WestportNow publishes obituaries without charge. Funeral homes or individuals may submit obituaries to . Photos in jpeg format may be submitted to the same address. Obituaries should indicate full name of deceased, date and place of death, age, and connection to Westport. Please provide a name, telephone number, and email address for verification. WestportNow reserves the right to edit obituaries to conform to our editorial style.
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Gladys I. Mahn, 87
Gladys Ingeborg Mahn, a former Westport resident, died July 1 at Brookdale Senior Living in Wilton after a long illness. She was 87.
Gladys I. Mahn: 36-year Westport resident. Contributed photo
Born Oct. 24, 1923 in Fairfield, she was the daughter of Clara Linnea Nero and Adolf Werner Tranberg.
She was the valedictorian of her Roger Ludlow High School class in Fairfield and went on to work as secretary to the treasurer of Dictaphone Corp. in Bridgeport for seven years.
She then was the bookkeeper for her husband’s business in Westport, and later retired from Trendex Inc. in Westport. She had been a Westport resident for 36 years.
Dorothy Berger Samose, 91
Dorothy Berger Samose, a Westport resident for more than 60 years, died June 29 at her home in the Coleytown area. She was 91.
Born in Texarkana, Texas, on May 29, 1920, she was the daughter of Alice Moss Snyder and Frank Snyder. She grew up in San Antonio and New York City, where her father was a professional baseball player with the New York Giants.
After graduating from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, she moved to New York City where she was a model with the John Robert Powers Modeling Agency. There, she met and married her husband, Morton Berger, a photographer.
With their children, they moved to Westport in 1949, where she has lived ever since. In 1975, having been a widow for 13 years, she married Morton Samose of Westport.
Friday, July 01, 2011
William O. Bendtzen, 74
William O. Bendtzen of Westport, husband of Stella T. Bendtzen (deceased), died June 25. He was 74.
His funeral will be on Sunday, July 3 at 3:30 p.m. at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 126 Newtown Ave., Norwalk.
John W. Mulcahy, 65
Dr. John W. Mulcahy, Ph.D., LL.D., D.H.L., of Westport, Dana Professor of Educational Leadership at the School of Education and senior professor in the School of Business at the University of Bridgeport, died June 29 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 65.
Born in Bronxville, N.Y., the son of the late John A. and Naomi Mulcahy, he had been a Westport resident for more than 30 years.
Mulcahy received his B.S. from Fordham University; M.S & M.B.A. from Iona College; Ph.D., Fordham; LL.D (h.c.) Johnson & Wales; and the D.H.L. (h.c.) Iona College.
His career in higher education spanned more than 44 years. He taught at the Naval War College and joined the University of Bridgeport in 1980 as Dean of the College and Graduate Schools of Business and Public Management.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Gary S. Ozar, 64
Gary Steven Ozar, husband of Chery Ozar, died June 29 at his home in Westport. He was 64.
Born May 26, 1947 in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of Chester and Sophie Ozarowski. He had a great love for his immediate and extended family. Gary was known for his crazy one of a kind sense of humor, his family said.
Survivors in addition to his wife include three sons, Jesse, Evan and Daniel two nieces, Brett and Sofia, two nephews Corey and Keith and one brother, Bruce Ozar and his wife Randy.
A celebration of Gary’s life will be held at his home, 229 Bayberry Lane, on Saturday, July 2 from 1 to 6 p.m. The Harding Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Catherine F. Gallagher, 57
Catherine Farrington Gallagher, 57, of Westport, died June 26 at home.
Born Sept. 8, 1953, in Forest Hills, N.Y., she attended Forest Hills High School; received a BA in elementary education in 1975 from Emerson College in Boston and a master’s in applied linguistics from Columbia University School of Education in 1984.
She began her career in 1975 as a teacher in local schools in Monrovia, Liberia, following her future husband, Steve Glovinsky, who worked there for the United Nations. They were married in June 1979 and moved to Westport in 1993.
She also had taught at schools in Nepal, U.S. Virgin Islands and Ghana. Returning to the United States in 1987, she was one of the original educational sales representatives, kindergarten through sixth grade, for Wright Group Publishing.
Raymond E. Bowne, 83
Raymond E. Bowne of Westport died June 14 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 83.
Born Nov. 5, 1927, he was the son of the late Harry and Grace (Bassett) Bowne and had been a lifelong resident of Westport.
A U.S. Army veteran, he served in Korea from 1946 to 1947, obtaining the rank of tech corporal and working as a mechanic with the military police.
He was an employee of the Westport Board of Education for almost 25 years, beginning in the 1960s and was a volunteer firefighter with Vigilant Engine Co. No. 3.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Susan D. Allen, 53
Susan Dorothy Allen, a graduate of Staples High School, died June 24 at home in Kingston, N.Y. She was 53.
Born in New York City on May 29, 1958 and raised in Westport, she was the associate director of the Medical Center at SUNY New Paltz.
A 1976 Staples High School graduate, she graduated magna cum laude from Vassar College with a bachelor of science in biology (departmental honors).
In the 1980s, she completed her medical training at the University of Connecticut Medical School, Kingston Hospital, and Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, Ariz.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Embree F. Jarvis, 90
Dr. Embree F. Jarvis, (“Doc”) died in his home in Rochester, N.Y. on June 20. He was 90.
Born in 1921 to Francis and Marion Jarvis in Yonkers, N.Y, as a child, his fondest times were sailing in Long Island Sound off Westport.
He attended the University of Pennsylvania where he earned his DDS, served in the Army during World War II, and then settled in Westport where he practiced dentistry for 49 years at 44 Elm St.
He was predeceased by his former wife, Katherine Danneman. He is survived by their three children; Peter W. Jarvis of Jacksonville, Fla., the Rev. David F. Jarvis (Cameron Fadjo) of Riverdale, N.Y., and Kelly Boardman (Edward) of Saint Johns, Fla., his wife, Mary Jane, and step-children Heidi Zimmer-Meyer (Paul Meyer) of Rochester, Eric Zimmer (Irene) of Safety Harbor, Fla., and Roger Zimmer (Lu Oliveira) of Norwalk. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Charles “Charlie” M. Muller, 50
Charles “Charlie” M. Muller of Westport died June 17 in New York. He was 50 and had been a Westport resident for 35 years.
Born March 18, 1961 in Bronx, N.Y., he attended schools in the Bronx and Westport and was a 1979 graduate of Staples High School.
He was the dedicated and beloved son of Carl Muller of Westport and the late Margaret Boos, of San Antonio, Texas. He was predeceased by his stepmother, Alice Muller, also of Westport. Charlie is survived by a sister, Carla Kee of Arizona. He is also survived by a step sister, Linda Zarrelli and her husband Chip of Fairfield. He will be sadly missed by his loving nieces and nephews; Joseph, Lawrence, Laureen, Carla, Margaret, Christine, Lee, Charlie and several other nieces and nephews.
He was also a devoted friend to his lifelong friends Allen and Vinny, along with their families. An avid fan of the Mets and Jets, he enjoyed watching all sports on TV.
John ‘Jack’ P. List, 88
John “Jack” P. List of Woodbridge, formerly of Westport and husband of Ruth (Lane) List, died June 19 at Griffin Hospital in Derby. He was 88.
John List: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo
Born May 3, 1923, he was the son of the late Hans and Lucille (Prendergast) List. Prior to moving to Woodbridge, he was a 55–year resident of Westport where he was a 1942 graduate of Staples High School.
He then went on to the U.S. Navy, serving in Hawaii. He was vice president and treasurer of Trendex Inc. for many years.
He served on the board of directors at the Westport YMCA and was a longtime member of the Westport Kiwanis Club and the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399.
Bruce McDonald, who held a leadership position at Westport’s Saugatuck River Power Squadron among other accomplishments, died June 15 in Maine.
Bruce McDonald: Saugatuck Power Squadron leader. Contributed photo
His family said, “Loved by his family, Bowdoin classmates, neighbors, coworkers and friends, he has been described as a true gentleman, an astute businessman, a gentle father and husband, and a generous volunteer of his time, talent and personal resources.”
Born in Portland, Maine to Vera (Fales) McDonald and Ralph Edmund McDonald, he was an only child. He graduated from Cony High School and Bowdoin College, and belonged to Zeta Psi fraternity.
Upon graduation he married Elizabeth (Buff) Wagner Grant of Cape Elizabeth, and then enlisted and served in the Army and Army Reserves.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Amelia Mary ‘Millie’ Salemme, 96
Amelia Mary “Millie” Salemme of Hamden, a waitress for many years at Mario’s in Westport, died June 17 at Whitney Manor in Hamden. She was 96.
Amelia Mary “Millie” Salemme: longtime Mario’s employee. Contributed photo
The wife of the late Priscoe A. Salemme, she was born in Waterbury on May 30, 1915, the daughter of the late Pasquale and Teresa Palma Sacco.
She is the mother of Teresa “Terri” (Albert) Cosenza and the late Marie Post; sister of the late Helen Rapuano, Inez Barone, and Mario and Joseph Sacco; loving grandmother of Frank Simiola, Jennifer Petrillo, Michael, Paul and Jude Ann Forte, and Mark Cosenza. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral from the Iovanne Funeral Home, 11 Wooster Place, New Haven, Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Michael’s Church at 10. Burial in St. Lawrence Cemetery. Visiting hours will be Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Sister Matilda Marie Dery, 93
Sister Matilda Marie Dery of the Sisters of Notre Dame, a former teacher at Westport’s Assumption School, died June 16 at the Notre Dame Long Term Care Center in Worecester, Mass. She was 93.
Sister Matilda Marie Dery: taught at Assumption. Contributed photo
Born Pauline F. Dery in Winchendon, she was the daughter of Maurice O. and Matilda Dery. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1936.
She graduated from Murdock High School, Winchendon, and Emmanuel College, Boston, and later earned a master’s degree in education from Fairfield University in Conn.
Sister Matilda Marie was a teacher and principal at the Holy Name School in Chicopee and later St. Kevin School in Warwick, R.I. for 35 years. Early in her ministry, sister taught at St. John and Ascension schools, both in Worcester, and at Assumption School in Westport.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Martin T. Crouse, 62
Martin Thomas Crouse, an artist and intuitive electrical engineer and Westport resident for almost 30 years, died June 10 after a long fight with cancer. He was 62.
Martin Crouse: 30-year Westport resident. Contributed photo
Born Dec. 30, 1948, in Williamsport, Pa., he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Crouse.
As an engineer in the U.S. Army, he was stationed in Texas and Korea. Upon his discharge, he traveled to Colorado where he met Laurie Dworkow, a Westport native who was in Denver to attend college.
Together they founded Martin Uniques, an electronic jewelry gallery and studio. They were married on June 10, 1979—32 years to the day of his death.