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Sunday, June 03, 2012

John E. Dulla, 56

John Edward Dulla, a Staples High School graduate, died June 1, in Avon. He was 56.

Born on Sept. 1, 1955 in Nyack, N,Y., he was a son of Francis E. Dulla of Hobe Sound, Fla., and the late Florence Blauvelt Dulla.  He was a 1972 graduate of Staples High School in Westport.

He attained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in industrial management from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1978.  He was a self-employed industrial engineer and entrepreneur. He was an enthusiastic Yankees, Patriots, and Whalers fan.

He is survived by his father, Francis; his brother, Robert Dulla; his sister-in-law, Beth Davis-Dulla; his niece and nephew, Katie and Jack Dulla; and his sister, Diane Dulla. John married Barbara A. Driscoll on Sept. 23, 1978. They were married for 33 years and had made their home in Avon, where they were parishioners of St. Ann’s Catholic Church.

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Friday, June 01, 2012

Joy C. Yinger, 87

Joy C. Yinger, a former Westport resident, died May 16 in the care of Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island and North Bay Manor in Smithfield, R.I. She was 87. Image
Joy C. Yinger: 40-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

Born in New Kensington, Pa., the eldest daughter of the late John and Isabella (Bowen) Cooper, she had lived in Westport for 40 years before moving to Rhode Island in 2004. 

She was a dedicated professional musician and music teacher for more than 60 years, teaching both piano and voice at Cooper Bros. Music, New Kensington, The Westport School of Music, and at her own studio. 

She taught class piano at the Interlochen National Music Camp in Michigan for 24 summers.  Joy, being aptly named, described her home as an “Angel Station” where many souls were uplifted and laughter rang out.

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Mary Irene “May” Fitzgerald, 82

Mary Irene “May” Fitzgerald of Manchester,  a former Westport Board of Education employee, died May 22 at Manchester Memorial Hospital. She was 82.

She was born in Hartford on Dec. 11, 1929 and moved to Manchester in 1951 with her parents, Daniel Thomas Fitzgerald and Margaret (Queenin) Fitzgerald, and her Aunt Mary Irene Queenin. She attended Hillyer College and was graduated from Smith College with an A.B. in English Literature. She earned an M.A. in Guidance from the University of Connecticut in 1960 and received a Sixth Year Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in School Psychology in 1962.

Over 35 years in the educational field in Connecticut included teaching elementary and junior high in East Hartford and being a guidance counselor at Old Saybrook Junior-Senior and at Staples High School in Westport.

The last 26 years of her career were spent in Windham where she was a school psychologist working on all levels. While there, under a federal grant, she was a co-founder and assistant director of a family counseling service called “Self Search” which provided counseling to families in the evening. She retired in 1990.

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Burry Fredrik, 86

Burry Fredrik, a Tony Award-winning producer and noted director, died May 22 at her Weston home. She was 86. Cause of death was complications from a stroke she suffered more than two years ago.

Fredrik, who won a Tony Award for co-producing Tom Stoppard’s “Travesties,” led an active theatrical career spanning more than five decades.  At a time when women rarely held such positions, she made her Broadway debut in 1950 stage managing “The Relapse,” which had transferred from the Brattle Theatre in Boston.

As production stage manager, she would go on to such notable productions as the world premieres of “Inherit the Wind,” Jerry Herman’s first book musical “Milk and Honey,” and two collaborations between playwright William Inge and director Elia Kazan, “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs,” and “Loss of Roses,” the latter starring a young Warren Beatty.

She received her first Tony nomination for co-producing the revival of G.B. Shaw’s “Too True to be Good,” starring Lillian Gish, Eileen Heckart, Cyril Ritchard, and Glynis Johns. Other landmark productions include the 1975 revival of “The Royal Family,” “An Almost Perfect Person,” and “To Grandmother’s House We Go,” which starred Kim Hunter and Eva Le Gallienne.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Robert F. Melville, 82

Robert F. Melville died May 25 at OceanView Retirement Community in Falmouth, Maine. He was 82.

Born in The Hague, Holland, as Robert Augustus Henry Richard John Melvill van Carnbee, he was the son of Henry John and Virginia (Etnier) Melvill van Carnbee. He emigrated to the United States as a young boy in 1935 and was naturalized as Robert Frederic Melville.

Raised in Westport, he attended South Kent School and then Harvard University. He graduated from Harvard Class of 1951 with a degree in government.

He was a U.S. Army veteran having served in the Korean War.

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Marilyn N. O’Halloran, 75

Marilyn (Nardello) “Lynn” O’Halloran, of Clinton and Naples Fla., previously of Wilton, died at home on May 24. She was 75.

The wife of James J. O’Halloran, she was born Dec. 8, 1936 in Naugatuck, daughter of the late James and Winifred Nardello. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury. She was co-founder and partner of the family business, O’Halloran Advertising, 270 Saugatuck Ave., Westport.

She was an active member of her parish St. Mary’s of Clinton.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her children, Dr. James O’Halloran and his wife Bernadette of Litchfield, Cathy Cuddemi of Needham, Mass., Mark O’Halloran and his wife Kim of Easton, Kevin O’Halloran of New York, and Susan Rockett and her husband Ken of Holliston, Mass.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Martin A. Blumenfeld, 83

Martin A. Blumenfeld of Westport died May 21. He was 83.

He was the husband of 28 years to Barbara, father to Laurie and Bob, Karen and Andy, Eric and Kathy and Sue, brother to Michael and Cathy and Joan, and grandfather of Kristen, Samantha,  Jacob,  John, Rebecca and Liana

Memorial services took place on Wednesday, May 23, at the Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home in Fairfield.

Memorial contributions to Planned Parenthood, MADD, or Alzheimer’s Association.

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John H. Wentzel, 82

John H. Wentzel, a resident of Darien and longtime Westport Board of Education employee, died May 14 at Stamford Hospital. He was 82

Born July 9, 1929 in Greenwich to the late Henry and Angelina Petrone Wentzel, he was employed with the Westport Board of Education as a school psychologist and school administrator for 35 years.

Following his retirement he was a consultant for the Southern Connecticut Newspapers for the Newspaper in the Educational program and for the Connecticut State Department of Education as a teacher assessor.

He also served with the U.S. Marine Corps, Parris Island, S.C. from 1952-1954. He was a former lifeguard and expert swimmer who taught all his children to swim.

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John B. Love, 86

John B. Love, a resident of Westport for 49 years, died May 17 of a heart attack. He was 86.

Born in Baltimore, Md. in 1925, he attended Loyola College and Harvard University, and obtained an MBA. from Harvard in 1947. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during the mid-1940s.

Upon the completion of his service, he began his business career in Willimantic at the American Thread Co., ultimately moving to the New York headquarters and becoming chief executive officer in 1965. He subsequently became the vice chairman of Cadbury-Schweppes, Ltd., from which he retired in 1982.

He was an active civic leader, serving on many corporate and community boards over the years in Willimantic, Westport and Hartford, including Windham Community Memorial Hospital, Norwalk Hospital, Connecticut Bank and Trust, and the Jaycees.

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Ruth M. Brayton, 94

Ruth Montsie Brayton, a former Westport resident, died May 20 in Exeter. She was 94.

Born in Cambridge, Mass., on Oct. 1, 1917, she was valedictorian of her graduating class at Hanover High School, in Hanover. She attended Goucher College where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in economics.

Her lifelong passion for investing in the stock market began with her undergraduate studies. While working in the banking industry in New York, she met Richard Mark Brayton, an architect, who was to be her husband of 35 years.

They lived in Manhattan leading an active social life, raising their four children in Westport and later in Durham.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

John H. Stewart, 79

John Harold Stewart died May 20 at home. He was 79. A 36-year resident of Westport, he also had homes in Naples, Fla. and Schull, County Cork, Ireland.

Born in Kingston, N.Y., he was the son of the late Harold and Marie Stewart. A graduate of SUNY Maritime College, he received a MBA from New York University.

Serving with the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant from 1954 to 1957, he retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1976 with the rank of captain.

Stewart joined IBM in 1957. He held various management positions in financial planning before being named corporate manager of budgets, General Business Group, in 1970. He became controller for IBM’s Federal Systems Division in 1973 and was named controller of the Data Processing Product Group in 1976. Stewart was elected an IBM assistant controller in 1978 and was elected an assistant teasurer in 1985. He retired in 1995.

He served on the Board of Trustees of several organizations including, New York University Stein School of Business, Glucksman Ireland House of NYU, Financial Executive Institute, International Management and Development Institute, Institute of Internal Auditors, and Search For Change, Inc. where he was the father of their vocational program.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Phyllis A. Feeney, 89

Phyllis A. Feeney died May 19 at her Westport home. She was 89. She was married to husband James for 69 years until his death in January 2011. Image
Phyllis Feeney is shown celebrating her husband Jim’s 90th birthday in July 2009 with neighbors from Vani Court. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Elaine Daignault for

A lifelong resident of Norwalk and Westport, she accomplished many things in her life of work as an employee and business owner, but her greatest success was as a mother, grandmother, wife and friend, her family said.

The daughter of the late Allyn and Mildred Ostrander Goulden, she is survived by her son David and daughter Martha Harris (Mark), grandchildren Kelly Taylor (Ryan), Sean Harris (Brooke), great grandchildren Sophie and Marin Taylor and Brayden James and Madeline Harris.

A memorial service is planned for the end of June.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Anita Mesa, 94

Anita Mesa of Westport, wife of Manuel Mesa, died May 17 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 94. Image
Anita Mesa: 35-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

She was born June 12, 1918 in Colombia, South America daughter of the late Enrique and Jesuita Castaneda and has been a resident of Westport for 35 years. She has been a longtime member of Assumption Church, loved gardening, sewing and traveling.

Survivors include two sons, Oscar Mesa of Toranto, Canada and William Mesa of Westport, one daughter, Blanca C. Mesa of Colombia, 11 grandchildren, Blanca Elizabeth Mesa, David William Mesa, Beatriz Mesa Birt, Juan Alberto Mesa, Christian J. Mesa, Oscar Mauricio Mesa, Pablo Julian Mesa, Carlos Adolfo Mesa, Maria Cecilia Vadala, Carlos Mario Carmona and Roberto Jairo Carmona. 11 great grandchildren, Mia Mesa, Laura Mesa, Canilo Mesa, Laura Alessandra Mesa, Kenny Vadala, Jr. Natalie Vadala, Johana Carmona, Carlos Andres Carmona, Luisa Maria Carmona and Daniel Carmona and one great great grandchild, Santiago Carmona. Mrs. She was also predeceased by one son, Alberto C. Mesa.

Friends may attend a mass of Christians Burial Monday, May 21, at 11 a.m. meeting directly at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, May 20 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East. If you wish to leave an on line condolence please go to

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Laurie B. Stevens, 60

Laurie Baldwin Stevens, who grew up in Westport and was a longtime resident of Durham, died April 29 in Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. She was 60. Image
Laurie Stevens: grew up in Westport. Contributed photo

Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., she grew up in Westport the daughter of Robert B. Stevens of Columbia, S.C. and Doris (Liljenstein) Stevens of Westport.

She lived in Durham for 26 years, and was a member of the Durham Democratic Town Committee, P.A.L.S., Durham Garden Club, Durham Fair Association, and elected member of the Durham Board of Finance.

Along with her parents and husband Walter “Bob” Fulton, she is survived by a brother, Bradley Stevens, of Gainesville, Va. and two sisters, Susan von Schenk, of Columbia, S.C. and Wendy Stevens, of Brecksville, Ohio.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Wildes W. Veazie Jr., 85

Wildes “Bill” Veazie, a former Westport resident who served as a selectman and member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), died May 12 in Corvallis, Ore. He was 85.

He was born Oct. 27, 1926, to Charlotte and Wildes Walker Veazie of White Plains, N.Y. Following high school graduation in 1944, he served in World War II. He went into the Army ASTP program at St. Bonaventure College in Olean, N.Y. and then was sent to the European Theater where he served in Germany.

After returning from service he went to Montana State College and the NYU Graduate School of Business. In 1950 he married Helene Hurley in White Plains. They moved to Westport where they raised their three children.

He became a vice president of Crocker National Bank and opened a New York investment office on Wall Street for Crocker.

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