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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Charlotte E. Constantino, 66

Charlotte E. Constantino of Westport, wife of Thomas Constantino, died Sept. 15 at home. She was 66.

Born in Norwalk Nov. 26, 1944 daughter of the late Isaac and Pearl Wakeman, she has been a lifelong resident of Westport. Her main interest in life was spending time with her family, grandchildren and friends.

Survivors in addition to her husband include one son, Thomas (Bill) Constantino Jr. and his wife Kim of Westport, and one daughter, Melinda Carruthers and her husband David of Stratford; two sisters, Barbara Reznar of Antioch, Ill.,, Jeanne Mann of Hamden, and four grandchildren, Cody and Todd Carruthers and Ashley and Kaitlyn Constantino.

The family will receive friends on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East. All are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. meeting directly at Saint Luke Church, 49 Turkey Hill Road North.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Shirley M. Merke, 77

Shirley M. Merke died Sept. 10. She was 77.

Widow of the late William J. Merke and daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Reilly., she graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a B.S. in Political Science and was a member of ADPi sorority.

She worked in the office at Assumption School in Westport for several years.

She was a member of the Ascension Catholic Church in Boca Raton, Fla. during her retirement. Throughout her life she enjoyed playing bridge and traveled the world with family and friends. She particularly enjoyed cruising.

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Peter G. Carusone, 60

Peter Gary Carusone died Sept. 3, 2011 in Trinity Medical Center, Rock Island Ill. He was 60

Born Aug. 27, 1951 in Norwalk, hee was the son of Constantine (Gill) Carusone and Sophie Jarocki Carusone .  He grew up in Westport lived a short time in Southbury, before moving to Kewanee, Ill. 

He attended Assumption and St. Luke’s grammar school and J.M.Wright Technical School.

He worked as a mechanic and a tractor-trailer truck driver and also was an instructor, teaching tractor-trailer truck drivers.  He could fix anything with a motor or with an electric current running through it, his family said.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Howard “Buzz” Katzen, 79

Howard “Buzz” Katzen of Westport and Scottsdale, Ariz. died Sept. 9. He was 79.

Born July 27, 1932, he was the son of the late Julius and Margaret Katzen. He attended James Madison High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Syracuse University, and graduated from New York University.

A U.S. Army veteran, he was global marketing director for Xerox Corp. He retired to Scottsdale, where he was a jazz promoter and figure in the Arizona Musicfest.

In addition to Arlene Rieger, his wife of 54 years, he is survived by two daughters, Jane Katzen DeNunzio and Sue Katzen, and son-in-law Robert DeNunzio; nieces and nephews Robbie and Brooks Sumberg, Charles and Andrea Jayson, Matthew and Melitte Buchman and Victoria Lorini; and great-nieces and great-nephews Jenna and Jake Sumberg and Matthew and Zachary Jayson. He was predeceased by a sister, Joan Buchman.

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Loraine B. Forehand, 91

Loraine Baugnet Forehand died Aug. 24 in Atlanta Ga. She was 91. She was wife of the late Jack Marion Forehand of Savannah, Ga. and Westport. Image
Lorraine Forehand: World War II vet Contributed photo

Born in Casco, Wisc., on July 20, 1920, she was one of 10 children of John and Julia Baugnet. She served in World War II in the Woman’s Army Corps and was awarded two bronze stars for her service. Loraine met and married her husband, Jack in France during the war.

They had five sons, including Jack Jr., a 1965 Staples High School graduate and former quarterback and track standout for the Wreckers who was honored by the Sportsmen of Westport in 2005.  Jack Jr.’s wife, Sandy, was a fixture in the Staples High School athletic department for many years and was honored by the Sportsmen of Westport in 2007.

Lorraine Forehand was a member of the Savannah Garden Club which is affiliated with the Garden Club of America as well as the Froebel Circle where she ran the Fresh Air Home on Tybee Island for many years.

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Judith C. Kaiser, 74

Judith Pierce Cummings Kaiser of Newton, N.J. and Jensen Beach, Fla. died Sept. 7. She was 74. Image
Judith C. Kaiser:  Staples grad Contributed photo

The daughter of Benton Pierce and Marjorie Cummings of Branchville, N.J., she was born Nov. 25, 1936 in Northampton, Mass. She lived in that area for 14 years, and then the family moved to Westport where she graduated from Staples High School in 1954.

She attended the University of Vermont but transferred to Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn., where she majored in dietetics and also met her husband, George.

She is survived by her husband, with whom she recently celebrated a 51st anniversary, her son Paul Byron and his wife, Diane, of Marlboro, N.J., and her grandchildren, Lauren and Matthew.

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Thursday, September 08, 2011

Herbert S. Sacks, 84

Herbert S. Sacks, a clinical professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, a past president of the American Psychiatric Association, and an international medical consultant, died Aug. 30 in New Haven. He was 84. Image
Herbert Sacks: maintained private practice in Westport. Contributed photo

Dr. Sacks, who maintained a private practice at 260 Riverside Ave., Westport until his death,  was a longtime leader of professional psychiatric organizations, first in Connecticut, and then nationally. In this capacity, his broad concern was how modern psychiatry is represented in society.

His contributions to the understanding of such issues as patient advocacy and confidentiality have informed social policy. As president of the Connecticut Psychiatric Association, he led a successful campaign to mandate group insurance coverage for outpatient psychiatric treatment, the first such state legislation in the country.

In 1997, as the president of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), he spearheaded a national initiative for mental health parity in insurance coverage as part of a policy of universal access to mental health care,.

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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

B. V. Brooks, 84

(Editor’s note: the following obituary was provided by the Brooks family)

B.V. (Dexter) Brooks of Westport died Aug. 31—two days before his 85th birthday—at AmeriMed Hospital in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico of a heart attack.

Three days earlier he had suffered a first heart attack while on a cruise ship out of San Francisco bound for New York City. Although he rallied after treatment at AmeriMed, the second attack was fatal.

Brooks was born in New York City on Sept. 2, 1926, the only child of Babert Vincent Brooks, Sr. and Florence Goodwin Brooks.

He grew up in Coral Gables, Fla. and lived in Beverly Hills, Calif. for a short time before the family settled in Westport in 1941.

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Saturday, September 03, 2011

B.V. Brooks Dies at 84: ‘He Loved Life’

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE (adds memorial service details) From world travel to investing in Broadway shows to boating to tooling around on his motor scooter to creating crossword puzzles to taking weekly Latin dance lessons, B.V. Brooks, Westport’s iconic publisher and real estate magnate, was described by family members today as a man who loved life. Image
B.V. Brooks: publisher and real estate investor Contributed photo

Brooks, known as Dexter to family and friends, died Wednesday, two days shy of his 85th birthday, in a Mexican hospital following a heart attack, his family said. He was stricken with another heart attack three days earlier while on a cruise ship which had left San Francisco bound for the Panama Canal. (See family-provided obituary here.)

“He was taken to a hospital in Cabo San Lucas (a city at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula), and he was in and out of consciousness,” said Torrey D. Brooks of Weston, his son.

“He was in the hospital for several days, and he had rallied,” said Kay Brooks, B.V. Brooks’s wife of 25 years. “But on August 31st he had another heart attack, and he did not rally, and he died that afternoon.”

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Friday, September 02, 2011

Betty S. Sobel, 87

Betty Saltman Sobel of Westport, died Aug. 30 in Golden Hill Health Care in Milford. She was 87. Image
Betty Sobel: longtime Westporter Contributed photo

Born Sept.13, 1923, in Bridgeport, she was the daughter of the late David and Bertha Saltman. She moved to Westport in 1960 and lived here since then.

She helped found the Westport fellowship of the Ethical Culture Society and supported the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy, the World Affairs Center as well as local and national civil rights and anti-war organizations during the 1960s and 1970s. She was also a member of the board of trustees of the international women’s networking organization, Women Welcome Women.

She worked for radio station WMMM in Westport before starting her own public relations company, Poco Promo and a singles travel business, Solo Flights.

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Westport Businessman B.V. Brooks Dies at 84

Westport businessman B.V. Brooks, former owner of the Westport News and other community newspapers and a prominent real estate developer, died Wednesday of a heart attack in Mexico after becoming ill on a cruise, according to a person close to the family. He was 84.

Full obituary to come.

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Thursday, September 01, 2011

Imogene Ann Wimer, 72

Imogene Ann Wimer of Weaverville, N.C., a former resident of Westport and wife of James Harold Wimer, died Aug. 29 at home of heart failure after being weakened for more than 10 years by a rare blood disorder. She was 72. Image
IImogene Ann Wimer: passion for bridge. Contributed photo

Born Nov. 9, 1938 in Buckhannon, W.Va., she was the daughter of Ethel Gladys Green Moss and James Raymond Moss. She graduated from Buckhannon-Upshur High School in 1956 and attended West Virginia Wesleyan College in her native Buckhannon.

After she married, she lived in Baltimore, Md. and Bridgeport, W.Va., before relocating to Westport where she was an active volunteer in the schools. She was dedicated youth leader at the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston and she volunteered for several local clubs.

Once her children were teenagers, she worked as a Realtor for various agencies in Westport during the 1970s and 1980s. But her passion was always bridge, a game she learned in college.

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Joanne Carol (Renzulli) DeLuca, 77

Joanne Carol (Renzulli) DeLuca, wife of the late Francis James DeLuca, died Aug. 27 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 77. Image
JoAnne DeLuca: Staples Class of 1951. Contributed photo

A loving woman who filled every room, and touched everyone who was fortunate to be in her company, she was a good friend to all, she lived with dignity, and died with grace, her family said.

Born Dec. 12, 1933 in Norwalk the daughter of the late John and Florence (Valiante) Renzulli, she was a third generation Westport resident and a graduate of Staples High School Class of 1951.

She and Franny were co-owners of the Saugatuck restaurant Franny’s for more than two decades. She also worked at King’s Highway Elementary School. 

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Abraham Rothenberg, 80

Abraham Rothenberg, noted Westport architect, died Aug. 28 from complications from a stroke he suffered eight years ago. He was 80. Image
Abe Rothenberg: noted architect. Contributed photo

A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic and Princeton University in architecture in the early 1960s, he worked for Curtis and Davis Architects in New York City where his major projects included the award-winning Worcester Public Library and the James Forrestal Building in Washington, which today houses the Department of Energy.

In the late 1960s, he worked for Pomerance Breines Architects where he designed the John F. Kennedy Center for Research in Mental Retardation in the Bronx, and the NYU College of Dentistry.

He established his own firm in Westport in the 1970s, where his major projects included the Museum of Modern Art Bookstore II in Manhattan, the Spector Playground in Central Park, the Sofia Building on the Upper West Side, the Memphis/Evans Tower on the Upper East Side, the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library in Long Island.

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Maria “Riet” Theresia Ehrismann, 88

Maria “Riet” Theresia Ehrismann, wife of Harry Sebastianus Ehrismann, died Aug. 28 at home in the company of her family. She was 88.

Born Oct. 27, 1922 in Rotterdam, Netherlands the daughter of the late Antonius and Huberdina (Vissers) Stoopman, she has been a resident of Weston for 38 years. She was a member of both the Weston Senior Center and Westport Senior Center, the Westport YMCA where she swam for exercise for more than 30 years.

Riet was also an amateur oil painter, enjoyed beading, cooking and baking and won several awards for rug hooking.

Survivors include three sons, Anthony W. Ehrismann and Francis P. Ehrismann of Norwalk, and Paul C. Ehrismann of Weston. Seven grandchildren, one great grandchild and several nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by two sons, Harry Ehrismann and Lawrence Ehrismann.

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