in-law of Glastenbury, Conn. Victoria and Michael Konopka, niece of Milford, Conn.; Elizabeth Hanusovsky, niece of Oxford; Rebecca Athan, niece of East Hartford; Andrew and Zoey Athan, nephew, grand-niece, Ashlee all of Branford.

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Katherine M. Dombroski, 88

Katherine M. Dombroski, 88, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 31 in Claremont, N.H.

She was born in Fairfield on April 7, 1921 to Rosalia M. Nadolny and Kazmierz Nadolny. She resided in Westport with her husband Michael G. Dombroski, whom she married on May 3, 1941.

They moved to Newport, N.H. in 1960, where they were active parishioners of St. Patrick Parish.

She moved to Horseheads, N.Y., in 1987 but returned to the Claremont area by 1996. She became an active member of St. Joseph Parish, Claremont, and was a member of the St. Cecilia Choir and St. Anne’s Society. She was also a longtime member of the Catholic Daughters of America in Connecticut and New Hampshire.

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Saturday, January 02, 2010

Raymond Reynolds, 91 Image
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Raymond “Sunny” E. Reynolds, 91, of Norwalk, formerly of Westport, husband of the late Mary Ann (Walsh) Reynolds, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 30 in Norwalk Hospital.

Mr. Reynolds was born April 5, 1918 in Westport, son of the late Raymond J. and Hazel (Sturges) Reynolds and has been a resident of South Norwalk for the past 62 years.

Prior to retiring, Mr. Reynolds was employed as a purchasing agent for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. for more than 49 years.

He is a 1936 graduate of Staples High School and a 1960 graduate of New York University with a Bachelor of Science degree in management and industrial relations and is a former member of the NYU Alumni Association Committee and the Steering Committee Association to Save the Norwalk Islands.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Caricaturist David Levine Dies at 83; Had Westport Ties

Caricaturist David Levine, best known for his work published in The New York Review of Books and whose output has been coordinated by his son from his Compo Beach-area home in Westport, died today. He was Image
David Levine in a photo from a Web site coordinated by his son, Matthew, a Westport resident and artist who, like his father, has painted many Westport scenes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Levine died at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan of prostate cancer and complications from other ailments, according to Robert Silvers, editor of The New York Review. He called Levine “the greatest caricaturist of his time.”

Levine, who also painted numerous watercolors of Westport scenes, was known for his drawings of politicians, celebrities, writers and historical figures that typically had large heads and exaggerated features. In one well-known image from 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson pulls up his shirt to reveal a gallbladder-operation scar shaped like the map of Vietnam.

The drawings defined the look of The New York Review, which sold them on calendars and T-shirts.

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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.

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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.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Charles M. Rochlin, 24

Charles (Charley) Mark Rochlin, 24, of Westport, passed away Dec. Image
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.

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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 Image
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.

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