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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Donna M. Belta, 60

Donna Marie Belta of Orlando, Fla. and Westport, died May 11 after complications arising from diabetes. She was 60. Image
Donna Belta: grew up in Westport. Contributed photo

After growing up on her family farm in Westport, she moved to Orlando and devoted her life to the care and welfare of others. As a certified health care provider, she helped both the very young and very old live life to their full potential.

Her last patient, Nicholas Wise, was in her care for almost three decades as she first became his nurse and then his guardian and “mom.” He was her greatest joy. She counted many friends in her community as well as old friends from home.

She is survived by Nicholas Wise, her mother, Dina Belta, brothers James (Karen) and Gregory (Mary Ann) and sister Connie Von Zwehl (Vinny) all of Connecticut. Additionally, she is survived by her nieces Angela Belta (Danny Lopez), Laura Loffredo (John), Jessica Walsh (Rob), Caitlin Belta, and Kelsey Belta and her nephew James Belta, her great-nieces,  Sophia and Elizabeth Lopez, Kaia Rose Loffredo and her great-nephew Connor Walsh. She is also survived by a large extended family and those who she considered her adopted family. She was predeceased by her father James S. Belta, and her grandparents, Concettina and Gregorio Belta and Grace and Giacinto Paoletti.

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mary B. Plato, 76

Mary “Susan” Brown Plato of Westport died April 1. She was 76.

She lived and worked in Westport for 40 years after living abroad in Europe and South America.

Born in Colchester, Vt. on Sept. 8, 1935, the daughter of the late Fredrick Inglis Brown and of the late Mary Lois Foster Brown, she was raised in Massachusetts and Austin, Texas.  She graduated from Austin High School, class of 1953, and attended the University of Texas at Austin where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority.

She cherished her time growing up in Austin. She loved the lakes and loved her many friends, who she had kept up with through the years. In her last high school reunion book she identified Red Jackets, football games, dances, going to Mt. Bonnell on a tractor, water-skiing, and doing the “Bunny Hop” as her happiest memories.

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Joseph J. Carelli (Pascarelli), 47

Joseph J. Carelli (Pascarelli) of Bridgeport, brother of Westport Police Sgt. Jill Ruggiero, died May 10 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport after a short, hard-fought battle with cancer. He was 47.

Born on Feb. 7, 1965, in Norwalk, he was the son of Joseph J. Pascarelli and Jeannette Ruggiero Pascarelli.  He attended Norwalk High School, Syracuse University, and Norwalk Community Technical College. 

He was a self-employed master craftsmen throughout Fairfield County.  He was a member of the Fairfield National Little League board of directors from 2001-2009, in addition to managing and coaching for that league.  He also managed and coached teams with the Fairfield Babe Ruth and Wakeman Boys Lacrosse.  He was an ardent supporter of the Fairfield Owls Travel Baseball Team.

His greatest role in life was as a father to his two boys, Taylor and Brian, and the time he spent coaching them and their many friends. They spent countless hours enjoying their common passions like golfing, the New York Yankees, the New York Giants, and things they loved to do most. The memories they have made together are truly priceless.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Chester J. Kaye, 70

Chester “Chet” J. Kaye of Westport, husband of the late Barbara J. Kaye, died May 7 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 70. Image
Chester J. Kaye: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Detroit, he had been a Westport resident since 1983. He received his B.S. and Masters Degrees in finance from the University of Detroit and later received a Masters in education from the University of Bridgeport. His business career included positions at the ITT Corp. where he served as director of manufacturing cost controls, and served as CFO for Summagraphics.

He owned his own dry cleaning business in Stamford for 10 years, and following that, went on to teach business classes at West Haven High School. He was a volunteer for the Literacy Volunteers of America.

A dedicated and active parishioner of St. Anthony of Pauda Church in Fairfield, he served on the Finance Committee, was a member of the Holy Name Society, was a Eucharistic Minister and volunteered at the Annual Parish Picnic.

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Monday, May 07, 2012

Clellia L. Webb, 84

Clellia Louise “Chick” Webb, a former Westport resident, died April 29. She was 84. Image
Clellia “Chick” Webb: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born on June 13, 1927 in Summit Point, W.V., the daughter of the late Annie and William Burch.  She moved to Hagerstown, Md. where she raised her oldest daughter and worked for many years at Fairchild Aircraft. 

Later she lived and worked in Washington, D.C. for the Institute of Defense Analysis before moving north to Montclair, N.J. and then settling in Westport where she raised her two youngest daughters and worked for notable authors including Robert Penn Warren and Robin Moore.  Her fingers typed many novels before she retired. 

A Westport resident for 22 years, she and her husband retired to Wilmington, N.C. in 1994. When her husband Claude Anderson Webb died in 2003, they had been married almost 40 years.

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Sunday, May 06, 2012

Alexander Domonkos, 91

Alexander Domonkos, a former artist with Famous Artist Schools in Westport, died April 27 at Griffin Hospital in Derby. He was 91.

Born on Dec. 6, 1920 in Bridgeport to Alexander and Ethel Domonkos, he attended local schools before entering the Yale School of Fine Arts. He interrupted his university education to serve as a navy pilot during World War II.

A recipient of two Distinguished Flying Crosses and four Air Medals, he flew a carrier-based dive bomber from the USS Bunker Hill and took part in the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, as well as in the first carrier strikes on Tokyo.

After the war, he returned to the Yale School of Fine Arts, from which he graduated with top honors. He then joined The Famous Artists School in Westport, where his colleagues included America’s top illustrators, painters and cartoonists, including such talents as Norman Rockwell, Doris Lee and Rube Goldberg.

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Robert A. Johnson, 74

Robert Albin Johnson of Fairfield, a French teacher at Westport’s Staples High School for three decades, died May 2 at Bridgeport Hospital. He was 74. Image
Robert Johnson: taught French at Staples for 33 years.  Contributed photo

The eldest son of the late Myrtle J. (Ireland) and J. Albin Johnson, he was born May 4, 1937 in Attleboro, Mass.

He graduated from Dartmouth College, earned a Master’s Degree in French and education from Brown University where he met Arlene, his wife of 47 years, and later added a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Administration and Curriculum from Fairfield University.

At Dartmouth, he earned a regular commission in the U.S. Navy and served on a destroyer during the Berlin crisis and the earliest days of the Vietnam War. Upon release from the Navy, he accepted a reserve commission and for many years trained with the Naval Control of Shipping Organization, rising to the rank of commander and commanding officer of NCSO 5202 in Stamford and New Rochelle, N.Y. He retired from the Navy in 1982.

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Saturday, May 05, 2012

Marie C. Scofield, 77

Marie C. Robertino Scofield, a school bus monitor in Westport for the past 17 years, died May 2 at Norwalk Hospital after a short illness. She was 77. Image
Marie Scofield: Westport school bus monitor. Contributed photo

Born in Stamford on May 7, 1934, she was a longtime resident of Norwak and worked for Clairol, Inc. in Stamford for 27 years.

For the past 17 years she worked for the Town of Westport as a bus monitor for the Westport school system and worked summers as a park attendant with Sherwood Island State Park. She was an avid billiard player for many years and a diehard Yankee and tennis fan. She truly enjoyed her leisure time and reading.

She was predeceased by her parents, Petrina Lella and Michael Robertino of Stamford. She is survived by her three sons, Daniel H. Scofield, Gary T. Scofield and Paul M. Scofield; and their wives Cindy, Pauline and Holly Scofield, her grandchildren, Maggie, Daniel, Victoria and Paul Scofield; her sisters Joan Robertino of Southbury, Rosemary R. Tracy of White River Junction, Vt., and Michael Robertino of Willington, Conn.

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Thursday, May 03, 2012

Gaspar Veloso, 64

Gaspar Veloso, a postal clerk for many years in Saugatuck, Westport, and most recently in Weston, died April 11 in his Bridgeport home. He was 64. Image
Gaspar Veloso:  longtime U.S. Postal employee. Contributed photo

Born in Bridgeport on Nov. 11, 1947, he was the son of the late Jose and Maria (Loureiro) DeAraujo Veloso, and was a graduate of Central High School and earned his Bachelor and Master’s degree from the University of Bridgeport.

A Vietnam Veteran, he went to work for the U.S. Postal Service, first in Westport and then Weston where he thoroughly enjoyed his work and colleagues. He loved gardening and photography, and was always glad to share his expertise.

Survivors include his stepmother, Teresa Veloso, sisters, Rosa Veloso Pope and husband Ted, and Maria da Gloria Riberio and husband Alvaro, one brother, Antonio Veloso and wife Mary Bartelt, nephews, Alvaro Ribeiro and wife Rebecca, Victor Riberio and wife Naomi DaPaz, Rui Riberio and Amanda Angrisano, and Andrew Veloso, nieces, Christina Veloso Pope and Sarah Veloso Pope, and other extended family. A funeral service was held in Bridgeport on April 14.

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Geraldine E. Mooney, 65

Geraldine Evelyn Mooney of Greenwich Woods Homes, a former Westport resident, died April 16 in Greenwich Hospital. She was 65.

She had resided at Sylvan Knoll in Stamford for more than 35 years. Born Jan. 24, 1947 in Norwalk Hopsital, she was the only daughter of the late Alexander and Edythe Scott Mooney.

She grew up in Weston, then Westport and became a hairdresser in Stamford. She became a born again Christian and was baptized at Bethany church in Stamford, and was a member the past 12 years at Calvary Baptist of Darien.

A Memorial service is planned for Saturday May 5, at 5 p.m. at Calvary Baptist on the Post Road across from the Darien train station. A light reception will follow. For more information, contact John Cardamone of Norwalk at (203)838-0100.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Paul L. Hopkins III, 58

Paul L. Hopkins III of Lake Placid, N.Y., a Staples High School graduate, died April 24 at Adirondack Medical Center following a long illness. He was 58.

Known to family and friends as “Hop,” he was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., the son of the late Paul L. Hopkins, Jr., of Pawley’s Island, S.C., and the late Mary Patricia Kendrick Chase, of Asheville, N.C.  He was predeceased as well by a younger brother, Damian Peter Hopkins.

He grew up in Westport and graduated from Staples High School in 1971.  He went on to study theater at Lyndonville College in Lyndonville, Vt., graduating in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in the theater arts. 

Following his graduation, he stayed on for a year working for the theater department.  Soon thereafter he began his career in the restaurant business as part owner of the Georgetown Saloon, a popular establishment in Georgetown.  He traveled the country extensively, living variously in Vail, Colo., San Francisco, Charleston, S.C., and finally Lake Placid, where he had spent much time as a young man.

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Monday, April 30, 2012

William M. Beyea, 79

UPDATE (add memorial service details) William (Bill) Minner Beyea of Weston died April 25 in Danbury Hospital after a brief illness. He was 79.

Born in New Rochelle, N.Y. on Jan. 3, 1933, he attended grade school and high school in Pleasantville, N.Y. and graduated from Colgate University in 1955.

He was an accomplished jazz musician, playing numerous reed and woodwind instruments throughout college and traveling to Europe with the Nassau Jazz Band.

For more than 10 years, he played clarinet and saxophone in the Finger Lake Five, a jazz and Dixieland band that opened for Billie Holiday at her final New York City performance, played to an audience of more than 24,000 at the 1958 New York Jazz Festival, performed on the Jerry Lewis Telethon, and recorded a number of records.

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Rose R. Gleason, 64

Rose Riccio Gleason of Trumbull, a former Westport hairdresser, died April 29 at her home. She was 64. Image
Rose Gleason: Westport hairdresser. Contributed photo

Wife of Howard Gleason, she was born on April 8, 1948 in Castelfranco, Province of Miscano, Italy, a daughter of the late Matteo and Giovannina Riccio.

A graduate of the National Academy of Hair in Bridgeport, she was formerly employed by Act One of Westport, with 40 years of dedicated service. She truly enjoyed her trade and the many lasting friendships she gained through her work.

She was an avid gardener and traveler and thoroughly enjoyed her trips to the casino. Above all however, she was a devoted wife and loving mother who put the care and love of her family first.

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Richard M. Whidden, 93

Richard “Dick” Mason Whidden, a former Westporter, died at his home on April 21. He was 93.

Born in Boston, he spent his adult life living in Westport, New London/South Sutton, N.H., and Naples, Fla.

He was predeceased by his two wives; the mother of his children, Elizabeth “Bambi” Whidden, and Joanne Lawson Whidden.

He was educated at Roxbury Latin School in Boston and Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. where he was captain of the track team. He worked for most of his career at Dancer Fitzgerald Sample Advertising Agency in New York City.

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Ahmad F. Ahmadi, 85

Ahmad Fotovat Ahmadi of Shelton, former owner of Fovama Oriental Rug of Westport, died April 24 at Griffin Hospital in Derby. He was 85.

The husband of Effat Barghi was born in Tehran, Iran on March 25, 1927, the son of the late Abdoulali Fotovat Ahmadi and Robabeh Ettefagh.

He was the owner of Fovama Oriental Rug of Westport and Scarsdale, N.Y. for 20 years before his retirement in 1999. Prior to that he was a merchant in Iran.

His greatest love was his family and he also found great enjoyment walking, hiking and working.

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