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Saturday, August 06, 2011

David J. McClatchie, 72

David J. McClatchie of Westport, husband of Carol (Papagno) McClatchie died Aug. 4 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 72.

Born March 12, 1939, in Syracuse, N.Y., he was the son of the late William J. and Ellen (Spurling) McClatchie; and had been a resident of Westport for 24 years. He was the president and owner of Comprehensive Planning Associates, LTD, located in Westport.

He received both his undergraduate and MBA degreses from the University of Bridgeport. He also held a degree as a Certified Financial Planner, was a member of FPA, NATP, and the Navy League. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy and member of the Assumption parish in Westport.

Survivors in addition to his wife, include three sons, Eric R. Brunner and his wife Mary of Gorham, ME; Christopher M. Brunner of Bridgeport; and Matthew G. Brunner and his wife Kelly of Westbrook, Maine; two daughters, Laura E. McClatchie of Easton; Gretchen M. Brunner of Bridgeport; three sisters, Joyce Jones of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; Janet Quinn of Sedona, Ariz.; Judith Jones of Newark, Del.; and 10 grandchildren, Amanda, Danielle, Anthony, Ashley, Christopher, Alexis, Rebecca, Aria, David and Dominic and several nieces and nephews.

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Thursday, August 04, 2011

John W. Rumely Sr., 85

John W. Rumely Sr. of Westport, husband of the late Marjorie (Micklas) Rumely, died Aug. 1 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 85.

Born Sept. 27, 1925 in LaPorte, Ind. the son of the late Leo and Harriet (Winn) Rumely, he has been a resident of Westport for 55 years. He is a retired employee of Gleisner Coach Works.

A graduate of Bryant College, he is a member of St. Luke Parish, the Westport Y’s Men, and a former member of both the Cedar Point Yacht Club and the Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club. 

Survivors include one son, John W. Rumely Jr. of Atlanta, Ga., one sister, Patricia Rumely of New Jersey, five grandchildren, one great grandchild and several nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by one daughter Gail R. Hanlon, two sisters and one brother.

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Monday, August 01, 2011

Rita M. Greene, 88

Rita M. Greene of Milford and formerly of Westport died July 29 at Milford Hospital. She was 88.

Born Jan. 17, 1923 in Albion, R.I., she was the daughter of the late Wilfred and Anne (Champagne) Duquette and has been a resident of Milford for seven years.

Prior to moving to Milford in 2004 she had resided in Westport for 57 years. She is a former parishioner of Assumption Church, the Children of Mary and the Catholic Daughters of America, Court Assumption.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Carl Greene Sr. and his wife Carol of Huntersville, N.C. and Mark Thomas Greene of Milford; three sisters, Edna Decker and Claire Faucher both of Westport, Jacqueline Goodrow of Brookfield, three brothers, Gerald Duquette of Westport, Carl Duquette of Bradenton, Fla., and Louis Duquette of Old Saybrook; three grandchildren, Martha Ekroth, Lisa Brown, and Robert Carl Greene Jr.; and five great grandchildren, Amber Ekroth, Jacob Ekroth, Ashley Brown, Charlotte Brown and Dylan Brown. She was predeceased her husband, Arthur C. Greene, and two sisters, Marion Hall and Marguerite Ference.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

William H. Suttenfield, 90

William Harry Suttenfield, a former Westport resident, died July 15 in Keene, N.H. He was 90.

Born June 30, 1921 in Charlotte, N.C. he was “a renaissance man, known for his deft musical talent, entrepreneurial spirit, and dedication to his family,” his family said.

He celebrated his 90th birthday in New Hampshire a week before breaking his hip. He died from pneumonia following surgery, his family said.

At age 12, he began his first career as a professional musician. He spent his youth playing alto saxophone and later clarinet in dance bands throughout the South.

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Jill Williams, 65

Jill Williams of Weston died July 16 after battling cancer. She was 65.

Born near Coventry, England, she came to the United States with her family in 1974 and was a resident of Westport and Weston for 30 years.

“She was an avid tennis and bridge player, had a deep love of literature and the arts, was passionate about gardening, nature and travel, and was a wonderful cook,” her family said.

“She embraced life for its simple pleasures, had an incredible sense of humor, and faced challenges with determination and an unwavering positive attitude. Always, she maintained a strong sense of faith and devotion.”

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Well Known Restaurateur ‘Jocko’ Saltus Dies at 53

UPDATE Donald “Jocko” Saltus III, a longtime Westport restaurateur whose properties included Mansion Clam House and Tavern on Main, died today in Stonington, Conn. after a brief illness, his brother Matt said. He was Image
Jocko Saltus: well known on Westport restaurant scene. Contributed photo

“Everybody knew him as Jocko, and he was very colorful, gregarious and had a great sense of humor,” Matt, 47, said. “He loved his restaurants, he loved his customers, and he loved the challenges of opening new restaurants.”

Saltus was best known for his ownership of Mansion Clam House and Tavern on Main in Westport.

“His biggest love was the Mansion, which he opened in 1987 and sold in 2005,” said Matt about the Mansion Clam House, a town mainstay overlooking the Saugatuck River since the 1950s that Saltus bought and to which he added his own touch.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Michael John Morris, 69

Michael John Morris, a former Westport resident who was co-chairman of Reader’s Digest Young Families, died July 16 in Norwalk. He was 69.

Born May 5, 1942, in North Acton, West London, he lived in Maidenhead, England, and Westport before settling in Norwalk.

He was co-chairman of Reader’s Digest Young Families, co-owned several national and international children’s publishing companies, and had received awards for children’s books over a 40-year span.

For more than 25 years, he was a lay reader at his church and was a member of various church committees. In later years, he also served as co-warden of the church.

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Joan V. Raymond, 82

Joan V. Raymond of Westport died July 13 in the Rosenthal Hospice in Stamford. She was 82.

Born and raised in New York City, she attended Julia Richmond High School and went on to graduate from Russell Sage College as a registered dietician. After completing an internship at Alemedia County Hospital in California, she returned to New York City and worked at New York Hospital until she married.

She helped raise funds for the American Cancer Society and volunteered at the Westport Nature Center.

She is survived by two children, Charlie and Patty, and three grandchildren, Matt, Alex and Kailey.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Sue Witty Bienen, 78

Sue Witty Bienen of Westport died July 16. She was 78.

Born in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Mitchell and Pearl Witty Bienen. She graduated from Fieldston High School in Manhattan and attended Vassar College.

“She was a loving and compassionate mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, wife, companion and friend,” her family said.“She loved gardening and the beauty of nature. She particularly enjoyed doting on her grandchildren.

“She bravely battled her disease for more than 30 years and never let it interfere with her enjoyment of life. She displayed amazing courage and dignity throughout her struggle.”

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Jane A. Denke, 70

Jane A. Denke of Westport. wife of Frank J. Denke, died July 14. She was Image
Jane Denke: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo

The daughter of the late John and Mary (Anastasia) Ricca, she was born in Norwalk March 1, 1941 and has been a lifelong resident of Westport. She loved to read, cook and spend time with her family and loved ones.

Survivors in addition to her husband of 51 years, include her goddaughter Patty McCormick and her husband Mike, her godson Thomas McCormick, sister in laws Marylee Rotella and her husband Angelo of Westport, Pam Fortner and her husband Mark of New Hampshire, Phyllis Denke and Janet Denke, all of Westport, brother in-law Donald Denke of Bridgeport, along with many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews..

Family and friends are invited to attend a mass of Christian burial on July 20 at 10 a.m., meeting directly at Assumption Church 98 Riverside Ave. Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery, 73 Greens Farms Road.

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Joseph I. Kesselman, 86

Joseph I. Kesselman of Westport died July 12. He was 86.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Leo and Jane Kesselman. A graduate of the Townsend-Harris School of New York City, and Columbia College, he received a law degree from the Columbia School of Law.

He was a navigator in the U.S. Air Force during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. He was a member of the New York State and federal bar associations and an executive with Pan Am, Kinney, Federal Pacific Electric and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

He also was a director on the board of several Fortune 500 companies and held a European board position with Perrot Duval Holding Corp.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Edward W. Schwarz, 82

Edward W. Schwarz of Westport, an expert on trading interest futures and active in community affairs, died July 12. He was 82.

Born in Stuttgart, Germany, he emigrated to the United States in 1940 with his parents, Eugene and Annie Schwarz. He attended Erasmus High School and graduated with a BS in engineering from Lafayette College. He was a veteran of the Korean War.

His professional career included IBM branch manager in Detroit, Mich., president of Citizens’ Mortgage Corp. and senior vice president of Index Futures Corp. He wrote a book on trading interest futures and promoted the concept throughout the country for the Chicago Board of Trade.

His books were used as texts at universities, and he was a speaker at industry conferences. He also worked as a consultant in the financial industry, and was a member of the New York Futures Exchange, a part of the New York Stock Exchange.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Joseph W. Christiano, 75

Joseph W. Christiano of Bridgeport, former owner and operator of the Corner Spirit Shop at the corner of Post Road West and Wilton Road in Westport, died July 8 in Stratford. He was Image
The Corner Spirit Shop for many years was at Westport’s Post Road West and Wilton Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Fred Cantor photo

Born in Bridgeport on Jan. 14, 1936, he was a son of the late Joseph and Carmella Piccirillo Christiano and was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was the former owner and operator of the Corner Spirit Shop in Westport and was a retired school teacher from the Town of Monroe with 19 years of dedicated service.

His family said he was a loving father and grandfather who had a great sense of humor and will be deeply missed.

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Saturday, July 09, 2011

John F. Lafferty, 71

John F. Lafferty of Westport and Florida died July 6 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York. He was 71.

Born Aug. 21, 1939 in Providence, R.I., he has been a resident of Westport for 30 years. Prior to retiring in July 2008, he had held senior positions as an investment banker for Neuberger and Berman, J. P. Morgan, US Trust and Bank of America.

He grew up in Providence, where his family has strong roots, and attended Classical High School, graduating in 1958. He went on to Providence College where he later sat on the board of trustees. He received an MBA from Dartmouth College and taught economics at the University of Michigan while pursuing his doctoral studies.

Teaching was a passion that was shared by his mother, father, sister, wife, and daughter who were all highly respected teachers as well. His family said he was the second person in U.S. history to hold both a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license.

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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Angelo J. DeFeo, 95

Angelo J. DeFeo of Eustis, Fla.,, formerly of Westport, died June 25. He was 95.

Born in Westport to Rose and Napoleon DeFeo, he served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945, serving four years in the southwest Pacific Islands and received six war metals.

After the war he worked for Raybestos in Stratford for 35 years.

Angelo was preceded in death by his two wives, his brothers, Sam, Joe, John, Sal and Fred and sisters, Mary Romano and Helen DeFeo. He is remembered by his two nephews, William Romano, Jr. of Florida and Richard Romano of Norwalk.

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