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Obituaries

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Frank Parise, 86

Frank Parise of Westport, beloved husband for 69 years of Frances (Kirik) Parise, passed away at home on March 11. He was 86.WestportNow.com Image
Frank Parise: Westporter since 1947. Contributed photo

Born on April 30, 1924 in Bridgeport, he was the son of the late Santo and Concetta (Lasalvici) Parise. He was a World War II veteran and was to ship overseas when unexpectedly he was sent on assignment to Wright-Patterson AFB as a specialist operations machinist.

He married his childhood sweetheart prior to entering the military, and after the war they moved to Westport in 1947 where they have lived ever since.

After the war Frank started working for Bond Rubber in Derby as a tool and die maker and machinist.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Beatrice N. Smith, 90

Beatrice Noehren Smith, a Westport resident more than 50 years, passed away on March 14 in Clearwater, Fla. She was 90.WestportNow.com Image
Betty Smith: Westporter for 50 years. Contributed photo

A graduate of Swarthmore College, she received her MA in social work from the University of Buffalo. She and her husband Warren moved to Westport in 1954.

She was a supportive wife, mother, and community social worker, working for various community organizations. They included the Fairfield Child Guidance Center, Norwalk Hospital, the Town of Westport Social Services Department, along with volunteering for the Red Cross, Mercy Learning Center, and mentoring in the Westport schools. 

She served as president of PEO and was an active member of the Westport/Weston Methodist Church.

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Eric E. Goldschmidt, 22

(Editor’s note: The family today provided the following obituary for Eric Goldschmidt, whose death was first reported March 10 by WestportNow.)

Eric Ernst Goldschmidt of Westport, passed away March 9 surrounded by his family after battling cancer for 18 years. He was 22.WestportNow.com Image
Eric Goldschmidt: battled cancer 18 years. Contributed photo

Eric was born in Dusseldorf, Germany and was a 2007 Staples High School graduate. During his four years at Staples, Eric was actively involved in Toquet Hall as a member of the Executive Committee, including responsible for booking many musical performances.

Until just recently he was studying at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore where he was actively involved in college life and the City of Baltimore.

His passions were in photography, the Red Sox and an eclectic taste of music and movies. He loved all animals, but was especially fond of his dog Lucy. His laugh, friendship, sense of humor, as well as his good nature will be missed by all who knew him.

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Natalie Hillman, 85

Natalie Hillman of Norwalk, wife of the late John K. Hillman, passed away March 11 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 85.WestportNow.com Image
Natalie Hillman: veteran of Memorial Day parades. Contributed photo

A longtime member of the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399, Ladies Auxiliary in Westport, she proudly marched in many of the Westport Memorial Day parades. Mrs. Hillman was also a member of Assumption Church and the Catholic Daughters of America, Court Assumption

Born in New Haven, on Dec. 22, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Lucy (Raiano) Acunto and has been a resident of Norwalk for 48 years.

She attended Columbia University and prior to retiring was employed as an executive assistant at ConDeisel in Old Greenwich. She was also a licensed Realtor for almost 50 years.

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Ruth S. Carusone, 70

Ruth Stannard Carusone, a lifetime resident of Westport and other area communities, died March 2 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 70.

She was the daughter of the late Elmer (Hank) and Helen Minnerly Stannard of Wilton. She had worked at Boyd’s; as a dental assistant in Wilton; as an assistant teacher for special educational needs in Westport where she received state-level recognition, and finally as a dental assistant in Norwalk.

She loved tag sales, cats, friends and family.

Survivors include two sons and their families, Joe, Maria, Daniela and Joseph of Hewitt, N.J., and Jeff, Debbie, Carina and Bryce of Redding, and a brother Elmer Stannard, sister-in-law Pat and their daughter Debbie Cowic.

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Lulu Veno Rodgriquez, 87

Lulu Veno Rodgriquez of Fairfield, the wife of the late Ramon Rodriquez, died March 9 in Bridgeport Hospital. She was 87.

Born in Westport, she was the daughter of the late Frank Sr. and Erminia Veno, and a longtime Fairfield resident.

She was the founder and owner with her husband of the Artist’s Pub Steak and Seafood Restaurant in Westport from 1969-79 and then established Ramons Restaurant in Southbury, which the couple operated from 1979-82.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Eric Goldschmidt, Staples ’07, Dies at 22

Westporter Eric Goldschmidt, a 2007 Staples High School graduate and a WestportNow contributing photographer beginning as a teenager, died Wednesday in Branford, Conn. He was 22.WestportNow.com Image
Eric Goldschmidt: succumbs to cancer. Contributed photo

A family friend said he had a lengthy battle with cancer. A full obituary will be published later.

Goldschmidt, who was proud of his dozen published WestportNow photo contributions – including a snow scene of the I-95 bridge in Saugatuck taken at the age of 16—was studying for a BFA degree at the Maryland Institute College of Arts in Baltimore.

He had received scholarship awards from the Staples Tuition Grants Committee and The Susan Fund.

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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Herb Kemp, 69

Herb Kemp, one of the nation’s leading pioneers of multicultural marketing and advertising and former Westporter, has died at his home in Charleston, S.C., according to targetmarketnews.com. He was 69.WestportNow.com Image
Herb Kemp: founded Westport consultancy. File photo

Kemp had more than 20 years of experience targeting the African-American consumer market for some of America’s largest Fortune 500 companies including Burger King, General Motors, Kodak, the U.S Army, Denny’s, Texaco, Anheuser Busch, KFC, Seagram’s, Toys “R” Us, Coors, Hardee’s, Ford Motors, AARP, 7UP, Alberto Culver, and AT&T.

For eight years, Kemp served as president of the UniWorld Group, Inc. and 11 years as executive vice president at the Chisholm-Mingo Group, Inc.—two of the largest and most respected minority-owned-and-operated advertising agencies targeting the African-American market.

His advertising agency experience also includes senior level management positions at J. Walter Thompson, and Ogilvy & Mather. Prior to transitioning to the agency business, he held executive client-side brand-management positions at Pfizer, General Foods, and Chesebrough-Ponds.

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Monday, March 07, 2011

Jane Caroline Warren Koeller, 86

Jane Caroline Warren Koeller, a life-long Westport resident, died Feb. 26 at Connecticut Health of Southport. She was 86.

She was born on May 21, 1924 in Westport, the daughter of Selleck Byron Warren and Dorothy Lehn Warren. A fourth-generation Westporter, she graduated from Staples High School in 1942.

Upon graduation she attended St. Luke’s School of Nursing in New York City. During World War II, she joined the WAVES. She married Joseph Koeller in 1947.

From 1948 to 1951 she worked at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City in the Medical Records Department.

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Elizabeth “Betty” Heider Walker, 83

Elizabeth Heider Walker died on March 4, in Naples, Fla. She was 83.

Born July 18, 1927, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Carl Albert Sautter Heider and Irene Augusta Deuterman Heider. 

Betty spent her early years in Prince Georges County, Maryland, and was a graduate of Hood College, Frederick, Md. After college she worked for Mademoiselle Magazine in New York before moving to Westport where she lived for more than 30 years.

In 1987, she moved to Naples with her husband, Robert W. Walker,who preceded her in death in 2006. In Naples, she was an active member of Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church where she served on the Vestry and was co-chairman of the Naples Antiques Show. 

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Friday, March 04, 2011

June E. Cotton, 88

June E. Cotton, a former Westport resident who lived in Plantation, Fla. since 1971, died March 1. She was 88.

A graduate of Penn State, she was a past president of AAUW, member of Plantation Community Church, Plantation Historical Society, and Friends of the Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library,

She served on the 25th and 50th anniversary committees for the city, was recognized as Woman of the Year by the organizations in which she participated and had served on their boards. Survived by daughter Carol, second cousin Skip Heath, and many loving friends.

Visitation will be March 6 3-5 p.m. at the T.M. Ralph Plantation Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held March 6 at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Entombment at Hollywood Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made to the Plantation Historical Society , or Friends of the Helen B. Hoffman Library.

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Joseph F. Murray Jr.

Joseph F. Murray Jr., of Chapin, S.C., formerly of Westport, died Feb. 22. He was the husband of Jean Murray.

The son of the late Joseph and Joan Murray, he graduated from Staples High School in l968. He was a co-captain of the school’s l967 FCIAC champion football team and was named its outstanding player.

He was an outdoorsman, and as a young boy, spent time at the Westport Tackle Shop learning about fishing. He was a fly fisherman, hunter, and avid reader and collector of antiquarian books on the subjects.

His entire business career was spent in the outdoors-sporting industry, beginning at Southern Gun and Tackle in Miami and later becoming president and chief executive officer of Ellett Brothers in Chapin, S.C.

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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Joan Gail Starr, 71

Joan Gail Starr of Westport died Feb. 25. She was 71.

The wife of Lee Starr, the couple had been married for 50 years. She was born in the Bronx, N.Y., the daughter of Charles and Jean Linett, and moved to Westport in 1978.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Jenny Starr; a son, Michael Starr, and two brothers, Ari Starr and Mark Starr.

Services were March 1 at Temple Beth El, Norwalk. Donations in her memory may be made to the Block Island Conservancy and Temple Beth El.

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Edward W. Plaut, 86

Edward W. Plaut of Westport, husband of Carol (Stern) Plaut, passed away Feb. 27. He was 86.

Mr. Plaut was born April 6, 1924 in New York City son of the late Ralph and Gertrude (Weill) Plaut and has been a resident of Westport for 57 years.

Prior to retiring, Mr. Plaut was employed in the insurance business for more than 40 years. He attended the University of Florida and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

Following retirement, Mr. Plaut volunteered delivering meals for the Meals on Wheels program in Westport. He also served as mentor in the Bridgeport Public School System.

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Angelina “Angie” Pirro, 85

Angelina “Angie” Pirro of St. Josephs Manor in Trumbull, and wife of the late Andrew J. Pirro, passed away on Feb. 24 in Bridgeport Hospital. He was 85.

Mrs. Pirro was born on Sept, 23, 1925 and is the daughter of the late Nicholas and Anna (Vena) Santella. She is survived by one son, Michael N. Pirro of Norwalk and one daughter, Carol-Ann Gabriel and her husband Steven of East Norwalk. Angie will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Friends are invited to attend a funeral on Saturday, March 5 at 11 a.m. directly at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave., for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be private.

The Harding Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. Contributions in memory of Mrs. Pirro may be made to the Assumption Church

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