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Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Joy Walker, 89
Joy Walker, formerly of Westport and Roxbury, an English teacher at Staples High School for three decades, died June 6. She was 89.
Joy Walker: taught English at Staples. Contributed photo
She was born March 4, 1923 to Phil and Jessie Schuyler. She graduated from Staples High School in 1940 and Bennington College where she majored in English and minored in modern dance. She received her Masters in Education from the University of Bridgeport. She was a much loved English teacher at Staples High School for more than 30 years.
Her interests included the literary arts, gardening, golf, tennis, fishing, dancing, bird watching, collecting wildflowers and completing The New York Times crossword puzzles.
She loved playing Charades and was nearly impossible to defeat in Scrabble. She was extremely well read but no snob. Finding the inherent good in others was one of her most enduring talents and she maintained a positive outlook on life to the very end.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Elizabeth B. Valentik, 72
Elizabeth Berg Valentik of Falmouth Foreside, Maine, a former Westport resident, died June 5 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, Maine. She was 72.
The daughter of Elmer and Gladys Drysdale Berg, she was born on Oct. 3, 1939, in Richmond, Ind., and attended Richmond schools, Oak Grove School in Vasselboro, graduated from Richmond Senior High School, and from John Herron Art School of Indiana University in Indianapolis in 1962.
She worked for the Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis newspapers, moved to New York City and worked in advertising before moving to Connecticut. She then worked for Southern New England Telephone Company for 12 years in a variety of jobs in a variety of Connecticut towns.
Married to S. Thomas Valentik in 1977, they lived in Westport until 1985, then moved to Maine.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Dudley H. Speros, 50
Dudley H. Speros of Westport and Rindge, N.H. died June 7 at his home after a brief illness. He was 50.
Dudley Speros: homes in Westport and New Hampshire. Contributed photo
Born Dec. 28, 1961 in Winchester, Mass., he was the, son of the late Arthur C. and Sandra D. (Hall) Speros. He was a 1980 graduate of Dover-Sherborn High School and continued his education at Nasson College and graduated from Clark University in 1985 with a Bachelors of Science degree.
Professionally, he was a master negotiator and an accomplished salesman. He took great pride in being an integral part of the Trinity Packaging Corp. team in Armonk, N.Y. and being instrumental in its growth. He was currently serving as the senior vice president in the Consumer Products Division.
Not only was Dud “master of the deal” in his work, he used his craftsman negotiating skills to complete “Dud Deals” for both friends and family in his personal life. Countless friends can look at something they own and smile at the thought of Dud leading their negotiations in its purchase.
Friday, June 08, 2012
Robert M. Pinto, 78
Robert M. Pinto of Milford, a former Westport resident, died June 6 in Milford Hospital. He was 78.
Born Dec. 14, 1933, he was the son of the late Alphonse Pinto and Caroline Troiano. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was a 50-year resident of Westport prior to moving to Milford.
Survivors include four sons, Kenneth Pinto of Bridgeport, Daniel Pinto of Milford, Robert Pinto and his wife Jamie of Trumbull, and Richard Pinto of Port St. Lucie, Fla., one daughter Nora Pinto of Milford, four sisters Ann Kling, Norine Forcier, Angela Armentano all of Norwalk. and Louise Kish of Fairfield,. one stepsister Maryann Troiano also of Norwalk, and nine grandchildren In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by one stepbrother, Ralph Troiano.
Friends are invited to attend a funeral on Monday. June 11 at 10 a.m. directly at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave., Westport for a Mass of Christian Burial.
Thursday, June 07, 2012
Heinz Rueckert, 89
Heinz Rueckert, a resident of Westport for 62 years, died May 17 at Wilton Meadows. He was 89.
Born in Germany, he had been a Westport resident since 1950. He was married to Anita Rueckert for 39 years until her death in 1988. He owned his own painting company in Westport for 30 years.
He is survived by his brother Werner and his wife Irmgard Rueckert of Germany and his three sons: Roger of Newfane, Vt., Robert and his wife JoAnne of Westport, and Michael and his wife Lucretia of Kissimmee, Fla.
His big smile and charisma enriched the lives of all he met. He will be truly missed. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Jordan Kaplan, 86
Jordan Kaplan (Jordie), husband of Dorothy Kaplan of Westport, died June 6 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 86.
Born Dec. 7, 1925 in Boston, he was the son of the late Joseph and Syd Kaplan. He attended Colby College and also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was in the liquor business for 30 years but more importantly he loved to volunteer and spent much of his time helping others at the Veterans Association, Headstart, STAR, Homeless Shelter and coaching Little League.
He is survived by wife Dorothy, sons Matthew and Russell Kaplan and grandchildren, Niko, Sophia and Isabella Kaplan.
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Marianne Liberatore, 83
Marianne van Hoorn Liberatore, active in promoting classical music and humanitarian causes in Westport and Fairfield County, died June 1 in her Weston home after a period of declining health. She was 83.
Born Sept. 30, 1928, in Wilmington, Del., she was the daughter of Helen Renner and Albert Willem Westpalm van Hoorn. Helen, of Sandusky Ohio, had an enduring career as an innovative secondary educator. Albert, born in Java, Indonesia, designed classic motor yachts of many sizes.
Marianne spent her childhood in Wilmington and Annapolis, where she was an avid sailor. A precocious student, she graduated high school at 16 and from Oberlin College at age 20 with a double major in history and art history. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
After college she worked in Manhattan as a buyer for Macy’s and a lecturer in retailing at the Tobe-Coburn School.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.