Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Edward J. Kelly, 77
Edward J. Kelly, 77, of Westport and Tequesta, Fla., passed away Tuesday, May 4, at the Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter, Fla.
Born in Newburyport, he had been a winter resident of Tequesta for many years. Edward was president of National Express in Norwalk. He was a member of Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club and served in the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his wife, Judith I. Kelly; two sons, Richard J. Kelly and his wife Tammy of Westport, and Edward J. Kelly and his wife Debbie of Easton; three daughters, Kathleen Conley and her husband Bruce of Chesapeake, Va., Karen K. Wells of Stuart, Fla., and Eileen Kelly of Roanoke, Va.; one brother, Peter Kelly and his wife Cherylann of Newburyport; one sister, Carolyn Bashaw and her husband Robert of Naples, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Johnathan, Christina, Nicole and Jaime.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 8, at St. Jude Catholic Church in Tequesta. Interment will follow at Riverside Memorial Park. Friends are invited to meet with the family from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 7, at the Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home, 250 Center St., Jupiter, Fla.
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
John R. Cullen, 89
John Rutledge Cullen, husband of the late Ann (Zeock) Cullen, died at the Notre Dame Convalescent Home in Norwalk on Monday, May 3. He was 89.
John was born in Norwalk on Nov. 27, 1920, son of the late Charles and Gertrude (Johnston) Cullen.
As a youth he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps working in Centennial, Wyoming from 1936-1939.
From 1942-1945 he served his country during Word War II in the 1st Marine Division serving on Guadalcanal and was awarded the Purple Heart in May, 1944 on Russell Island. John worked for SNET and was retired from Geiger’s (Parcel’s) Garden Center in Westport.
Marion Barton, 89
Marion (Brittain) Barton, wife of Stanley Barton, both formerly of Westport, died in Tucson, Ariz., on April 24. She was 89.
Born Dec. 4, 1920, in Halesowen, W. Midlands, England, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Brittain and Mary Andrews Brittain. She was also predeceased by her step-mother, Edith Brittain.
After marrying in 1952, she and her husband immigrated to Nova Scotia, Canada, and subsequently lived in Almonte, Ontario, and Cincinnati, Ohio, before moving to Westport in 1969.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn B. and Robert P. Scholl, also formerly of Westport; her niece, Rita Harrold of Wayne, N.J.; four step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter, Andrea.
A memorial celebration will take place at a later date in Tucson, Ariz.
Monday, May 03, 2010
William R. Bleakley, 48
William R. Bleakley, 48, of Wilton passed away on April 22.
Mr. Bleakley was born in Islip, N.Y., son of the late Roger and Ferrol (Miller) Bleakley and has been a longtime area resident .
He was a member of the Cross Country Team at Wilton High School and later at St. Luke’s where he excelled receiving numerous awards for setting new course and school records. Mr. Bleakey went on to attend Eastern University.
Master Bleakley was a longtime proprietor of The Westport Academy of Tae Kwon Do, achieving the rank of 5th Dan training under Grand Master Moo Yong Lee.
He was inducted into the Martial Arts “Hall of Fame” and named outstanding Sah Bum Nim of the Year in 1998.
Marie C. Belford, 85
Marie C. Belford, 85, wife of the late William E. Belford, died May 3 at her home in Westport.
Born in Norwalk on June 17, 1924, daughter of the late James P. and Helen Mangan Collins, she was raised in Norwalk and was a graduate of Norwalk High School, class of 1942. She was retired from Valerie Transportation in Norwalk, where she had worked as a bookkeeper.
A resident of Westport for more than 60 years, Belford was a member of the Woman’s Guild at Assumption Church in Westport and involved in various church activities. She enjoyed spending time with her family.
She is survived by her three daughters, Maureen E. Belford of Westport, Nancy B. Voutsinas and her husband, Peter H. of Whitehall, Pa., and Katherine B. Huggins and her husband, David L. of Lansdale, Pa.; her four grandchildren, Jacqueline Marie and James William Voutsinas, and Benjamin William and Andrew Dwight Huggins; her brother, John J. Collins of Norwalk; sister, Ellen C. Sklar of Reno, Nev.; and several nieces and nephews.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Norman D. Harris, 58
Norman D. Harris, of New Milford, previously of Danbury, a U.S Postal Service employee in Westport for 30 years, died Tuesday, April 27, in Kent, Conn.
Husband of Neuza (Candida), Harris was born in Danbury Dec. 26, 1951, a son of Anita (Hubbard) Harris and the late Pearly Harris, Jr.
He attended Danbury schools and in addition to being a U.S Postal Service employee for 30 years in Westport, he was a part-time employee of Costco of Norwalk.
In early years, Mr. Harris was employed at Amphenol of Danbury. He enjoyed bowling, golf and was the “life of any gathering, a very giving man.”
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
John D. Zeoli Sr., 85
John D. Zeoli Sr., 85, of Daytona Beach, Fla., died April 19 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
He was a native Westporter born in Saugatuck on July 11, 1924, as were his parents, the late Dominic and Olympia (Valiante) Zeoli. He was predeceased in 1965 by his wife, Sara (Scordo) Zeoli.
Zeoli left Staples High School in his junior year and, in 1942, enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II from 1942 to 1946.
Immediately thereafter he went to work for the Perkin-Elmer Corp. and was employed there for more than 35 years, engaged on projects involved with NASA and the U.S. Defense Department.
Sophie H. Crown, 84
Sophie H. Crown of Milford, formerly of Norwalk and Westport, wife of the late Arthur Crown, died April 25 in Lord Chamberlain in Stratford. She was 84.
Born on April 24, 1926, in Bedford, N.Y., to the late Wasslie and Sarah (Eisashak) Antoniuk, she was a renowned hairdresser for more than 40 years. Crown worked at several area salons, including Camille’s Salon and Philip’s Salon of Westport.
She is survived by her daughter, Janet Novak of Milford; her sisters, Ann Sobocinski of Milford and Helen Restucci, and her brothers, Alexander and Frederick Antoniuk, all of New York; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a brother, William.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Robert B. Rogers Sr., 87
Robert Bruce Rogers Sr., 87, son of Lucy Todd and John A. Rogers of Westport, died April 8 in Vero Beach, Fla., after a brief illness.
Born in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., his family moved to Westport, where Rogers attended Staples High School, played football and was a model student.
He received a scholarship to Amherst College for a year, but enlisted in the U.S. Navy when World War II broke out. Rogers served as an officer in the Naval Reserve. He was a PBY sea plane flight instructor in Pensacola, Fla.
After the war, he and his wife of 57 years, Maggi Rogers, and their new daughter settled in Westport, where he worked for Hooper Inc., a marketing research company in New York.
Burton Knopp, 93
Burton Knopp, former owner of The Country Gal women’s clothing store on Main Street in Westport and a Westport resident from 1955 until 1979, died on March 31 at his home in Middlebury, Vt. He was 93.
He is survived by his two children, daughter Sari Knopp Biklen of Syracuse, N.Y, and her spouse Douglas Biklen, grandchildren Noah and Molly; and son Alex Knopp of Norwalk, former mayor of Norwalk, and his spouse, Bette Bono, and grandchildren Jessie and Andrew.
His wife Honey Knopp passed away in 1995. A memorial service will be held later this spring in Middlebury, Vt.
He lived a fruitful, productive, sharing and committed life in suburban Connecticut and rural Vermont.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Kirby Myers, 53
Kirby Myers, Westport resident since 2002, died suddenly Thursday, April 22, after a severe heart attack. He was 53.
Kirby Myers: Compo Beach resident.Contributed photo
Kirby, who lived at Compo Beach, was a beloved husband to Ellyn Myers, father to Alix and Brittany Myers, and beloved friend to countless local residents.
Known for his zest for life, his extraordinary good-heartedness, love of family and friends, and great athletic prowess, Myers’ sudden death was a shock and blow to all who knew him.
Funeral services will be held in Montreal on Sunday, April 25. For those who wish to pay their respects, the family will be receiving visitors at their home in Westport on Sunday, May 2 at 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Florence W. Remlin, 84
Florence Wakeman Remlin, 84, wife of the late Clifford C. Remlin passed away Monday April 19 at Danbury Hospital.
Florence was born in Norwalk on Aug. 27, 1925, daughter of the late Wilbur and Edna Wakeman. Mrs. Remlin lived in Westport for 80 years before moving to Southbury in 2005.
She worked as a Clerk at MBI in Norwalk prior to retiring in 2000.
Florence was a 1944 Graduate of Staple High School, she loved gardening, knitting, cooking and was known for her chocolate chip cookies. Also, for her love of Animals.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Nathaniel E. Lott
Nathaniel E. Lott of Westport died on April 17.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy, his 13 beloved children, 19 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Assumption Catholic Church in Westport on Wednesday, April 21 at 1 p.m.
Peter Carusone, 70
Peter Carusone, 70, of Westport, husband of the late Antoinette Palmieri Carusone, passed away Sunday morning in Norwalk Hospital.
Mr. Carusone was born in Caserta, Italy, Feb. 4, 1940, son of the late Joseph and Francesca Izzo Carusone and has been a resident of Westport for 46 years.
Prior to retiring, Mr. Carusone had been employed by Pepperidge Farm in Norwalk for many years. He was a talented gardener and enjoyed clamming, fishing and making wine. He loved spending time with his family and friends, telling stories and enjoying food and drink.
Survivors include one daughter, Francesca Carusone of Westport, one son, Joseph P. Carusone and his wife Heather of Norwalk, four sisters, Angelina Carusone, Carmella Carusone Rosa Carusone all of Italy and Giovanna Carusone of France; two brothers, Giovanni Carusone of Italy, Dante Carusone of New Haven, two grandchildren, Michelle and Peter Carusone of Norwalk, and many nieces and nephews.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Cheryl A. Sulborski-Frasco, 53
Cheryl A. Sulborski-Frasco, age 53, previously of Agawam and Southwick, Mass., passed away unexpectedly at home on April 13.
She was born Jan. 4, 1957, to Chester and Patricia (Williamson) Sulborski. Cheryl graduated from Cathedral High School in Springfield, Mass. and received her BA and Master degrees from Western New England College in Springfield, Mass.
Since January 2006, Chery has been VP of Human Resources for Terex Inc. in Westport.
Prior to joining Terex, Cheryl served as the vice president of Human Resources for ABB from 1988 until 2005 in both Norwalk, and Raleigh, N.C.
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport