Monday, June 21, 2010
Bertha “Birdie” Frances Wakeman, 88
Bertha “Birdie” Frances Wakeman, 88, of Westport, wife of the late Edward Wakeman Sr., died June 16 at Norwalk Hospital.
Born in Bridgeport on May 24, 1922, she was daughter of the late William and Katherine (Skiba) Perkowski and had been a lifelong resident of Westport.
Wakeman attended Westport schools and, after graduating from Staples High School, she went on to work at General Electric in Bridgeport, where she assembled radar equipment used in World War II. She was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary Joseph J. Clinton VFW post 399.
Survivors include one daughter, Karen Ann Haggerty of Westport; a sister, Doris Gallo of Stratford; her grandson, Patrick Haggerty of Westport; a great-grandson, Patrick Edward Nixon Haggerty; and one sister-in-law, Frances Perkowski.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Charles H. Culp, 78
UPDATE A memorial service for longtime Westport resident Charles Harrison Culp, 78, who died Wednesday, March 10, in Yale New Haven Hospital, will be held Saturday June 26.
Charles H. Culp: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo
Born Nov. 1, 1931 in Durham, N.C., Culp was son of the late Benjamin and Mary (Foster) Culp and was married to Barbara W. Culp for 56 years. The couple made Westport their home for the past 33 years.
Prior to retiring, Culp served as vice president of finance for Colgate-Palmolive Co.
A 1957 graduate of Duke University, he was a Phi Beta Kappa Society member and an Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict. Locally, he was an active member of the Westport Weston Y’s Men.
Shirley E. Wiginginton, 88,
Shirley E. Wiginginton, 88, of Westport, beloved wife of the late George Wigington, died at home on Saturday, June 5.
Born on May 30, 1922 in Waterbury, to the late Jerry Evans and Harriet Beecher Stowe Spottswood Evans, Shirley was also the cherished mother of Albert Nathan Swan and the late Tania Swan Garland.
Raised in Newport, R.I., Shirley was graduated from Rogers High School and attended Virginia State University.
She retired as an administrator from Mount Vernon, NY.’s Civil Service Department and with her husband, did extensive travel throughout Europe, United States (Hawaii) and the Caribbean.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
James D. Stretton, 55
James Davis Stretton, 55, of Westport passed away June 4 peacefully at home in the company of his family.
Mr. Stretton was born Sept. 24, 1954 in Boston and has been a resident of Westport for 12 years. A computer programmer for AT&T, he is a 1978 graduate of Northeastern University in Boston.
Survivors include his mother, Betty Stretton of Westport, two sisters, BerniceSlater of Hyde Park, N.Y., JoAnne Stretton of Bethel, one brother, Thomas E. Stretton Jr., of Long Valley, N.J., and three nieces and one nephew. Mr. Stretton was also predeceased by his father, Thomas E. Stretton.
Graveside services were held in Willowbrook Cemetery. The Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial Service Set for Genevieve Marie Nichols Stone (Nikki)
A memorial service for Mrs. Genevieve Marie Nichols Stone (“Nikki”) will take place Saturday, June 19 at 10:30 a.m. in the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East.
Genevieve Marie Nichols Stone (Nikki) wife of the late William E. Stone, was raised in New Canaan, attended Normal School in Stamford, graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Teachers College of Connecticut and taught at Center School in New Canaan until her retirement 50 years later.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mrs. Stone may be made to the Saugatuck Congregational Church or Mid-Fairfield Hospice, P.O. Box 489 Wilton, CT 06897
The Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, is in charge of arrangements.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Chad A. Jacobs, 45
Chad A. Jacobs, 45, of Westport, loving husband of Karen and devoted father to Taylor, 13 and Mac, 9, died June 11 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by loved ones.
Chad A. Jacobs: headed communications firm. Contributed photo
Chad was born on Sept. 24, 1964 in Harrisburg, Pa. and moved to Fairfield with his family when he was 2 years old. He attended Fairfield College Preparatory School.
At Prep he was a member of the ’80-’81 Connecticut State Division I championship team and co-captain of the ’81 –’82 season hockey team. He graduated from Prep in 1982.
He married Karen in 1994 and moved to Westport shortly thereafter to start a family. Chad attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. where he was captain of the men’s hockey team and received a B.A. in economics in 1986.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
John J. Fitzpatrick, 71
UPDATE John J. Fitzpatrick of Westport, beloved husband of Margaret (Peggy) Santos Fitzpatrick, passed away on June 11 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 71.
John J. Fitzpatrick: 30-year Westporter Contributed photo
In addition to his devoted wife of 47 years, John’s memory will be cherished by his three children, Jennifer Barry, and her husband, Kevin, of Westborough, Mass., Sean Fitzpatrick, and his wife, Kelly, of Miami Beach, Fla., Terence Fitzpatrick, of Fairfield; four grandchildren, Griffin, Skylar, and Jackson Barry, Jack Fitzpatrick; one sister, Joyce Burrows, and her husband, Marlon, of Chocowinity, NC; several nieces and nephews.
John was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and spent the first 11 years of his career in Switzerland. He resided in several parts of the United States, settling in Westport 30 years ago.
He was a retired senior vice president of human resource for Dun and Bradstreet Corp., and more recently served on the board of directors for Startech Environmental Corp.
Friday, June 11, 2010
TV News Visionary Robert Wussler Dies at 73
Robert J. Wussler, a visionary TV news and sports executive who presided over the CBS network at age 40 and later co-founded CNN with Ted Turner, died June 5 at his Westport home, his family announced today. He was 73.
Robert J. Wussler: died at Westport home. File photo
Wussler, who had been ill for some time and lived with his son Rob in Westport’s Coleytown area, began his career at CBS as a mailroom clerk in 1957. He later attained the position of executive producer and director of special events in the news department.
He then rose to become head of CBS Sports and then president of the CBS Television Network in 1976, capping his 21-year stay at the network.
Wussler essentially invented the genre of pregame telecasts in the mid-‘70s with “The NFL Today” for which he hired Brent Musburger, Irv Cross, Jimmy “the Greek” Snyder and a former Miss America, Phyllis George.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Thomas W. Curran Sr., 76
Thomas W. Curran Sr., 76, of Shelton, died June 9 at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford.
Thomas W. Curran Sr.: Westport auto dealer. Contributed photo
Born Jan. 1, 1934, in Norwood, Mass., son of the late Thomas Curran and Alice Hurley Curran, he grew up in Walpole, Mass.
After he graduated from Walpole High, he attended the University of Detroit and then, in 1953, he joined the sales training program for the Cadillac Motor Car division of General Motors. In 1956, he married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Delaney, and they settled in Birmingham, Mich.
After several years at Cadillac, Curran became the assistant sales promotion manager. From there, he was transferred to the New York office as the district sales manager. In 1961 the family settled in Huntington, and has lived there ever since.
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Louis J. Pappalardo, 78
Louis James Pappalardo, a 40-year resident of Westport before moving to Florida, died on June 9 after a lengthy and valiant battle with cancer.
Louis J. Pappalardo: 40-year Westporter. Contributed photo
Born on Nov. 16, 1931, in Elmsford, N.Y., he was the tenth of 11 children born to Georgiana and Louis Pappalardo.
He attended Elmsford schools where he met and eventually married his high school sweetheart, Virginia Bianco. They were married for 54 years.
Lou graduated from New York University and pursued a career in marketing research, first with Nowland, then Yankelovich and later became a partner of Trendex, in Westport.
Daniel Siegel, 84
Daniel Siegel, a 57-year Westport resident, died June 9 at home. He was 84.
Born March 1926 in New York, N.Y. to Jesse and Dorothy Siegel, Dan lived in Westport since 1953 with his devoted wife Alice.
In addition to Alice, he is survived by his brother, Dr. Richard Siegel of Santa Rosa, Calif.; his sons Jeffrey of Trumbull, and Andrew of Newtown, along with their wives Mindy Siegel and Tracy Nashel; and grandchildren Jaclyn, Rebecca, Leah and Elliot.
Dan was the founder and chairman of Mica Corporation, a leading supplier of primers, coating and adhesives to the flexible packaging industry.
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Irwin Rothstein, 78
Irwin Rothstein, who was a 38-year Westport resident before his move to Trumbull in 2005, died June 3 at his home in Trumbull after a battle with esophageal cancer. He was 78.
Born in the Bronx, N.Y., he was the son of the late Harry and Sonia Rothstein.
Known professionally as Irwin Ross, he was a pioneer in the packaging and tape industry. In 1977, he founded I.R. Industries, now located in Bethel. He was married for 42 years to the late Margit Rothstein.
He is survived by his son, Eric; a daughter, Holly; his sister, Zelda Hirsch of Deer Park, N.Y.; and grandchildren, Mitchell, Jack, Max and Hannah.
Monday, June 07, 2010
Charlotte B. Winkler, 84
Charlotte Byer Winkler, a longtime Westporter, died June 7 at The Connecticut Hospice in Branford after a short illness. She was 84.
Originally from Staten Island, N.Y., she and her family moved to Westport from Queens in 1971 and lived here for 30 years.
She received a bachelor’s degree in 1946 from Barnard College, where she majored in chemistry. After raising three children, she assisted at the Bronx law office of her husband, Bertram Winkler, who died in 1996. Their marriage lasted 48 years.
Winkler was active in Barnard alumnae affairs and military veteran organizations.
Friday, June 04, 2010
Anthony C. Luciano, 66
Anthony Carmine Luciano, 66, a life-long Westport resident, died at home Wednesday, June 2, after a fall.
Mr. Luciano was born on July 11, 1943 to the late Restituta (Rita) Calise Luciano and Carmine Luciano. Mr. Luciano owned a family business in Westport with his parents that was sold in the 1980s. He loved life, family, and friends. Mr. Luciano was an avid traveler and a car and horse racing aficionado—never missing the summer races at Saratoga.
He is survived by three children, Annette Luciano Panther of Stratford, Anthony W. Luciano of Westport, and Donald A. Luciano of Los Angeles. He was a proud grandfather to Justin, Rita, and Brendan, who survive him. He is also survived by his companion Veronica Harper.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 8 at St. Luke Church, 49 Turkey Hill Road North, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery, 73 Greens Farms Road. The family will receive friends in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, on Monday, June 7, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Josephine F. Deluga, 95
Josephine F. Deluga, 95, of Ridgefield Crossings, formerly of Westport, died May 28 at her home.
She was the wife of the late Robert Deluga and niece to Irene Weck of Ridgefield.
Deluga was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on May 12, 1915, a daughter of the late Vincent and Julia Koniuta. She attended New York schools and was a certified pediatric nurse.
For the past 15 years she was a resident of Ridgefield, where she made a home with her niece. Deluga was a member of St. Mary’s Church.
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport